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Bagley’s New Tight Wiggling Shallow Sunny BBagley’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 BaitDAIWA 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 SeriesSt. 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

Magic Report

Magic Products, the maker of worm care products, preserved baits, bait containers and fish attractants, has expanded its product line with the all-new Lock-A-Lure and Live Bait Coolers. Magic Products has been providing innovative solutions for anglers of all kinds since 1965, and continues that tradition with the newest additions to its lineup of fishing products launching today.

Magic Products Live Bait CoolerMagic Products Live Bait Cooler

The Live Bait Coolers provide reliability to anglers at an affordable price point. Available in 9-quart or 13.5-quart options, Magic’s Live Bait Coolers are built to last with an injection-molded body and sturdy metal handles. The Cooler includes a bait net and is paired with Magic’s Aerobait Quiet Air II aerator, designed to keep bait alive and active longer.

Suggested retail for the 9-Quart is $59.99 and $69.99 for the 13.5-Quart version.

Key Features

  • Two-speed aerator and bait net included
  • Integrated, non-slip, rubber feet
  • Great for minnows, shrimp and other live bait
  • Hinged lid and clasp for a secure seal

Garmin Report


Garmin announced its newest marine mapping solution, Garmin Navionics+™, is now available preloaded into select ECHOMAP™ Ultra and ECHOMAP UHD2 series chartplotters.

This all-in-one mapping solution features vibrant colors and a streamlined interface, plus a one-year subscription to daily map updates to deliver superior inland and coastal coverage from the world’s No. 1 name in marine mapping.

“In our pursuit to provide the greatest global cartography solutions to our customers, we’re excited to offer preloaded Garmin Navionics+ mapping throughout our full range of chartplotters, now including the popular ECHOMAP Ultra and ECHOMAP UHD2 series,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Thanks to the built-in detail-rich mapping from Garmin Navionics+, you’ll know the waters as if you grew up fishing them.”

Offering a myriad of features—including an all-new map presentation and daily map updates—Garmin Navionics+ mapping is designed to smoothly guide boaters on the water, or quickly lead anglers to where the fish may be hiding. It also features color-shaded target depth ranges, up to 1-foot depth contours, shallow water shading and access to ActiveCaptain® community content for valuable insight on points of interest, recommendations and advice from fellow boaters.

New, redesigned map presentation

Garmin Navionics+ offers an improved look and feel—with a vibrant color palette and greater detail of inland and coastal features—to deliver a new, on-screen map presentation for more intuitive navigation on the lake or at sea. This new interface displays maps in striking detail with a crystal-clear look at the depths below the boat, as well as surrounding structure and navigational aids above the waterline.

Up to 5,000 daily updates

With up to 5,000 updates to map content every day, Garmin Navionics+ offers the freshest insights about any body of water for enhanced situational awareness and peace of mind while navigating. Daily map updates combine millions of contributions from private and public surveyors, crowd-sourced data and more, delivering fresh, up-to-date content each time mariners leave shore. With coverage of more than 42,000 lakes worldwide, daily updates allow for immediate access to new lake content and chart data as it is released. A one-year subscription is included and once activated, customers can access unlimited daily map updates using the ActiveCaptain app. For quick-and-easy access to ongoing up-to-date content after the first year, customers can opt-in for an auto-renewal subscription.

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