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OUTDOOR SHOWS are the best place to see the newest fishing tackle.
The outdoor show season is in progress now. This last weekend I was at the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel and Outdoor Expo in Schaumburg. It was a great show. I was at the Wildcat Lodge Booth but had time to walk the show and see some of the new Products for 2016.
I was exicited to learn that Berkley came out with a line of hardbaits, new for 2016. But this was a concept that began four years ago.
Transforming the idea from napkin scribbles (which happens more often that you'd think) into action required the creation of sophisticated CAD designs and intricate molds to form an engineering facility rivaling any high-tech facility found around the world. Next, America’s best bass pros tested them on some of the toughest lakes they could find.
The Berkley team partnered with renowned bait designer and crankbait legend David Fritts to develop a line of hardbaits that delivers better actions, colors and more bites. With 11 inital shapes and true action right out of the package, each Berkley Hardbait is equipped with the sharpest Berkley Fusion19 treble hooks. All 11 models feature custom designs and colors hand selected by the Berkley team.
The floating Bad Shad 5 and Bad Shad 7 are premier casting baits that rise slightly at every pause. Anglers that prefer suspended jerkbaits will zero in on the Cutter 90+, Cutter 110+ and Skinny Cutter 110+ with maximum darting action from the slightest rod twitch.
Berkley Digger 6.5 and Digger 8.5 crankbaits are great for covering water with an aggressive wobble and side flash. These offerings from Berkley go deep and get there quickly. The flash and erratic tail wag of the square-billed Berkley Pitbull 5.5 crankbait is impressive, especially when bouncing off wooded cover.
What isn’t to love about the lipless blunt-nosed Warpig 1/2 and 1/4? Even the name stands out on this versatile easy-to-use crankbait.
The Wild Thang 8.5 is a deeper-running, crankbait with a violent, hunting action and aggressive tail-thumping performance, ideal for ricocheting off rocks.
Each Berkley hardbait is designed to put more fish in the boat. I have a few and can't wait for open water to come back to the Chicagoland area. Check out the photos in the gallery.
With baits like these you'll soon see that Great Fishing is not that far away. tm