Jerry Rago talks about the
Winning BV3D Swimbait
Introduction: The Bait Byron used was the Rago BV 3D pretty much
exclusively. He used it in several colors but, the dark hitch was the one we saw
him throwing the majority of the time. Byron was short on baits so Jerry Rago
himself made the drive Friday night to bring Byron some more baits. Jerry
joined me in the boat to watch Byron on the Saturday of competition. Although,
we had a small car key at the bottom of the lake incident, we had time to ask
Rago some questions about the bait.
We take a closer look at the Rago
BV3D which helped Byron Velvick win the Elite Series Golden State Shootout at
Clear Lake just a day ago
Spectators witnessed Byron
relentlessly casting a brown colored swimbait all event long
Leo: How long have you been working on this bait?
JR: Not very long. Once I had an idea for the bait
and got a hold of Byron. He told me yes, this is what I want and gave me some
changes it basically took about a day.
Byron checked the bait often
Leo: How did the name BV 3D come about?
JR: I built this bait specifically for Byron and
Skeet Reese knowing that it would be a great bait for Clear Lake and they are
such great Clear Lake anglers. Truthfully, the bait was originally called the
Hitch but, when you get a guy like Byron Velvick willing to put his name on it
how can you say no. Then when you look at the bait in comparison to most other
swimbaits youíll see it has a lot more detail, itís a 3D swimbait in a
previously 2D world. So it became the BV (Byron Velvick) 3D and that just has a
big fish ring to it, doesnít it?
Jerry Rago shows us the BV3D
Jerry swims the bait demonstrating
the subtle side to side tail action
This line through bait swims well
even at slow retrieves
Leo: Where can people get the bait?
JR: There is a list of retailers on my site
RagoBaits.com. We are shipping this bait as fast as we can make them and any
retailer interested in carrying the baits can also contact us through the site.
We have a ton of orders coming in right now, but, we want to get this bait out
to as many stores as we can, as fast as we can.
We previewed these baits months
ago when Jerry sent us a few prototypes and we brought them to the event. We
showed Kent one of the baits at the event...
...and he jokingly wanted to
conduct his own "extended tests"
Leo: Whatís next for Rago Baits?
JR: Man, we have a ton of new stuff we have been
working on and testing but, it looks like weíll have to hold off a bit on
releasing those in order to get the BV 3D out to everyone that wants one. I
showed off some of the new stuff at the Bass Jam in Northern Cal back in
November and have had some great reports back on some of those baits including a
42 pound sack at Lake Perris for Pat Keniry and Rob Dickson. I canít wait until
Byron gets his hands on one of those!
One of the actual lures that Byron
fished during the final two days of the tournament
After the event, we had one follow up question
Leo: Itís been a long time coming for a victory
with one of your baits? How do you feel about Byron being the angler to put
your bait in the winner circle?
JR: It couldnít have happened to a more deserving
guy. I have always been a Skeet Reese and Byron Velvick fan and I have always
had a great relationship with Byron. Weíve done a lot together with swimbaits in
the past and to have helped him, even in a small way, means a lot to me.
Cal experiences his own success
during field tests with the bait on Clear Lake, this hitch patterned swimbait is
the real deal