Article: Show Coverage
The Swimbait Craze was in full effect as new baits were showcased at the
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Introduction: The swimbait craze is upon us with manufacturers offering
up their interpretation of big fish baits left and right, but those in the know
realize that the truly innovative and most sought after baits are coming out of
the West Coast, and for the four short days of the Sacramento ISE, the swimbait
party was right here in California!
Ok...so this is actually a real
trout that also attended the ISE Sac show, but the event was loaded with quality
swimbait manufacturers that have products that will have you and bass guessing
which is the real fish
The party was being held over
at the SwimbaitNation booth where a few of California’s most prestigious
swimbait designers were present to show their wares.
The booth was populated with some of the pioneers in the swimbait
industry, as well as some up and coming companies exhibiting their sizeable
baits. Just a few short months ago, we published our review of the Huddleston
Deluxe 8” Trout Swimbait. I guess no one bothered to tell Ken Huddleston!
Apparently, he had only just read it a couple of weeks ago.
It was quite the
honor to be able and meet one of the swimbait industry’s pioneers, Ken
Our friend, Tom LeoGrande, Editor of BassWest
Magazine, introduced us to the Master himself who proudly showed us a limited
color version of his bait, juvenile trout, that he painted specifically for this
show. These special baits were signed and numbered right on the tail. At the
show consumers were hunting for the first numbered baits, and number 1 through
20 were long gone well before we ever entered the booth.
painted a limited number of his famous bait in this juvenile trout pattern
especially for this show
Ken went on to tell us he has a new, smaller bait
in the works patterned after a shad. The bait is in its final testing phases now
and we look forward to hearing and seeing more of this new bait as it becomes
Each of the baits in
this limited edition color were individually numbered and initialed by Ken
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