Autopsy: Don’t Mess with
the Ima Big Stik
Introduction: The Big Stik was created by IMA and Pro Angler Randy
Pringle to draw big strikes from big fish and is not limited to use for just
largemouth bass. This lure is designed to attract just about anything that swims
that is large and aggressive enough to take on this noisy side to side moving
oversized pencil bait.
Meet the Ima Big Stik
We took this lure to the
Amazon and while other lures wilted under the pressure of ferocious Peacock Bass
the Big Stik performed beautifully and was able to both draw plenty of topwater
strikes as well as stand up to the pressure of these hard running fish. So
impressed were we with the durability of this lure that we moved up to the top
of our list for autopsies.
The Big Stik is basically an
oversized pencil popper and features a larger tail section
The Big Stik was
designed by Randy Pringle a West Coast Pro Angler and renowned guide on the
California Delta. Randy targets a variety of species and is an expert at hunting
both Bass and Stripers and also has made a few trips down to the Amazon to
The mouth of the lure is designed
to spit a lot of water
When creating the Big
Stik he told us that key attributes that he wanted to make sure were integrated
into this lure was a strong side to side walking motion, plenty of noise and
vibration to call up fish, and the durability to withstand brutal strikes from
top of the food chain species.
At rest the lure's head peeks over
the water line
The Big Stik can be
classified as a topwater pencil popper style bait that features a wider tail
section and more slender head, this design aids in the lure’s wide side to side
walk the dog motion. The lure is 7 inches in length and weighs in at 1.75oz.,
which is surprisingly heavy for such a bait of this size. The Big Stik comes
armed with two Owner ST-66 #1/0 hooks and the lure is available in a wide range
of metallic and transparent patterns.
The tail section is weighted to
assist with both casting and retrieve action
The Big Stik features a
relatively small head with large oversized eyes that appear to peer downwards. The
bait's mouth is designed to spit water and create additional
commotion, like batifish breaking the surface when fleeing prey. The position on
the line tie below the water level helps the lure really dig in and displace
large amounts of water when retrieved.
Removing the owner hooks
For our autopsy we
pulled out one of the very lures we fished in the Amazon, a Trash Fish patterned
Big Stik which had survived multiple encounters with Peacocks yet besides a few
minor scratches looked relatively new. Unlike the wood based Woodchoppers, that
got eaten up in the Amazon, this particular lure took a beating and was really
no worse for wear.
Clamped down and ready for autopsy
We observed the lure at
rest in the test tank and found that the tail section sat lower than the head
due to both the hooks and internal weighting. This rear weighting is no accident
and is designed to make the Big Stik easier to cast long distances. Once in the
water the weighting serves another purpose and makes the lure swing side to side
at the right angle once you start your retrieve. This makes it easier to get the
big Stik to walk at the right tempo over a shorter start up distance.
The Big Stik's finish is quite
Next Section: Cut, Cut, Cut! Cut the Big Stik open already!