Tuesday, May 21, 2013

May Walleye Lure of the Month: Lindy Shadling

May 2013 Walleye Lure of the Month: 
The Lindy Shadling

The Lindy Tackle Company dates all the way back to 1968, when it was founded by the members of the Nisswa Guides' League located in the Brainerd Lakes Area of Minnesota.  Their goal was simple: to create a revolutionary new walleye fishing product that the world had never seen before called the Lindy Rig.   The lure they created was an instant hit.  The Nisswa crew went to demonstrations, fisheries, and seminars in the upper Midwest, soon the Lady Rig by the thousands!  The Lindy Rig has since been joined by the Dingo Jig and the Spin Rig as the top lures produced by the Lindy boys.

Soon Lindy outgrew the ability of it's founders to continue to finance the growth, so it was sold to Ray-O-Vac in 1973.  Ray-O-Vac had just purchased Mille Lacs Mfg., so they merged Lindy and MLM to create their Fishing Tackle Division.  After a few years of experimentation, the tackle division decided to stream line their efforts and focus solely marketing to the fastly growing niche of walleye fishing.  The company is credited with identifying walleye fishing as a market and also with developing many of the walleye fishing methods and products which dominate the arena to this day.

The Lindy Shadling is a lure designed with incredible attention to detail.  The Shadling successfully emulates both the basic patterns and subtle undertones of a variety of common baitifish species.  The secondary hues flash as the shadling swims and triggers savage strikes from all species of gamefish.  Add to that the ultra-realisitc holographic eyes and predators don't mistake the Shadling for anything other than real prey.  Lindy's cutting edge pull-point technology ensures the Shadling will track true out of the package every single time. It's tight wiggling action does not need to be tuned and will reliably perform at the highest trolling speeds needed for gamefish.

May Freshwater Lure of the Month: Z-Man Chatterbait

May Freshwater Lure of the Month: Z-Man Chatterbait

No lure in recent memory has had such a profound impact on freshwater fishing as The Original ChatterBait. With its patent-pending design and unique hex-shaped ChatterBlade, the sound, vibration, flash, and action of The Original ChatterBait is unmatched. The Original ChatterBait is designed to -Inchswim-Inch in an erratic motion that mimics wounde

According to Mike Shelton, the vice president of sales for Z-Man Lures, The ChatterBait was invented by Ron Davis, of Greenwood, South Carolina.  Ron’s father had also worked on the original prototype. Ron made the first of these lures in late 2003. Eventually a fellow named Bryan Thrift got hold of these early baits. Bryan fished as a co-angler in FLW bass tournaments and nailed some good fish on his brand new ChatterBaits.”

Like lots of us, Bryan wasn’t all that eager to let everybody and his brother know what he was using to catch fish. Mike says Bryan just kept things to himself.

That worked for a while but then the old fat hit the fan. “In 2006,” Shelton says, “Bryan fished as a professional in a Stren/FLW tournament on Lake Okeechobee in Florida. He didn’t just fish in the event---he won it. He caught most of his fish with a ChatterBait. Other anglers got a look at what he was using and that’s when things really took off. We’ve sold a ton of them since.”

There’s little wonder that word about what this new lure that combines the fish-catching qualities of a spinnerbait as well as a crankbait and a jig started spreading big time. Consider, for example, what happened later at a Stren/FLW bass tournament at Lake Falcon in Texas. There an angler named Jeremy Guidry boated a winning total of more than 110-pounds. Most of his fish, including the biggest of the bunch, were caught on a ChatterBait.

When you work an Original ChatterBait, you’ll feel every pulse – especially on braided line. That vibration helps to monitor the position and speed of your lure and it prompts fish to strike.
The Original ChatterBait is a great choice to fish heavy cover. The hex-blade serves double-duty as a weed-guard to keep the hook from snagging on weeds or brush. And unlike a number of lures, The Original ChatterBait won’t hydroplane on a fast retrieve. In fact, you can regulate depth by working it slowly, at a moderate rate, or crank the reel handle as fast as you can. The Original ChatterBait responds with the appropriate action to track straight and stir fish into striking.
The result is likely to be record stringers and monster paydays!

Features :
  • The Original ChatterBait is a great choice to fish heavy cover
  • The hex-blade serves double-duty as a weed-guard to keep the hook from snagging on weeds or brush
  • Won't hydroplane on a fast retrieve Regulate depth by working it slowly, at a moderate rate, or crank the reel handle as fast as you can The Original ChatterBait responds with the appropriate action to track straight and stir fish into striking
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May Saltwater Lure of the Month: Be the Crab

May Saltwater Lure of the Month: Be The Crab from CW Crab Company

From: http://cwcrab.com/about.php

Serious fishermen know it's all about matching the hatch. 
This basically means matching your bait to what the fish are naturally feeding on at the time. Being able to duplicate the bait and present it in a natural way, can mean the difference between fishing and catching or fishing and wishing!

This very concept has led to the invention of the CW CRAB.
It's a well known fact that ALL inshore gamefish love to eat baby crabs. CW CRAB is a patented crankbait lure, that has been in development for over fifteen years. The idea was to create a lure that looked and tracked like a real baby crab. The final design consists of the lure's shell and swim fins being molded from a real blue crab. No matter how the lure lands in the water it immediately inverts to the retrieval position. Once in the water the clear keel and bill disappear, giving the embossed legs a suspended appearance. When retrieved in water all of these realistic features come together to perfectly imitate a live baby crab. You can apply some of your favorite crab scent for the ultimate deception.

CW CRAB has been extensively tested on striped bass with phenomenal results.
Sea trout, flounder and channel catfish have also been caught. CW CRAB looks so realistic that while testing the lures and applying peeler crab scent, real crabs would sometimes attach themselves to the top of the lure. Crabs naturally do this to protect each other when they are peeling/ molting/ shedding. Blue crab go through several shedding phases each year. So when fishing inshore waters, bays and tidal rivers in pursuit of striped bass, redfish, tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, sea trout ( gray and specks ), cobia, black drum and any others you can think of! Even largemouth bass in tidal areas! Try tying on a CW CRAB and “Be the Crab®”!

CW CRAB is available in three different models. 
Floater, suspender and sinker to match any fishing scenario
you may encounter. CW CRAB makes a great shallow water bait, working a floater slowly on or just under the surface. All three models can be retrieved s

  • When fishing in current or tidal flow always cast up current, cranking and pausing the lure, allowing it to swim naturally with the current.
  • The CW Crab® is absolutely life-like. It looks, swims and even rattles. Add crab scent for the ultimate deception. Apply scent to swim fins or inside swim fin holes.
  • The CW Crab® packaging is designed to act as a scent tray. Open the package around the outer ridge carefully to preserve the integrity and detail of the package. Add your scent to the swim fin dimples in the top portion of the package shell and place the lure into the packaging allowing the lure to absorb the scent.
lowly in shallow water and walked across the bottom. When fishing in current or strong tidal flow, always retrieve the lure with the current. A great tactic is to cast up current of any type of structure. Swim the CW CRAB naturally through, over or even bump it against the structure. Retrieve slowly, pausing from time to time letting the lure go with the current like a real crab. Just “Be the Crab®” with CW CRAB.