2007 Fishing Gear Buyer's Guide: Lures and Baits

Lip-Stick Wacky Worm Hook

Lip-Stick Wacky Worm Hook

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Lip-Stick Wacky Worm Hook
$3.40 for an unweighted five-pack or weighted three-pack ¿¿ 800-786-3474 ¿¿ northlandtackle.com Wacky worming, the technique of fishing a soft-plastic worm or Senko-style bait that's hooked in the middle, is extremely productive and popular among bass anglers. Trouble is, most people use regular, long-shanked worm hooks, which are too big and aren't weedless. Northland's weedless Lip-Stick hooks are just the right size and work much better. They come in 1/0 and 3/0, unweighted and weighted. More Top Lures and Baits
Furbit The Frog
Chatterbait
Swimming Senko
Evolution Jig
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Furbit The Frog

Furbit The Frog

Furbit The Frog
$10 ¿¿ 951-676-6384 ¿¿ optimumbaits.com Last summer this odd-looking lure won a new product award at ICAST (International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades). Itユs a floating, ¿¿soft-plastic frog with wiggly rabbit-fur legs. Stranger things have caught bass, but I canユt think of many. In 5/8 ounce, eight colors.
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Chatterbait

Chatterbait

Chatterbait
$7 · 877-723-5873 · chatterbait.com Bladed swimming jigs for bass are all the rage for 2007. ChatterBait is the lure that started the trend almost overnight. Basically itユs a bass jig that fishes like a crankbait because of the wobbling plate. In 3レ8 ounce, 11 colors.
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Swimming Senko

Swimming Senko

Swimming Senko
$7 for 10 · 800-645-2248 · baits.com This 5-inch, soft-plastic bass lure from Gary Yamamoto is an instant winner, bringing together the successful attributes of Senkos and swimbaits. Fish it on a lightly weighted Texas rig or wacky-style. There are 13 colors.
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Evolution Jig

Evolution Jig

Evolution Jig
$10 for two · 866-454-6487 · evolutionjigs.com Lots of features combine to make this bass jig a winner. The hook eye is recessed so it can slip through weeds. A molded flange behind the jighead flares the skirt for better action. The weedguard is fluoro¿¿carbon fiber instead of some opaque material. Plus, it comes in sizes from 3/16 to 3/4 ounce in 11 colors.
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