2008 ICAST Coverage
A new tail,
bluegill, and upgraded finishes from A.C. Plugs
A.C. Plugs has been
hard at work refining their lures and introduced a new tail design on their AC
Casitas as well as the final production version of their new AC Bluegill.
The AC Casitas Rev. 2.0 features a
updated hybrid tail design and improved detailing
The A.C. Plugs Casitas has
been on the market for a while and is among the more affordable quality
swimbaits on the market. While the original paid lose attention to detail we
wanted more from the lure when it came to tail wagging action. It turns out the
team at A.C. Plugs felt the same way and at the show introduced a new “Rev2.0”
version of their popular lure.
The AC Casitas Rev. 2.0 comes
rigged and ready to fish, and now has better balancing and weighting than the
The Rev2.0 AC Casitas now
sports a hybrid tail design with scoops on both sides of the lower section and
is designed to wag realistically both when retrieved quickly and crawled. Great
care has also now been put into the pectoral fin design which protrudes more
realistically than other swimbaits, and new pelvic fins only add to the bait’s
realistic profile. Unlike many other swimbaits the A.C. plug comes rigged with a
treble hook on top and a new hook keeper system with a magnet prevents the hook
from damaging the body.
Oversized fins are now more
detailed and the Rev. 2.0 also has new pectoral fins
When we held the updated
lure in our hands we felt the lure was better balanced and the tail section was
much softer than before. Mark at A.C. Plugs went on to explain that the lure was
now strategically weighted for better balance in the water and went on to point
out the new stinger hook was now smaller so it would not hang up or alter
swimming action, and the lure was now finished with a more realistic eye.
The new tail design is designed to
move aggressively with varying retrieves
The price of the Rev2.0 AC
Casitas will remain the same as the original with the 6” retailing for 29.99,
the 8” for 34.99, and the massive 10” for 34.99. The new lures are in mass
production now and will be available this fall.
The new AC Bluegill is extremely
The last time we met with
Mark he showed us the company’s detailed AC Bluegill lure. At that meeting the
lure had the tail clipped but at ICAST they were able to show us the final lure
complete with the very same tail now gracing the AC Casitas.
Like the AC Casitas Rev. 2.0
features the new hybrid tail design
The final AC Bluegill
looked even better than the prototype and final specifications include internal
foam that contributes to a more realistic profile and action, owner hooks and
split rings, and flared pectoral fins. The AC Bluegill will be available this
fall as well and will retail for 24.99 for the 4” and 26.99 for the 6” size.
AC Plugs improves the finishes of
many of their hardbaits
AC Plugs also introduces
new more realistic finishes in their hardbaits and the AC StickBait and Mag Shad
both benefit from more convincing designs. There will be a slight increase in
cost for the updated finishes, as they cost more to produce.
The legend himself, Allan Cole and
the team at A.C. Plugs have made a lot of advances this year with their big
In addition to these new
updates the team at A.C. Plugs hinted to us that they have been working on a new
hardbait for three years and are nearing the final phase in development and
testing. While the prototype was not ready for public consumption we look
forward to seeing just what the guys at A.C Plugs have up their sleeves.