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TackleTour 2012 : Welcome to the "Creature Fever"
 

Date: 12/26/11
Event: TackleTour's Theme for 2012
Reviewer: Team TackleTour



 

 

Introduction: To be a successful bass fisherman means you have to be flexible and able to adapt. You need to be able to fish from the top of the water column to the bottom, shallow water structure, or off shore, make long casts to your target or flip your baits quietly and precisely just a few feet away. The rods, reel and line used in any combination of these presentations and techniques vary in length, power, retrieve ratio, diameter, composition, etc.. Is it any wonder why a bass fisherman's collection of rod and reel combinations rivals the club selection for a pro golfer? But in golf, you're only presenting one ball. Where as in fishing, your rod, reel, and line combination is just half of a very complex equation.

 

It's pretty scary if you think about it because the other half of this so called formula are your baits, and the selection process is just as intimidating: hard, soft, skirted, bladed, silent, rattles, weedless, exposed, lead, tungsten, scent or no scent. Factor in the costs to build a good stockpile of baits to cover a good variety applications including back ups in case you lose an effective bait, and we're left to wonder how we ever get our lures in the water let alone fish in the boat!

Another year has come to an end ...

 

... and while finesse has been fun, it's time to change things up again.

Paralysis by analysis is a syndrome that plagues many an OCD fisherman. Bet there is hope. One category of baits that most turn to in order to achieve both variety and ample back up supplies with minimal consternation is soft plastics. The versatility of these baits is unrivaled in everything from colors to rigging to shapes to lengths to how you fish them and most of what's required to fish a soft plastic is simply your line, a weight, and a hook.

For 2012, we're concentrating on soft plastics and the tackle surrounding them from ...

... worms ...

 

... grubs ...

... craws ...

... creatures ...

 

... toads ...

 

... trailers ...

You can get them in the shape of a worm, grub, craw, shad, trout, panfish, lizard, jig, frog, toad, or take parts from all of the above and create your very own creature. Manufacturers pour, inject, laminate, and now some are even hand painting their creature creations. They are available in obscure colors with equally obscure names reflecting the time of day, fruits and vegetables, breakfast items, and two dozen different varieties of “craw”. Soft plastics are easily the most popular category of bait products sold to bass fishermen all over the world.

... paddletails ...

 

... clubs ...

 

... stinky baits...

 

... crazy baits...

 

... scary baits ...

 

... gross baits ...

 

... to stretchy baits and more.

 

Conclusion: Acknowledging this fact, we here at TackleTour are pulling out our flipping and pitching poles and plan to dissect, create, weight, un-weight, punch, shake, drag, drop, split, neko, and get wacky everywhere from Texas to Carolina in an all out, full blown, soft plastics epidemic. Oh, we still have several products we're finishing up for What the Finesse theme, and yes, The Search for One will likely never end. In fact, Zander continues to Crank It Up so rest assured, we will continue weaving in all previous years' themes. But as Casey said, in 2012 it's all about the fever, and if she has anything to do with it, no one will be immune. Introducing TackleTour's theme for 2012: Creature Fever!

Introducing TackleTour's theme for 2012: Creature Fever!


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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