Berkley’s PowerBait Infused Spinnerbaits – The Power Blade
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While the Berkley Slobberknocker bladed jig
received the lion’s share of attention this season thanks to a strong ICAST
launch, one product rollout that has flew somewhat under the radar but is of
similar importance are the new Berkley spinnerbaits. The Berkley Power Blade
spinnerbaits are designed with numerous custom elements including signature
blades, sleek heads molded around sharp Fusion 19 hooks, and perhaps most
importantly, hand tied PowerBait infused skirting material designed to attract
- 1 oz.
14+ in most
3D eyes, PowerBait
Berkley continues to introduce new
PowerBait infused lures, and this season the company launches a new line of
Pure Fishing has been on an absolute tear when it comes to refreshing the
offerings across all their brands including Abu Garcia, Plano, Ugly Stik,
Berkley and many others. The team at Berkley have introduced a vast amount of
new skus over the last few seasons. Berkley has taken some flak from anglers for
certain baits bearing too many similarities in design to competing lures but one
big differentiator that the company has in their portfolio is their ever-popular
PowerBait attractant. This proprietary attractant has become a global brand, and
has been well known among generations of bass, trout, panfish, and walleye
anglers since the 80’s.
After Berkley launched PowerBait
jigs last season we knew it was just a matter of time before they launched
bladed jigs and spinnerbaits leveraging the PowerBait infused silicon skirts
Advances in both materials
and manufacturing processes combined with the Berkley engineering team’s desire
to expand the use of PowerBait has led to the effective inclusion of this
attractant in plastics, the uniquely textured and durable MaxScent line of
baits, and the infusion of the signature flavor into the skirts of jigs.
Meet the Berkley PowerBlade
After the successful launch
of the PowerBait jigs last year, we knew it was just a matter of time before the
company leveraged the scented skirting in other baits, and this season Berkley
introduced the Slobberknocker bladed jig and Power Blade spinnerbaits.
Dan Spengler, Berkley Lure
Designer and Product Manager, brought "a few" PowerBlade prototypes to Florida
Real World Tests:
This past January I headed to Florida for a series of events to learn about and
fish some pre-ICAST prototypes. One of these trips was focused on fishing
Berkley’s expanding Power Bait jig lineup in Florida. What I didn’t know at the
time was that Dan Spengler, Lure Designer and Senior Project Manager at Berkley
was also bringing along a batch of his very first run Power Bait infused
spinnerbaits to also test on some unsuspecting largemouth at the bass factory
that is Bienville. This is where I first fished the Power Blade and learned
about the design firsthand from Dan and other Berkley Prostaffers including
Elite Series angler Shane Lehew and MLF Pro and Co-Founder Gary Klein. After my
experience with the Power Blades in Florida I fished the mass production baits
in my home water in Northern California.
The PowerBlade is available in a
range of different blade configurations. The prototypes Dan brought were all
white but had the PowerBait infused skirts
Over the last few years as I’ve delved deeper into the rabbit hole that is
swimbaits I’ve neglected some of the lures and techniques that used to be my
go-to baits. There was a time that I never left the house without both a
spinnerbait and buzzbait tied on. While we were fishing the PowerBait jigs in
Florida Dan Spangler reached into his bag and pulled out about 30 spinnerbaits,
all of which were the same white pattern as they were still in prototype phase.
These baits were from the pilot run and the team was still tweaking the final
hardware and making decisions on blade combinations. The heads were done and the
familiar PowerBait scent was already infused into the skirts of these baits.
Like the Berkley jigs these baits use a combination of silicon and rubber and
the different strands are designed to both flare properly in the water and hold
the baked in PowerBait scent and taste.
Dan Spengler and Pro Angler Shane
LeHew throw the prototype PowerBlades
At Bienville there are over
20 different bodies of water, and some of which have a lot of grass and
submerged timber. Perfect conditions for employing a spinnerbait. While fishing
on day one Dan turned to Shane and me, held out a few of the baits and asked,
“Not a lot of color options but do you guys want to play with a few prototypes
of our upcoming spinnerbaits?” He didn’t have to ask twice and within minutes
all three of us were slinging the white Power Blades.
Shane draws first blood
In typical pro fashion Shane
drew first blood on the Power Blades bumping the bait into the submerged timber
and stick ups. A two-pound fish crushed the bait right after a bump with
stickups, a textbook spinnerbait strike. Before I could even finish taking
pictures of Shane’s fish Dan set the hook and by the bend of the rod and the
look of Dan’s face, I knew right away this was a better fish.
Dan catches a tank on the
PowerBlade and Shane one ups that fish seconds later
Dan proceeded to land a nice
fish which looked like it weighed in around 4 pounds. “Way to show up the pro,”
Shane joked as he proceeded to cast again and on that very next cast, he hooked
up again and muscled in a 6 pounder. I was still taking pictures of Dan’s fish
and said, “guess that counts as a double, looks like these prototypes work.” Dan
laughed and affirmed, “I couldn’t have planned that any better!”
exciting three fish flurry was my
introduction to the Berkley Power Blades.
The fish at Bienville absolutely smoked the
Power Blade spinnerbaits
Section: From Prototype to Mass Production...