2008 ICAST Show - Las Vegas, NV
Gary Yamamoto plans Crappie and Panfish line for October
Introduction: This ICAST Gary Yamamoto was
relatively quiet in regards to bass baits, mostly because the company had
already debuted new baits earlier this spring. But that didn't mean the brand
didn't have something up their sleeves and in just a month Yamamoto will release
petite new baits designed specifically to target Crappie and Panfish.
Yamamoto's newest line designed
specifically for Crappie and Panfish
Earlier this Spring Yamamoto decided to release
their ICAST baits early and debuted the Pro Senko for shakey head fishing, the
Pro Double Tail Grub for swim jigging and Gary's new
inline jig head for Texas-rigging weedless. These baits combined with new
patterns increased the number of bass SKU's in the Yamamoto lineup by over a
hundred new bass baits.
A example of the various new baits
rigged with a variety of jigheads
Fast forward to this ICAST and the company did the
unexpected, they introduced not bigger baits for bass, but rather smaller baits
designed specifically for Crappie and Panfish anglers. Russ "Bassdozer" Comeau
of Yamamoto states "Truth is, even Gary Yamamoto loves to catch crappie for the
pan, and in testing these new crappie baits, Gary had a heck of a hard time (not
that he minded) keeping bass off them, including big bass."
Tube: Yamamoto makes use of their
proven designs, just smaller, and introduces four new baits. The smallest of
which is the 1-3/4" tube. Tubes are used by many panfish anglers as they are
versatile and easy to fish in varying applications including ice fishing. The
new baits are designed to be rigged with a jighead either internally or through
The YamaMinnow is a dream come true for spinners and can be fished with a Road
Runner or on a traditional jighead. When it comes to jighead pairing with this
bait the sky's the limit and the YamaMinnow can be fished both slow and fast
depending on how the bait is rigged. The YamaMinnow will be available in a wide
range of patterns (many of them among the most popular traditional Yamamoto
colors) and each bait will be 2 inches in length.
Grub: This bait needs no
introduction, the Yamamoto grub is the stuff of legend, and the original
bait is what first made Yamamoto legendary in the Western US and for 25 years
the 18-series has ranked highly as one of if not 'the' most productive grub for
bass in the US West and worldwide. The new panfish version is shrunken down to
2" in length and can be fished all the ways you would normally fish the larger
version as well as on a Road Runner head.
Like the Grub the Ika needs no introduction to bass anglers and the new 3"
version for smaller prey is a slender smaller version of the original. The Ika
3" Crappie version has a much thinner midsection than the bass version and has a
less dense tentacle array as well, both of which increase the small lure's
finesse. The Ika can be rigged a variety of ways as well but should be excellent
with a round jighead.
Chief George Braswell smiles with
results from field testing the new Yamamoto Crappie and Panfish bait lineup
All of these new lures were hand tested by Gary
Yamamoto and the company's staff, and while most of the staff is most used to
targeting largemouth they had plenty of success with the new Crappie baits, even
catching the odd bass now and again. Crappie and Panfish anglers will finally be
able to take advantage of the proven fish catching abilities of Yamamoto designs
in just a month and a half. While the tubes are designed for Crappie fishing
they will also garner attention from trout anglers as well. While not a move we
expected from Yamamoto the four new Crappie and Panfish baits fill a need and
can even double as bass ultra-finesse baits.