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today’s angling circles, many angler’s think they have that super
secret bait. But as I have
learned over the past several seasons of fishing, a lure is only as
good as the angler who is working that bait.
This being said, an angler has several options to improve the
looks and fish attractiveness of that bait.
This cold, weather off-season is the perfect time to grab one
of your old baits and make it a fish magnet.
It is time to pimp your bait…
first thing that an angler can do to a lure that will not only
dramatically increase a lures appearance, but more importantly help
that lure hook more fish is change the hooks on that bait, the lures
that an angler can change the hooks out on our either crankbaits or
topwaters. Up until a few
years ago, the only treble hooks that were available came in the
standard nickel or black nickel, all in all a very plain hook, and
then came the red hook bonanza; every hook company came out with red
hooks that supposedly helped an angler catch more fish.
Whether a red hook makes a different or not, is up to you the
angler to decide. Eagle
Claw took colored hooks to a new level.
Eagle Claw now offers treble hooks in red, chartreuse and
krawfish. Along with
having colored trebles, Eagle Claw has released dressed treble hooks
that have been a mainstay on the rear hook on many topwater baits.
I urge you to experiment with these dressed treble hooks on
your crankbaits as well; you never know what magical lure you could
create. You can customize
your bait to the conditions that you are facing and create a lure that
helps you put fish in the boat.
ways to pimp your bait include using dyes, markers and scents on them.
A long time manufacturer of dyes has been Spike-It.
Using their dips an angler could dye their bait in a wide array
of colors. The drawback
was that it was difficult to only get one area of your bait dyed and
that it was a messy process. Spike-It
came out with a set of markers that allow an angler to quickly and
easily color their bait and give it a new color.
My two favorite situations to use these markers are when I am
coloring plastic baits to make it look like they are bleeding or I add
orange or chartreuse to brown or green plastics to make them stick out
in stained water.
Claw has developed a line of scents, the Nitro line has many different
versions to choose from. They
also have come up with a new way to apply these scents in way that
they also add color to the bait. Nitro
Grease comes in two types of containers; the first is a small tube
that allows an angler to spread an amount of the grease onto the bait.
The other form is in a tube that allows an angler too easily
and conveniently put an amount of grease onto the bait in a small
area. Now that you have
added not only scent, but some fish attracting color to your bait, you
are ready to go tackle the big ones.