Our Best Bass Lures
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Pound for pound Bass are one of the most exciting fish to catch in freshwater, they’re aggressive and tough as nails. They can also be extremely temperamental, if they don’t want to eat it can be a difficult job to convince them otherwise. That’s where our LED technology comes in handy, the flashing red LED is scientifically proven to increase strike rates in freshwater fish like Bass. When you’ve got bass that are on the chew when you throw them a lure with a flashing red light they swoop on it and destroy it. The LED also works in a second way, the light can trigger territorial responses as well where Bass will whack the lure to remove from it’s territory, in both instances you will get more strikes from the LED. Dirty water, dawn/dusk, overcast conditions and after dark is when you’ll notice the biggest spike in bites on the LED. The light still works during the day it is in those peak times that you can expect to notice an spike in action.
Why LED technology works
One of the most important pieces of information to note with our LED technology is that it works brilliantly during daylight hours, at night the results can vary depending on a number of different factors such as the species of fish as well as the mood of the fish on the day. Night time fishing with the LED can be either excellent or the LED can become too bright and overwhelming for the fish, which is why we’ve developed an After Dark colour which has a significantly reduced LED for night time use. The significantly reduced LED in the After Dark works incredibly well, it is the perfect brightness for night time to ensure the best possible results are achieved from the lure.
A recent trip fishing for wild river Bass we dropped a car off at one end and paddled 23km downstream for the day. To kick off the morning we started casting Hunchback 60 surface crawlers around, at 60mm they are the perfect size for Bass, if there are eastern Cod in the vicinity they will hammer them as well. As the morning wore on we switched over to small diving minnows to cast around submerged timber and large boulders. I tied on a Trigger this is a 75mm minnow, it’s a great size for Bass, especially bigger 40cm+ Bass. Neil went for a smaller presentation in the Trance, a 50mm suspending finesse minnow, you can twitch and pause allowing the lure to sit there flashing the red light in the face of a Bass.
Throughout the course of the day we found three stretches of river that were particularly deep, these stretches hold both big bass and big eastern cod. To target this deeper water casting a lipless crankbait like the Juggernaut 65 is a particularly effective method, allowing it to sink to the bottom and slow rolling it through the bottom of the hole. The other way is to put on a deep diving Smoke 65 to troll through the hole, we pulled Bass and eastern Cod with this method. The Smoke 65 is a 15 foot crash diver, its works well on Bass as we’ve modeled the swimming action and body design off 3 types of bait fish so its highly realistic.
On a different trip in a bass impoundment known as notoriously tough to catch Bass in Glen and I set out a plan to fish the afternoon, with the hope of tangling with a couple of bass. During the middle of the day the plan was to work deeper points either vertical jigging with Juggernaut 65 lipless crankbaits. And also working these points positioning the boat a fair way out sinking lipless crankbaits down and slow rolling across the bottom, as well as casting the crash diving Smoke 65 down along these points. As the day wore on casting timber in 6-10 feet was the plan, throwing a large minnow Trigger and a finesse minnow Trance, throwing both sizes kept our options open. At 50mm the bite size Trance is a great option especially on a tough bite to draw a strike. The Trance was the reason we were on the lake, to test out the first ‘fish ready’ prototype. The action was great but it was the buoyancy I liked most, almost suspending. Cranking it down next to structure slowly twitching with long pauses proved to be dynamite.
When Glen hooked the very first fish on the Trance I wasn’t expecting to see what I did. Glen’s reel was screaming, he was desperately trying to turn the fish from a vertical standing tree thick with twiggy branches, just as he was about to be buried into the tree the fish changed its mind and turned to burst into open water. The fight wasn’t over yet, it was a big fish on a rampage, even coming up to the boat it took another massive dive sending Glen scrambling to get his rod tip low enough to allow it to dive under the boat without damaging his rod. Finally we got it up for a look and what a horse of a Bass it was too, I got the net underneath it and lifted it into the boat. A big ‘woohoo’ and high five then straight into getting the fish measured, photographed and released. It turned out to be 51cm to the fork, not a bad first fish for the Trance, and that was a PB for Glen in this lake after 25 years of fishing it. Its only early days for the Trance but it has already produced a couple of other stonking captures, it is looking like been a brute of a bass lure.
After dark is a new concept we’ve been refining for quite some time now, its a significantly reduced LED light specifically for night time fishing.