I really got excited
when I saw the Prototype Versions of the new colors for 2002 early this
year. One was designed
perfectly for Lake of the Ozarks called the Holograph Super Shad,
another was the best Baby Bass ever made. I was able to beg just a small sample of the new colors in
June and headed for the Noah Testing Grounds (Hunting Sports Plusís
Strip Pits). With orders
from Wordenís to not release any information about the new colors
until after the ASA Tackle Show in July, I just fished with them when no
one would notice and caught bass after bass.
I didnít even take the new colors to tournaments or Canada with
the Jr. Team.
Now that the big show is over and the dealers can place their orders, I
can tell you about these exciting colors. The Holograph Super Shad (color # 264) is deadly in clear
water with the spectral flash of holograph silver insert with hand
painted pearl, gold, and blue highlights with a pure white belly. This lure matches the semi-transparent look of a shad in
motion. This is the
crankbait for the fall bass that go into a shad feeding craze,
especially in clear water i.e. Lake of the Ozarks!
I canít wait to get these in greater numbers in all the depths
covered in the Timber Tiger series.
This fall Iíll have several tied on covering all the depth
ranges the bass will be feeding at.
You should too!
Bass eat smaller bass! Sorry,
but thatís a fact of life in the pond. Many a predator fish (bass, walleyes, and big bluegill) eat
baby bass and many companies have Baby Bass patterns in their crankbait
line. None are as realist
as the hand airbrushed Wordenís Baby Bass (color # 263) just
introduced. A splash of pink is added to the throat.
This was the hot color when the fry were about 2 to 3 inches long
at the Pits. You should
have at least a couple of the DC3s, DC5s, DC8ís, and the DC13ís in
this Baby Bass pattern. You
will be happy with the results.
One of the old reliable patterns in the Wordenís line is Ghost Spook
that has been duplicated in the Timber Tiger line.
The Timber Ghost Spook (color # 262) has a pearl body with
vertical silver bars and back with glitter.
This has been one of my favorites in clear to stained water for a
long time. This is the one
to use in stained water where the bass are eating shad and other silver
light colored minnows.
The Gold Foil Holograph Minnow (color # 265) has been a Smallmouth
magnet with a fair number of walleyes added to the catch at Stockton.
I only have a DC4 in this color and would have loved to have had
it at Lake St. Clair when we stopped with the MOBASS Jr. Team to fish
for smallies. I know they
would have ate it up! This
is a clear to slightly stained water bait and does not have a rattle.
Trout love it too! Iíll
have to have some in several of the depth ranges and suggest you do too!
When you are hunting for bass and their primary food source is perch and
sunfish always use a bait with green and lots of shine.
Metallic Perch (color # 263) is the perfect answer with a white
belly and a red throat too. I had great success with this in the clear ponds created
along some of the Interstates where sunfish are the food source.
This is a gold and metallic green over a chrome body.
The back is black and side stripes are red with the white belly.
Again these are hand airbrush painted and have a brighter detail
than any done the old fashion way using pad printing. These work very well around the docks where the sunfish
hangout. Iíll have these
ready for those type of lakes.
The last new color is not meant to be a bass colored
crankbait, but I have
never met a bass that could read. Peacock
(color # 260) is a really bright chrome body with a red back with an
orange belly with black hash marks on the side.
While designed for trout, steelhead, and salmon the central
American bass have ate it up. I
donít have an idea what they think just swam by, but they want to kill
it before it spreads! Several nice walleye have ate this one too.
While I expect you will have a hard time finding this color at
your local Mom and Pop Sporting Goods store, I have had some savage
strikes from several sizes of bass at the Pits and in some other farm
ponds and small reservoirs. You
are right, I have not pulled this one out in the Red Neck Bass Country
yet! I will have a few
hidden for those times when I want, no need the shook factor to trigger
bass into hitting. After
all Iíve catch a lot of fish on bubble gum Assassins so way wonít
this bright color work?
local sporting good store can order these and all the other colors
direct from Wordenís or you can order them yourselves directly by
calling (509) 854-1311. Do
expect to pay more when ordering directly.
Wordenís is a manufacture and not setup to handle small orders.
They have set their prices above retail storeís prices to
protect their dealers. You
will save money if you have a dealer put in the order for you.
Have your dealer call Jim Hunter at Central States Marketing at
913-381-1661 for details.