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Just recently picked up a job working in a fishing department so I was hoping to read up on some of the stuff we have.  I've traditionally been a soft-plastics guy for the majority of my fishing days, but I have more fishing time on my hands and have the luxury of working in a store with literally thousands of baits at my fingertips.  I'm just wanting to increase my product knowledge and know stuff to read up on or play with in the store.  Feel free to share stuff not considered mainstream or popular because there is plenty of stuff on the pegs I've never even heard of.  If you'd like you can also share why or why you're not a fan of a specific lure.

 

Thanks guys.

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My favorite jerkbait is a Matzuo Phantom Minnow. It's really cheap, but it darts around better than any other jerkbait I've used. It sells for like $2.29 or something. I don't see Matzuos in stores a lot though. For crankbaits, my favorite is the Rapala DT-6, and i didn't just jump on the DT-6 bandwagon. It has always been my favorite. Been killin smallies on the DT-6 for years.

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I'm also a fan of Rapala's DT series of lures. I like their CRR-5 squarebills too. I also like Strike King's KVD 1.5 and 2.5 squarebills. I'm relatively new to jerkbaits, but I like Smithwick Rogues and Rapala HJ-8's.

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DT-4 and DT-6's are a great small profile bait. A go-to lure for shallow fishing in the spring. Bait is smaller in the spring so this profile is a good choice

 

For the rest of the year I like Strike King Pro Model 5, 4, 3xd, 5xd's best for medium profile diving baits. The difference between the 4 and the 5 is the diving plane. The 4 doesnt dive as hard or deep and has a wider wobble. It is a good choice when the water is stained and the fish are in that 3-6' range.

 

DT-10 and better are popular but I dont use em. They have a slightly tighter wobble and also have some wiggle which people find value in but they dont dive hard at all when compared to other lures of that profile. To me the benefits of being able to work more strike zone is top priority and if they want a more subtle bait Ill change color or give them a silent option.

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Lipless- LV500

Square bill- speedtrap

Mid range- Deep Little N

Deep- DD-22

Extra deep- 10xd

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Any Cotton Cordell users on here?

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I'm kinda partial to Strike King/Bandit/Bomber lures.  They seem to catch fish, and don't cost the rights to your first-born to own one.

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2 years ago I was introduced to Bandit crankbaits the 100, 200 series and square bill. They are a great product, they stay true in the waddle (lol),I have caught 100's of fish with them over the 2 years. Also, they catch bluegills and catfish, and I'm sure other types too. I also like the deep diving kvd models too.

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I always have a strike king tied on. Tournament day the spro gets put on. 

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There are so many good ones out there it's almost hard the pick. I'm a big strike king guy by nature and really like the kvd series and the xd's.

Recently I've picked up some spro's and I really think I'll end up transitioning a big portion of my tackle to them. Don't mean to throw yet another bait in the mix but any of the dt series rapala baits are fish catching machines as well.

Lipless I like te red eye shad, spro's lipless, and the Excaliburs.

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kvd 6xd, spro aruku, for deep waters

kvd 5xd, spro  for midds

smithwick rogue for shallow and just about every color of the rainbow for squarebill - never quite know what the fish favor so have to be flexible... 

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Xcalibur for lipless and square bills. When the budget is tight I'll purchase H20 xpress lipless and square bills.

 

For mid to deep cranks I prefer the Bomber fat free shad baits. 

 

Smithwick rogues for jerkbaits. 

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I'm kinda partial to Strike King/Bandit/Bomber lures.  They seem to catch fish, and don't cost the rights to your first-born to own one.

These thee, along with Norman make up the majority of my crankbaits.

 

Very effective and reasonably priced.

 

Tom

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Strike King Red Eye Shad, KVD 1.5 and 2.5 squarebill, Rapala floating minnow and Zara Spook.

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Thanks for all the feedback fellas

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Shallow - kvd 2.5

 

Mid Depth - DT10

 

Deep - Little John DD

 

Lipless - Red Eye Shad

 

Jerkbait - xrap

 

Top - LC Sammy

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Bomber Model As, Rapalas DT series, Husky Jerks, Strike King Spittin Kings (poppers) and spooks.

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Any Cotton Cordell users on here?

Yep, the CC super spot is still my favorite or second favorite lipless behind the SK red eye shad.

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Shallow Cranks - Rapala DT4, SK KVD Squarebill, Excalibur Squarebill, Norman Mad N, Norman Fat Boy, Bomber Square A, Rapala Shad Rap #5

 

Medium Cranks - Rapala DT6, Rapala Shad Rap #7, Storm Wiggle Wart, Bomber Model 6A, Bandit 200, Bomber Fat Free Fry

 

Deep Cranks - SK XD 3, SK XD 5, SK XD 6, Bomber Fat Free Shad and Fat free shad jr, Rebel Deep Wee R, Bandit 300, Spro Little John DD and Baby Little John DD, ABT Lures Mini X2, Damiki DC 300

 

Lipless - Cordell Super Spot, SK Red Eye Shad, BPS rattle shad, Rat L trap, clackin' rap

 

Jerkbait - LC pointer, dynamic lures j spec, dynamic lures travado, Rapala X rap, Husky Jerk, Smithwick Suspending Rogue Jr.

 

Popper - Rapala Skitterpop, Heddon Pop N Image Jr, Storm Rattlin' Chug Bug

 

Walking Bait - Super spook Jr, Zara Spook, Heddon Spit N King, Rapala Skitterwalk, Zara puppy

 

Prop Bait - Rapala Skitterprop, CC Crazy Shad, Rapala X Rap Prop, Heddon Torpedo, Smithwick Devil's Horse

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Just recently picked up a job working in a fishing department so I was hoping to read up on some of the stuff we have.  I've traditionally been a soft-plastics guy for the majority of my fishing days, but I have more fishing time on my hands and have the luxury of working in a store with literally thousands of baits at my fingertips.  I'm just wanting to increase my product knowledge and know stuff to read up on or play with in the store.  Feel free to share stuff not considered mainstream or popular because there is plenty of stuff on the pegs I've never even heard of.  If you'd like you can also share why or why you're not a fan of a specific lure.

 

Thanks guys.

Lucky craft for anyone willing to spend over $10 on a lure, strike king KVD/Pro models for anyone who wants under $10

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Squarebill- river2sea biggie poppa

Jerkbait- megabass vision 110

Topwater- river2sea whopper plopper 130( for lmb) heddon super spook( for spotted bass)

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