I recently shared a day on the water with Kip Carter, a two-time BFL All American, custom lure designer and owner of Bass Hound Crankbaits. To put it simply, he flat-out embarrassed me with his Bass Hound Main Event Prop Bait. He’d frequently give me the first cast as good looking areas and after a few of my fruitless attempts, he’d cast into the same spot and catch a 4-pounder. Surely I’m not that bad of a fisherman, right?
At the end of our fishing day, he gave me one of the prop baits to test out and I quickly learned why it is so effective. It has all of the features I’ve ever looked for in a prop bait.
Doesn’t lay on its side when at rest
I avoid poorly balanced prop baits for two primary reasonsâthey look unnatural and they interfere with solid hookups. If you use a prop bait that rests on its side, you’re putting a lot of wood in between the fish and the hooks, which drastically reduces your chance at an effective hookset.
I’m happy to say, however, that the Bass Hound Main Event Prop Bait sits totally straight in the water in between twitches. Regardless of how hard you twitch the lure, it stays totally upright and keeps the hooks toward the bass at all times. As a result, every bass I’ve caught on the Main Event Prop has had both of the hooks in its mouth.
You can actually “walk the dog” with it
I know it sounds crazy, but it’s trueâwith a little practice, you can actually “walk the dog” with the Main Event Prop Bait. After casting, simply twitch your rod tip downward and point the rod tip back at the lure on a slack line. It takes a little while to get used to, but you’d be amazed at the blowups you’ll get when you finally master the presentation.
Extremely castable for a balsa lure
The Main Event Prop is made of 100 percent balsa wood, so I was a little skeptical about its castability to begin with. After using it for several weeks, I’m very impressed with how well it casts.
A prop bait has a lot of components for your line to get entangled in, but the Main Event Prop flies straight in the air and doesn’t helicopter or twist. This has caused a drastic decrease in line tangles and wasted casts for me.
Won’t dive under the water when twitched
You always want the bass to get a good look at a prop bait, but they can be easily spooked if they get “too” good of a look. When used with 20-pound monofilament, the Main Event Prop Bait doesn’t dive under the water or spook wary bass.
You can work it in a small area for several twitches
Again, prop bait fishing is extremely target-oriented, so it’s important to use a prop bait that allows you to keep your lure in the most productive strike zones for as long as possible. After fishing with the Main Event prop, I’ve learned that it won’t go further than 1 1/2 feet when twitched 3 or 4 times. This has allowed me to capitalize on great casts and really “soak” the best looking areas.
I’m scared to throw a lot of custom-built balsa lures because they break and crack so darn easily. If you nick a dock, you may only come back with half of the expensive lure. My Main Event Prop Bait has held up very well to numerous fish catches and miscalculated casts. The hook hangers stay in place, the blades don’t bend or warp and the good looking paint job hasn’t peeled, cracked or chip.
If you’re wanting to give the bass a totally different look, I encourage you to try the Bass Hound Main Event Prop Bait. Priced at $25, you’ll be very impressed by the quality, durability and fishability of this lure.