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I know this has been covered before but it just hit me wrong today when hearing the word sexy shad for the 1000th time.  >:)  Do any of you ever get tired of hearing about the "coolest" lures?  9 times out of 10 it was already a lure and someone has promoted its use to stardom.  For instance, the sexy shad which is what I call in normal people terms a chartruese and silver or chart and shad whatever.  Its not any different than any of the yellow silver mixes of the past.  Another one really getting to me is the "shaky head".  My grandpa used to fish with nothing but a jig head on a curl tailed worm, and if you rig a standard jig head right you can get it to stand up a little and thats what he did.  Most pros would have laughed at such a primitive setup now they all throw it.  Same with the swimbait craze.  Rubber bodied minnows were one of the first soft plastics and used to be sold in walmart next to the beetle spins.  No dedicated bassfisherman ever picked them up because they looked stupid and childish.  Heck you would see packs 5yrs old with dust on them still sitting on the shelves and now they are all around you.  I for one like my tackle but I hate it when the crazes get to be like that.  I never really follow the lemmings over the cliff to the next one unless it seems like a legit product that has new potential.  Ok Im done now ::)

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My buddies and I always laugh about the swimbait craze...........for years we just called them muskie baits.

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It just seems there are too many people that are always looking for that "magic" lure.Ya know the one that fish large fish will just jump alll over as soon as it enters the water because it is sooo irresistable ::)

Lures are tools to be used along with the knowledge of the angler.Can't drive a nail with a screwdriver.You won't catch more fish no matter how much you spend unless you learn how to use what you've got first.

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Just ignore it.

Even by your post you giving it publicity and any publicity is better than none. If you advertise something in a way that makes people think they can't live without it, it will sell.

I-Pod?

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It just seems there are too many people that are always looking for that "magic" lure.

Well, I certainly understand your point, but there have been a few

"Magic Lures" over the years. The first I ever knew about was the

original Floating Rapala when it was introduced domestically in the

early 60's. The next was the GYCB Senko, thirty plus years later.

I bet some of the first swimbaits were considered "Magic", too!

8-)

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It just seems there are too many people that are always looking for that "magic" lure.

Well, I certainly understand your point, but there have been a few

"Magic Lures" over the years. The first I ever knew about was the

original Floating Rapala when it was introduced domestically in the

early 60's. The next was the GYCB Senko, thirty plus years later.

I bet some of the first swimbaits were considered "Magic", too!

8-)

Good point! I remember back in the '60's, what Buck Perry said when reporters asked him about the Rapala, as being better than his Spoonplugs. I'll paraphrase by saying that Buck took a piece of a willow branch and whittled it into a likeness to the Rapala; then proceeded to catch a bass on it, in front of those same reporters! His final comment was, "...yep, that's a pretty good lure alright!"

Obviously, the point of that tale was to convince people that lures are merely tools and not panaceas, for catching bass. Same holds true for color, which Buck insisted was the last thing you needed to worry about. Depth & speed control....the name of the game.

(But isn't it fun to buy all the latest gadgets & whatnots! ;D)

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It just seems there are too many people that are always looking for that "magic" lure.

Well, I certainly understand your point, but there have been a few

"Magic Lures" over the years. The first I ever knew about was the

original Floating Rapala when it was introduced domestically in the

early 60's. The next was the GYCB Senko, thirty plus years later.

I bet some of the first swimbaits were considered "Magic", too!

8-)

The Slugo in the late 70 's.  :)

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It just seems there are too many people that are always looking for that "magic" lure.

Well, I certainly understand your point, but there have been a few

"Magic Lures" over the years. The first I ever knew about was the

original Floating Rapala when it was introduced domestically in the

early 60's. The next was the GYCB Senko, thirty plus years later.

I bet some of the first swimbaits were considered "Magic", too!

8-)

The Slugo in the late 70 's.  :)

I didn't realize Slug-Os went back that far, but they certainly were "Magic" through the mid 80's.  Everybody was throwing them, myself included.  Seems the Super Fluke or Fin-S-Fish did them in.

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You know how it is, after the "secrecy" is revealed everybody goes crazy for it, reason why the Slugo was hot in the 80 's.  :)

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The Slug-Go was invented in the mid-80s. Excerpt from their site:

     "History of Slug-Go®

As hard as it is to believe today, prior to the mid-1980s, there was no such thing as a 'soft stickbait' or 'soft jerkbait'. "

As to the Sexy Shad, I assume they chose the name to make it stand out from the crowd. Names do make a difference. I'm convinced the Sweet Beaver craze was based as much on the name as the actual lure. Does anyone think sales would have been the same had it been called, say, Reaction Innovations Creature Bait?

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It just seems there are too many people that are always looking for that "magic" lure.

Well, I certainly understand your point, but there have been a few

"Magic Lures" over the years. The first I ever knew about was the

original Floating Rapala when it was introduced domestically in the

early 60's. The next was the GYCB Senko, thirty plus years later.

I bet some of the first swimbaits were considered "Magic", too!

8-)

RW makes a good point and Raps sold millions without TV exposure

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I agree RW that there are definately new lures and techniques that can do nothing but better you as a fisherman, thats inevitable.  My biggest problem is just with the "re-invention" of the same lures or techniques that others have used for years, mostly for the sake of marketing.  I am by no means saying that those techniques don't work, just don't get caught up in all hublub and use what works best for you.

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Simple solution, nothing to get your drawers all in a knot about

SOLUTION= JUST DON"T BUY EM

next problem

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I have always thought that there is way too much emphasis on the latest and greatest and also on equipment. There is nothing wrong with having great stuff but some people act like you can't possible feel a hit without a $300 rod....and how can you land a fish without a steez?

All equipment today is better than what we had even just 20 years ago.

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Rick Clunn touched on this subject or a tangent of it at least on the Bass Pros program.  He used Dean Rojas' success with the frog as an example of it.  Many see the result at weigh-in time but they don't see the actual dedication to using 1 bait for 8 hours and the time that may pass between bites.

They go out and purchase the lure and if they don't get the same success they perceive Rojas to have, they toss the bait away as garbage.  In a nutshell, there is no shortcut to success.

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The best way to decide if a lure is contender or pretender is ask yourself...

Does it provide an advantage over a bait I have?

Are there situations where it might shine?

Will I fish situations where I need it?

For example a swimbait draws big fish maybe better than any other bait in the right situations. But if you only fish the bayou and it stays muddy and is shallow and full of snags do you need one? A dropshot is a great finesse bait that catches lots of fish that are mostly smaller. But if you fish weedy lakes with 15in size limits do you need a light dropshot setup? All baits have limitations and you need to ask yourself will it help me catch more fish at times. Just because you dont need it doesnt mean someone else wont love it. Personally if I cant think of a time or place I fish where I think a bait might really stand out I dont buy it. For example I got a couple trout swimbaits for this lake I fish that is very clear and full of rainbows and big bass. I bought a small swimming jig for fishing smallmouth rivers and now its a favorite of mine for river smallies. Just think before you buy and you might find some great baits. :)

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I'm so annoyed with the whole Sexy Shad craze.  It's just about everywhere.  Even other lure companies are coming out of their own version such as Xcalibur's Foxy Shad.  

The sexy shad, swimbait, shakyhead, and etc., are lures/colors that's nothing new been on the back burner for so long in the bassin world that nobody really cared for it.  All of a sudden, somebody decides to use it again and have some success from it and then suddenly the fishing industry explodes into this craze of this so called New lure/color.

What's next?  The Jitterbug making a comeback in the future as the hottest new lure?  Wouldn't doubt it.

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To quote the great Rick Clunn when asked what would be the hottest new lure; Every thing old will become new, there are very few truly new lures or techniques, just a bunch of alterations of old ones.

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