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ICAST 2020 Coverage


FishLab enters the Big Bait Fray with the 10" Hydra Glide Glidebait


Date: 7/8/20
Location: Virtual Event
Admission: Industry Only
Manufacturer: FishLab
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: It has been a year since the FishLab brand has been in existence, and it was last ICAST that the company debuted their original lineup of baits. Since that time the company has continued to increase awareness of the brand, grow distribution, and strengthen their overall portfolio. This ICAST FishLab looks to build on that momentum with a number of interesting new offerings, starting with a big swimbait called the Hydra Glide.



We knew with Mike at the helm it was just a matter of time before FishLab introduced a full sized swimbait... meet the 10" Hydra Glide


Hydra Glide: For many anglers nothing gets the blood flowing more than sending full sized swimbaits, and with each retrieve the dream of hooking a giant is enough motivation to power each following cast. FishLab is looking to enter the big bait game with a full sized glide bait called the Hydra Glide.


“Anyone who knows me, knows that I love throwing big swimbaits,” states Mike Bennett, Product Development Manager.  “Working on the project has been a dream of mine for quite some time.  There is nothing like the rush of getting bit on a slow retrieve of winding in a 10-inch swimbait.”

The Hydra Glide is every bit the big glide bait with a 10" profile designed for chasing large, aggressive fish. With its heavy-duty construction as well as heavy duty split rings and hooks, this bait is designed to produce a wide side-to-side glide on a straight retrieve, or an erratic side-to-side action on a twitching style retrieve. For anglers looking for a smaller profile the bait will also be available in 6” and 8” lengths and comes in five colors, Hitch, Rainbow Trout, Carp, Bone and Baitfish and all come in Slow-Sink. The Hydra Glide will retail from $17.99 to $34.99 each making them a truly affordable big bait option. 





The Bio Shad is designed to be worked at all speeds without blowing out (note this prototype does not have the rear feathered hook or nose split ring equipped)


Bio Shad: Anglers looking for a more compact wakebait may want to take a look at the upcoming FishLab Bi-Shad, a new wakebait for 2021. This  hard-bodied single-jointed top water bait is designed to deliver a classic wake action at any speed. 


The Bio-Shad baits will be available in 4” and 6” sizes and can be worked at a slow crawl all the way up to a fast burn without traditional blow-outs.  The double pinned joint connection was carefully tuned to reinforce the bait and keep it running true. Bio-Shad baits are a double hooked bait and feature a rear treble hook with feather trailer for increased attraction as well as a pre-rigged nose split ring.

The Bio-Shad will be available next year and retail from $13.99 to $17.99 in four patterns including, Shad, Sexy Shad, Golden Shiner and Chartreuse Shad, and are designed to target both bass and striped bass.


The Bio-Shad Tail Spin gives anglers a blade equipped bait for vertical applications


Bio-Shad Tail Spin: Rounding out FishLab's new lineup of hardbait offerings is the Bio-Shad Tail Spin, a blade equipped bait that is designed to be the vertical jigged or cast and slow retrieved. This new lure will be available in four sizes including 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 3/4oz and 1oz. The Bio-Shad Tail Spin will feature a willow blade which provides a large profile with a large flash with little drag on the bait. The back hook will feature Owner’s new bladed treble hook conversion kit.

The Bio-Shad Tail Spin will be available in Black/Silver, Blue/Silver, Perch, Shad and White/Silver and are designed to be fished for a multitude of species including, largemouth, smallmouth, striped bass, walleye and even light inshore. 

In FishLab tradition these lures will be reasonably priced and will retail from $8.99 to $11.99 when they become available towards the end of the year.










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