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The 5 Most Eye-Popping Lures

The annual convention in Orlando, Florida, assembles all the best and most innovative fishing companies in one spot, showcasing the sometimes nutty, but always cutting-edge, new tackle for both freshwater and saltwater anglers in the upcoming year. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 best new fishing lures that popped out to me at the 2019 show.

When I saw this thing fluttering up and down inside a 50-gallon vertical tank, I could have sworn I was witnessing a live squid in captivity. The Chasebait Ultimate Squid is wacky but incredibly realistic. It’s molded with a mesmerizing rolling wing pattern on each side of its head and fluttering tentacles that open and close between jerks. Matched with a custom 3-D squid eye, ultra-strong and durable TPE 10X material, and incredible lifelike colors, this squid can stand up to the rigors of tricking, hooking, and battling 300-pound tuna, grander blue marlin, or anything else in the bluewater you can find.

Chasebait Ultimate Squid

When I saw this thing fluttering up and down inside a 50-gallon vertical tank, I could have sworn I was witnessing a live squid in captivity. The Chasebait Ultimate Squid is wacky but incredibly realistic. It’s molded with a mesmerizing rolling wing pattern on each side of its head and fluttering tentacles that open and close between jerks. Matched with a custom 3-D squid eye, ultra-strong and durable TPE 10X material, and incredible lifelike colors, this squid can stand up to the rigors of tricking, hooking, and battling 300-pound tuna, grander blue marlin, or anything else in the bluewater you can find.

Spro Spin John

Churning up the industry, Spro introduces the new Spro Spin John, a sweet little stickbait destined to garner topwater and suspended strikes from bass, pike, and pickerel. At an 80mm length, the bait rolls when retrieved, spitting and kicking up water with the prop blades, then elicits superior wobbling action on a slow fall. The lure also comes in some interesting color patterns, such as Spook Nasty and Cell Mate.

Barambah Bidjiwong

You have no idea what a bidjiwong is, and neither do I—or at least I didn’t until Barambah Lures of Australia enlightened me. Otherwise known as an Australian water dragon, these lizards look a lot like iguanas. And without a doubt, this lure has a new home in Florida due to the iguana invasion. At over 11 inches long with three treble hooks, undulating swim patterns, and shocking colors, this lure might just have the juice to incite an explosive topwater strike from a hungry grouper, snook, or redfish.

VMC Tokyo Rig

Known as “a drop shot rig on steroids,” VMC’s new Tokyo Rig will make a largemouth bass spin its head. It is constructed with two types of 3/0 to 5/0 hooks—the Heavy Duty Flippin’ Hook and Heavy Duty Worm Hook—along with a barrel swivel, welded O-ring, and a 2-½-inch wire dropper arm to attach the weight of your liking. The weight is kept in place by simply sliding it on and pinching the wire to lock it in. Unlike a traditional Texas rig, the Tokyo Rig creates more lure action due to the weight’s ability to steady the bait above the bottom, leaving the lure free to shake with unhindered action. The rig provides a creative new way to fish weed mats, submerged vegetation, and other heavy cover.

Ocean Born Swimming Bucktail

Patrick Sebile has done it again. The legendary lure designer partnered with Ocean Born Lures to develop a new Flying Bucktail, which falls under his tackle umbrella company, A Band of Anglers. Improving the design of the usual bucktail, Sebile has crafted a leadhead with side wings that allow the jig to dart erratically on the drop, rock back and forth, and literally swim side to side. The aerodynamically designed belly ribs along the bottom of the head allow for frictionless casting and create turbulence and bubbles when retrieved. Additionally, it stirs up sand when bounced along the bottom. Sebile’s proprietary hook design is said to be 38 percent stronger than traditional jig hooks, ensuring solid hooksets on larger species like tarpon and tuna. You won’t lose much hair off the bucktail either, thanks to a steel collar that locks it in place. Sizes range from ¾ ounce to 3½ ounces.

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