Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First Look: Yakima Original Rooster Tail Spinner

Roster Tail Spinner

Spinners are one of my favorite lure types for several reasons. On of the main ones is that they can be used to catch a wide verity of fish. From all sorts of panfish, bass, walleye to trout, spinners are a effective way to catch them all. That's why am always glad to add a spinner or two to my tackle box. The latest one to enter my collection is the Yakima Bait Wordens Original Rooster Tail Spinner which I purchased for about $3 dollars.

My first impression was that the spinner looks and feels like a quality spinner that should be good at catching fish. The body has a dark green color that fades into a bright orange. The hook is covered up by a light yellow puffy tail that should make it more visible in the water. The main reason I chose this particular spinner was the gold color blade. I wanted something very shiny so I figured gold should do the trick. The blade is attached to the body by a fine wire which allows it to spins around freely.

Judging from the first look this spinner should perform well and catch fish. We'll find out in the next week or two when I get back to fishing. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

First Look: Strike King Series 3 Crankbait

The Strike King Pro-Model Series 3 Crankbait has arrived at my doorstep today. The crankbait comes in a variety of colors and the one I ordered is in a light green. This is a medium diving crankbait which dives about 6 to 8 feet deep. It comes with a rattling ball inside and when shaken you can definitely hear the ball inside make some noise. The overall body length is about 2.5 inches which is about the size of a standard crankbait. It also has a nice smooth glossy finish which makes it look like a quality crankbait that should catch fish. The two tri-hooks are super sharp and are well mounted on.

This particular Strike King Series 3 Crankbait in green color costs $5.39 which isn't too expensive. The next step will be to take it out on the lake and test the performance. Judging from the first look, it seems like this Strike King Crankbait will be a great addition to my tackle box.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mister Twister Unveils New Logo

Mister Twister has redesigned its logo to a new more modern look the company announced last Thursday. According to the company "The Mister Twister® Curly Tail® Grub silhouette in our logo has been, and will continue to be, an icon for fishing. We recognize the heritage behind the original logo so our goal was to connect to the past but also include elements of an evolution".

Mister Twister has always provided a wide assortment of soft lures like plastic worms, curly twist tails, plastic tube lures, plastic minnows and more. The new logo will help the company's prospects in the future.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mepps Aglia Rainbow Spinner

First Look: Meps Aglia Spinner
This Mepps spinner looked very interesting because of its rainbow color pattern on the spinning blade. I don't have a spinner in this particular color scheme so I figured this would be a good addition to my tackle box. The hook, body and blade all look and feel solid. The most intriguing part of this spinner is the color pattern on the blade. It features colorful white and orange dots, that should make an interesting pattern when the blade is spinning. Middle body is a simple gold color round cylinder. The bright orange end tail near the hook is another nice touch that should make this spinner very good at catching fish. The spinning blade is attached on a needle thin metal wire which should let the spinner spin freely and evenly.

Weather is getting warmer and it's almost time for fishing again. We will see how this spinner performs on my next fishing trip.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

South Bend Voltage Spin Reel First Look

South Bend Voltage Spin Fishing Reel
Coming in at only $15 dollars the Southbend Fishing Reel seems to be a quality fishing reel and relatively inexpensive. The first thing to notice is the color. The photo on the shopping page shows the reel a bit more metallic looking but in reality the color is more white.

The reel is also small, capable of holding about 110 yards of fishing line. The bail seems to be of good quality. It snaps in smoothly when you disengage it and snaps right back in when you want to retrieve the line. Overall the reel works smoothly. The line barrel is supported by 4:5:1 bearing system which pulls the line in quickly and effectively when you give a couple of spins on the crank handle.

At $15 dollars this small reel feels like a bargain. Next thing to do is to take to take it out fishing and see how it performs on the lake.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Fishing Where the Fish Are

When going fishing it is always important to have the right kind of lure for the fish you are trying to catch. But even the best lure will not produce strikes if you’re fishing in a spot where there is no fish. I did end up catching a nice Largemouth Bass last time out but that’s probably the lesson to take from my latest fishing trip.

The lake I fish at has a good population of lake trout which am always trying to target but they were nowhere to be found. I used the Powerbait Floating Salmon Egg Trout Bait to try to catch one but didn't get a bite all day. After setting up the bottom fishing rig I started with my other fishing tackle. I used everything from Mepps Spinners to Rapala crankbait but nothing seemed to work. The only lure that produced a strike all day was the Southbend Kast-A-Way Fishing Spoon with White Bucktail.

After trying my newer tackle like the wLure Blue Spoon for about an hour and not producing any results I put on the Southbend Kast-A-Way Spoon. First cast produced no results, so I threw the lure back in. Second time also seemed not to produce much until the very end. When the lure was close enough for me to see it a Largemouth Bass striked it. It seemed like the fish was following it for a while and decided to bite it at the very end.

I continued to throw other crankbaits, spinners and spoons for another three hours around that area of the lake but didn't produce any strikes. This area had plenty of rock like features which convinced me that bass and other fish would be lurking around. But I was wrong. A better strategy would have been to fish that area for about an hour and move on to a totally different spot on the lake. One of the hardest things to do when fishing is finding where the fish are. You can have the best lures in your tackle bag, but if the fish ain’t there you’re not catching them. So for next time, cover more ground will be the strategy.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Powerbait Salmon Egg Trout Bait

First Look: Berkley Powerbait Salmon Egg Trout Bait
My initial impression when ordering this online was that the jar was gonna be bigger. But at 1.75 ounces this jar feels more like a sample than real jar of bait. At seven dollars it’s not cheap either. The bait itself has a bright red sort of pink color to it with plenty of little sparkling glitters inside. The glitter should make this bait a lot more visible, specially on sunny days. The bait feels a little like a foamy soft playdough that’s soft to the touch. This trout bait is suppose to imitate salmon eggs and float up so when on the lake I will roll them into nice little balls and put them on my hook. The nice thing about this lure is that I can bottom fish for lake trout without constantly swinging my rod like I do when using spoons and spinners.

The weather is starting to improve and it shouldn’t be long before I head out fishing again. At that time am going to have the opportunity to test this Berkley Powerbait Salmon Egg Trout Bait out and see if it’s any good at catching fish.