Location: Castaic Lagoon, California
I got a chance to test out this product during an afternoon of fishing from the shoreline at Castaic Lagoon, California. The packaging of the 2-Handee Tool gets straight to the point…. it says “Every angler knows you must re-tie often and keep your hooks “sticky sharp” at all times.”
Location: Branson Fishing Guide Service on Table Rock Lake Branson Missouri.
Rigging: ¼ ounce Dart Head Jigs as Swimming Grubs and as trailers on Jigs and spinnerbaits.
Conditions: Weather conditions was a cloudy windy day, Low Pressure approaching. Water color was clear, Water temp was in the low 70’s.
Branson Missouri, Table Rock Lake
Flooded Timber and Brush, Flooded Cedars, Morning Take off 7:00am, Partly cloudy then cloudy Skies,
3 – 5 Feet very muddy water.
After receiving a few of these Keitech Jigs for review I thought I would go out and give them a good testing on the flooded water of Table Rock Lake.
Products: Model 1 (Casting Jig), Custom Triler
Jigs are one of the top lures used to catch huge stringers of fish on Kentucky Lake and one of my primary go to lures on tournament day. When Brendan called and asked me if I would be interested in doing a product review of a new jig from Japan, my interest was definitely peaked. I knew what quality crankbaits were coming out of Japan, but was unsure what could be so great about a jig from Japan.
After receiving the new Daiwa Samurai braid from Bassin' USA for review, I decided to really put this super line to the test, so I spooled my twelve year old Grandson, Trayven Howard’s rod with the Samurai Braid. Trayven loves to fish Chatter-baits and often lets them sink into heavy cover. The end result is often a broken off lure. Not any more!
I was very excited to try the new fluorocarbon line Daiwa has just put out. It is spring time and I put the line to a real good test. The line was spooled onto a Daiwa 2500 Capricorn reel. I used 8lb test monofilament as my backing. I practically used the entire 125 yard spool to fill my reel over the backing. The rod I was using was a 6 foot medium/light power rod.
I received my Daiwa Procyon a little too late in the spring for me to use it to capitalize on the cold water jerkbait bite, but did get a chance to work it out on the spring fun bite that we all enjoy. The model I was asked to review is the PCN 601MFS, a medium action 6’ spinning rod, rated for 6-14# line and baits from 1/8 to ¾ ounces. It’s made from IM7 graphite and has a split cork handle and is handsomely finished in matte grey with high gloss black wrappings.
Products: TD Minnow, Double Clutch, TD Minnow Type SG, Daiwa Steez Flourocarbon
Have you ever picked up a lure and you just knew that it was going to catch bass? Well that’s exactly how I felt when I saw these new jerkbaits from Daiwa. The timing was perfect for testing these new beauties, with waters warming into the mid-upper 50’s. Candlewood Lake has an abundance of Alewife and the new TD Minnow does a great job of imitating these 4” bait fish.
That is the first thing that came to mind when I opened the package and found the Team Daiwa Advantage 2500A. Being from Texas the use of a spinning rod was never a tool I used that often unless I was crappie fishing. Then I discovered Split Shotting and the now famous Drop Shot. Even though these techniques were very useful in catching bass in tournaments, I never gave much thought to the reels that I used. I bought what ever was cheapest and did the job I wanted it to do.
Gene Larew has introduced yet another great product. The Tube Worm, a cross between tubes and the ever so popular stick baits, the Tube Worm will be a producer of some big stringers.
Some of the features of the Tube Worm are the oversized rings, a tapered body and short tube like tentacles. The oversized rings add bulk, causing a slow erratic fall and the innovative ring design has proven to increase your hook up ratio.
Products: Tube Worm, Floating Lizard, Mega Ring Shad, and the Fat Tail Tube
I recently was given the chance to field test four products from Gene larew, the 6" Tube Worm, 6" Floating Lizard, 4.5" Mega Ring Shad, and the 4.5" Fat Tail Tube. All of the baits were in watermelon or pumpkin/red and were of high quality. I was impressed with all of them, especially the unique Tube Worm.
MUST TASTE LIKE PIZZA...
This is what my three sons thought when they came in the house after I received the new products from Gene Larew. The new garlic scent was the only thing that you could smell in the house. My boys thought we were having pizza for supper and the fish must think the same thing. I took the new lures with me on a recent trip to Lake Champlain and the fish showed their approval. The conditions this day were bright, bluebird with a slight breeze from the north. The watercolor up this end of the lake is clear with 7 to 10 ft. visibility.
Ribbon Tale Floating Worm
We started out with the 8-inch Ribbon Tale Floating Worm (Red Shad) up in the flooded bushes. It was a perfect day for this with high blue skies to put the fish deep into the cover. The largemouth could not resist. We fished it on a 7' Kistler All Purpose Special (medium heavy) rod with 15 lb. line, weightless with a heavy wire wide gap hook to help with casting distance.
The next bait we tried was the Baby Hoo Daddy (creature bait, green pumpkin). We fished this bait in the same areas but changed our presentation to flipping and pitching. We rigged the Hoo Daddy Texas style with a 2/0 Mustad Megabite hook, 20lb. line, and 5/16th bullet weight on a 71/2 ft. flipping stick. After boating several nice Lake Champlain largemouth we decided to target some of the lakes famous smallmouth with the new tube bait from Gene Larew.
The Floating Fat Tale Tube (watermelon) is a little different. This bait has a large bulky profile, unlike the normal tube we fish up here in New England. This bait is a winner with the lakes smallmouth population. We fished it with an insider head and exposed hook on a 6ft. spinning rod, rigged with 10lb. test line. The lakes rocky ledges were are targets. We didn't notice a difference in the amount of fish we were catching with the new tube but they seemed to be noticeably larger than the fish we were catching on our usual tube. It could be coincidence or it could have to do with the larger profile. Either way it has found a spot in my tackle bag... learn more
Products: Floating Finesse Craw, Baby Hoo Daddy, 4" Tube Worm
These craws are salt impregnated, garlic scented, and three inches long. At Mt. Pisgah State Park, Towanda, Pa., I fished two colors (black/ blue with blue pinches and green pumpkin) as a jig trailer on a 1/8-ounce jig. I used a black jig with the black/blue craw and a brown craw jig with the green pumpkin craw.
Bass fishermen are learning what Italians have known for centuries - garlic is hot! As Emeril Lagasse would say, Gene Larew has decided to "kick it up a notch" with their Garlic scented tubes worms. I recently spent some time experimenting with the 4" size.
I was delighted when Bassin USA asked me to do a product review on Gene Larews products. First, let me assure you I have tested hundreds of products from various companies, some have not met my expectations while others have blown me away. I always give a fair and impartial review of any product. I NEVER test products in local farm ponds or any other private waters. All my testing is done in waters open to the public, under the same conditions potential users would face. I do not wait for the perfect conditions, in fact, I try to test products under good and extreme fishing situations.
Products: Baby Mega Ring Shad, Floating Series Finesse Craw
When first looking at Gene Larew's Baby Mega Ring Shad it presented a challenge on how to rig it. The lure looked like it was going to have possibilities, but it was uncertain as to what the best approach would be to unlock the full fish catching potential.