Happy Birthday to a Twenty Year Old Dieting Deep Diver

Twenty years ago one of the best crankbaits that has ever been developed was born - the Bomber Fat Free Shad.

Twenty years ago one of the best crankbaits that has ever been developed was born – the Bomber Fat Free Shad.

Looking through the old “New Tackle for…” issues of Bassmaster, it quickly becomes clear that few new lures survive the open market for even a couple of years, let alone two decades. Of those that do live to fish another day or another year, many take a long time to gather a meaningful following. In that respect, the Bomber Fat Free Shad is something of an anomaly, a lure that was popular almost from the start, due in no small part to good design, a solid pro-staff and more than a bit of on-the-water advertising. While many of us can still remember its introduction, this year it celebrates its 20th birthday.

In 1994, PRADCO introduced the Pro Autograph Series of hard lures – proven baits that each bore a particular pro’s name and his suggested modifications or special paint schemes. They included the following lures: [Read more…]

Riding the Storm – The Wiggle Wart

Storm Wiggle Wart Ad from early 1976.

Storm Wiggle Wart Ad from early 1976.

When you consider the tens-of-thousands of lures that have been developed over the course of time, very few have become cult legends. Of course the original Rapala Floating Minnow, the Heddon Zara Spook and Fred Young’s Big-O fit this bill to a tee.

Unfortunately, some cult favorites, for one reason or another, are still around but not made in the same manner or fashion as the originals. The baits don’t work as well (if at all) as the originals and this creates a frenzy among anglers to buy all the remaining originals. Good examples are the original Bagley’s Diving Balsa Bs that had the lead implanted in the lips, the original Smithwick RB1200 Rattlin’ Rogue and, if you talk with Charlie Campbell, the original Spook itself, which had the line tie coming straight off the nose of the bait. [Read more…]