Monster BassJam 2010: Part 1 -
Big Baits in the House
Introduction: This Halloween-eve Bass Anglers in Northern
California were given a real treat in the form of a tackle show put on by
Monster Fishing Tackle and Outdoor Pro Shop. We traveled up to Cotati to attend
the second annual "Monster BassJam" which was full of manufacturers, pros,
anglers and of course, plenty of tackle. We kick our coverage of the event off
with what so many anglers came here to see and buy... bring on the new
Monster Bass Jam 2010 had a little
something for everyone and a number of Pro Anglers including Kent Brown and
Chris Zaldain were on hand giving seminars and teaching anglers new techniques
The event was hosted at Outdoor
Pro Shop's flagship store in Cotati, CA which is less than an North from San
Rago Bait Company: Last year we didn't make
it to Jerry Rago's booth until about an hour into the show and by the time we
shook hands a good portion of his new baits were already gone. So this year as
soon as the doors opened we made a line straight for his table. Jerry showed us
a large assortment of new Rat baits.
Master swimbait maker Jerry Rago
shows us his latest injected rats...
Though most anglers probably know Jerry for both
his hard and soft bodied trout swimbaits he has produced an assortment of Rat
baits since the very beginning. Over the years he has continued to tweak his
designs and this show he introduced new versions of his injected Rago Rat. The
new version wakes four times faster and can even be used for burning
applications or even trolling.
...many of which come in new
patterns including translucent versions
The new Injected Rats are available in a wide
variety of patterns including translucent models and the tails are also
replaceable. Each bait comes with a single Owner hook underneath the front
section of lure. The new lures are just becoming available now and retail for
Another new Rat is a redefining of
New SKT swimmer swimbaits are
being made by Roboworm for Rago Baits
As reported at the past ICAST show Rago has
partnered with Roboworm for the pouring of a number of his soft bodied swimbaits
including the SKT Swimmer. The Roboworm versions feature the same quality that
you would expect from the brand are both very detailed and also slightly more
durable than the original. These baits will also retail for $21.99 like the
original and Jerry told us that he was also working on an upcoming mini version
Cal and the team from Rago Baits
Looking for an even more
collectible 22nd century Triple Trout?
22nd Century: Triple Trout lures were
selling quick at the show and at the Bassaholics booth the team had a number of
special editions that were signed by Pro's including Skeet, Ish and Gary Dobyns.
As you might expect there were no changes to this proven performers lineup other
than a few special patterns available at the show. That combined with the fact
that the lures were being sold at very special show prices made them a hot
seller at the event.
Zander bought four baits...
Zander decided to buy four of them and as the
order was being written and bagged up Cal tried to make off with the remaining
7" baits! This has long been a confidence swimbait for Cal and suffice to say
that his arsenal has been replenished just in time for our upcoming Amazon trip.
...while Cal tried to break the
Next Section: New swimbaits from
Little Creeper and CL8