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Monday, October 22, 2007

• Bait Monkey Loves Rainy Days

In case you were looking for a post on fishing in the rain, read When It Rains

The bait monkey must really like coming out when it rains. I needed some more Lake Fork Tackle craw trailers and craws. I also wanted to hit Academy to see if they had any T1 Terminator spinnerbaits left at clearance prices. I hit the Northwood Bait & Tackle that usually carries the LFT lures, but they didn't have the craws, so I bought a pack of pig claws and a pack of V & M baby v chunk jig trailers too. I peeled open the bag of V & M chunks when I got home. To my surprise, they smelled almost like cleaning fluids, but I'm thinking it's supposed to be anise. About $5 spent there.

On to Travis Marine where they have a large selection including LFT products. I did find what I was looking for, so I bought two packs of craws, a pack of different colored pig claws, and a pack of craw tubes. About $18 spent there. I forgot to buy some Paca chunks.

I still wanted to go to Academy to check on the spinnerbaits. Man, I did a lot of driving by that point in the day. They still had some of those spinnerbaits on clearance and I grabbed two of 'em. One was like the firetiger I already have and the other was chartreuse with an extra green/chartreuse trailer in the package. There was a neat red one with matching red blades, but I passed it up. That rack was full of them, so not many people must like those. Otherwise, the rack would have been empty, right?

I made the huge mistake of walking over to the next aisle full of soft plastics. Okay, I confess. I was a little curious about Big Bite Baits (bigbitebaits.com). They come in a red package and a label on the front that reads "Fortified with Bite Juice" in small print. It looked like every pack came with 10 plastic lures. They all are affordably priced at $1.97 a pack. What caught my eye at first was their craw. It was identical to the Lake Fork Craw in both shape and appearance. Same mold I guess. I even found a pack in red shad that looked just like my red shad LFT craws. Awesome! They also make Senko look alikes called Trick Sticks. I found some in black/blue metal flake, a color I have confidence in. They make a lot of popular look alikes in fact. I saw finesse worms, brush hogs, grubs, and something called a Yo Mama that looks like a Yum Wooly Bug. They even have a toad with the same body style as the Yum Buzz Frog. I like the leg action of this particular frog, so if Big Bite Baits gets them out into stores, I'll buy some. I opened the pack when I got it out to the car. Bite Juice smells like anise. Take a look at their site. Big Bite Baits has a lot more to choose from. Cost me around $15 at Academy in total.

Since I was on a bait run, I had to go to Bass Pro. On my way in, I was propositioned by a young woman trying to get people to test drive the Toyota Tundra. If you test drove the truck, they'd give you a $10 BPS gift certificate. That was very tempting, but I just wasn't in the mood. The bait monkey had sucked me pretty dry and even if the lures were paid for by someone else, I just wasn't in the mood to drive around in a pickup truck in the parking lot. That isn't what I call a test drive. While I was at BPS, I did check out the Bandit crankbaits. Just as I suspected, they were not listed at any sale price. Yep, $4.29 a piece. Today is the last day for the fall sale online as well. So much for trying out a Bandit (although I could have used the $10 certificate towards at least one). Oh well, no regrets. I'm only out about $38 and 1/4 tank of gas after today's adventure.

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