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Fishing Reviews  DM any questions! Owners: @fishingtothe_max FL @a_d0g NJ Partnered with @themnangler and @reelin_n_railin WOO! Tungsten Izzle Baits Arctic Baits

Everyone loves the original Zoom Super Fluke for its perfect profile, but it lacks the action of a paddletail that so many love for more aggressive fish. That's where the Zoom Swimmin Super Fluke Jr comes in. At 4" long, it serves as a great finesse swimbait, able to be fished weightless, on a ball head or underspin, or even dropshotted. Being a Zoom product, it comes in many realistic yet simple colors (22 to be exact) to match any baitfish in any water clarity. One of the first things that you notice that's different from the Super Fluke, aside from the paddletail, is that the body is a bit wider. This enhanced width provides a crazy roll to your swimbait that entices the most finicky of fish. With a fairly small profile, the bait pairs well with a 1/0 - 2/0 EWG, #1 - 1/0 dropshot hook, or smaller ball head when fishing it a bit deeper. The plastic is fairly durable, lasting around 3 - 5 fish depending on how it's rigged, and the action is great. The only nitpick I have about the bait is the packaging; the tails kink excessively due to the normal plastic bag. Of course, this is easily fixable by boiling the tails, and to be honest, I'd rather keep the packaging this way, because while clamshell packaging keeps your baits straight, it also comes with an added price. If you fish gin-clear water or are a die-hard finesse fisherman, give the Zoom Swimmin Fluke Jr a try.
MSRP: 3.99 for a 10 pack
Rating: 9/10
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When it comes to tackle boxes, there isn't much you have to consider when picking one out, just price, durability, ergonomics, and size. The Plano Pro Latch Utility Box 3650 excells in all of these categories. At a general 3600-ish size, the box fits in most tackle bags and boat compartments, and fits a decent amount of lures and (even line?). The box has two main areas: the divided space, which has 4 divisible rows, and the empty space, which is divisible into 4 rows with the included tabs. The large space on the right side is great for smaller tools, leader spools of line, but I love to use it to store spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. It works especially well as a skirted lure box (what I use it for), since the 4-5 sections can each hold 3-4 jigs or 5-7 trailers, and the large section can store spinners and buzzers. The box's components are top-notch, being a Plano product, as the box itself is durable and won't open when dropped, thanks to the great latches, which will only open when you want them to, not on bumps or falls. At just under 5 bucks, it also features a great price for its excellent build, so you can buy a few at a time without spending a fortune. For a great multi-purpose tackle box, try out the Plano Pro Latch 3650
MSRP: 4.59
Rating: 10/10
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Before the Super Fluke and Senko, the Lunker City Slug-go was the soft jerkbait of the time, and rightfully so. A true multispecies lure, the Slug-go can be used for a variety of fish ranging from pond bluegill to monster saltwater striper and tarpon! The 4 sizes available are what give the bait it's versitality, ranging from 3"- 9", and the action that each has is amazing. While the shape is minimal, the Slug-go is still very realistic looking, thanks to the spectacular colors and action. The lure can be darted on the surface, similar to a more erratic spook, jerked subsurface like a normal fluke, dropshotted, or hopped and swam on a jighead for those saltwater fish. The plastic that makes up the Slug-go is amazing as well, as it is fairly soft yet super durable. Hook size is strange with these baits, as you usually have to run much smaller hooks. I can only speak for the 4.5", but it requires a 1/0 EWG (Gamakatsu) as opposed to other similar-sized baits that usually fit 2/0 - 3/0 hooks, and I suppose the 6" would run a 3/0. If you're looking for a new soft jerkbait or just a bit of nostalgia, give the Lunker City Slug-go a try.
MSRP: 4.99 - 5.99, depending on size
Rating: 9.5/10
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From generation to generation, the fishing industry has come up with new ways and tactics to get the best out of each lure. Nowadays, it’s all about the nitty gritty things- some people swear by the difference of a 1/16th of an ounce, while others say that red hooks get more bites. Either way, fisherman want the most out of their equipment- and that’s no exception for soft plastics. I recently discovered a small company by the name of Combat Jigs- and they’re changing my soft plastic game for the better. In specific, the 6” Kazi Hellfire. This phenomenal bait can be fished on a Texas rig, jig head, line-thru, shakey head, and my favorite of all, a dropshot. Perhaps the most appealing thing about this soft plastic is the action. To describe it with one word is near impossible. The tail of this bait creates a big waving motion when hopped, and a small vibration when tapped as light as a feather. The tantalizing action will drive in bites as far away as you can imagine. Besides the action, the colors are perfect for every single waterway there is. There are bluegill imitations, shad, and even perch! Whether you need a super bright neon color (Acid trip) or a super realistic pattern (Bruiser), this bait’s got it covered. Overall, the 6” Kazi Hellfire earns the number one spot in my book in the most versatile bait out there, and the best dropshot imitation I’ve tried. Also, if I haven’t mentioned yet, the customer service is phenomenal. He’ll do anything he can to match your needs, and is a super nice guy... not to mention, he’s a veteran owned company!
Rating: 10/10
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The Strike King Bleeding Elite Buzzbait is a great, larger buzzbait that features great action, weedless design, and amazing hookups. If you've ever wanted to use a Whopper Plopper in heavier cover, then this is the lure you go to. The same can be said about many buzzbaits, since most have a similar action, but the blade on this one features holes that actually give the lure a gurgling, plopping sound that is very similar to that on a Whopper Plopper. In front of the blade, there is a subtle yet effective component that reduces hangups and grass; the Grass Cone. This little rubber cone let's the lure run through grass and heavy cover much better than the rest, and let's the blade spin easier, allowing you to slow your retrieve. Hence the name, this bait has a "bleeding bait" appeal, as every color contains a few bright red strands of skirting material to add to the effect of an injured baitfish. The hook on the buzzbait is also red, and is surprisingly strong for its diameter. It isn't the sharpest, so you might want to add a trailer hook, but that will compromise weedlessness and length. Speaking of length, the hook is a good ways from the blade, which means the bass will have a nearly unobstructed path to the hook. Because of this, you might want to ditch a trailer hook and just increase your hookup power. Coming in 3 colors perfect for any situation, (black works great for night fishing), the The Strike King Bleeding Elite Buzzbait is a quality product that should be considered the next time you're stocking up your tackle box.
MSRP: 4.79
Rating: 9.5/10
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The fall months are some of the best times of the year to pick up your rod and go fishing, so here's a guide to help you catch more and larger fish during my favorite time of the year.
Shad are like bass candy; whenever they're present, the bass go crazy. This just about sums up fall. Shad go up to the shallows during these months while they're at their fuller sizes, so that gives you the opportunity to throw normal-sized and larger baits. The bass are also generally larger and more agressive during this time of the year, as they are attacking schools of shad and filling up those big bellies of theirs. Because of this, you mainly want to use lures that imitate shad, so spinnerbaits, crankbaits, swimbaits, and jerkbaits are great choices. You also want to match the lure to the type of water you're fishing, so if you're fishing clearer water, go with realistic colors and flashy baits such as crankbaits, jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, and louder topwaters early in the morning. White is the best color to start with in clearer water, and chartreuse is great for stained water, as it's a little brighter for the limited visibility but is close enough to white to imitate a shad. Anything from 3" to 6" is great, as bigger baits will generally draw bigger strikes. Fish shallower areas and edges of structure for the best outcome, as the shad will also be trying to hide from the bass. Also keep in mind that as you near the winter months, you should slow down your retrieve and opt for slightly more "finesse" lures. If you are unsure how to fish during the fall or just aren't getting any bites, give these tactics a try.
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The rather new concept of "Trapper Tackle" hooks present a huge plus within the fishing community, as they make losing a fish darn near impossible. I've had a chance to use their dropshot hooks, and I must say, I'm impressed. One of the worst thing about fishing down deep is losing the fish, as they have a lot more room to shake the hook out, and the line has a lot more stretch (why I use a 10# braid to flouro line for dropshotting 😉). The trapper hook completely eliminates that threat. Just for fun, I've let a few fish run around with the trapper hook to see if it'd get spit... and it didn't. On top of it making a fish near-impossible to get off, it also presents your baits in a new way. On a normal round bend hook, the bait is primarily controlled by the action of the hook. With the rectangular shank, the bait can easily sit both nose rigged and wacky rigged. In this case, the bait is put back into control, which is super important when trying to lure out those super finicky fish. The only bad thing I've noticed about these hooks is the gauge. From my experience, I've broken (not bent!) a few hooks when snagged on timber or rocks. If you hook into a good fish, that may be slightly concerning. Overall, I think these are a phenomenal idea, and I will continue to use this product.
Rating: 9/10
MSRP: $4.19 (6pk)
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The Arctic Baits Snowball surpassed the BPS Baby Shad as my new favorite ultralight bait the first time I used it. Coming in at 2" long (for now), the plastic is the perfect snack size for panfish, crappie, cichlids, peacock, and bass alike. It features a ribbed body section in front, and has a long, ball-tipped tail that gives the bait plenty of action when jigged or swam. The ideal rigging method is with a small 1/16oz round jighead, as it is easy to cast and fits perfectly. The durability is great, as it will last 4-6 fish without tearing even with the ultra-soft plastic, and my favorite part; if the tail happens to tear off or you just want a more compact profile, the bait can be fished with just the grub body with great success. Just fished like a waxworm, the plastic can catch both small gills, peacock, and even 2lb bass (from experience)! The only downside I can think of is the color choice, as it is somewhat limited at the moment. Of course, Nick (the owner @themnangler) will most likely add more color choices in the future. Although the color choices are limited, the existing colors are amazing; they can be mixed so the tail is a different color than the body. For a super versatile ultralight plastic, give the Arctic Baits Snowball a try.
MSRP: 3.00 - 4.00 for a 12 pack
Rating: 9/10
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Flipping and punching can draw some rod-jarring strikes and monster fish, but only if you do it right. When it comes to flipping/pitching, there are two different situations you can find yourself in: super thick grass mats, or sparse wood and bushes. If you encounter the latter, then you'd generally want to use lighter weights. Anything from 1/4oz to 3/8oz should be fine, since you aren't punching through anything. This also gives you a wider array of lures to use, such as Texas rigged creatures and jigs, but if you decide to punch super heavy cover, then you should expect to be limited to only a couple lure styles. In heavy cover, you want heavy weights and strong hooks. You usually need a minimum of a 3/4oz weight, and depending on the thickness of the cover, some even go up to 2oz. Since you're fishing ultra heavy cover, you need heavy gear. A heavy rod with a high speed reel (I prefer 8.1:1 but some go down to 6.3:1) and heavy line (60lb is a must IMO). When it comes to hook choice, I prefer a Mustad Grip Pin Max Flipping hook, but most straight shank flipping hooks will do. Some like to use EWGs, but they reduce hookups in heavy cover and tend to bend depending on the brand. With flipping rigs, you also want compactness, as a smaller profile will slip through cover easier. This means you'll have to use the lightest weight possible (usually 3/4oz at the smallest, but 1oz is a great place to start), and you'll want to use plastics with minimum appendages. Stray away from Brush Hog style baits with long tails that can get hung up, and look for slim, streamlined baits. (WOO!) Tungsten is very helpful when flipping because it's much smaller than lead and will penetrate through cover easier. A general flipping rig will look like this (in picture): 1-2 bobber stops (WOO!), a tungsten weight (WOO!), an optional bead (WOO!), and a 3/0-5/0 flipping hook. Once you have your rig set up, just pitch your rig into heavy cover and prepare for some HARD strikes!
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Berkley Vanish is not only a great option to a fisherman on a budget, but a great line as well. Coming everywhere from 2 pounds to 60, you'll be sure to have line that suits your fishing needs. It comes in 5 lengths ranging at 110 yards all the way to a hefty 1,700. The main use of fluorocarbon is for finesse baits, which surely isn't exempt when using this. On top of being nearly invisible underwater, it has phenomenal knot strength, great abrasion resistance, and super low memory. The only thing slightly bad about this line is that is stretches a little bit... however, it's not bad enough to miss is a strike on slack line. I currently use the 2 pound for Ultralight fishing, which as caught me countless bass, trout, panfish, etc... The biggest bass I've caught on the 2 pound is a 3.48, which demonstrates that even a line as thin as a strand of hair can be as strong as an ox. Overall, when looking for an affordable, reliable line, don't let Berkley Vanish pass over your head.
Rating: 9.5/10
MSRP: $5.99-$199.99
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The Big Bite Baits Buzzing Warmouth is a great twist on the standard soft plastic toad. On the initial impression, this bait looks just like any other toad, but you'll soon notice the baitfish shape that excels in both clear and stained water, and can be rigged in a way that most toads can't. At 4" long, the bait is a perfect size to be pulled through cover and matches well with a 4/0 hook. The toad features two standard paddle tails that create a bunch of commotion on top, but that's where the similarities end. The bait is angled differently on each side, so it stays upright. It also features bright, durable eyes and molded-in facial features, and the paintjobs are nice and realistic which will also withstand multiple catches. Coming in 7 realistic colors ranging from bluegill patterns to shad patterns, the toad will excel rigged both as a topwater and right side up. More on being rigged right side up, the toad features a deep hook slot on the anatomical belly of the bait, so the bait can be rigged vertically with a super wide gap hook, preferably a 4/0 - 6/0 Owner Beast Hook. This allows you to fish the toad like a swimbait in all water depths. I recommend that you use a screw-lock hook when rigging this bait because the nose tends to rip after a couple fish with a EWG worm hook. For a great, multifunctional toad/swimbait, give the Big Bite Baits Buzzing Warmouth a try.
MSRP: 6.99 (3.48 at TW) for a 4 pack
Rating: 7/10
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When it comes down to picking the right fishing line, there are wrongs and there are rights. Sadly, KastKing Flourokote happens to fall into the "wrong" category. KastKing is known for making quality fishing equipment for the low-budgeted angler, but their line doesn't stay true. I have been using their 8# version for a few weeks now, for everything from small spinnerbaits to dropshotting. The worst part about this line is how much twists appear after just a few casts (and yes, I put it on correctly). After a good 20 casts, your line will look like something from a bowl of spaghetti. It causes bird nests, as well as being super annoying. The other worst factor about this line is how bad the sensitivity is. When using flouro, you're usually going for finesse tactics that require slack in the line (such as shakey heads), and not being able to feel a bit until you start to reel in again is very disappointing. I've lost many fish just because of how bad the sensitivity is. Another bad factor is that the line is easily stained by water color. I mainly fish ponds with 1-2 feet of visibility, and for the line to change color is bad as it does is truly terrible. It starts out as a nice clear color, and turns brown but the end of the day (you can see a slight stain from the picture). However, the knot strength and overall strength of this line is great. I can see this line being useful for crankbaits after a little factory tuning, but other than that, I'd have to say this line won't be bought again by me.
Rating: 4/10
MSRP: $6.98-$13.98
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