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Take a look at a selection of 19 new hard baits available to bass anglers for fishing in 2021.
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Berkley Dredger HD Colors
A favorite among anglers, the Berkley Dredger was the result of pairing Berkley scientists with legendary crankbait angler, David Fritts. The Dredger features a body shape and weighted bill to drive the bait deep and keep it in the strike zone faster, and a tight subtle action that is best for deep water fish. This bait casts great and is easy to crank for less fatigue when fishing all day. New HD Colors available September 2020.
This isn’t your granddaddy’s floating minnow! After 15 years of design and testing, the code has been broken. Never before has a plastic bait been able to achieve the unique high-speed rolling action of balsa – the Hit Stick has done just that. With a patent pending integrated FlashDisc design, Hit Stick delivers Berkley’s largest rolling action combined with the durability and casting ability of a hard-plastic lure - making it one the most effective and versatile baits on the market. Available July 2020.
An expansion on one of the hottest crankbaits in bass fishing, Berkley scientists have again collaborated with legendary crankbait angler, David Fritts, to bring anglers the Frittside Biggun’. Ideal for sluggish and/or pressured fish, the Frittside Biggun’ expands on the size 5 version of the Frittside and gives anglers the larger profile necessary for fishing in muddy conditions. The Junior offers anglers a new, smaller profile option for the size 5 Frittside crankbait. Featuring the classic flat-sided profile that mimics a variety of species and creates the most flash of any crankbait, the Frittside Junior is an ideal choice for sluggish/pressured fish in clear-water conditions.Integrated FlashDisc design delivers a balanced weighting and action that tracks more accurately at higher speeds and its material construction makes it durable and easier to cast for distance and accuracy. Available September 2020.
The new Rap-V Blade is the perfect balance of metal, plastic and Rapala expertise. This extremely versatile bait produces instant vibration on the lift or retrieve. Weighs in at 1/2 oz, 2.5” long and has VMC No. 4 double hook and a No. 6 treble.
Straight from the boxes of the Rapala pro staff, 5 new colors – Big Shad, Chartreuse Rootbeer Craw, Citrus Shad, Green Gizzard Shad and Rootbeer Craw. All 5 colors will be on the DT4, 6, 10, 14 and 16. The non-craw colors will also be on the DT20.
From a passion of bait building as a childhood hobby, to customizing lures as a professional angler, the OG Series is born of the sawdust from Ott DeFoe’s Garage. The Rapala Slim is a balsa, flat-sided bait with a medium wobble and tight side-to-side action. The lightweight circuit board lip is extremely thin yet delivers the right action and attitude no matter how you fish it. Weighs 1/2 oz, 2 3/4 inches long, dives to 6 feet, has a pair of No. 3 VMC Hybrid Trebles and comes in 14 colors.
The Arashi Swimmer is a multi-jointed bait that delivers a life-like swimming action over a wide range of retrieve speeds. It has a moderate sink rate (ROF-8, .8ft/sec) that creates a stable action at faster retrieve speeds while still allowing the lure to remain in the strike zone when paused or twitched. Swiveling hooks increase catch ratio by eliminating leverage against the lure body. Weighs 2 3/16 oz, 7 inches, a pair of VMC 1/0 trebles and comes in 9 colors.
Inspired colors from the Bassmaster Classic Champion Ott DeFoe. A pair of colors that are must-haves, one of which (Classic Craw) helped Ott win the 2019 Bassmaster Classic! Fluorescent Red Craw rounds out the new colors, for now.
A valuable combination of refined energy, unpredictable action and visual stealth, the new Z-Man JackHammer StealthBlade adds an exciting new chapter to the book of the bladed jig. The driving force behind the patented new ChatterBait design, a clear polycarbonate blade produces a totally different sound and vibration, but like its predecessor, starts thumping intensely with the first half-turn of the reel handle. The blade’s specialized oval split-ring line tie increases stealth, and offers less surface area and no protrusions to catch vegetation or other snags. Armed with a lighter wire, custom Decoy® fluorine nanocoated hook, the StealthBlade can be cast on slightly lighter line and penetrates the jaws of bass with less hook-setting effort. To preserve the StealthBlade’s high-level, ultra-durable JackHammer heritage and performance, silicone skirts are hand-tied with stainless steel wire. Dual wire trailer keepers pin soft plastic trailers in place for the long haul. The StealthBlade’s low center of gravity, fish-shaped head tracks true and skips easily. When the situation suggests a bladed jig, but instinct advises finesse, the ChatterBait JackHammer StealthBlade becomes the smartest play of the day. Available in 3/8- and 1/2-ounce sizes in six pro-crafted colors,
The Arbogast Jointed Jitterbug is a new age take on a timeless classic like the Hula Popper 2.0 project. The new model features modern improvements such as upgraded hook hangers with split rings and black nickel treble hooks, upgraded joint connection to provide a smoother track across the surface, anodized head plate, and exclusive crackle paint schemes.
The legendary XCS squarebill is back! Previously under the Xcalibur line, the XCS grew to popularity as the brand dissolved and since has been requested multiple times by fans. The squarebill comes in two sizes a 2 1/5-inch and 2 3/4-inch model and in eight color patterns. Six of the patterns are previous colors, and two are new additions to add to the line. Components have remained the same such as the quality of paint and hardware, the only difference is the Booyah name.
The Cotton Cordell Tail Weighted Boy Howdy is a bring back from the 90’s that will have many anglers delighted across the country! The tail weighted model is quite different from the current model that features spinners on the head and tail. The tail weighted version is just like it says in the name – tail weighted. It features a small lead weight on the tail that causes it to sit tail down and dart erratically with pops of the rod tip making it a perfect option for schooling fish. The lure comes in 10 different color patterns sure to match any forage base on your lake or river.
The Heddon One Knocker Spook line will be receiving a few extra color patterns this season. These colors were created with heavy input from the Heddon pro staff and they went through several renditions before they were approved. The four colors were built to imitate specific types of forage, Progill is a perch/bluegill imitator, Spasm is a striper/white bass imitation, and the final two patterns River Shad and Bone Head are shad imitators. Available in four colors.
The Norman Speed N fits a gap in the Norman crankbait line that was sorely needed, a prespawn shallow crankbait with a tight wobble to entice weary cold-water bass. The Speed N was created by ex-Elite Series pro Frank Scalish who is a renowned crankbait guru. Scalish wanted a shallow crankbait with a tight wobble for fishing over grass flats, cranking rocks and shallow wood during the early pre spawn period. The body is made from the classic butyrate plastic that provides such a unique rattle with the internal lead weight and combine that with the legendary gel coat paint schemes from Norman for a crankbait nothing like bass have ever seen before. Available in 10 Norman exclusive color patterns.
The HD Swim Jig features a hydrodynamic head, crafted to swim through the heaviest cover. It features an oversized 3D eye, premium banded silicone full skirt, VMC Hybrid 5/0 wide gap hook, tight grip trailer keeper and a nylon weed guard. Available in 12 colors and 2 sizes - 3/8 and 1/2 ounce.
Designed hand-in-hand with 2019 Bassmaster Classic champ Ott DeFoe, the Pro Series Spinnerbaits use 17-7 stainless steel and the perfect ultra-fine wire that results in the perfect balance of strength and vibration. This lineup has a blade/color combination to match the conditions no matter when or where across the country. Thirty-one colors/blade combinations in 3/8 and 1/2-ounce models, custom hand tied skirts, oversized eye, tight grip trailer keeper and a premium VMC hook make this the finest spinnerbait ever made.
The Hybrid Hunter and Hybrid Hunter Jr features a fat bodied, flat sided shape with a unique, “L-Shaped” 90-degree bill that combine to create a hard thumping, exaggerated hunting action with an extremely loud rattle that causes fish to strike with a vengeance. They will be available in the fall of 2020.
While the original silent KVD Squarebills have set the world on fire, the desire for a rattling version has become strong. So, building on the popularity of the Tungsten 2 Tap Red Eyed Shad and the Hard Knock Sexy Dog, Strike King developed the KVD 1.5 Hard Knock Squarebill. The KVD 1.5 Hard Knock Squarebill will be available in the fall of 2020.