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Interview - Lures


Talking Sebile Baits with Professional Angler Jarrett Edwards

 

Date: 6/12/09
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Sebile
Reviewer: Leo






 
 

Introduction: Just a few short weeks ago I was invited by former BASS Elite series angler Jarrett Edwards of Jarrett Edwards Outdoors (World Fishing Network on Dish and Direct TV) to head out on Clear Lake and film a show. During the filming of the show Jarrett and I got to talking about Patrick Sebile and his line of baits including the Magic Swimmer and plenty more.  What struck me as odd is that even though I spend more than 10 hours a day seven days a week working in the fishing industry or actually fishing, I have been missing a lot of information about the Sebile products.

 

Patrick Sebile is a 27 time IGFA world record holder who has fished in nearly 60 countries. His insight to lure design may be the most revolutionary or “new” thinking in baits in a long time. At first look, many of his baits look like retreads of previous bait but, as Jarrett explained each bait to me I began to realize how truly innovative these baits really are.

 


Professional Angler Jarrett Edwards is on the Sebile Prostaff and takes a moment to talk about both the company's current lineup and what's right around the corner at ICAST

 

Being that I only know the features second handedly, I asked Jarrett to run through the list of Sebile baits and give us the lowdown on each of them. The following descriptions of the baits are straight from Jarrett and what he has learned while working with Patrick Sebile on his baits.

 

The Flatt Shad: "When I first saw the Flatt Shad in the package I passed it off as “just another lipless crank”. It wasn’t until last fall that I first tied the bait on and let’s just say that it hasn’t left that rod yet! As with most baits in the Sebile line up, the Flatt Shad is available in my favorite “Possessed” series line up. The Possessed line up is where instead of glass or tungsten beads this series of baits have fluid mixed with glitter to provide the ultimate look and sound in the water. The fluid adds a unique aspect to the baits appearance. The fluid loads up making casting in the wind much easier. The fluid provides a very low frequency sound in the water unlike any other rattle bait. Its quite which is the key to not spook many species of fish in the clear water yet still has an awesome vibration to catch them in the mud as well. The appearance of the fluid in clear water also makes for unique natural colors that regular paint simply cannot match."


The Sebile Flatt Shad makes use of oil and glitter to create both a distinctive appearance and action

"At first appearance the bait is shaped like many other lipless cranks however once it hits the water it has an action that I have never seen on any other lipless bait. In my tests and underwater HD videography I feel safe to say that the Flatt Shad has the widest wobble of any lipless crank that I have tried. It wobbles so much that you would think it should have a lip on it! In the past I think we have been so brainwashed that all lipless baits should have a tight vibration. The tight vibration is caused by just about every lipless bait having a flat edge nose. The Flatt Shad has a rounded nose just like a normal baitfish however the secret to the lures vibration lies in its hydrodynamic shape.  The back of the lure actually cuts the water creating turbulence on both sides of the bait and under the belly. This unique design allows you to simply fish this bait much, much slower then other vibrating baits on the market. Don’t get me wrong you can still burn the bait with great results however its effective in many more ways then the standard retrieve.  My favorite retrieve is simply to make an extremely long cast and with quick 3 foot rod tip motions  and rip the bait off the bottom or on top of structure. This bait is so balanced that it very rarely will snag on one of its own hooks meaning proper bait positioning in the strike zone longer. It falls nearly vertical so the bait doesn’t spiral down fouling in the cover."


The back of the lure actually cuts the water creating turbulence on both sides of the bait and under the belly. This unique design allows you to simply fish this bait much, much slower then other vibrating baits on the market.

"As far as the bait sizes I try to keep things simple. If I’m fishing a spinning rod with 6-8 pound test I opt for the Flatt Shad 54. This bait is two inches long and weighs in at 3/8oz. making for extremely long casts on balanced tackle. This size also mimics many baitfish sizes and shapes in the water making anything that eats baitfish a target! If I’m fishing a bait caster with 10-12 pound test then I will go for the 66 size which weighs in at 1/2oz. This size of bait is a great all around size for covering water or vertical jigging below the boat. Last but not least is the Flatt Shad 77 suspending. This bait has all the same characteristics as its little brothers but this bait suspends perfectly in the water! Just like a suspending crank bait or jerk bait this bait dives between 1.5 to 3 feet and will suspend directly above or beside the cover. In the old days of my tournament fishing I have wore my arm out trying to rip rattle baits out of the grass, especially on super long cast. Those days are over for me, now when I hit the cover with this bait I simply pop it to shake off the weeds without fear of the bait sinking back into the grass. Another killer feature of the suspending model is how slow you can retrieve this bait. In the past rattle baits on long cast had to be worked fast until now!"


The Koolie minnow has a unique rolling action to causing this bait to be very erratic in the water. Jarrett has found this particular bait to be effective in mid to late spring as the bass slowly start moving up

Koolie Minnow: "The Koolie Minnow is really a piece of perfection in all sizes and shapes. My favorite version of this bait happens to be the Koolie Minnow 90 FT. This bait weighs 3/8oz. and cast like a rock thanks to the fluid level transfer on the possessed series. This happens to be the floating model which has a unique twitch in the water when retrieved with the right cadence. This jerk bait has a long clear lip that at first impression you would think would wear you out cast after cast. The truth is that the lip of the bait has a unique gap which uses 100% of the lips surface area to dive deeper and have much less fatigue on the angler at the end of the day. The Koolie minnow has a unique rolling action to causing this bait to be very erratic in the water. I have found this particular bait to be effective in mid to late spring as the bass slowly start moving up. We all know that this time of the year the fish are often spooky and it takes just the right presentation to get them to strike. This past spring I filmed an awesome show on Lake Powell with the Koolie Minnow 90 FT.  It was exciting as we had water temps in the low 50s and the bass were moving up daily around the newly flooded bushes. I had found out the week before that if you had used the suspending model of baits that the bait would get hung up in the trees. The floating model was perfect because I could hit the top of the bushes and slowly let the bait float back up triggering reaction strikes. This technique was key triggering over 40 bites per day! The Koolie series comes in variety of shapes, sizes and colors allowing anglers to target species in 2 to 58 feet of water!"


The Koolie series comes in variety of shapes, sizes and colors allowing anglers to target species in 2 to 58 feet of water

Magic Swimmer: "In reality this bait doesn’t need an introduction! Kenyon Hill, Bassmaster Elite Series pro won the Bassmaster Elite Series at Clarks Hill reservoir a few years ago as Todd Faircloth another Bassmaster pro rode the Magic Swimmer to a 2nd place finish in the Angler of the Year race last season. The list goes on and on in both fresh and salt water. With the growing world of swimbaits this bait has certainly earned its keep. Although I enjoy throwing the larger models I feel that few fish have been exposed to the smaller Magic Swimmers. I recently headed down to Clear Lake California (The swimbait capitol of the world) to see if big bass would attack the smaller version of this bait. My guest for the day was none other then Mark Crutcher (swimbait specialist and winner of over $200,000 in Clear Lake tournament winnings).  We began filming our show on a Monday after a 300 boat tournament just finished up. Naturally I’m thinking fishing is going to be brutal after all of the pressured fish from the weekend. My bait of choice was the baby Magic Swimmer in the sinking model (model 82 – 3.5 inches long in the White Lady color). I paired this bait with 5 pound fluorocarbon line and Mark and I began catching fish like crazy on it. At the end of the day we caught a 9, 5 and several 3 and 4 pounders on it. It turned out to be a great show and we are excited for it to air soon! While the standard cast and retrieve will work with this bait I have found a few unique ways to fish it. One way is to fish this bait just a like a jerk bait with hard twitches. This really drives the fish crazy, when you twitch it then normal retrieve, twitch it then stop. This technique has provided many strikes for us. My second favorite way to retrieve this bait is with a slow steady retrieve and with a quick 12 inch jerk of the rod tip allows this bait to do a complete 180 right back into the fishes face offering a tempting fish a nice snack!"


"One way is to fish this bait just a like a jerk bait with hard twitches. This really drives the fish crazy, when you twitch it then normal retrieve, twitch it then stop. This technique has provided many strikes for us" - Jarrett

The Crankster: "The Crankster is another bait that at first look appears to be much like the other thousand crankbaits on the market. The Possessed series, and its aforementioned fluid filled design, offers a non-rattle yet big vibration style to a crankbait. The unique shaped lips also creates a much wider wobble then a typical square billed lip. These baits are super realistic in the water and their colors, style and shape make them a must have for any crankbait enthusiast."


The Crankster may look like a normal crankbait but is also part of the Possessed Series and makes use of a fluid filled design to offer a no-rattle yet big vibration style action

So What’s next for Sebile? "I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Sebile USA office located in Colorado. This place was extremely busy with inventory leaving the shelves, getting ready for the UPS man! I was able to get a sneak peak of a few products getting ready to be packaged for the upcoming 2009 I-Cast show in Orlando. Have you ever just seen a bait that makes you think – no way, this can’t get any better? Well that was my thought when I saw each and every prototype cross my hands. Let me tell you hands down that these new products in my opinion are going to raise the bar for other manufacturers to strive for! What I saw with my own eyes were all new soft plastics, wire baits and blade baits!"

"For the plastic side I saw a killer Magic Swimmer that was made of soft plastic and the technology built into it is brand new and amazing. I can’t give out too many details but this one is going to be a major hit. The wire bait I saw marries a hard body with a rotating blade tail (Actually at closer look the blade is awesome – an entirely new design!) This will be great compact bait for open water, schooling fish and definitely a killer for suspending fish as well!  Again, I apologize for not giving off any great details, but Sebile is saving those for the ICast launch in July. Last but not least is spinner bait that will refine what a high end spinner bait really is all about. This spinner bait has a hard body with amazing detail. Just when you thought you have seen it all with spinner baits this bait has unique blades (a never seen before shape and design). These blades will start turning immediately when the bait hits the water!"

"It’s tough to describe these new products with simple words, and we can’t provide pictures in this article – you’ll have to stay tuned to Tackle Tour’s coverage from I-Cast to get the first look at these truly unique and innovative baits. I also know there are new colors being released and who knows what else the Sebile crew have up their sleeves for launch day! One thing is for sure bass need to beware as anglers everywhere soon will have some new weapons to get them in the boat!"

TackleTour would like to thank Jarrett Edwards for taking time out of his busy schedule to talk tackle and provide an inside scoop about what's coming from Sebile.

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