Every year, iCast is full of new goodies and “must have” lures that send the fishing community into a tail spin. Then, companies typically make us wait practically forever to get our hands on their latest and greatest. But, nonetheless, it is still fun and always look forward to getting to fish with all of the new products. As always, there were plenty of new lures to choose from. I have compiled my Top 5 most exciting new lures of iCast 2014. It was very tough to narrow it down to just five, but these are five baits that I will definitely be buying once they become available:
- Spro Rock Crawler: Boy, does this crankbait look like a million bucks. There’s no doubt it reminds me of the old school pre-Rapala wiggle warts. What I really like about it is that they didn’t just go out and copy the wiggle wart. Spro put their own unique twist on it, and it looks like a wiggle wart on steroids! I think it’ll get down a little deeper too. This crankbait will be money in the spring time.
- Ben Parker Magnum Spoon: Can’t leave this bait off the Top 5! It took the TVA lakes by storm this summer and has resulted in numerous bags over 25 pounds in tournaments.
This is a giant bait. It’s hard to comprehend exactly how big it is until you see it in person. But, it really does look like a big ole’ gizzard shad, and I’m sure the fat girls will chew it.
- Strike King 8.0 Square Bill: Big square bills are probably one of the most underutilized tools in our bass fishing arsenal. After Greg Hackney won the FLW Tour event on Pickwick with the 8.0 Prototype, it began to open our eyes to the effectiveness of these bigger square bills. After all, a 1.5 mimics a very small shad. Giant bass want big shad most of the time, that’s just how it works. The oversized square bill makes sense, and we can’t wait to get our hands on some of these.
- Jackall Flick Shake 9.8: I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to throw this sucker on a ledge. About now those fish start to suspend, and it gets pretty tough to catch them. I think the answer to the suspended fish problem may come in the package of the Jackall Flick Shake 9.8. The Flick Shake is already a deadly ledge presentation (if you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out) and the 9.8 will make it that much easier for the fish to find it.
Rounding out our Top 5 is the Storm Arashi Wake Crank. This compact little wake bait will be really effective in shallow water, around stumps and other visible cover. It will be awesome to throw around the shad spawn and during the fall topwater bite. The Arashi crankbaits were a big hit last year and the Wake Crank is another home run for Storm.
All of these will be available from ALFC in the near future so make sure you check back for delivery dates. What were some of your favorite new lures from iCast this year?