Monster BassJam 2010: Part 1 -
Big Baits in the House (continued)
Creeper Baits: One of the most interesting swimbaits at the show was the
"All American Trash Fish" from Little Creeper. This bait is designed to resemble
a variety of trash fish which are the common forage for bass across the country.
The first bait was hand sculpted using the body style of a Hitch as a model and
the body style is designed to mimic other "trash fish" including Alewives,
Perch, Smelt, Shiners, Suckers, Squawfish and even juvenile Carp.
Little Creeper's All American
Trash Fish is a very quality hand poured swimbait...
The baits feature exceptional detail especially in
the fins. Each and every bait is individually hand poured and features a
phthalate free plastic and the eyes are PVC hologram silver.
...which is available in just
about every color/pattern you can imagine
It isn't just about the look of this lure, Benno
Heune the Owner and Designer spent a great deal of time getting the action just
right and actually uses two different densities of plastic in each lure to not
only make it swim with a unique action but also increase durability.
The bait is easy to rig and
features a pocket design to make setting the hook with this weedless bait easy
There is also a provision to make this swimbait
easy to rig and just as easy to hook fish. A hook pocket in the top of the bait
holds the hook right at the bend versus just the point so the entire hook point
exposed in the pocket so the second a fish strikes the bait a quick hookset is
possible. The Trash Fish can be rigged with a 6/0 or 7/0 weighted Gamakatsu EWG
Monster hook or a 8/0 screw eye style hook. These baits are sold in packs of two
for a very reasonable $12.99. The quality of these baits look outstanding and we
look forward to seeing what they can do in the water.
Benno Heune, Owner of Little
Creeper Baits, shows us his hand poured lures
CL8 Bait: We caught up with Clayton Bryant,
Owner and Designer of CL8 Bait branded lures, who showed us a wide assortment of
new lures that exhibited the same attention to detail that his innovative nine
inch original exhibited. If you read our original
of the CL8 swimbait you will remember that this bait had a number of concealed
hooks designed to ensure that when a fish struck they would not get away.
Clayton Bryant had a lot of new
baits at the show
The new 7" makes use of this same hidden hook plus
magnet design but anglers will notice that there is a screw which olds the
magnet in place, this makes it possible for anglers to remove the magnet and
install more traditional treble hooks instead.
The 7" version is basically a
smaller version of the original
Underneath anglers will notice the
magnet can be removed...
Like the original the smaller 7" model features
realistic find and a collapsible design so the bait really can fit in the mouth
of a bass. These baits are available now and retail for $59.99 each.
...so that they have the option to
use more traditional hanging trebles if they prefer
Another new bait from CL8 is a very custom looking
rat bait called the Water Vole. This bait is designed to be waked right on the
surface or if retrieved quickly it will swim right under.
Meet the Water Vole, a very custom
looking new hand carved waking rat
The Water Vole is hand crafted completely out of
wood and was designed by Pro Angler Gabe Bolivar to be used for hunting for
kicker fish but after testing the team found that not only can it catch lunkers
but it catches everything from 2 pounders and up. Depending on the color the
company uses different materials including carbon fiber for the bill and quality
components are used throughout including Owner split rings and hooks and SPRO
swivels. Each Water Vole measures 4" in length and each and every bait is
crafted out of wood personally by Clayton. These baits are available now and
retail for $37 dollars each.
The upcoming CL8 bluegill makes
use of a soft plastic material and is highly detailed
It didn't end there for CL8, Clayton had one more
bait to show us, his new Bluegill which was constructed out of a flexible
material and features the same type of hinge design as his original CB-9
swimbait. This bait is very detailed and a matte and glossy version will be
available. Both versions feature a dual hook configuration with a single top
hook and an Owner treble hook underneath. These baits will be available soon and
retail for $29 dollars each.
The team at CL8 has been busy and
has a lot of exciting new lures this season
It is always fun to catch up with all the big
bait manufacturers and Monster Bass Jam is quickly building a reputation as a
gathering for some of the very best that the West Coast swimbait scene has to
offer. But it wasn't just big baits at Bass Jam, stay tuned for Part 2 of our
coverage where we check out some more lures as well as a few new rods.
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