Biggie, Biggie, Biggie,
Your Lures Hook Me…
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Introduction: River2Sea continues to expand their lineup with signature
lures designed by their well known prostaffers which including Larry Dahlberg,
John Murray, Scott Martin, and Ish Monroe. Earlier this season Ish unveiled two
new lures, the “Bling” spinnerbait and the “Biggie” squarebill crankbait. It
isn’t a surprise that Ish wanted to create a new squarebill, as the lures can be
downright deadly here in the Delta where he grew up. But the real question is if
there is enough room to further tweak the design of this established formula to
create a “new” bait. Time to take a closer look at the Biggie Smalls and Biggie
River2Sea Ish Monroe Biggie Smalls Crankbait Specifications
||2-4 feet (3-5
feet Biggie Poppa)
new squarebill, the River2Sea Biggie Smalls
always been known for their quality lure finishes and the Biggie does not
disappoint. Ish personally selected a number of patterns that will be instantly
familiar to both tournament anglers and everyday anglers alike, albeit they do
come with the eccentric names. Examples of these pattern names include the Da
Heater, Cold Blooded, and I Know It.
This new crank is a Ish Monroe signature bait
All of the
patterns are available in two sizes, the Biggie Poppa is 2-5/8” and the Biggie
Smalls is 2 ¼” inches. Were not done yet, all of these patterns and sizes are
also available in silent running and knocking rattle versions called the
Creepin’ and “Bumpin’ models (you have to smile with names like that).
Biggie is available in two size, the larger 2-5/8oz. is called the Biggie Poppa
features River2Sea #2 trebles, and the Smalls comes equipped with #4 size
River2Sea trebles. These hooks feature a dark finish and it didn’t take long for
me to discover just how sharp these hooks were as I stabbed myself right in the
finger during the very first inspection in the lab. It was finally time to see
if fish would be as easily “hooked” as I was with the Biggie lures.
look at the detailed finish on the "I Know It" pattern
To test the new River2Sea Biggie crankbait we head out to three well known bass
havens, Lake El Salto in Mexico, Clear Lake, and the Northern California Delta.
We fished the lure series with a variety of rod and reel combos and primarily
used Berkley Monofilament and Daiwa Samurai braided lines. We employed both rods
designed specifically for crankbait fishing as well as heavier and faster action
rods that are intended for a range of contact applications.
lures are labeled underneath for easy identification
So which lure do you think would be heavier, the Biggie Bumpin’ models which
come with a rattle or the Creepin’ silent versions? It is somewhat counter
intuitive but the Creepin’ versions that do not have a rattle are actually
heavier. For example the Poppa Bumpin’ model weighs 9/16oz. while the Creepin’
model weighs 5/8oz., and this weight difference is noticeable when casting.
Time to cast the Biggie Smalls
Why? The answer
is the intended action. The Bumpin’ versions are all about drawing attention to
the lure when the fish are more aggressive, thus the lure makes noise and is a
fast floater that will rise up quickly on the pause. In contrast the Creepin’
models will rise slowly when paused for a more subtle presentation when anglers
need more finesse to incite strikes.
Abalone Shad pattern makes use of real abalone on the head and gills