2007 ICAST Lures Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 4 (Lures) - Swimbaits Reign Supreme
Soft Bait Inc.: So
which do you prefer soft or hard swimbaits? With Castaic you can opt for either
style. Following on their success with the Platinum soft bodied swimbaits, Jason
Scott introduced us to his new hard bodied Platinum baits. They will be
available in three different sizes and feature the classic realism we’ve come to
expect from Castaic.
hardbodied platinum swimbaits will be available in three sizes
Of particular note on these
lures is the custom designed, patented treble hook Jason developed just
for this bait. As with their soft bodied baits, this treble is held to the body
with a clever little magnet keeping it somewhat out of the way when swimming the
bait through cover.
The new baits
feature a patent pending hook design
This bait is pretty much a
direct translation of the company's softbait, giving anglers a choice of which
style they prefer. The nice thing about this particular lure is the full range
of sizes that the bait is available in, allowing anglers to upsize or downsize to
match the resident trout.
the soft bodied Platinum series, this hard bait has a handy magnet to hold the
hook right up against the bait’s body until needed
President of Castaic Soft Bait Company, proudly displays his new baits for us at
We spoke with Derek Yamamoto at the Kinami Baits / Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits
booth and he showed us the new 4” Swimming Senko to be sold and marketed under
the Kinami Bait brand. Derek stated that he likes the 4” version is better as he
finds it more properly balanced with a more fish enticing action than it’s
bigger 5” brother. When we asked how he likes to rig the bait, he remarked that
he’s had best success using a small jighead and either swimming it through
various depths or bouncing it off the bottom.
holds up the 4” Swimming Senko for us to inspect
Also new in the Yamamoto/Kinami
baits booth, or perhaps we should say, re-newed, was the Flappin’ Hog version
II. A patent conflict pulled the original Flappin’ Hog off store shelves just as
the groundswell began. Will the new version foster the same excitement as the
old? We’ll soon find out as the Flappin’ Hog II is already shipping to stores.
Flappin’ Hog features a re-worked set of flaps (see inset picture of the
original Flappin Hog)
holds up a package of the new 4” Swimming Senko packaged exclusively under the
Kinami Baits name
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