Product Review: Lake Fork Magic Popper

Product Review: Lake Fork Magic Popper

Date: 10/23/15
Product type: Popper (Topwater)
Manufacturer: Lake Fork Trophy Lures
Reviewer: Jamie Wilson

 

Lake Fork Magic Popper

Lake Fork Magic Popper

Jamie Wilson. Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

Jamie Wilson. Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

Introduction:

I have always been a huge fan of topwater baits, specifically poppers and I have counted on a few baits throughout my time as an angler. I will say whole heartedly that the Premium Series “Magic Popper” by Lake Fork Trophy Lures is the very finest popper for both smallmouth and largemouth Bass. The action that this bait’s body style creates is amazingly effective and has put so many big fish into my boat it’s absolutely astounding. It can be walked with ease, erratically popped in a strait motion and really, there is no ceiling to what this bait can do. The finish on these baits is nothing short of premium quality, with some versions being airbrushed giving a very natural baitfish appearance as well. High end nickel trebles dressed with feather rounds out these attractive, fish catching poppers.

 

(Magic Popper) Specifications
Type Magic Popper
Length 2 ¼ oz-2 3/4”
Weight 1/4oz-½ oz
Material
Hooks Dual black nickel trebles
Colors Various (11 colors)
Origin Texas, United States
MSRP $10.99 (American funds)

 

 Quality/Construction:

Quality was obviously job one when it came to the Premium Series “Magic Popper”. I’ll put it to you this way. I used one single version of this bait every weekend from Bass opener until the fall without worrying about bent hooks, scratches/damage to the body or any loss in action. It performs the same today as it did out of the package, and believe me, this bait was put through its paces and out-performed all of my previous “go-to” topwaters. To me, enough said, the proof is in the pudding.

 

Quality Ratings for (Magic Popper)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 20 20

 

 Performance:

Castability is of no concern as the “Magic Popper” is compact and very aerodynamic. Trust me, is casts a country mile. Imparting action is easy as pie. A subtle twitch on slack line or more aggressive rips sends this bait into a walk the dog action or erratic forward popping motion, which is very useful when trying to figure out a topwater pattern. Some of the biggest fish/strikes have actually come at rest/on the pause as this bait sits slightly tail down while the premium feathers dance in the face of curious or hungry bass.

 

Performance Ratings (Magic Popper)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 5 24 25 10

 Features/Design:

The “Magic Popper” has a fabulous realistic color selection to mimic a wide range of baitfish/forage. The weight and sizes are ideal for casting and retrieving and enticing big Bass day in, day out.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (Magic Popper)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 2 12 13 10

 

Application: 

Anytime the waters are calm enough, the “Magic Popper” comes out to play. At dusk or dawn, I throw this bait wherever bait fish are busting the surface. From shallow rocky points and banks to weedlines adjacent to deep water early morning/evening, the “Magic Popper” has rarely let me down. In fact, this fall I pulled up to a steep contour on a 14ft channel edge, perpendicular to a river mouth and the “Magic Popper” put the largest bag of smallmouth bass I’ve ever caught/witnessed in the boat. A monster 30lb, 5 bass limit hit the deck due to the subtle action of this incredible bait! It was dumbfounding to say the least. This bait called them up, sending this particular school of smallmouth into an absolute frenzy.

 

 

(Magic Popper) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 10
Performance 10
Price 8
Features 9
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 9.5
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

I can’t illustrate my point anymore really. The Premium Series “Magic Popper” is one of Lake Fork Trophy Lures masterpieces. I count on this bait day-in day-out. It’s truly a “don’t leave home without it” type of bait. If I had to guess, 8 of my top ten biggest smallmouth this season were caught on this very bait. Action, flash, realism and top quality construction makes this bait a true monster producer on the water. Every season for me has a sort of theme to it, and this has truly been the “Magic Popper” season. Bravo Lake Fork Trophy Lures, bravo.

 

 

Biggest Bag of the season, courtesy of the “Magic Popper”, truly amazing! 5 fat 21” monster smallmouth! Check out www.lftlures.com/catalog/magic-poppers and get some!

 

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Review Written By Jamie Wilson. Exist To Fish Canada Lead Writer/Editor

Jamie Wilson- Lead Writer/Editor

Jamie Wilson- Lead Writer/Editor

 

 

 

 

Product Review: Liquid Mayhem Attractant

Product Review: Liquid Mayhem Attractant

Date: Oct 23, 2015
Product type: Attractant
Manufacturer: Liquid Mayhem
Reviewer: Chris Huskilson

Liquid Mayhem Bottles

Introduction:

If you’re a serious fisherman like we are you have probably invested 1000’s of dollars into the best fishing lures, but what if you could make your best baits come to life?  Mayhem Bait Co. believes that they have the next best thing!  Mayhem Bait Co. Inc. is a family owned business and they are passionate about results. To them results mean delivering a product that puts more fish in your boat. To achieve that goal they offer real scents made from real fish bait, not products chemically formulated in a lab.  Liquid Mayhem is an all natural bait scent designed to interact with your fishing lure to form a dynamic system greater than the individual parts.  I have been using the line of attractants for 9 months now and I can tell you this. It is a game changer! I typically use scents to mask the odor that I transmit to the bait while out of the water. Not so much to mimic the forage that I am imitating. Liquid Mayhem is designed to offer both! A realistic scent that will outlast the competition and mask odors that you may impart on the bait itself to inevitably catch you more fish.

(Liquid Mayhem) Specifications
Type Attractant
Length NA
Weight NA
Material Paste/gel
Hooks NA
Colors NA
Origin Canada
MSRP 2oz tube retails for $9.99 CAN

Quality/Construction:

I really do like the choice of tube and cap that Liquid Mayhem is currently using. The tube itself is very durable and the cap fits very securely. I like this because I often travel with my tackle and there is nothing worse than an attractant that leaks if not in the right position. The product itself has a VERY strong odor indicative of the REAL bait used to make the attractant. It is a Gel/Paste texture that really adheres to any bait of choice and really lasts a long time. A single application will provide hours of fishing before requiring another. Very high quality components and very cost effective to the consumer given the long lasting single application.

 

Quality Ratings for (Liquid Mayhem)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 20 20 10

Performance:

I used the Bass Crawfish Scent exclusively over the course of my 2015 tournament season on my Jig and I am sold! Not only did I catch more fish with this product but Quality of fish improved as well. I put it on the bottom of my Flippin Jigs heads, under the skirt at the beginning of each tournament day. One application! And I could still smell it on the bait at the end of an 8 hour tournament day!

 

Performance Ratings (Liquid Mayhem)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
NA 5 NA NA 5 10 25 10

Features/Design:

As indicated earlier I am really impressed witch the durability of the tube and cap currently in place with the product. I really like the texture of the attractant itself. Super easy to use, Super long lasting. The only flaw I can think of is the fact that the product itself is red. Ideally it would have no color at all. But at the same time red is often a key trigger when attracting fish..

Feature /Design   Ratings (Liquid Mayhem)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 NA 4 3 12 13 12

Application: 

This really can be used on any type of live bait or artificial. It does not impede the action or fall rate of anything that I have used it on.   I really like to flip a jig and that is where I have used it the most. Put it on everything!!!

 

 

(Liquid Mayhem) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 10
Performance 10
Price 9
Features 9
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 9.67
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

In Conclusion I am quite impressed with this product and would highly recommend to any angler out there. Grab a tube! Catch more fish!

LiquidMayhem

LiquidMayhem

 

Author:Chris Huskilson

Chris Huskilson

Chris Huskilson

Integrity and Ethics of Tournament Fishing

Integrity and Ethics of Tournament Fishing

Integrity: sincerity; completeness, wholeness; an unimpaired condition.

What I want to share with my fellow anglers is an incident which happened by shear accident this weekend and how my fishing partner and I handled it. It is not an easy report to write but one that I feel I should share incase you ever find yourself in a situation like this. As an angler and Tournament Angler my reports and what I do or don’t do reflect on who I am to other anglers. So here goes.

For the last past week my partner  Lund Pro Staffer Craig Salmonson and myself headed to Geraldton Ontario to pre fish for the up an coming Walleye Tournament that was to be held on June 23 and 24 on beautiful Kenogamissis Lake. During the week of pre fishing we had covered a lot of water and figured out a pattern for the tournament. Saturday saw us starting off at our number one spot. With no wind at all and only one weighable fish after an hour we decided to head to a place were we knew we could catch our limit while we waited for the wind to blow. After arriving at the spot we had our limit in the boat within twenty minutes. They weren’t monsters by any means but a limit none the less. Craig snagged for the third time and had to retie jigs onto his rods. We notice a boat heading our way. No big deal right? As the boat drifted and I was still casting, suddenly wham, a better fish hit. It found it’s way into the landing net and then into our live well. The boat saw us catch the fish and turned around, heading away from us. We kept casting to the spot were the fish I just caught with no luck. As we started heading up the shoreline the same boat was coming back down. The boat got closer, we noticed that the team was a grandfather and his grandson. Craig cracked a joke to them that we were leaving the area so the fish were theirs now. As we all got a chuckle out of it, the grandfather asked us if the boundary line was just right there. We commented that we weren’t sure and left to our next spot, still waiting for the wind to blow. When we arrived at our third spot Craig looked up the tournament boundary lines. Craig had a look on his face when he showed me where they were. It was like getting the wind knocked out of you. We were a hunderd to two hundered feet past the tournament boundary lines. We new what we had to do after trying to fish some more and talking about it. As a team, the decision was made, without any doubt in our minds we were on plane heading back to weigh in. 
When we arrived at the weigh in we asked to speak to the Tournament Chair Person. The volunteer went for the Chair Person , bringing her to our boat. We starting explaining what just happened and showed her on our plot trail were it happened. The Chair person asked us how many fish we had caught past the boundary in which I replied, only one our largest. The Chair person then told us to release it, weigh in our other five fish and call it a day but we could fish Sunday . After loading the boat, on our way back to the cabin we talked about the chair persons decision about fishing on Sunday. Once at the cabin and talking for awhile, I could see how we were both feeling and we made the decision that we would disqualify ourselves from the tournament. On our ride over to weigh in, both of us were feeling better about what we were going to do. After talking to the chair person that we were diqualifing ourselves for breaking the rules, she shook our hands and asked if we would be back next year. Without hesitation, at the same time we replied definetly. A smile came upon our faces as we turned and walked away.
On our way home we talked about how easy the decision was to make and it was the only one to make. I hope you enjoyed reading this report as it was not written for any other reason but to just share my experience with my fellow anglers
Author David Reid
Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid

Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid

This article was previously posted by our friends at National Prostaff

 

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