Oddball fishing baits. We’re talking bats, rats, spiders, turtles, snakes and the list goes on. The question is, do they have a place in your tackle box? Wired2Fish’s McKeon “Keys” Roberts has hand-picked an assortment of baits that defy the norm and delivers his assessment on each supported with high-quality underwater and above water video footage.
FEATURED TACKLE (*additional links at the bottom):
- Lunkerhunt Prop Turtle
- Lunkerhunt Hollow Body Phantom Spider
- LIVETARGET Hollow Body Field Mouse
- Savage Gear 3D Savage Fruck
- Molix Supernato Beetle
- Lunkerhunt Dragonfly
- Westin Freddy The Frog Wakebait
- Savage Gear 3D Bat
- Savage Gear 3D Suicide Duck
- Savage Gear 3D Snake Wakebait
- Savage Gear 3D Rad Rat
- Mattlures Upside Dead Stick (trout soft bait)
While several of the lures feature names and looks of alternative forage, one should maintain the perspective that a fish doesn’t necessarily associate the baits as some names imply (that’s marketing for us). For example, while a bat is not a common food item for a fish, the Savage Gear 3D Bat has a great action for a topwater crawler bait. Conversely, anatomically correct and realistic trout-imitating lures are designed to fool bass by mimicking the real thing – matching preferred forage in looks and movement can be highly effective. The bottom line, fishing tackle is fun, and it can be creative. With a little exploration, you may find that weird and magical bait that gets bites others are missing.