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Ish wins on the Delta

Ish wins on the Delta

Ish Monroe FLW Win 2008
Ish Monroe hoisting the $125k!!!

Fish Harder Companies, LLC wants to take this opportunity to congratulate Ish Monroe on his recent win in the Wal-Mart FLW Series tournament on the California Delta. Monroe credited Tru-Tungsten for his win.

 “I started off with a frog bite but as the weather deteriorated I switched to flipping matted grass with a Sweet Beaver and a Tru-Tungsten 1 1/2-ounce weight with Power Pro braid line. I pegged my tungsten weight with a Tru-Tungsten Peter T Smart Peg, armed my Sweet Beaver with a 5/0 Youvella flipping hook and tossed everything with a Daiwa Steez 8-foot flipping stick.

“Quality tackle that gets the job done is the first step in putting together a winning pattern. My equipment let me get by bait down to where the fish were, feel the bite, set the hook and get them into the livewell. That’s about as good as it gets!”

Also note, that the 4″ Tru-Life Swimbaits are now available for Pre-Order!!!

Check out the Video of the 4″ Tru-Life Swimbait!!!

The 4 inch TRU-LIFE SWIMBAITS are a collaborative design created by Tru-Tungsten and swimbait kings Ish Monroe and Matt Newman. The 4 inch Swimbait comes in two versions. A wake bait that takes 2 balls to become a slow fall bait and a slow fall bait that will take 2 balls to become a fast fall bait to get to those deeper fish. Tru Tungsten Tru-Life Swimbaits have a 4 segment jointed body that creates an incredible life like swimming motion. This matched with Life-like a finish including scales, eyes make this an irresistible bait for lurking bass..

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Summer Bass Fishing Tips

5 Tips for Summer Bass Fishing
Larry Thornhill

Larry Thornhill

1. Go Dark If your water is a popular recreation destination consider fishing after dark. Things usually settle down at this time and the fish typically become more active. Safety is the big concern after dark. Don’t fish alone; know your water; always wear a PFD; make sure your boat is properly lighted; and watch for other boat traffic.
2. If you can’t fish after dark go early Most fish are more active at dawn than in the evening during the hottest days of summer. It’s easy enough to get up around 4:00 a.m., fish a few hours, and then go home and take a nap.
3. Deep-diving crankbaits are hot Deep-diving crankbaits are super bass lures during July, August and into September. Throw them over offshore breaks and ledges. Long cast and very fast retrieves are usually your best option.
4. Fish schooling bass Often bass will surface-school during the hottest days of summer. Look for them breaking the surface and cast directly into the school. Small topwater baits, spoons, in-line spinners and crankbaits are effective lure choices for this type of fishing.
5.  Release your bass immediately Survival times for bass in hot weather, hot water conditions are short. Release you fish immediately so you can catch them another day.


Iaconelli: Bass in Heavy Summer Weeds
D. B. Jackson

Mike Iaconelli

 Courtesy of BASS

“Often times bass will hide under very heavy weed mats that make catching them almost impossible,” says the 2006 Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year. “But, I said almost impossible, not impossible. It’s a lot of hard work to get to them but when you do it’s often times the mother lode of bass holes. “
One way to get through the heavy mats and into the mother lode is to punch a plastic bait through the mat and allow it to drop into the underlying shade. Here are a few tips to help you do this.
1. Use a heavy weight Iaconelli typically uses a Tru-Tungsten bullet weight up to 1 1/2 ounce. Of course, a big, heavy jig with a plastic trailer is also an option.
2. Use heavy line Braid up to 85-pound-test is a common and effective choice.
3. Use a serious flipping stick Flipping rods – the heaviest you can find work best. It’s not easy to drag a 5 pound largemouth with 10 pounds of grass to the boat.
4. Learn to cast vertically Practice casting with an eye towards throwing your weight as high as possible and allowing it to drop straight down into the mat. Some anglers, including Iaconelli, can throw their rigs 30 feet or more into the air. The resulting force will punch through surprisingly thick mats.
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ima EMAILER ~ July 2008

Welcome! to the ima EMAILER ~ July 2008 Issue

The IMA EMAILER brings you news from ima pros Fred Roumbanis, Michael Murphy, Bill Smith and ima pro staffers across the USA and worldwide.

Good News for ’09! ima Intros New Lures at ICAST for 2009

Established in 1998, ima is the number one hard plastic lure manufacturer for saltwater lures in Japan.

“Anglers in Japan expect to see only the best from ima, and North American anglers are starting to hold these same lofty expectations too,” says Matt Paino, CEO of Optimum Bait Company in Temecula, California who handles all of ima Japan’s marketing and distribution in North America.

Matt refers to the satisfaction US anglers are already enjoying with the first three ima bass baits that debuted last year at ICAST 2007 – ima’s incredible Roumba wakebait, Flit jerkbait and Shaker flat-sided crank.

ICAST is the tackle industry’s annual trade show, where vendors regale the nation’s biggest tackle buyers with what’s new for next year. This is so big buyers can get a good feel for what they should plan to order for the coming new year.

ICAST 2008 was held in Las Vegas two weeks ago, and ima unveiled it’s second season of new bass baits. ima unveiled a total of five new models. Two are available right now. Three others will be available in early 2009.

What’s interesting is that ima’s line of fine freshwater bass lures are only made for and sold in North America.

Igarashi, who owns ima, says he has no plans right now to offer ima’s freshwater bass baits in Japan. They are North American exclusive baits for now. Lucky us!

We asked Igarashi how he felt ima’s foray into the North American market was going so far? Angler acceptance and awareness of the product has gone very well, says Igarashi, much quicker than he expected. He attributes the quick acceptance in part to having picked the right US pros to ride for the ima brand. Fred Roumbanis, Michael Murphy and Bill Smith are all well-respected, well-know and featured in ima ads and on the packaging, thereby facilitating market acceptance and angler recognition of the ima brand via the pros. Plus anglers do recognize the exceedingly high lure quality, says Igarashi. And picking Matt Paino along with Tony Paino and Optimum Baits to help steer ima though US waters has been the best choice, Igarashi explained.

A few members of Igarashi’s team at ICAST 2008. L to R: Matt Paino, Igarashi, Capt. Karl Bunch, Tony Paino.

Speak Softly but Carry a Big Stik in 2009

Randy Pringle is one of the latest draft picks for team ima. He’s one of those guys who speaks softly but carries a Big Stik.

You see, the Big Stik is a new topwater for 2009 and it’s enticing to all sorts of scaly brawlers in fresh or salty water.

See Randy handle the ima Big Stik at ICAST 2008.

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Listen for the Roumba to Rattle in ’09

It’s true! A new version, the Rattlin’ Roumba will debut in 2009.

It has rattles that rumble around inside.

They never stay still – nor silent – just like Fred Roumbanis.

He talks up the new Rattlin’ Roumba and gives it a shake in this ICAST clip.

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Get the net ready for the new Rattlin’ Roumba in 2009.

Flit Jr. Jerkbait Coming for Spring 2009

The Flit Jr. is on the queue for 2009 too.

It’s a smaller version of the Flit 120 released earlier this year.

Direct from the ICAST floor, Michael Murphy shows and tells us about them.

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Flit Jr (bottom) and ima Shad (sorry, no video available) are slated for 2009

ima Intros New Surface Skimmer and Vibrating Rock N Vibe

No, you won’t have to wait till 2009 for this dynamic duo. They’re available now!

The ima Skimmer is a new top water walking type bait.

The Rock N Vibe, a new vibrating lipless crankbait.

 Click here to see:


No need to wait till next year here. The new Rock ‘N Vibe and Skimmer are available now!

Thank You! For Reading the ima EMAILER

ima’s a big name in Japan where ima is known for its hardbaits. ima is now making it’s debut in the North American market. U.S. bass pros have helped ima design new hardbaits for the USA.

ICAST Preview, New Bassmaster Elite Series Schedule and Bass Fishing PodCast

As many of you know ICAST show in Las Vegas is in progress of getting going.  Here is a peak at what the Fish Harder company is showing off this week!!!  Tru-Tungsten has also completely revamped their website, so check that out.

BassTrix Weight

Clip on Weight

As anglers ourselves we realized that as popular and effective as plastic BassTrix style swimbaits are they have one drawback – weight.  Sometimes we need to cast further or fish deeper.  To solve that problem Fish Harder Companies, LLC, designed the Picasso Quick Change Swimbait Weight. It easily attaches to any hook style or size with two wire clips.

 Picasso Quick Change Swimbait Weights are available in four sizes to meet every angler’s needs – 3/16oz, ¼oz, 3/8oz and ½oz. They’re sold 2 to a pack.

4' Blue Gill

4' Blue Gill

The Pill Jig is designed for skipping docks.
Pill Jigs are offered in two colors – black and unpainted – and in three sizes – 1/8oz, 3/16oz & ¼oz. They are sold 3 to a pack.

4' Blue Gill

Our Tru-Life Swimbaits now come in a 4″
. They feature the same high-quality hooks & attention to detail as their full-size relatives.

These lures are offered in a wake/slow sink model and a slow sink/fast sink model.  Each bait comes with two tungsten weights that are easily inserted or removed.  This will allow the rate of sink and running depth of the lure to be instantly fine tuned by the angler to meet changing conditions.

4-Inch Tru-LifeSwimbaits are available in six fish catching colors -Baby Bass,Bluegill (shown), Blueback Herring, Shad, Chartreuse Shad and Yellow Perch. 

4' Blue Gill

The Depth Shad has been designed to be the ultimate soft plastic jerkbait.

They are available in two sizes – 4-inch and 5-inch,   unweighted (4 to a pack) or weighted (3 to a pack). And, as if that wasn’t enough, the Depth Shad is available in six fish catching colors – White Pearl, Silver Flash, Shad, Chartreuse Shad, Blueback Herring and Rainbow Trout.

Tru-Life Swimbaits were developed by professional anglers Ish Monroe and Matt Newman for anglers who demand the very best.

8' Trout

Our newest offering – the 8-Inch Trout– features the same high-quality construction, and attention to detail, as all Tru-Life Swimbaits. Equipped with removable tungsten weights and armed with the best hooks available we think it’s the finest hard swimbait on the market.

Also announced today is the Bassmaster Elite Series schedule for 2009 & 2010.  Also note, no more co-anglers on the Elite Series after this year   Notable things on these schedules, California gets some love in 2010, Del Rio is definitely scratching BASS’s back, Big Bay De Noc should be an interesting tournament.  Also, there are a couple Wed-Sat tournaments scheduled.   If the table below is hard to read – click here.
2009 Bassmaster Elite Series Schedule

March 12-15
March 26-29
April 2-5
April 23-26
May 7-10
May 14-17
*June 3-6
June 11-14
July 23-26
Aug. 6-9
Aug. 13-16
Battle on the Border
Diamond Drive
Dixie Duel
Blue Ridge Brawl
Southern Challenge
Alabama Charge
Tennessee Triumph
River Rumble
Cold Water Clash
Empire Chase
Champion’s Choice
Lake Amistad
Lake Dardanelle
Wheeler Lake
Smith Mountain Lake
Lake Guntersville
Pickwick Lake
Kentucky Lake
Mississippi River
Big & Little Bay de Noc
Lake Champlain
Oneida Lake
Del Rio, TX
Russellville, AR
Decatur, AL
Moneta, VA
Guntersville, AL
Florence, AL
Paris, TN
Ft. Madison, IA
Escanaba, MI
Plattsburgh, NY
Syracuse, NY

For more details, including lake maps, click here.

2010 Bassmaster Elite Series Schedule

March 11-14
March 18-21
April 15-18
April 29-May 2
May 6-9
May 20-23
*June 9-12
June 17-20
*July 21-24
July 29- Aug. 1
Aug. 12-15
Duel in the Delta
Golden State Shootout
Battle on the Border
Alabama Charge
Southern Challenge
Pride of Georgia
Tennessee Triumph
Sooner Run
Empire Chase
Champion’s Choice
Blue Ridge Brawl
California Delta
Clear Lake
Lake Amistad
Pickwick Lake
Lake Guntersville
Clarks Hill Lake
Kentucky Lake
Arkansas River
Lake Champlain
Lake Erie
Smith Mountain Lake
Stockton, CA
Lakeport, CA
Del Rio, TX
Florence, AL
Guntersville, AL
Evans, GA
Paris, Tenn.
Muskogee, OK
Plattsburgh, NY
Buffalo, NY
Moneta, VA

* Wednesday-Saturday event
For more details, including lake maps, click here.

Also, if you have not checked out my Podcast on PostSpawn fishing, head over to Bass Fishing the Midwest today!

You can find this episode as well as all Bass Fishing in the Midwest Podcasts on iTunes
Apple iTunes

Last note, we are only one email subscriber from hitting the 75 email subscriber plateau, kind of exciting!

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More new IMA Baits

Welcome! To the ima EMAILER ~ June 2008 Issue
The IMA EMAILER brings you news from IMA pro staff members Bill Smith, Fred Roumbanis,  Michael Murphy and other Ima pro staffers across the USA and worldwide.

Good News! This month’s emailer is about two brand new ima hardbaits!

Fred Roumbanis Wins First Place in Bassmaster Elite on Lake Murray!

Congratulations to ima pro Fred Roumbanis on his $101,000 win in mid-May at Lake Murray. Fred won the Bassmaster Elite Series event out of Columbia, S.C. For more information, visit Fred’s home page at:

ima Intros New Surface Skimmer and Vibrating Rock N Vibe

Determined to bring their lure expertise and originality to the U.S. lure market, ima Japan has developed two new bass baits to be presented to the U.S. wholesale and retail tackle-buying community & the fishing media at ICAST, the sportfishing industry’s annual trade show in Las Vegas, NV in mid-July.

First is the Rock N Vibe, a new vibrating lipless crankbait.
The other is a new top water walking type bait called the ima Skimmer.
Both were worked on in Japan throughout the past 2 years. Both are very unique in there own ways.
Both baits will retail for $15.99.

About ima Japan

Established in 1998, ima Japan is one of the most prestigious hard plastic lure manufacturers, for both fresh & saltwater lures, in Japan.

ima’s lure designers possess degrees at top Japanese universities in marine science or engineering degrees specializing in CAD systems. This coupled with being experienced fishermen enables ima to move from a concept – to a prototype – to a perfected lure at record speeds with the utilization of CNC machines. This does not mean they rush the job. It means they can rapidly evolve, creatively explore and fine-tune a lure concept by making infinite changes to any dimension or feature whatsoever, and have a computer-machined version of the changes ready to field test within minutes. It tends to take traditional lure manufacturers weeks or months to produce modifications that ima can make in a moment. That means many other lures only undergo a fraction of the testing and design refinement that ima does. ima’s unique ability for rapid, iterative design, development & testing brings out the best in every bait produced by ima. It’s not just the computerized machinery, but the advanced understanding of lures & fish that ima’s designers possess.

“Now, consider that the new Rock N Vibe & new Skimmer were in ima’s intense prototyping phase undergoing analysis & testing for two years, and it’s no wonder why ima holds the reputation for having the finest hard baits for both fresh & salt water in Japan,” says Matt Paino, CEO of Optimum Bait Company in Temecula, CA who handles all of ima Japan’s marketing & distribution throughout North America.

“Anglers in Japan expect to see only the best from ima, and US anglers are starting to hold these same lofty expectations of ima too,” says Matt. He refers to the satisfaction US anglers are already enjoying with ima’s initial product releases from 2007 – the incredible Roumba wakebait, Flit jerkbait & Shaker flat-sided crank. Those three were painstakingly designed & tested by ima engineers in collaboration with B.A.S.S. Elite & FLW touring pros Fred Roumbanis, Michael Murphy & Bill Smith.

Based on ima’s initial success in 2007, Paino expects the new Rock N Vibe and Skimmer to enjoy rapid & widespread acceptance by shopkeepers, anglers & of course, bass everywhere in 2008.

“We waited to promote these exciting new lures until we had a good handle on the production. These are ready to go from ICAST straight into stores and right onto the ends of avid anglers’ lines,” says Matt.

“A growing group of sophisticated bass anglers out there (and this is not just in the US but also in Europe), are realizing that by simply tying on a lure like one from ima, they are gaining an equipment advantage, almost leapfrogging over other anglers,” believes Paino. “We see guys who will finish better in tournaments simply because of using ima lures. They’ll be first to tell you they’re not necessarily the better anglers, but by using ima lures, they acknowledge they are boosting their chances to catch better fish & finish higher.”

Introducing the new ima Skimmer

The Skimmer has a slim profile body & skims the surface gracefully.
“It is surprising how ima was able to create such a wide walk the dog type action with such a slim profile bait,” exclaims Matt. “It swims very gracefully across the surface.”

Slim Shape Appeal

Thin is always in! The ima Skimmer is unique among hard plastic topwater stickbaits in that only the ima Skimmer has the slender body shape of a 5″ soft plastic stickbait. This slim profile has proven to be one of the most appealing bass lure shapes ever. There’s a whole lot to be said simply for this slender profile & silhouette, & the ima Skimmer is really the only topwater hardbait that has it now.

All the Skimmer’s counterparts, other surface walking baits tend to be wide and bulky, and that causes them to waddle and slog sluggishly around. Most of the others walk side-to-side and progress across the surface with a slow heavy pace. They plod across the top, with their wider bodies causing lots of water resistance. They push a lot of water and rely heavily on the splashing, thrashing & surface confusion they cause to provoke strikes.

The Skimmer differs from other baits due to its thin body. It knifes across the surface, dancing, skating & swimming strongly like a svelte Olympic swimmer in top condition. It has a lively, light action.
Yes, the Skimmer can certainly cause chaotic, splashy action on top. If that’s what you & the fish want from it, you’ve got it.

In addition, you may also want to simply get a strong, rhythmic side-to-side swimming motion going, where the Skimmer uses its entire body length to swim, sculling across the top with authority.

Think of the Skimmer as a soft stickbait on steroids, one that casts like an arrow, even into a stiff breeze, and cruises the surface like an explosive missile.

The Skimmer’s built with a body movement unlike no other. This movement is a skating, dancing, wriggling thing. When done right, it practically comes alive, and that’s an action to concentrate on making – the movement and motion of the Skimmer’s slender swimming body versus the splash and confusion of traditional stickbaits.  It’s the strong swimming movement, not the splashing around, that’s key to the Skimmer’s slim shape appeal.

Bringing Out the Best Action

Since the Skimmer is thinner, its action is cleaner and crisper than bulkier baits. Make no mistake, a lot of hand-to-eye coordination is always required with any member of this class of surface-walking lures. There’s an art to pulling these puppets to life on the end of your string. As always, practice makes perfect.

The way to work the rod will vary a little depending on the angle you cast it relative to the wind and based on the surface condition (smooth, rippled, choppy and so on). You need to vary the rod movement under different conditions based on what your eye sees in terms of lure action. In terms of where to keep your eyes, watch the head and eyes of the Skimmer.

Tune out the surface disturbance it’s making. Don’t even look at that. Focus in on the bait’s body movements, and you’re going to use what you see it doing in order to coordinate and adjust your hand movements with the rod. There’s a certain sweet spot with the Skimmer that you’ll recognize when you see it. The side-to-side movement suddenly isn’t mechanical any more. It becomes more of a gasp or a flop or a jump to each side, and there’s a certain slo-mo ‘hang time’ that seems to occur that visually lasts longer than it really is. Difficult to describe in writing, but you’ll recognize it when you see it on the water.

Wild Boiling Action

The tail-weighting is another key to the Skimmer’s appeal.

If you’ve seen mating dragonflies in early summer and the female dipping the tip of its tail depositing egg after egg under the surface, locked in synchronous flight with the male, the graceful tail action of the Skimmer is not unlike that.

Another way to think of the stir caused by the Skimmer’s tail action is to compare it to one of those flat wood paint stirrer sticks they give you with a gallon of wall paint – the tail has the same stirring effect on the surface of the water.

A large part of the Skimmer’s action is caused on the ending note of each zig or zag as the tail-weighted back end of the ima Skimmer dips and stirs the water causing a large boil to swell up behind it.

Each time the Skimmer glides to the side, the final action is the weighted tail deeply stirring the surface, causing a large, concentric ring or boil like a bass coming to the surface, swirling at it.

So every time that the Skimmer zigs or zags left or right, the final movement is the weighted tail stirs the surface into a widening boil, and the Skimmer slips out barely ahead of the boil, just like a desperate baitfish narrowly escaping a bass’s lunge.

Competitive Feeding Signals Call Bass in From Afar

The Skimmer’s action then becomes a non-stop series of ever-widening boils emanating behind it. It’s like having a school of surface-feeding bass on the scene, all taking their best shot, boiling the surface behind the ima Skimmer’s tail.

If there’s ever anything that gets a non-committal bass to bite, it is other bass feeding in front of it – and that’s the competitive feeding cue that the Skimmer’s tail-stirring movement sends out to every bass within range of sensing the surface-feeding boils trailing out behind the Skimmer.

Stir Bass Into a Frenzy of Instant Excitement

Each wide and sudden boil stirring the surface is an instinctive and universal signal of competitive feeding action that calls bass in from far and wide to take advantage of the feeding frenzy that’s going on behind the Skimmer.

Why Not Stir Up a Surface Feeding Frenzy on Every Cast?

With ima’s new Skimmer. It’s 4-1/2 inches long and weighs 3/8 oz with two sticky-sharp premium #4 Owner trebles.

ima’s New Rock N Vibe Lipless Crankbait

In Japan, what bass fishing means to an angler and to a lure manufacturer is a little different than here.

There is a stronger awareness of precisely how each and every manufacturer and model of Japanese bait measures against all others.

In one Japanese fishing magazine in particular, Lure Magazine, the highly-educated readers vote on lure rankings. There are endless pages that rank all models of crankbaits, all models of topwaters, soft baits and so on. Then there are pages that rank all models of baits for this lake or that river, etc. In this regard, Japanese anglers are much more aware of the many baits, the distinctions between manufacturers and models of them.

Japanese anglers are more aware and bestow more honor on their lure designers too. In the case of ima’s new Rock N Vibe, it is the creation of Japanese lure designer, Hide Iimura. The individuals who conceive each new Japanese lure design are famous for it. They’re held in high regard as true artists. After all, the goal of all art is to imitate or reflect some facet of life, and isn’t that just what a lure is? An imitation that reflects life so well, it is mistaken for it.

It is not uncommon for a devout Japanese bass angler to have a sacred kind of fishing corner in his house. It is just a small space where his rods, reels, lures, tackle bag, fishing vest or jacket, hat and other accessories are prepared and laid out in this special corner in a noble manner when he is not using them. His corner may contain photos, a lucky charm or other special fishing object like that. In this way, no matter what else goes on in his life, his fishing corner remains tranquil and always ready. One look at it brings back the many memories his fishing corner holds of fish and friends past… and it harbors his wishes of fishes yet to come in his future.

Lures, of course, are an important part of this. After all, it is only the lure that the fish dreams to bite. The fish hasn’t any interest whatsoever in the rod, reel, line, fishing vest, patches, hat, tackle bag, boat, motor, trailer, electronics or tow rig. All necessary? Surely. Yet the fish dreams of the lure alone, and the fish honors the manufacturer who made it and honors the angler who presents this lure to the fish in the manner that is fitting for the fish to bite it.

The moment when the fish is lured and played…when the hook’s hold is removed from his lip…when the man has an astonishingly fine fish in his hand. He respects it, thanks it for making the dream his reality, and returns it carefully back to its life.

It’s then that the man and the fish have both been set free. Time and life’s troubles do not exist at that moment. It is the moment that fishing means. It is the moment that lives forever – never to be forgotten, not to be excused, confused or compromised – in the angler’s sacred corner he sets aside within his fishing mind.

That is the moment when the folks at ima hope to make all your fishing dreams come true! It’s what they work for, strive to reach for in their perfection of lures worthy of you, to make the fish of your dreams become your reality.

ima’s latest offering for you in the pursuit of your dreams is the Rock N Vibe lipless vibrating crankbait.

Before tying the Rock N Vibe on your line, cup it carefully in the palm of your hand and shake it. You’ll hear and feel a vibrancy not found in other lipless cranks. It’s almost the noise and feel of something alive in your hand, such as a cicada or other noise-making insect.

The Rock N Vibe does not make an excessively loud noise, but it is a more natural or vibrant noise than many other rattling cranks. In addition to noise, the Rock N Vibe generates a high vibration that feels like a buzz between your fingers.

Next, tie it to your rod, hook it securely onto a rod guide foot, and put that rod inside your car or truck with you on your way down to the lake. As you motor down the bumpy highway, listen to the rumbling noise made by the rapidly-vibrating Rock N Vibe on the rod in the vehicle with you. It’s more like a constant, low rumble than a rattle. More of a shivering or quivering sound all abuzz like some sort of insect or something alive.

As you cast the Rock N Vibe, you’ll notice that rumble and buzz manifest itself in the rod tip in a way that no other crankbait does. It’s not the way you feel a wide or tight wiggle with other crankbaits, but it’s a sort of bouncy, buzzy, vibrancy in the rod tip.

One look at the Rock N Vibe as it nears boatside, and you’ll see that same vibrant quality in the bait’s action. One way to describe the action is to say there’s a lot of side and belly movement in the swimming behavior of the Rock N Vibe that’s not found in other lipless cranks.

The sides and belly seem to wiggle and flicker like there’s no tomorrow, and the detailed color patterns simply dance and play like alive. It has a rather realistic baitfish swimming movement and action compared to the more mechanical and artificial actions of many other lipless cranks. It’s a work of art, imitating life.

When paused, the Rock N Vibe falls straight and true. It is a true countdown lure since it won’t tangle the line as it falls. Most all lipless cranks sink, but many spin or foul the line as they do, so they’re really not useful for counting down to deeper depths. That’s the last thing you want – a lipless crank that fouls itself when it falls or is paused, ruining cast after cast. The Rock N Vibe won’t do that. It falls perfectly true when paused or on the sink, making it useful to countdown to various depths.

This doesn’t mean the Rock N Vibe will never tangle. When popped sharply on a lift-and-fall or jigged erratically using a yoyo presentation, any bait will occasionally tangle. It’s just the nature of such techniques. However, the Rock N Vibe’s ability not to tangle on a typical stop-and-go or jerk-and-pause approach is a key design feature since fish often hit on such pauses or change-ups in the action.

Plus the Rock N Vibe will stay down at the depth it was counted down to. Most other lipless cranks won’t do that. Even if you can count them down without fouling themselves, many lipless cranks tend to rise up higher like kites once the retrieve is started, not staying at the desired depth like the Rock N Vibe will for you.

Feeling reckless? Try ‘worming’ the Rock N Vibe along bottom in deeper water as if you’d fish a worm or jig. Don’t flatter it by treating it in any special way. Totally disregard that you even have a lipless crankbait tied on, just hop and drop it the same way you’d work a worm or jig! The perfect, controlled sinking behavior of the Rock N Vibe is ideally suited for ‘worming’ it this way in deep water.

The fact you can worm it hits upon another valuable feature of the Rock N Vibe. You can use it at any retrieve speed. This bait can be fished at any speed from painstakingly slow to blazingly fast and all speeds in between. So whether the bass just want to lazily suck it in or aggressively chase it down, the Rock N Vibe will match the mood.

The Rock N Vibe is as much at home on medium spinning gear as on baitcasting, and it casts like a rocket on either outfit.

ima’s new Rock N Vibe is compact at only 2-1/2 inches long yet weighs a full 1/2 oz and sports two oversized premium Owner trebles that fish just can’t miss.

Give it a try and you’ll see why the pudgy little Rock N Vibe has that watchful eye and worrisome look on its face, because some big bully of a bass is constantly chasing after it!

First look: 4″ Tru-Tungsten Tru-Life Swimbait

First look: 4″ Tru-Life 6/13/2008 – BassFan Dock Talk

Tru-Tungsten made quite a splash last year when it debuted its Tru-Life swimbait at the industry’s ICAST tradeshow. Logically, the line is set to expand, and the company has released a sneak peek of its new 4-inch Tru-Life swimbait.

It’ll be available in two models – wakebait/slow-sink and slow-sink/fast-sink – and six colors. Pictured to right is baby bass. Sink-rate can be adjusted by adding tungsten balls.  Should be a dynamite bait for catching those medium size tournament quality bass, as well as the big ones!!!

ima Shaker

Welcome! To the ima EMAILER ~ May 2008 Issue
The IMA EMAILER brings you news from IMA pro staff members Bill Smith, Fred Roumbanis,  Michael Murphy and other Ima pro staffers across the USA and worldwide.

Good News! This month’s emailer is all about the ima Shaker crankbait.

Designer Bill Smith Debuts Long-Awaited ima Shaker Crankbait

Hello. It is BASSMASTER Elite Angler Bill Smith here and I am proud to say that I designed the ima Shaker for you. It is a small, flat-sided, shallow-diving crankbait with a thin computer board lip. At 2-3/4 inches long, the Shaker weighs 3/8 oz and runs 3 to 5 feet deep. With its internal weight transfer system, the Shaker let’s one reach unprecedented casting distances with a crankbait of this kind.

I designed the ima Shaker to improve upon and replace the flat-sided balsa crankbaits that are regional favorites in my section of the country, the southeast USA. I grew up fishing balsa crankbaits for over twenty years, and I know them well. I know what are balsa’s merits as well as balsa’s weaknesses.

Since the Shaker is the latest improvement upon and replacement for balsa, I feel it is appropriate to first share a few words with you about the Shaker’s predecessors – balsa crankbaits. So first, here is a bit of the interesting history of balsa cranks…

A Little Background on Balsa Crankbaits

Originally, going back over forty years, the Big O is one of the first milestones. The original Big O they say was whittled by hand out of balsa wood by Fred Young of Oak Ridge, Tennessee in the late 1960’s – and they say that is the start of balsa crankbaits for bass in the USA. Mr. Young was not the only one whittling balsa crankbaits in the region 40 years ago, but the Big O is the one to achieve some sort of national fame and lasting historical significance. It really only did that because it was reproduced in hard plastic during the early 1970’s by Cotton Cordell and quickly sold by the millions. But my point is that as far back as 40 years ago, hand-carved balsa crankbaits were popular and prized baits across the south even then.

Other early and legendary names in balsa crankbaits include Jim Bagley, Lee Sisson and certainly Rapala. As I understand it, these were on the scene since the early to mid-1970’s. Today, these names still have national and worldwide recognition. When it comes to balsa crankbaits, many bass anglers may be familiar with those names.

What’s not so well-known outside the region is the ongoing refinement of locally hand-crafted balsa crankbaits by lure builders across the region and states of Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois and parts thereabouts. This is all considered balsa crankbait country.

Especially within the last twenty years or so (since the mid-1980’s), many of the locally-produced balsa crankbaits used across this region have been refined to a fine art. This is woodworking and furniture-manufacturing country, where whittling’s a pastime and a handful of guys here have the modern toolshops and wherewithal to produce high quality balsa crankbaits.

There was an old gentlemen from whom I remember my Dad would buy hand-crafted wood topwater lures. This fellow worked in a furniture factory, and made lures in his spare time. This old gentleman did not even fish, but he paid close attention to the constant feedback from the anglers who were his customers, like my Dad. He’d make the changes they suggested to him, thereby improving his topwater products. Both the anglers and the artisan took a sense of pride from this. Over time, he gained quite a local reputation and following for well-made, fish-catching topwater baits. Now take someone with that woodworking skill and love, with a little tool shop, who takes pride in their work and also likes to fish, and that’s what’s been happening for the past twenty years in this part of the country with regionally-produced balsa crankbaits.

You can think of what’s going on here as being similar to what’s gone on with swimbaits on the west coast. For the longest time, swimbaits were a local phenomena, designed, developed, locally-made and used on the west coast as an effective way to catch the bass there. Of course, we see today that swimbaits work everywhere, not just California.

Likewise, balsa crankbaits made in and used across the southeast, have been local favorites for the longest time.

But as we’ve found with swimbaits, these balsa crankbaits (and now the ima Shaker) will also work everywhere, not just in the local region, but everywhere across the USA.

As a Bassmaster Elite Series pro, including all the places I’ve traveled, all the water I’ve fished across the country, 95% of the places I’ve been from coast to coast and border to border, these balsa crankbaits (and now the ima Shaker) have worked for me.

And I can tell you that there isn’t a Bassmaster Elite pro who I know who doesn’t have a box full of flat-sided, hand-made custom balsa crankbaits on his boat, ready to use at every event across the country. These are baits that are hard to get, that have taken years for many of the pros to amass the boxfuls they’ve got. Every pro has them and knows that at any time or any place, flat-sided balsa crankbaits can prove effective.

Introducing the ima Shaker

Now that I’ve gotten you interested to try balsa crankbaits, let me tell you that the new ima Shaker is an improvement upon and replacement for a certain kind of balsa bait – the flat-sided crankbait.

The flat-sided balsa bait gained a following in the Tennessee/Alabama market years ago. It’s real strong on the Tennessee River chain, and also on Ohio River system, where they seriously refined the trend of the smaller flat-sided baits to imitate smaller shad so prevalent there. Over time, this flat-sided crank spread throughout the southeast market.

The ima Shaker is the very latest flat-sided crank that matches this most common smaller size of shad.

The Shaker has a very lifelike baitfish appearance. With the flat sides, the Shaker imitates more of a shad than the typical fat, bulbous, round-bodied crankbait. The flat-sided Shaker looks like a shad and has a more realistic profile. Yet it still has the characteristic wide wobble of a balsa bait.

However, the ima Shaker is not balsa. The Shaker is a new injection-molded hard plastic bait with a computer board lip. The Shaker is designed to have all the merits but none of the weaknesses of balsa.

Some of the big disadvantages of balsa crankbaits versus the ima Shaker are:

Good Quality Balsa Crankbaits Ima Shaker
They can’t take but one good hit on a rock or a log or the diving bill may loosen from the surrounding softer balsa lip slot. The main factor is durability, the lip stays in. The lip slot is molded (not hand-cut) with a very tight tolerance that helps fortify and secure the computer board lip within the surrounding, tightly-fitting hard plastic.
The line tie eye and hook hangers are screwed-in, slots for lips and belly weights are drilled and then glued by hand, not always perfectly. The component parts, hangers, eyes, weighting system and lip are precisely fitted into injected-molded bodies, with little to no possibility of being off.
The hook hangers or front line tie eye can loosen up under a little too much pressure or pull right out of balsa. The hook hanger and line tie are molded in “figure-eight” stainless wire. Not likely to ever pull out under normal fishing conditions.
A balsa body will often break toward the thinner tail section, especially if a fish is hooked on the tail treble only. The hard plastic body is not likely to ever break under normal fishing conditions.
Balsa is a light wood and especially with the flat sides, hard to cast. It often waffles in the air like a potato chip, falling all too short, causing nasty line snarls or backlashes. The Shaker features an internal weight transfer system allowing the bait to fly incredibly far distances on the cast with greater accuracy and line control.
No two are ever quite the same, due to the natural inconsistencies of each piece of wood, plus the line tie, hangers, belly weights, lips are not always consistent. For any 12 balsa baits, you tend to find 2-3 are truly good and will catch most of your fish. Another 6-8 may only ever be average catchers, and 2-3 may never work well. ima has eliminated this problem of inconsistent baits. Every Shaker will run true straight out of the package. The buoyancy rate and action will be the same each time. We took a long time to get the ima Shaker perfect, based on decades of experience using balsa. We made the prototype Shaker the  best we could – and precision injection-molding makes it consistent for every single bait.
The good ones are hand-made and always hard to get. Often you have to be a pro or know the lure builder to have any chance. If you place an order today, the waiting list may take from one to two years for some. The ima Shaker is readily available now at fine tackle shops across North America. Anyone can get the Shaker, a lure similar to the hard-to-get flat-sided balsa cranks that most of the top pros have a boxful.
Because they are so fragile and hard-to-get, most anglers avoid using their best balsa cranks in heavy cover, the very places that fish favor most. The ima Shaker can be fished through all difficult cover – around docks, rocks, stumps – that would utterly destroy a balsa crankbait. The bodies won’t break or chip and loose chunks (like balsa does) when they flare off of wood or a rock.
Good quality balsa cranks are expensive. The Shaker costs less than good hand-made balsa crankbaits. The Shaker is a GREAT BUY when you think that you are spending more for a hand-made balsa bait that you don’t know will run true and balsa has the potential of getting destroyed quickly.

As you can see above, the Shaker is designed to imitate a balsa bait, and improve on it. The advantages of the Shaker over balsa are many – more durable, lasts longer and with its internal weight transfer system, is easier and more accurate to cast than balsa.

Because a flat-sided balsa crank is such a poor casting lure, a lot of time you can only use one with 6-8 pound spinning gear to have any hope of casting a decent distance. Even then, you are probably talking about a 40 foot cast with a balsa crank on light line spinning gear versus a 60 foot cast with the ima Shaker on 10-15 pound baitcasting gear. That heavier grade of baitcasting gear could pull a balsa crank apart like it was cotton candy – if you could even cast a balsa bait on such gear (you really can’t).

So you’re comparing 60 feet with the Shaker on a 10-15 pound baitcaster versus 40 feet for balsa on 6-8 lb spinning gear.

That’s 20 feet longer that the Shaker is in the water, attracting fish, on every cast. That’s significant and equates to more fish caught due to the Shaker staying longer in the strike zone.

So not only is the Shaker more durable, able to withstand the force of heavier tackle, but also casts much further (and accurately) and can be fished in dense cover that fish love.

Color Patterns

The hard-plastic injection-molded nature of the ima Shaker is a radical new departure from balsa crankbaits – but the finishes and color patterns are not.

The ima Shaker finishes make them look like they’re balsa cranks. When painted and finished, it’s hard to tell at first whether the Shaker is plastic or wood.

We’ve tried to stay true to the well-known regional color patterns used on hand-made balsa cranks across the southeast, plus we’ve stayed with the unique names used for these regional color patterns.

The guys in the southeast who throw balsa cranks will be familiar with these names and colors. They are derived from favorite colors of parochial balsa baits –  like the color Plemmons is one of the most famous. That has been around for ages, and everyone in the region knows what color it is just from the name – Plemmons.

Besides Plemmons, Coach Dog and Dolphin are probably the three most famous colors in the region.

Another unique color is named Hortin as well as Chartreuse Hortin. These are names that have never changed for ages. We felt a need to make the names and colors of the ima Shaker very familiar to the guys in the southeast in balsa bait country. At the same time, it’s going to be a little education or learning experience for anglers in other parts of the country. But don’t worry, you will get familiar with these colors quickly. When you catch a few fish on them, they’ll become your favorites too.

Another color is Lime Coach Dog. If you don’t know what coach dog refers to, it is a Dalmatian. They were trained in days of yore to run alongside and accompany carriages or coaches on the road. So the Coach Dog lure color has Dalmatian spots all over it.

One thing that Lime Coach Dog, Matte Bluegill and Coach Dog (shown above) have in common is that they are early spring time colors. I feel why they work best then is that they really imitate bluegill that are the prevalent forage up shallow then. I could never figure out any rhyme nor reason why, but Coach Dog always seems to work better when the bass first come up shallow in the spring whereas Lime Coach Dog tends to hold up and lasts a little longer through the latter part of spring. Matte bluegill is always effective as long as small bluegill abound.

Plemmons and Rootbeer (shown above). These are two solid shad colors. They excel whenever there are lots of shad around. Now, root beer always seems to work fished right in the thick of the shad. You may wonder about that, because it does not resemble a shad color. In its case, you don’t try to match the hatch. You try to stick out from the rest, and bass hone right in on it.

Some of the other colors – Black Chartreuse for instance, are old familiar standbys. A few of the colors, such as White Shad and Alabama Shad, are simply solid, universal shad colors. Don’t leave home without them.

We talked about color choices above being based on certain seasons or prevalent baitfish. Color choice can also be based on water clarity:

  • Clear water. Matte Bluegill, Hortin and Rootbeer are reliable.
  • Dirty water. Try Dolphin, Black Chartreuse and Coach Dog. There is a little bit of rattle sound which helps. Fish pick up on that little noise, plus the crankbait’s vibration can call them in from a decent distance in dirty water.
  • Stained water. The most productive water color, better than either clear or dirty water. For shallow-running flat-sided crankbaits, I always like to have some stain. A wide variety of colors will work in stained water depending on the season, the prevalent bait and other factors.

Plemmons is probably the favorite color of many because Plemmons works in any water color. So always give Plemmons a try.

Where and When to Use the ima Shaker

The ima Shaker is a shallow diver, running 3 to 5 feet deep.

Therefore, where and when it works best is in shallow water, no more than eight feet deep.

Simply, where you have bass in a water depth of five foot (less than 8 foot), that’s the strike zone within which the Shaker is going to work.

  • Spring and Fall. Bass are most often up in shallow water in the spring and fall. So the Shaker will work anywhere there’s shallow water during spring and fall. Especially in stained or muddy water, fish like to stay up shallow for a longer part of the season.
  • Summer. Once you get into the summer season, you need to dissect your lake or reservoir into the main lake body versus the side creeks, the upper river arms or tributary type areas.
    In the main lake body or big basin type areas, bass tend to move off the banks and they occupy deeper water beyond the effective range of a shallow-diving crankbait in summer.

    However, there are always some bass shallow all through the summer, especially if you go up into a river arm, the back end of a creek, an inflow end of a reservoir, or anywhere with a current situation, you can produce shallow bass on the Shaker throughout the summer.

    On reservoirs where water is routinely drawn to generate electricity or for whatever purpose they pull water, bass tend to move from deep havens to nearby shallow areas for the duration that moving water flows through those shallows. So even the main lake, when they pull water during the summer months, can have shallow bass willing to belt the Shaker at those times.

  • Winter. As in summer, many bass tend to pull into deeper areas off the banks in winter, and in the colder months of the year, bass tend to want a tight-wobbling crankbait anyway. The Shaker is more wide-wobbling.

For those who live up north in smallmouth country or wherever one bass species is more prevalent, you’ll be glad to know the Shaker appeals equally to all three species of bass, largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.

The swimming action of the ima Shaker is very unique. It took a lot of time until I got the action perfect. With all that’s written above, there’s just no way I can truly describe how well this crankbait wiggles through the water. You really need to get one and go watch it swim to believe it. Once you see that, you’ll want to use the Shaker all the time.

You can really hit rocks, stumps, shallow structure and not get hung up. Usually, when a crankbait has a real wide wobble, the hooks swing out from side to side and grab everything – but that’s not the case with the ima Shaker. You can go right through tree tops, stump fields and rock jumbles, and unless the bait gets wedged, just give a little slack, and it’s going to float up and over most anything down there.

Okay, here’s one last good tip for when and where to use the Shaker that I’ll tell you and then say goodbye. One thing I do a little different when shad are up on the surface away from the bank, over relatively deep water, the wide wobble of the Shaker swimming through the shad schools will break up the shad, cause the shad to flush, and that can provoke a strike. This little trick can work when bass are present, but not very aggressive on topwater lures. The fact that the Shaker’s a few feet under the surface, and busting up the shad schools as it comes through them can be effective.


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Carolina Rig Basics

I thought I would take a break from tournament coverage and do a post more focused on tips & techniques.  I found this info on Carolina Rigging which is very informative.

Carolina Rigging
D. B. Jackson

Carolina Rig

The Carolina rig is one of the most effective  bass fishing techniques on the planet. Two top 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series pros – Peter T and Kenyon Hill – consider it a mainstay in their arsenal on the tour. Between them they have banked over $1,000,000 using the technique.

And, the great thing about Carolina rigging is that you don’t need to be an expert to use it effectively. It’s easy to make and even easier to use.

The basic rigging is as follows: Thread a sinker and a bead to the main line running off your reel. Then, tie a swivel to the line. The bead should be between the sinker and the swivel.

Tie a leader to the other ring of the swivel and a hook to the far end. Attach your favorite soft plastic lure. Toss it out over your favorite structure or near your favorite cover and you’ll should be good to go.

Those are only the basics, however. To make your rig more effective give these refinements a try.

1. Sound: Beads are made from different materials. Each has its own unique sound as it smacks against the weight; some are loud and clank, others are soft and barely tick. Change beads to create a different sound.

2. Line size and strength: The line running from your reel to the swivel is important but isn’t visible to the fish. It’ll have no effect on lure action or movement. Heavy fluorocarbon or braid increases feel and sensitivity while reducing break-offs. Give one of them if you haven’t already.

3. Tie knots carefully: There are three knots in a Carolina rig – two on the swivel and one on the hook. That’s three places for trouble to develop. Take your time, tie your knots carefully and retie frequently throughout the day.

4. Adjust leader length: The length of your leader directly affects the way your lure looks to a bass. Short leaders tend to keep your bait near the bottom and restrict its action. Longer leaders do just the opposite.

5.  Hook size and design matters: A round bend model is not an offset worm style. And, neither is a circle hook. Make sure your selection suits your style of fishing and the bite pattern of the  the day. 

Buy good, high-quality hooks. Keep them sharp and make sure they’re big enough. Bass have very big mouths. They can handle a big hook.

6. Get creative with your lures: You can rig darn near any bait available with a Carolina rig. Hill used a 10-inch worm on his during the Pride of Georgia. And, don’t think plastic lures are your only choice.

Small, shallow-running crankbaits can be Carolina rigged. They wiggle just fine as they’re being pulled behind a sinker along the bottom. (Rapala minnows and Shad Raps are especially effective when fished this way along sand and rock bottoms.)

7. Vary your retrieve: Most anglers drag the rig back to their boat. That may work some of the time but it won’t work all of the time. Try varying the speed of your drag, give the assembly a hop every now and again. And never be afraid to do something different – radical – if you’re not catching bass.

Fish Harder Carolina Rig Components
Larry Thornhill

Ask any angler on the 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series tour and they’ll tell you that Peter “T” Thliveros is the master of the Carolina rig. Simply put, there is no one that has his level of experience and expertise catching bass with this simple, yet effective, technique.

Fish Harder Companies commissioned Peter T to design component parts for Carolina rigging.  They very best available to anglers today.

“We wanted nothing but the best and so, we went to the best. There’s nothing on the market today that compares to them,” says Tim Gregory, CEO of the Norcross, Georgia based fishing tackle conglomerate.

Peter T Smart Pegs
Tru-Tungsten® Smart Pegs are the most innovative on the market. The peg is designed to recess into the weight for better line protection and easy weight repositioning.  Works great for finesse carolina presentations with lighter weight bullet sinkers.

Smart Peg

Smart Pegs are available in two sizes and two colors.

Peter T Force Beads
These natural composite beads attract fish and produce an extremely loud and unique sound. Each bead is coated with a Duraseal™ coating for added durability and they match our colored weights and your plastic lure to make a uniform bait. They are lead-free and environmentally friendly. The added sensitivity will allow you to Discover the Feel® and the increased loudness will allow you to Fish Harder!

Force Beads

Force Beads are available in 2 sizes and 6 colors.

Peter T Finesse Carolina Weights
Tru-Tungsten® Finesse Carolina Weights increase sensitivity and minimize hang-ups using our insert free 97% pure tungsten. The rounded front easily works through grass and rock, while the concave design on the bottom maximizes sound due to the contact with our Peter “T” Force Beads.

Carolina Rig

Finesse Carolina Weights are available in three sizes and two colors.

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Kenyon Hill Wins at Clarks Hill

Fish Harder’s
Kenyon Hill Wins at
Clarks Hill

Kenyon Hill - Clarks Hill

Kenyon Hill, Bassmaster Elite Series professional, bagged 68 pounds of bass over four days to take the gold at the fifth, 2008 Bassmaster Elite Series event held on Clarks Hill Lake in South Carolina, May 1-4, 2008. For his efforts Hill earned $100,000.

“Most of my fish were caught with a Carolina rig. I used plastics rigged with a ¾-ounce Peter T Finesse Carolina Weight & a

Peter T Force Bead,” he says. “It was a dynamite combination for postspawn bass. I targeted hard points where the bass were roaming looking for food. It worked for me all four days.”

Bass Blog Break

Been awhile since I last made a Blog entry.  I have been on a bit of a hiatus due to the birth of our baby girl Riely Lindgren.  Up here it is finally starting to get warm enough to do a little fishing.  My first tournaments will be 2 club tournaments in Wisconsin on Bone & Deer Lakes – May 17 & 18.  I am looking forward to that, it will be my first fishing from the boat of the year.

Since I last blogged, my buddy Billy Harris from TN broke the lake record smallmouth for Old Hickory with a nearly 7lb monster!!

Todd Faircloth won the Elite Series tournament on Lake Amistad of a “magic tree”, we also got a glimpse of the new Tru-Tungsten Tru-Life Swimbait during the coverage used by Clark Rheem.  Man that bait looked sexy and he caught a nice bass on it as well.  I just got two if my own (7″ Bluegills) in the mail a couple days ago.  They look fantastic!

Well, it we be much easier to keep the blogs current once I get out fishing, so check back often!

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