Product Review: Muskie Metal Lures Flexible Bucktail

Product Review: Muskie Metal Lures Flexible Bucktail

Date: 7/20/2016
Product type: Flexible inline spinner
Manufacturer: Muskie Metal Lures
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

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Introduction:

Muskie metal lures are a very unique product tin a saturated buck tail market. This is a bucktail that flexes! Built around stainless steel wire instead of a solid heavy gauge wire.

 

 

(Flexible Double 10) Specifications
Type Flexible inline spinner
Length 10.5 “
Weight 3.1 oz
Material Stainless steel flexible wire
Hooks 7/0 brass treble
Colors Many combinations available
Origin USA
MSRP 24.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

This is a product that will stand up year after year. double #10 Colorado blades, Double Magnum Flashabou skirts that have been cemented onto the body and triple cable tied with military grade ties, brass weights and solid metal beads, Wolverine triple split rings and a single Mustad 7/0 treble hook.  All lures are built using a stainless steel flexible wire to make this one of the most durable bucktails on the market today.

Quality Ratings for (Flexible Double 10)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 5 4 17 20 8.5

 

 

Performance:

The blades pop instantly! No stall in the figure 8 and the bait never requires retuning. It simply returns to its original shape fish after fish.

Performance Ratings (Flexible Double 10)
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 25 25 10

 

Features/Design:

Flexible allows for fewer tangles during casts. No concerns about the bait bending after a fish is caught. The flexible wire allows the blades to pop instantly during the retrieve and figure 8 boat side maneuvers. All Brass weights, no lead is used in the construction of these baits! A very nice Green feature.

Feature /Design   Ratings (Flexible Double 10)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 3 18 18 10

 

 

Application: 

This bait is designed with the intent to catch Muskies and Pike.

(Flexible Double 10) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   8.5
Performance   10
8.5Price   10
Fe10atures   8.5
Design (Ergonomics)   10
Application   10
Total Score 9
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:

This is definitely a standout bait for any Muskie or pike angler. The action and consistency is fantastic. And the fish like it too!

Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Product Review: Beaver’s Baits Regular Baby Beaver

Date: 6/15/2016
Product type: Beaver Imitation
Manufacturer: Beaver’s Baits
Reviewer: Exist To Fish

 

 

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The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks. The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns

 

 

Introduction:

Ok folks.. At first glance this may seem like a novelty bait. But we are here to tell you that these are absolute BIG MUSKIE MAGNETS!   Each bait is hand crafted to absolute perfection. Not only are you getting a one of a kind bait but a product that will last and catch a lot of fish

 

 

(Regular Baby Beaver) Specifications
Type Baby Beaver Imitation (muskies)
Length 12”
Weight 6oz
Material Rubber and Hair
Hooks 8/0 Mustad Treble
Colors 5 Standard (custom colors available)
Origin USA
MSRP $44.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

The Baby beaver comes in two sizes, The Baby Beaver is 12″ long and weighs 3.5 ounces (dry weight) and uses 6/0 hooks.  The Baby Beaver XL is 14.5″ long and weighs 6 ounces (dry weight) and uses 8/0 hooks. Both sizes are available in 5 standard color patterns.  The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable. The blade attachment (sold separately) clips onto the front eyelet of the bait, turning the Baby Beaver into a buck tail with a little attitude…it can be easily removed to go back to the natural swimming action of the Bait. Also available separately, are replacement rubber tails. At some point a little more detail in the head and face on the bait would be ideal.. Maybe more definition of the eyes..

 

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The Baby Beaver is constructed of plastic with .051 wire molded into each body piece. Each body piece is hand tied with deer hair and connected together with split rings. The rubber tail is molded onto the hook and is attached to the bait with a split ring making it replaceable.

Quality Ratings for (Regular Baby Beaver)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 5 5 18 20 9

 

 

Performance:

We have only had this bait for a short time but the fish landed and interest received has been outstanding!! They don’t just east it. They try to kill it!

 

Performance Ratings (Regular Baby Beaver)
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 25 25 10

 

Features/Design:

The Baby Beaver is a unique blend of rubber and hair providing a swimming action during retrieve that is an almost irresistible target for a hungry Musky. The body is a 3 pieces and segmented to really provide a nice fluid swimming action in the water.  Not to mention the free floating body segments absorb a lot of head shake shock landing more fish in the net.

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Feature /Design   Ratings (Regular Baby Beaver)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 3 18 18 10

 

 

Application: 

You can fish this fast, slow, deep shallow, straight retrieve, erratic pulsing retrieve.. It really is an all situation product that will not leave my rod all season long.

 

(Regular Baby Beaver) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 10
Performance 10
Price 10
Features 9
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 9.75
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:

If you don’t have one.. You better get one.. because you are missing out on the next big thing in Muskie fishing!

 

 

 

2016 Kawarthas Northumberland Muskie Opener

2016 Kawarthas Northumberland Muskie Opener

2016 Kawarthas Northumberland Muskie Opener:
Originally Posted here by our friends at Kawartha’s Northumberland
The second Saturday in June just can’t arrive soon enough for me! This is the kick off to the much anticipated Muskie season here in the Kawartha’s Northumberland region of Ontario.
Each season starts off differently depending on the spring weather conditions leading in to the weekend. Our spring in 2016 has been a relatively cool one and as such the water temperate has remained in the mid-60s Fahrenheit (not quite 20° Celsius). Water levels started out quite high but tapered down considerably to the point where we are experiencing mid-summer levels by early June. The week leading in to the opener yielded stable warm weather which in turn dramatically increased water temperature in a short period of time. Not something I was hoping to have occur but at least the weather was stable.
I knew going into the weekend that I would be facing some less than ideal conditions. Bluebird skies and little to no wind always equates to difficult Muskie fishing for me.
I decided to mix things up this year and kick the season off on a Lake in the Havelock area. This is water that I have not fished in many years. I was confident, however, that it would be a good place to start, in an effort to gauge the mood of the fish this year. We arrived at the launch at 6:00 A.M. and were raring to go! Our first stop yielded a spirited follow from a 36-inch fish. Showing great interest in my bait but quickly changing direction at the boat. Not uncommon here in the Kawartha’s unfortunately. I generally have a lot of trouble getting our fish to commit or engage in a figure eight maneuver boat side. Not to say that it doesn’t happen, because it certainly does, but not as commonly as it seems to on less pressured waters.
We fished another handful of spots throwing a mix of reaction type baits along with some slower offerings but to no avail. We saw one more fish in the 38-inch range that had no interest in us whatsoever. By 8:00 A.M. we had seen enough and decided to make our way back towards the Trent Severn, with a new game plan in mind.
Some would call this initial stop in Havelock a wasted trip. Not me! I knew now that the fish were sluggish and neutral. My years of targeting fish in the Kawartha’s Northumberland region told me that this meant suspending or neutral type baits with long pauses and hang time would prevail. That in combination with smaller profiles and bottom contact we were ready to get to work.
We had the boat back in the water by 9:20 A.M. The water temperature was 71°F (22°C), the wind still nonexistent, and the air temperature on the rise, and clear blue skies. The only variable still left in my mind was how much of a current did we have? Or was it just “slack water”. Which would the fish be relating to?  I decided to check an area with good current flow first. Quickly noticing a number of floating suckers and a handful in pods under us on the graph, I could feel the hair on the back of my neck start to tingle. You might think this is crazy, but this is something which I often experience when targeting Muskies. It’s all part of the attraction I think. I can almost sense when I am near one. Or just about to get a bite.
Well I wasn’t wrong! I made a few upstream fan casts, 45-degree angles, casting up and working my bait back downstream. On my fourth or fifth cast it happened. A nice sized Muskie came flying up from the bottom and crushed my offering! Big head shakes and a couple good jumps landed her right in the Frabill for a rest until I could get her unpinned. She posed for a couple quick photos and gave me a good face washing as she darted back in to the water to fight another day.

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Now… You might think this is crazy, but this did not sell me on the fact that the fish were relating to current. Close by were a couple slack water areas that I frequent. I needed to check them just to convince myself of the pattern I was building. I spent about an hour in these areas methodically picking them apart to no avail.  So back to the current we went. And within minutes I raised a nice mid 40-inch fish that seemed to spook as she saw the boat. Another minute or two went by and I raised a low 40-inch fish… Hmmm. Pattern established! They were using the current to ambush suckers and Walleye. Laying on bottom, in waiting for a meal to make a mistake and swim by, at which point they would simply dart up and take advantage. We continued to work the area drifting further down at this point when she showed herself. She had “shoulders”. A high 40-inch fish… 48-50-inch I’m thinking, was hot in behind my bait. Gills flaring, nipping all the while until she got within figure eight range and slowly sauntered back down to the bottom.

Although only a handful of fish were landed a pattern had been established and I plan to start my next search right where we left off on Saturday.

Some would say that this was a loss. A disappointment even. Those people may not have fished Muskies because the experience allows for the greatest of highs and lowest of lows. It is such an unexplainable happening really, but also becomes very, very addictive. The adrenalin rush that charges through my body when I come in contact with a big fish…paired with the unexplainable sense of gratitude and accomplishment that follows when a fish is hooked and landed! Relationships are born during these events. A brotherhood amongst Muskie nuts. Lives are changed! Each fish creates a new experience. And a new bond with the sport, and those that target these majestic giants.
I know now where she calls home. I know where to find her. And I will be back for my day! We will meet again! And when that time comes she will find the bottom of my net. Solidifying my passion even more. Get out there. Come see what I see! Join us in the chase!    The Kawartha’s Northumberland region is a Muskie fisher’s paradise! Yielding a very good population of quality fish–not only in numbers but big fish as well. Your fish of a lifetime awaits!
Baits and Tackle used on opening day to establish the pattern include:

Figure 1 Kamooki 4″ Smartfish
The Kamookie Smartfish 4-inch version is a great standup multi-function rattle type bait that I was able to utilize when matching the hatch this weekend. Fan casting this bait up stream and hopping along bottom, much like the Suckers and Walleyes in the current were also doing, allowed for the first fish of the day. Downsizing your tackle for the first few weeks of the season is always a great idea. The forage starts small and grows in size as the season progresses.

Beavers Bait Baby Beaver
The Baby Beaver is a novelty item to some. But believe me, these fish eat much bigger prey and this little bait produces very aggressive strikes! A technique I lean heavily on in the early season.

The Tandem Nutbuster from Llugen
Muskies flat out love Spinnerbaits. This particular model is the perfect size for our Kawartha Lakes fish. Not only do they look awesome, they catch big fish regularly. This is a bait that I like to use early into the season through the summer months. Lures slow rolled along weed line edges will generate a tone of strikes and is an early season staple!
Double bladed bucktails have been around for quite a while. In my opinion they are starting to lose their appeal as the fish become more and more accustomed to them. For that reason I prefer the triple bladed 8” Apache for early season Muskie fishing. The Muskies have not seen or heard this before and the results speak for themselves. As we move to summer and into late summer I will increase to size 9 and triple x baits Apache baits to keep up with the ever growing forage size in the area.

The Musky Frenzy Triple 8 Apache
Triple 8 Apache Bucktail is the perfect early season bait. Smaller profile and lots of vibration and flash to call fish in! This is a terrific Kawartha Lakes color.
Scent! Don’t leave home without it! If nothing else it is important that the fish cannot smell you! So mask your odor with something that resembles the forage base that these fish are feeding on.
Scent is not commonly used by some when Muskie fishing. This is a mistake! The ability to mask your own odor will greatly increase your odds of success. I apply a small amount of Liquid Mayhems Pike and Muskie Attractant to every bait I will be using on each given day.A
I can’t say enough about the importance of a good leader. Every rod that I have rigged will have one of these at the business end. This will save me from losing a very expensive bait and also ensure I land that fish of a lifetime without fear of breaking off. Huskie Muskie Fluorocarbon Leaders are a must!
All of the fish images displayed in this article were caught and released in the Kawartha’s Northumberland Region of Ontario. Come see for yourself!
All  Fish Images portrayed in this write up were caught and promptly release in the Kawartha’s Northumberland Region of Ontario. Come see for yourself!
Product Review: Magnum Pro Bulldawg

Product Review: Magnum Pro Bulldawg

Date: 12/11/2015
Product type: Magnum Pro Bulldawg
Manufacturer: Musky Innovations
Reviewer: Alex Meletis

 

 

Musky Innovations Magnum Pro Bulldawg

Musky Innovations Magnum Pro Bulldawg

 

 

Introduction: The Pro Dawg-Mag Dawg is always a top favorite for me when targeting Muskie and Northern Pike. Diversified bait that can be toiled or cast, this bait has a past history of nothing short of successful catches when targeting essox. Presentation is everything with this lure type. Because of its body style and balanced weight the bait is able to stay up right when paused allowing for a window of opportunity for predator type fish. This bait comes in numerous colors and can be used by anglers at all levels of experience paired with the proper gear, making the Bull Dawg so successful.

 

 

Magnum Pro Bulldawg Specifications
Type Magnum Pro Bulldawg
Length 12”
Weight 8oz
Material Soft plasic
Hooks Mustad
Colors Blk/Orange
Origin Cleveland,WI
MSRP  24.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

It’s over all construction and quality is over all good. If I could change any quality aspect of this bait it would be the durability of the rubber and hook quality. Because Muskies and Pike have razor sharp teeth and these baits are of a soft plastic construction it does not take many fish to destroy them. Although the action of the bait remains the same with some altering of the wire harness and patch work with soft plastic glue, the overall density of the plastic could be better. For hooks I usually swap

Musky Innovations Magnum Pro Bulldawg

Musky Innovations Magnum Pro Bulldawg

out the Mustad’s for VMC or Gorilla 4X. I have had Mustad’s snap multiple times or bend resulting in loss of fish.

 

Quality Ratings for Magnum Pro Bulldawg
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
4 4 4 4 16 20 7

 

 

Performance:

The performance of the Bull Dawg is unmatched. With its low profile body and curly style tail these baits tend to drawn in more fish than any other soft plastic I have used. The jerk pause/count the bait down combination when casting allows the bait to swim naturally and not tangle which results in more well-presented and naturally presented casts over fowl ups. The Balance of the bait is great also adding to the casting aspect of presenting this bait but also when trolling.

 

 

Performance Ratings Magnum Pro Bulldawg
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 4 24 25 6

 

Features/Design:

Key features of the Muskie Innovations Bull Dawg are its performance in the water and its ability to be repaired multiple times and still keep its original action. This is crucial when guiding because you may have only a few of the key patterns that seem to draw the big girls to the boat. There are tons of baits that once they have cracked ect. Loose their ability to perform the same action as previous to their destruction.

 

 

Feature /Design   Ratings Magnum Pro Bulldawg
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 2 17 18 7

 

 

Application: 

I would use these baits from season open to season close. Because these baits can be casted or trolled you can speed or slow your retrieve depending on the energy level of the fish. Early season to mid-season I tend to have a faster retrieve (less pauses faster figure eights) then later in the season where my retrieve slows down this also includes my trolling speed when trolling and not casting the Bull Dawg. I use these baits in both river and lake systems. When fishing shallow or deep areas all that changes is your retrieve tactics. When fishing a weed edge in slow water (6-12ft) I find these baits are most effective when straight retrieved. When fishing a deep rock pile (12-30ft) I find these baits to best when paused and jerked as a retrieve.

 

 

Magnum Pro Bulldawg Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 5
Performance 6
Price 6
Features 6
Design (Ergonomics) 5
Application 6
Total Score 34
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: Definitely a go to bait when targeting Northern Pike in North Western Ontario Also a deadly bait when targeting Muskie from early season into late. The Mag Dawg has a multi-use feature, by this I mean it can be casted or trolled. One of the best features of this bait is the action. When casting it can be straight retrieved or used as a jerk bait. Because of the profile/weight ratio the bait will stay up right when paused in the water column allowing a hang time for a essox predator to take advantage of the moment.

An absolute must in all tackle boxes when targeting Northern Pike and Muskies. If I could change anything about the Bull Dawg by Musky Innovation it would be the durability of the rubber. These baits are such fish magnets that’s they get destroyed fairly quickly. The consistency of the plastic could be more durable.

 

 

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Christmas Wish List

Exist To Fish Christmas Wish List

Well it’s that time of the year again.  The boats are put away for the winter as the ice starts to form.
With Christmas around the corner, many of us are starting to think about  what we would like for Christmas or are looking for gift ideas for friends or family.
If you are anything  like the Exist To Fish Staff, you probably lost a few baits this year.
We are all excited about new and existing fishing product’s that we have not had an opportunity to purchase or test out. They just were not in your budget at the time or perhaps you are thinking about trying a new lure this winter or in 2016!!
I asked the Staff at Exist to Fish what they where going to ask Santa for this year.
Here are the top picks on their wish list!
Dean Schenk  : “On my Xmas wish list would be a pair of Smith Backdrop sunglasses to protect my eyes when on the water and ice”. 
SMITH Backdrop

SMITH Backdrop

Product Features:
A perfect medium-sized complement to the Touchstone, the Backdrop incorporates the same great features like stainless steel spring hinges and megol contact surfaces at the nose and temple tips. ChromaPop™ polarized lenses provide the highest level of enhanced color and clarity, or choose Techlite glass lenses for unparalleled optics and scratch resistance.
“Also a tube of liquid mayhem walleye attractant in my stocking as I use it on the hard water all winter”.
Liquid Mayhem

Liquid Mayhem

Product Features:
  • Made with real minnows in a super concentrated form. Contains natural baitfish enzymes infused with powerful amino acids and other bite stimulants
  • formulated to target a fishes olfactory glands and trigger big strikes. Fish hold on to artificial bait longer meaning more hooks ups and more fish in the boat
  • No mess formula stays on the bait, not in the boat. Super concentrated. A tiny amount goes a long way.
Mike Lamoureux : “I would like the EzCam post. I would love to have the EzCam mounted to my boat to give me the extra camera angle for my fishing videos with my Go Pro!”
EzCam Post

EzCam Post

Product Features:
The EzCam Post is the worlds PREMIER universal camera mount. It will work with any camera, smartphone, and/or camera accessory. It will secure to any object up to 3” in diameter and telescopes from 27” to 6’ in height. Not only will you be able to capture stunning pictures and videos, it will protect your camera from falling over. Perfect for use in boats by attaching to seat pedestals, simple and quick to set-up and use. The mounting plate has a reversible thread, 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 like any good tripod or monopod, so you can be sure any camera or accessory can be mounted to it.
Chris Huskilson : “I would like a underwater fishing camera!! I can think of a million different situations where I would use this! Having the ability to mark fish on my graph and drop a camera down to identify the species would be a huge benefit! This Camera, from Pyle,  looks incredible! And is very reasonably priced in comparison to other models out there.”
pyle camera

pyle camera

Product Features:

  • Take Pictures and Record Videos Underwater in Color
  • Drop the Camera in the Water and See Where the Fish are Hiding
  • Waterproof Marine Grade Camera
  • 3.5” inch Digital LCD Display
  • Instantly Preview your Videos and Picture on the LCD Monitor
  • Durable, Reinforced & Submergible Wired Camera
  • Infrared LED Night Vision Sensors Illuminate Dark Environments
  • Camera Cable Sinks up to 15 Meters Deep
  • Micro SD Memory Card Slot
  • Easily Save Files and Transfer to PC or Mac
  • System Includes Wired Camera, LCD Display, Display Holder, Pole Mounting Brackets and Charging Cable
  • Conveniently Mounts to Your Fishing Rod
  • Brightness, Contrast & Color Display Adjustments
  • Built-in Rechargeable Battery: 3000mAh (3.7V Lithium)
  • Up to 8 Hour Battery Life
  • Observe Underwater Fish Behavior and Environments 
    Camera:
  • 30 Mega Pixel Wide Angle Lens
  • Built-in IR LED Night Vision Illumination
  • Resolution: 640 x 380
  • Image Sensor: ¼” inch
  • Size: 0.8” x 1.0” inches
  • Weight: 0.35 g
  • Operating Temperature: -10 to 40 Celsius 
    LCD Display:
  • Screen Size: 3.5 inches
  • 4X Digital Zoom Function
  • Resolution: 960 x 240
  • Backlight Brightness: 300cd
  • Protective Flip-Open Cover
  • Universal Threaded Mounting Insert
  • Easy Operation Touch Button Controls
  • Display Housing (L x W x H): 4.2” x 3.0” x 1.9” inches
  • Weight: 150 g
  • Sold as: 1 set
  • Weight: 1.26 lbs.

Jamie Wilson : “One item I truly want from Santa this year is, without a doubt, several packs of Lake Fork Trophy Lures’ “Live Magic Shads”  This segmented plastic swimbait has an amazing and very unique action, along with exceptional durability and a great line of colors. With the ice fishing season just around the corner I have to start gearing up so I’m ready for big, hungry Lake Trout. Then when summer comes, there’s nothing better than a swimbait to fire up big Bass. So come on Santa I’ve been a good boy this year, a couple in every color in both 3.5″ and 4″, regular and boot tail please! P.S- come down from the North Pole anytime and I’ll put you on some big fish!”

live magic shad

live magic shad

Product Features:

Our New Boot Tail Magic Shad Swimbaits feature a “Boot Tail” design that utilizes an innovative tail combined with the patented swim slots of our “Live” Magic Shad Lure. The slots in the tail enhance the lure’s realistic swimming action-especially at slower speeds used for umbrella rigs, jigheads, Carolina rigs, or swimbait hook rigging. Hook slots on top and bottom aid in weedless hook rigging.

Length Quantity per Package
3.5″ 6
4.5″ 4

 

 

Alex Meletis: “I would absolutely like my go to bait weather it be trolling or casting for both muskies and pike. The Shallow Invader from Musky Innovations They provide a color chart, so any pattern is possible. Why I want these is because I know they catch fish in all conditions and are a reliable and durable bait.”
Shallow Invader

Shallow Invader

Product Features:
LURE DESCRIPTION:  The Shallow Invader is one of the most innovative shallow crankbaits on the market today.  This “hybrid” lure combines a hard plastic crankbait head with a hand-poured, soft plastic action body and tail.  This knockout combination creates incredible serpentine action that drives large gamefish crazy.  The tail is replaceable.  If it gets chewed up or you want to change colors, changing it is a snap.  Pull the tail straight back until it pulls off the tail post.  Push your new tail on the post until the rib on the back of the head is seated on the ridge in the tail.  You can add some super glue for an even stronger hold.
LURE SPECIFICATIONS:  The Shallow Invader is 9″  long and is about 2 oz.  It has extra strong 3/0 wide gap hooks for best hook-ups.  It comes in many different fish catching colors for all your angling needs.  The Shallow Invader runs 2-4 feet and is a lethal twitch bait.
HOW TO FISH THE INVADER:  Use the Shallow Invader in all shallow crankbait/twitchbait situations.  Cast or troll on shallow flats, rocky points, mid lake reefs, and over the tops of weedbeds.  The Shallow Invader can be used as a very effective twitch bait.  A good technique is to pause several times in mid retrieve.  Because the lure floats when stopped, it is very effective in the weeds.   It imitates an injured bait fish often drawing strikes from even fickle gamefish.
Matt Arrigo :  “I would love to add a Deeper Sonar to my arsenal this coming season.”
wireless_Deeper_sonar_fishfinder

wireless_Deeper_sonar_fishfinder

Product Features:
Deeper – smart sonar is a first of its kind, portable, wireless fish finder that utilizes technology on your smart phone or tablet. Specially designed for amateur and professional fishermen.
Tech Specs
Size: 2.6″/ 6.5 cm diameter
Compatibility: From iOS 5.0 and Android 2.3 to the latest iOS and Android devices
Construction: ABS
Weight: 0.22 lb/ 100 grams
Connection: Wireless Bluetooth connection
Bluetooth Range: Up to ~140 ft – 160 ft/ ~40-50 meters. Depends on the OS and smartphone model.
Depth Range Max/Min: 130 ft (40 m) / wide angle – 4.3 ft (1.3 m); narrow angle – 2 ft (0.5 m)
Temperature: Water temperature Sensor
Temperature unit: Celsius / Fahrenheit
Operational Temperature: -4F to 104F/ -20C to 40C
Battery: Lithium Polymer, 3.7V Rechargeable; lasts for 6 hours of non stop usage; takes 2 hours to fully charge.
Power Adapter: Compatible with 110V / 240V. Micro USB.
Sonar type: Dual beam
Frequency: 290 kHz (15°) / 90 kHz (55°)
Color: Black
Models and logistic GLOBAL version: SKU: FLDP09; EAN: 4779032950213; 32pcs/master carton;ASIA version: SKU: FLDP10; EAN: 4779032950206; 32pcs/master carton

Robert Conley: 
Shelley Langley: “The best and most functional item under her Christmas tree would be an Eclipse UPF 50+ shirt to protect my skin from the sun while fishing.”

Eclipse UPF

​Keep an eye on Eclipse for an exciting new product launch coming soon.

Product Features:
Eclipse is a Canadian company offering UPF 50+ clothing to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. After being cleared of skin cancer back in January of 2014, I decided to protect myself against further damage by creating a line of apparel that offers UPF 50+ with high quality fabric. Eclipse products are Made in Canada and offer protection through the fabric and not a chemical coating. The current product line is a generous size that accommodates both men and women that want protection from the sun while outdoors. More products including long sleeves will be available soon. 
Colin Booth : “I have had my eye on Eco Pro Tungsten for some time now and would love to add some of their products to my arsenal.  I love to flip plastics so their tungsten bullet weights are an easy pick for me!”
Eco Pro Tungsten Flippin Weights

Eco Pro Tungsten Flippin Weights

Product Features:

Eco Pro Tungsten weights are 97% pure eco friendly tungsten. Fray Free, insert free and lead free, Eco Pro Tungsten weights offer serious advantages over lead. Eco Pro Tungsten cast farther and more accurately than lead. Actually feel what you have been missing! Smaller, dense tungsten is super sensitive, allowing you to detect more strikes and catch’s more fish while greatly reducing hang ups! Special “seal coat” painting resist chips and scratches.

“Nobody makes all the cool colors than Eco Pro Tungsten does. They allow me to match my weights with my favorite plastics!”

David Reid: “I would like nothing more than some more Rod Sox.  With their proprietary unique feature, a snag proof, hook resistant rubber type mouth makes loading and unloading my rods quick and easy.”
Rod Sox

Rod Sox

Product Features:

RodSox Features:

Breathable – Rod Sox can go on wet or dry equipment. The breathable mesh allows air to easily pass through allowing any moisture out and drying your rod and line.

Safety Tip – The hardened tip of our Rod Sox protects the last guide/tip of rod from the wear and tear of placing or removing rods from rod lockers or any type of storage.

Durable Tag – With the addition of a hang hole in the new, durable, rubber tag, rods can now be “hung up” for storage, a great and safe way to save room and keep your rod out of harm’s way laying or leaning elsewhere. After the Rod Sox is completely seated on the rod, a gently tug on the rubber “mouth” will “Lock” the Rod Sox in place, and it won’t slip off. When it’s time to go fishing, a simple push of the mouth upwards releases the “lock” and the Rod Sox will just slide right off.

Easy Identification – The hard tip is wrapped with a color tape indicating the length of the rod it fits so that you can easily tell your rods apart and know which Rod Sox go on what rod when ready for storage. (For Example: green tip tape is for a 6’6″ rod, while red tip = 7′ rod, etc…)

Tangle Free – Avoid the tangling of rods and line when carrying gear to and from the water.

Mesh Density – The Original Rod Sox have the densest mesh of any rod protector on the market. This makes them more durable over time, improves the protection of your rod, and allows a tighter weave for added safety of rod guides, especially microguides.

Improved Mouth – The new and improved pliable, rubber-type “mouth” on the bottom end of the Rod Sox seals the mesh from fraying or unrolling, as well as protects the rod paint from any scratching from open mesh. In addition, the rubber mouth provides about a 1 3’4″ protective barrier between the hook and the mesh to prevent lure hang-ups.

Since I only asked the Team for a couple of products that they would like to have, as I know their wish list would have been too long for this article longer, Please visit http://existtofish.com/ and check out our Product Reviews and Articles for more ideas.
From all of us at Exist To Fish Canada, Merry Christmas and may your Holiday season be joyous and safe.
Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid

Exist To Fish Canada Writer David Reid

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Product Review: River Run Tackle Original Manta

Product Review: River Run Tackle Original Manta

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Date: 12/4/2015
Product type: Jerk bait (Manta)
Manufacturer: River Run Tackle
Reviewer: Alex Meletis

 

 

River Run Tackles Original Manta

River Run Tackles Original Manta

 

 

Introduction:

One of the best glide bait action jerk baits I have used. With its symmetrically side to side action all big essox cannot resist the Manta. Its profile and plastic bill like tail allows the bait to preform like an injured bait fish subsurface. The realistic patterns available through River Run Tackle are no basement paint job. Adding the realistic patterns and action of the Manta I would highly recommend this bait to all essox anglers. When casted you can straight retrieve this bait giving it a swim side to side action or a jerk pause retrieve giving a more injured fish profile. Well-constructed, these baits do not give up and will endure tons of action.

 

river run tackle

river run tackle

(The Original Manta) Specifications
Type Jerk bait-manta
Length 8”
Weight 3.5oz
Material Wood
Hooks Mustad
Colors Lac Seul Perch
Origin  USA
MSRP  21.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

Overall quality of the Manta is good. Well-constructed to take on any fish that dares to chew it, these baits last. The only thing I would change is a wire through construction of its eyelets rather than screw eyes. I also up grade my hooks to VMC or Gorilla 4X because I find Mustad’s tend to snap and bend.

Quality Ratings for (The Original Manta)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 4 5 19 20 7

 

 

Performance:

The performance of the River Run Manta is excellent. Because it’s well design the bait stays up right when paused in its side to side action showing that it is properly balanced and adding to the realistic factor.

 

 

Performance Ratings (The Original Manta)
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 4 5 4 23 25 6

 

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis

Features/Design:

Key features of this bait would be its well-constructed and durable profile, creating a fantastic side to side action when used as a jerk bait. The design aspect of this bait goes to its profile shape and well balanced body also adding to the jerk bait aspect but also to its realistic presentation in the water column.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (The Original Manta)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 4 2 15 18 7

 

 

Application: 

I use jerk baits all season long. I find the Manta from River Run Tackle is most effective later in the season when you need to slow things down. Lakes and River systems are both idea setting for this bait. When fishing in current waters, the Manta can be straight retrieved and in slower water or none current water fishing a rock bet or weed edge in a lake system I like to use this bait as a jerk bait with a side to side presentation.

 

 

(The Original Manta) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   10
Performance   7
Price   5
Features   6
Design (Ergonomics)   6
Application   7
Total Score 41
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:

 Great Bait! This glide bait has a great side to side action that is irresistible. Well-constructed and durable enough that multiple fish will not drastically alter the action of the bait.

 

 

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

 

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