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PRODUCTTPREVIEW: Berkley's 2009 Bassmaster Classic Baits

Date: 1/7/09
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Berkley
Reviewer: JIP


Introduction: For years Berkley have been secretly producing custom baits for their professional anglers, and not only after the Bassmaster Classic do they start making them available to the general public. They are taking a different approach this year as Berkley has recently introduced three new baits for the 2009 Bassmaster Classic that's happening February 20-22, 2009 at Red River Louisiana.


New bait designed for the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, Powerbait Crazy Legs Chigger Craw

Powerbait 4" Crazy Legs Chigger Craw: Berkley's series of Chigger baits have been extremely popular and effective at catching more bass. It must be the combination of Powerbait and the design of the lure itself. I really like using the standard Chigger Craw as a trailer for jigs I bounce at the bottom but now there's something new to add to my bag of tricks. The new four inch Crazy Legs Chigger Craw is a blend of the standard Chigger Craw and mixing in the Crazy Legs that we've seen from the effective Crazy Legs Jerk Shad. The new bait will not only be effective as a trailer for bottom bouncing or swimming jigs but can be rigged Texas or Carolina styles.


The Crazy Legs Chigger Craw now has those active appendages that produces much fish attracting action with minimal work from the angler


“When I won the million dollar FLW Championship in 2007 I was fishing with a prototype of the Crazy Legs Chigger Craw,” said Scott Suggs, Berkley Pro Team Member. “And obviously it paid huge dividends. The PowerBait 4-inch Crazy Legs Chigger Craw is perfect for slow or fast presentations, and is proven to catch fish in any conditions.”


The Powerbait Crazy Legs Chigger Craw is available in 10 fish attracting colors: Black Blue Fleck, Black Red Fleck, Breen, Cinnamon Purple Fleck, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Blue Fleck, Green Pumpkin Party, Pumpkin Green Fleck, Watermelon, and Watermelon Candy. Each re-sealable package will include six baits and will run for $3.99 per bag.


Whichever way you rig and fish the Crazy Legs Chigger Craw, the Crazy Legs will flutter wildly while the claws will flap as the lure swims

Powerbait 4.75" Slim Shaky Worm: I have to admit it, recently the last few times that I went bass fishing the conditions weren't ideal, especially those days after heavy storms and freezing cold temperatures. A few times I fished my standard winter baits and yes, I skunked, didn't even manage to catch any dinks. It's only those outings where I turned to finesse techniques that I was able to land some decent size winter bass, with one such technique being the shakey worm.


The finesse technique could be the key to winning the 2009 Bassmaster Classic in Red River Louisiana, one new bait designed for this style of fishing is the new Berkley Powerbait Slim Shaky Worms


Berkley is bringing us a new finesse bait for those tough days on the water when going light is the key to getting bite. The 4.75 inch Powerbait Slim Shaky Worm has a unique design. The "head" of the Slim Shaky Worm is fatter, mid-body has a somewhat gradual hour-glass shape, and then a slightly enlarged tail end that's not too big but it gives the worm enough mass to create subtle action and more vibration with the slightest rod tip movement.


“Many of the impoundments that the BASS Elites compete on are heavily fished by local traffic,” said Skeet Reese, Berkley Pro Team Member. “Finesse fishing has become a go-to method to coax pressured fish to strike. PowerBait 4 ¾ Slim Shaky Worms are perfect for these types of situations. It is easy to rig it on a light jig or fine wire hook.”


Designed to give the most action with the slightest rod tip movement


The new Berkley Powerbait Slim Shaky Worms are available in eight exciting colors: Baby Bass, Pumpkinseed, Purple, Green Pumpkin, Watermelon, Watermelon Big Red, Watermelon Candy, and Blue Fleck. The Slim Shaky Worms will retail for $3.99 each bag with 12 per package.


Gulp! Alive! 7" Super Worm: Berkley introduced the Slim Shaky Worm for finesse applications but they are also releasing a larger worm that can be fished throughout the year. The design has been available for many years as the standard 7 inch Power Worm and used by anglers all over the world but now the team is introducing the bait with Gulp! Alive!.


Introducing the Gulp! Alive! Super Worm


The Gulp! Alive! 7 inch Super Worm is sold in Berkley's Gulp! Alive! oval buckets and bags, soaking in the Gulp! Alive! juice that has been proven effective at having fish hold longer or come back for a second strike if the first was missed.


“It doesn’t matter what time of year or where I am fishing the Berkley 7-inch Power Worm is always in my boat,” said Skeet Reese, Berkley Pro Team Member. “But now that proven shape and action has been super charged with Gulp! Alive!. The Super Worm is an old school bait revamped to handle any fishing situation.”


The Super Worm is similar to the Power Worm except the Gulp! Alive! formula is added to the product


The new Gulp! Alive! Super Worms offer the same action and features as the classic 7 inch Power Worm. With a natural presentation and swimming tail, the 7 inch Super Worms are ideal for any fishing conditions. The available colors are: Black, Blue Fleck, Breen, Green Pumpkin, Watermelon, Red Shad, and Tequila Sunrise. The new bait will retail for $19.99 per bucket or $5.99 for a 7 count bag.


Gulp! juice makes these Super Worms more productive


Conclusion: Thanks to Berkley, professional anglers and weekend warriors now have a few more baits to use to bring home bag limits. Though these baits are designed specifically for the 2009 Bassmaster Classic's Red River conditions they are effective throughout the world of bass fishing as I've had good results from these baits just on a single day of fishing. More details are to follow but right now the Powerbait Crazy Legs Chigger Craw and Powerbait Slim Shaky Worms are the key to my winter fishing.


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