This week’s article is geared toward the anglers. I have always been frustrated to go into the Big Box stores and not be able to find exactly what I want because they do a massive order early on, and then don’t re-order until next year, or that they don’t stock the item I want, and won’t special order it, because the minimum orders are far too large to bother with my “liddle-ole’ order”. So, I did the next best thing. I started carrying it in my store.
I want to introduce you to a particular brand of tackle that I am very impressed with: Lake Fork tackle. Although Lake Fork tackle has been around awhile, it is a relatively unknown commodity in the Great Lake states.
Their designs definitely caught my interest. Their wacky worm is segmented with small buoyant beads on the ends of the worm. That design combined with the weighted rings made to fit the body of the lure, produces an irresistible action that seemed to drive bass crazy (in a good way).
After a tip from a customer, I called Lake Fork and asked if we could try their stuff out. After a dose of southern hospitality (they are out of Texas), they sent me a bag of plastic swim lures, and a unique wacky rig system that they have developed. The package arrived just in time for a bass fishing trip I had planned to some local lakes.
Before I tried their tackle, you couldn’t pry Yamamoto bait out of my cold dead hand.
Another original idea from the Lake Fork folk (and the lure I am most excited about), is the Hyper Worm and other assorted creatures. They have a unique oversized paddle as the tail as opposed to the curly-q of most other lures which helps the lure “swim” with a natural motion which creates a visual queue to strike. The paddle on the Hyper Worm achieves this, but also creates a large amount of vibration. These pressure waves stimulate the lateral line of the fish, signaling a secondary enticement to attack. The bait is also infused with garlic and salt scent, therefore stimulating three of the senses that tell a fish to strike.
By casting next to a weed bed, and retrieving along in the open water next to the cover, I have been getting more and increased violence, in the strikes. I have also noticed fish coming from further away to investigate the lure. I surmise that instead of relying on the bass to be within sight of the lure, that the increased vibration is being sensed, and drawing fish from further away. This action is more of a natural “sound”, and instead of annoying the fish into a strike, it is mimicking the action of wounded bait, where the more natural action of the Hyper Worm attracts far more reliably.
Lake Fork also makes lizards, and crayfish shapes with the enlarged paddle, and seem to work just as well.
For a lure that was designed in Texas and very popular in the south, this product has all the promise to be extremely successful in Michigan. If you would like more information on Lake Fork, just give us a call!