VMC Report

VMC Indiana Spinner Harness

VMC is expanding its extensive line-up of live-bait offerings to include two new TechSet spinner harnesses – the TechSet Spinner Colorado Harness and the TechSet Spinner Indiana Floating Harness.

Both new offerings team VMC’s innovative TechSet hook-setting effectiveness with the legendary productivity of a live-bait spinner harness.

VMC TechSet Hooks feature an offset shape, an extra-wide gap, and the ultra-effective Technical Locking Curve for which they are named. Designed to increase hook-set efficiency by locking in place a fish once it bites, TechSet Hooks are forged from premium Hi-Carbon steel with a black-nickel finish and feature chemically sharpened needle points.

Blade-design options abound in both the Colorado and floating Indiana harness models. Each is available in ten combinations of colors and baitfish markings to attract big fish from afar.

Two of the designs – Green Fire Tiger UV and Pink Fire Tiger UV – are enhanced with a UV Bright finish that reflects more light energy than do the other eight color patterns, increasing those spinners’ visibility in low-light conditions. The remaining designs are: Black Wonderbread, Fruit Punch, Firetiger, Voodoo Haze, Yellow Perch, Gold-Orange, Juicy Lucy and Silver Pink.

Both the Colorado and floating Indiana harnesses feature two super sharp 1X-strong VMC TechSet Hooks. A front hook is located near the blade. A trailer hook follows on a six-inch section of leader line. Both the trailer leader and the 60-inch main leader in each harness is made from 12-pound-test Sufix monofilament line. A No. 10 VMC Black Stainless Steel Rolling Swivel is tied at the terminal end of the main leader.

The Techset Spinner Colorado Harness comes one-per-pack in three blade-and-hook-size combinations:

  • No. 3 blade + No. 4 front hook + No. 6 trailer hook
  • No. 4 blade + No. 4 front hook + No. 4 trailer hook
  • No. 5 blade + No. 4 front hook + No. 6 trailer hook.

The Techset Spinner Indiana Floating Harness comes one-per-pack in a single blade-and-hook-size combination – No. 4 blade + No. 4 front hook + No. 6 trailer hook.

Both VMC Techset spinner harness rigs have an suggested retail of $4.99.

Northland Tackle report

Bagley’s New Tight Wiggling Shallow Sunny B

Freshwater bass fans are no strangers to Bagley Baits’ stacked line-up of “better balsa” crankbaits.

All feature the company’s unique heat compressing molding process (HMC) in which two full-length halves of the lure body are produced and sealed together. This process allows precise positioning of the weights for optimal center of gravity, superior flotation at rest, better overall balance, longer casts, and a nice, tight wiggle with just the right amount of roll to drive predator fish crazy.

Just added to the roll call is Bagley’s new Shallow Sunny B. Destined to quickly become another bass fan favorite, it’s ideal for probing shallow flats featuring riprap, hard-bottom or gentle slopes, as well as any water where hard structure or wood breaks crowd the surface. Patterned after Bagley’s original and super popular Sunny B, but with a distinctively short and stubby lip, it’s designed to dive 1- to 4-feet below the surface rather than the 6-to 8-foot depths explored by its deeper-diving sibling.

Daiwa Report

DAIWA Prorex BESSIE Muskie Bait

It’s said, that while duck hunting north of Sandusky, Ohio, in 1793, the captain of the sloop Felicity spied a strange creature that was more than a rod in length – a rod being 16 ½ feet. Later, in July of 1817, the crew of a schooner reported seeing a 30- to 40-foot-long serpent slithering in Lake Erie. Sightings of “The Lake Erie Monster” continued, even accelerated in succeeding years.

In Ohio and Michigan folklore, BESSIE is the name given to the mythological beast. For DAIWA, Prorex BESSIE is the name bequeathed to their new monstrously-premium muskie bait.

“At the core it’s a rip-bait,” said DAIWA Marketing Director Marc Mills, defining BESSIE’Ss stylism. Excellent for fishing submerged vegetation, Mills says, “when you rip BESSIE through weeds, it creates a lot of commotion, chewing up the greens like a blender while not getting snagged.”

BESSIE is effective through and over weeds that offer some headroom. That means weeds growing up the water column in 8- to 20-feet, as well as shorter carpets of grass in even deeper water. Let it sink down into the greenery and start ripping.

St. Croix Report

St. Croix’s Avid Series

Further expanding St. Croix’s Avid Series, the new Avid Series Panfish rods for 2023 deliver a unique combination of elite performance and exceptional value made possible by hybrid SCIII+ carbon blanks enhanced with IPC, ART, TET and FRS technologies.

The new dedicated panfish series offers nine distinct lengths, powers and actions with innovative ergonomics, designed and handcrafted to make panfish anglers better in any presentation or technique. Backed by a 15-year warranty, all-new Avid Series Panfish rods retail between $200 and $250.

Avid Series Panfish Features:

  • Super high-modulus hybrid carbon fiber SCIII+ blanks matched with Fortified Resin System (FRS) technology for maximum power and strength with significantly reduced blank weight
  • Taper Enhancement Technology (TET) blank design provides curved patterns for improved action with increased sensitivity
  • Ultra durable, rigid, Seaguide Delta TYG stainless steel guides with stainless steel rings
  • Ergonomic nylon reel seat with nylon/premium EVA locking nut
  • Modified split-grip super-grade cork handles with cork composite accents
  • 15-year transferable warranty backed by St. Croix Superstar Service
  • Designed and handcrafted in Park Falls, U.S.A. for panfish anglers worldwide
  • Retail price $200 to $250