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ICAST 2023 Coverage


 

The Worthy, Wild, and Just Plain Weird Soft Lures at ICAST 2023

 

Date: 7/27/23
Tackle type: Lures - Soft
Manufacturer: Various
Reviewer: Team TackleTour








Introduction: This ICAST there was a wide range of soft-bodied lures introduced by American, JDM, and even a few independent manufacturers just breaking onto the scene. This year there was a lot to unpack in the soft lure category with a number of baits that looked worthy of tying on immediately, some that had wild features, and others that just looked plain weird. Here's a look at those soft baits.

 


The Scope Shad from Yamamoto Baits is a shad bait designed for forward facing sonar. It can be rigged for a vertical presentation of on technique-specific jigheads

 


The Yamamoto Yama Craw is one of the most realistic looking craws from Yamamoto and features a compact body and flapping craws. The body of the craw has specially been designed to be beefy enough to put on a jig keeper without splitting or Texas Rig with a sizeable hook

 


The Yamamoto Baits Yamatanuki is made from custom heavy soft plastic to make it easier to fish weightless. This hybrid worm/poop bait is designed for pitching, casting and dragging

 


Missile Baits also joins the poop bait wars with a hybrid worm, craw/poop bait called the Bomba

 


The Bomba almost looks like a compact craw, worm, or salamander and is designed to be rigged Texas and will fall erratically to the bottom while gliding and rocking erratically

 

Evergreen's Bow Worm Noodle is a 8" long thin worm that is very soft and is designed to be rigged wacky style

 


BASS Pro Angler Justin Kerr has been using the Bow Worm Noodle in competition with success

 


Crush City plastics are a collaboration of Rapala and Pro Angler Jacob Wheeler

 


The Crush City Bronco Bug features hinged arms, double sided, ribs, and forward facing legs

 

When the Bronco Bug makes contact on the fall the arms swing backwards like a defensive craw

 


The NED BLT is a TPE based NED plastic with a tapered ribbed tail

 


The NED BLT can be fished with the VMC free Swingin' jighead

 


New from Strike King is the Rage Luau Craw which is built on the body of the famous Rage Craw. Adding a plastic skirt on the other end gives the craw an exciting new profile

 


BassReaper designed the Mortal Kreature as a multi use craw/creature bait

 


The slender body id designed for punching through cover with fewer hang ups. The claws have wing-dams to generate some more water displacement and swimming action

 


One of the wildest looking plastics at this year's show was the J Bro's Lures Jester

 


The Jester can be fished by itself or as a trailer and features a ribbed body and 6 appendages at the end of the bait

 


At rest on a jighead you can imagine why this bait is called the Jester

 


G-Ratt Baits is famous for their Sneaky Pete swimbaits and is expanding into soft plastics this season

 


The G.Ratt Mixer is a 4" soft bait that is designed to work as a vibrating jig trailer

 


The Dixie Flip is designed for flipping and getting through the heaviest cover. It also can be used with stand up heads or as a jig/vibrating jig trailer

 


Baits designed specifically for forward facing sonar were popular this year and the Power Switch is Berkeley's new bait for the application

 


The Power Switch will be available in sizes from 1.75" to 5"  sizes

 


The Power Switch features a weight forward design to allow for precise casts and drop-ins

 


Pro Walleye Angler Korey Sprengel is a master of working live sonar and fishes the Power Switch a variety of ways and pops the rod tip to create a darting action, yo-yo-ing, and bottom bouncing

 


Nishine Lure Works in Canada makes some of the most beautifully crafted hardbaits and their new Drop Shot Minnow is hand poured and coated with salt to prolong softness

 


The Drop Shot Minnow features a symmetrical scale pattern, gill plates, and eye sockets. They come 7 per pack for $6.49 each

 


The bait is designed to be both fished vertically with light wire drop shot hooks or on small jig heads, which Nishine also makes (Smelthead white pearl jighead pictured)

 


Natural Selection Lures introduced a baby alligator lure called "Alex The Gator" molded from thermoplastic elastomer so that it floats and is very durable

 


Alex has a multi-jointed swing tail and is designed to be fished on the surface as a topwater creature bait

 


The Gobius is Z-Man's take on a goby

 


The Gobius is made of ElaZtech and features a "bottom-hugging" internal jig harness. It will be available in 3/8, 1/2, and 3/4 ounce sizes for $5.99 each

 


Z-Man first realistic ElaZtech line-through swimbait, the Mulletron LT

 


The Mulletron LT is designed for saltwater but can be used for freshwater as well. The bait will be available in 4'5" and 6" sizes
 


A look at the line through harness that is inside each bait

 

The packaging is designed to protect the ElaZTech body and can be used to protect the hook even when rigged

 


Jose Chavez is a talented lure designer that is responsible for many of the new Z-Man baits this ICAST

 


The Z-Man Rattle-Snaker is a easy to use tool to insert glass rattles into plastics

 


The tool holds rattles and can be used to insert the rattles into Z-Man ElaZtech lures

 


The A Band of Angler Roll Shad is designed by legendary bait designer Patrick Sebile and is buoyant so that it will land on the bottom upright. It is molded around a 6/0 hook and measures 6 inches and weighs 3.6 ounces

 


The shape of the bait's belly is designed so that the lure's tail raises up as the bait rests or is jigged on the bottom

 


Spro and John Crews are introducing a bottom rigged swimbait called the Megalogjohn. The Pearl Shad pattern shown
 


The most talked about, and controversial, soft bodied swimbait at ICAST was the Berkley PowerBait Nessie which is a soft bodied glidebait with a brush tail and underbelly harness

 


The Nessie Won ICAST Best of Show in the Soft Lure category which enraged anglers in the custom swimbait community that viewed it as a knock-off of the JDM Grow Design Flag Glide Bait. There are some differences including the tail design, hard fins, and of course PowerBait scent, but the profile and joint similarities are too obvious for many swimbait enthusiasts to overlook

 


Geecrack adds a paddle tail on the Bellows Gill to create the Bellows Gill Swimmer 3.2"

 


This bait is designed to be rigged horizontally with a belly weighted 4/0 EWG swimbait hook

 


The Imakatsu Lazy Swimmer 9 is a full sized ultra-realistic soft swimbait that retails for $85.99
 

The Lazy Swimmer is already available in the U.S. in 6" and 9" sizes. It is packed with multiple rigging options

 


The "Demon Tail" design kicks back and forth like a pendulum and can be cut down the center to create a more aggressive kicking action

 


Lunkerhunt launched the Compact Pooping Frog

 


The Compact Popping Frog is designed to be walked or popped, measures 2" and weighs 1/2 oz. The skirts come pre-trimmed to match the compact body and the lure is armed with a weedless slick-coated double frog hook

 


The Berkley Swamp Lord Frog was designed in collaboration with Bobby Lane for optimal hook penetration with a soft body and Fusion 19 frog hooks

 


The Jackall Kaera S2 Beat frog was one of our favorite new frogs and features two small blades on a single ring behind the bait

 


Pro Angler Jesse Wiggins shows us the various patterns

 


The blades on the Kaera S2 Beat create flash and a distinct scratching sound as they rub against each other. As with all Jackall frogs the patterns are awesome

 


FishLab introduced the Bio-Blade Buzzbait from bait design legend Bill Siementel. Technically these wire baits are hardbaits but FishLab is bundling them with their own plastic trailers

 


The Bio-Blade Buzzbait features a two piece blade design that generates a lot of noise at all speeds. The bait comes bundled with the company's Nature Series Flippin' Frog

 


Bill Siementel and FishLab are also introducing the Bio-Blade Spinnerbait which comes equipped with a BBZ Mimic Tail trailer

 


Another new hybrid bait from FishLab is the Nature Series Topwater Frog which has a frog profile with a swimbait paddle tail. Designed to be fished with a 3/0 or 4/0 hook it can be fished on the surface or sub-surface. They will come 6 in a pack for $6.99

 

Stay Tuned for Part 2 as we take a look at the most interesting hard bodied baits at this year's ICAST show. 

 

Looking for some these new Softbaits? Many are starting to become available at Tackle Warehouse

 

 

   

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