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  Z-Man® Swimmin' Trout Trick™ Berkley® PowerBait® Sick Fish Swimbait Bobby Garland Baby Shad Berkley® PowerBait® Pro Shad Offshore Angler™ Saltwater Sally YUM® Money Minnow® Cabela's Action Tail Shad Gary Yamamoto Zako Swimbait Berkley® PowerBait® Power Swimmer Bobby Garland Baby Shad Bass Pro Shops® Pro Baby Shad Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim'R Bobby Garland Mo' Glo Baby Shad Bobby Garland Baby Shad LIVETARGET Threadfin Shad Swimbait YUM® Pulse
  Z-Man® Swimmin' Trout Trick™ Berkley® PowerBait® Sick Fish Swimbait Bobby Garland Baby Shad Berkley® PowerBait® Pro Shad Offshore Angler™ Saltwater Sally YUM® Money Minnow® Cabela's Action Tail Shad Gary Yamamoto Zako Swimbait Berkley® PowerBait® Power Swimmer Bobby Garland Baby Shad Bass Pro Shops® Pro Baby Shad Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim'R Bobby Garland Mo' Glo Baby Shad Bobby Garland Baby Shad LIVETARGET Threadfin Shad Swimbait YUM® Pulse
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Brand - Bobby Garland PURE FISHING - GARY YAMAMOTO CUSTOM Berkley® LiveTarget - - GENE LAREW Z-man - PRADCO OUTDR BRANDS PURE FISHING BERKLEY YUM Cabela's

Z-Man® Swimmin' Trout Trick™

  • Deadly on all inshore species, plus bass and stripers
  • Soft, ribbed belly
  • Unique curved paddle tail
  • Smooth, sinuous, undulating swim action
  • Supersoft and durable ElaZtech construction
  • For unbelievable action on a steady retrieve, hang a Z-Man Swimmin' Trout Trick on your favorite jighead and toss it past tailing reds or obvious sea trout ambush points. At any retrieve speed, the ribbed belly and unique curved paddle tail combine to create a sinuous, undulating swim motion that no predator can ignore. Add a pause or two, and hang on; the specks, especially, will nab the Swimmin' Trout Trick as it slows and settles downward. The 10X Tough ElaZtech® construction ensures that it will hold up to anything inshore predators can dish out while retaining the softness that gives it that irresistible action. Deadly on all inshore species, plus bass and stripers. Pairs perfectly with the hottest jighead in saltwater, the Trout Eye™ (not included). Per 6.
    Size: 3-1/2".
    Colors: (116)Rootbeer Chartreuse Tail, (117)Opening Night, (118)Redbone, (119)Mood Ring, (120)Ralph's Shad, (121)Sexy Mullet, (122)Fried Chicken, (123)Shrimp Po Boy, (124)Festivus, (125)Margarita Lime Green.

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    Berkley® PowerBait® Sick Fish Swimbait

  • Designed by Skeet Reese
  • Super-lifelike shape and action
  • Effective throughout North America
  • Primary baitfish colors
  • Proven PowerBait scent and flavor
  • Unleash the action of the Berkley PowerBait Sick Fish Swimbait. Fish-tested and angler-approved, this incredibly realistic soft swimbait gives you the edge to catch more fish. Designed by top bass pro Skeet Reese, the Sick Fish Swimbait is deadly anywhere in North America, with colors to match the primary baitfish throughout the land. And when you add in irresistible PowerBait scent and flavor, proven to hold the bite up to 18 times longer in any water, it's almost unfair to the fish.
    Sizes: 3" Per 5, 4" Per 2.
    Colors: (001)Chartreuse Shad, (003)Clear Bream, (005)Ghost Minnow, (007)Green Back, (009)Tan Shad.

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    Bobby Garland Baby Shad

  • Deadly when fishing for big slab crappie
  • Baitfish profile and tempting wiggle
  • Popular among tournament crappie anglers, the Bobby Garland Baby Shad is well known for consistently turning slow slab days into memorable ones. This legendary soft plastic bait is quite durable, and features a plump, deep-bellied body profile that tapers to a flapping, spear-shaped tail. Expect loads of enticing, dancing action. Made in USA. Per 18.
    Size: 2".
    Colors: (065)Pearl White, (141)Chartreuse Black Pepper, (142)Blue Thunder, (143)Bleeding Shad, (145)Hologram Ghost, (148)Crystal, (181)Bluegrass, (187)Mo' Glo Outlaw Special, (200)Albino Shad, (203)Monkey Milk, (206)Key Lime Pie, (219)Electric Chicken, (295)Tuxedo Shimmer, (298)BBQ Chicken, (311)Lights Out, (336)Blue Ice, (526)Threadfin Shad, (918)Mo' Glo Pink Phantom, (928)Cajun Cricket.

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    Berkley® PowerBait® Pro Shad

  • Irresistible to all species
  • Cooked-in PowerBait scent and flavor
  • Exclusive formula holds the bite 18 times longer
  • Meaty profile with a high-action tail
  • The perfect bait for your favorite jighead
  • Bass, walleye, crappie, sea trout, you name it. No matter which species of fish you target, the Berkley PowerBait Pro Shad has the cooked-in scent and flavor they love. Berkley scientists have spent over 25 years perfecting the irresistible PowerBait formula, proven to hold the bite 18 times longer. Designed by top pros, the Pro Shad offers a meaty profile with a high-action tail that brings the extra bites needed to score your limit. Thread it onto jighead - you'll love how it looks in the water, and so will the fish.
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    Offshore Angler™ Saltwater Sally

  • Imitates a mullet or Cocahoe minnow
  • Works for reds, trout, flounder, snook, and more
  • Lifelike shape and action
  • Vivid, saltwater-specific colors
  • The Offshore Angler Saltwater Sally is a chunky, vividly colored minnow with a lifelike body shape and action. The bait perfectly imitates a Cocahoe minnow or juvenile mullet. Ideal for numerous saltwater species, especially redfish, trout, flounder, and snook. For best results, rig the Saltwater Sally behind a jighead.
    Sizes: 3" (per 10), 4-1/2" (per 6).
    Colors: (019)Nite Glo, (124)Chartreuse Silver Flake, (137)Natural Swimmer, (285)Morning Glory, (483)Chartreuse Nite Glo, (495)New Penny, (516)Silver Mullet, (517)Electric Chicken, (532)White Ice, (537)Albino, (935)Candy Corn.

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    YUM® Money Minnow®

  • Lifelike finish
  • Proven swimming action
  • Rigging-friendly design
  • Hook-hiding belly slot
  • Enables strong hooksets
  • When money fish are all that matters, you can count on a YUM Money Minnow soft swimbait's lifelike finish and proven swimming action to start a big-time feeding frenzy. Proven highly effective in major tournaments, the YUM Money Minnow is known as one of the more rigging-friendly swimbaits. Its unique belly slot allows the hook to fit inside, while reducing the amount of material the hook needs to drive through on hook sets. A slow retrieve will quickly draw strikes from bass, walleye, and other predator fish.
    Sizes: 2-1/2" (per 8), 3-1/2" (per 5), 5" (per 4).
    Colors: (001)Foxy Shad, (002)Fog Light, (003)Olive Oil, (004)Crystal Smoke, (005)Trick.
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    Cabela's Action Tail Shad

    Shad is the one baitfish that game fish always seek as a food source. The Action Tail Shad mimics the shad closer than any other lure. Per 10.
    Sizes: 2", 3", 4".
    Colors: (003)Black Shad, (005)Firetiger, (007)Reel Shad, (014)Pearl, (018)Electric Grape/Purple Belly, (019)Electric Purple/Chartreuse Belly, (020)Snot Rocket, (021)Candy Corn, (022)Bubblegum/Chartreuse Belly, (023)Alewife/Silver Glitter, (024)Smoke/Metal Flake/Pearl Belly, (025)Icicle/Chartreuse Tail, (598)Bombay and Lime.

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    Gary Yamamoto Zako Swimbait

  • Designed by Bassmaster Elite pro Brett Hite
  • Perfect trailer for bladed or standard flipping jig
  • Shad-like deep belly design
  • Flanged fins
  • Accordion-style cut tail
  • Designed by Bassmaster® Elite pro Brett Hite, the Gary Yamamoto Zako Swimbait gives you the perfect trailer to hang on a bladed jig, or to bulk up a standard flipping jig. Its shad-like deep belly design provides the look of a lunker bass' preferred forage, with flanged fins and an accordion-style cut tail that combine to provide tight, realistic motion with every twitch and glide. Features a molded-in belly slit and back groove for perfect hook alignment.
    Size: 4".
    Colors: (162)Black Blue Flake, (163)Cream White, (164)Watermelon Black Flake, (165)Green Pumpkin, (166)Chartreuse Shad, (167)Rainbow Shad, (168)Sight Flash, (169)Tan Shad, (170)Disco Shad.


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    Hi folks what we're going to show. You today is some of the newer baits from a Gary Yamamoto custom baits. That we've come out with in for release in 2017. One of our newest baits is. This new yellow modal Zac oh. It means little fish in Japanese it's been primarily designed to be a little swim date as a chatter bait trailer. Or a jig trailer it has a really good tight really tight action on the tail the plastic there's no salt on. This bait so it has a really good tendency to float the buoyancy. It shakes really tight you're not going to get a big wobble out of. This like a big swim bait tail. Or a paddle tail it's. All a really tight wiggle on the tail really mimics the action of swimming action of a bluegill really tight wiggle on the tail so. One of the primary designs for. That has been to rig with a chatter bait as a trailer.

    And so as the chatter baits really wobble working back. And forth this tail isn't getting really crazy it's just back there just giving off just. That subtle little kick butt. One of the big things about. This bait it does is the bulkiness. And the weight of it actually lets. You hold the bait down a lot. And keep it in the water column. Even lower and because of. This with the salt and it's so soft. It will compress the way it's designed for the fish bite. It will compress real easily. And get out of the way of your hook alright so. Another cool thing you can do with the new Yamamoto Zakho is.

    You can just rig it on a regular round ball jig head. And swim it around there again. It won't have a lot of action to it'll look kind of boring but. You stop it settles down on at the bottom. You know as was Tennessee. This tale will actually stand up. And bring this bait up. It will it'll set there like. This like a little minnow coming down onto the bait looking for something in the rocks. You can also we've had great success with our basket leap rolls they've been Texas rigging debate. You have to use a fairly small hook. One of the best folks we've found for it is a trocar tube jig hook, so I'll have a big wide bite. And but it's short so then. You can rig it to put. It into the body and just Texas rig. It on an 8000 like and then flip. It around in the bushes. And then is a settles.

    And sinks real fast. It has a really good wall to. And the tail moving don't forget sometimes. You can dip these tails a little bit of chartreuse. That extra little bluegill look on. It but fairly versatile bait. And it's being one of the. Most popular and it's been winning really well on a 2016 Vasiliy tour. Ihad a rig the new Yamamoto cycle on a ChatterBait. We have a just green pumpkin ChatterBait right here. You just want to put. It in through the nose we've got a good guideline to bring the hook up through the body. You look real close on the body there's a. Another scene about a third of the way down from the back down there so.

    You want to try to keep. That hook right their in. That area just push. It in find out where your keepers are. And bring it rights through the top of the back. That a hook line is it's going to push. It up on the jig head on their make sure it's running straight on there. And there you go so. Now you've got it rigged. This adds so much more bulk to your chatter bait. You can be able to castle off farther than the other thing is it's going to hold. It in the water column a lot better so. When you're throwing chatter baits a lot of guys. You know they asked like. Where do you want to do. One of the things we'll just around the top of grass rocks just anywhere you'd really throw a crank bait. You just want to throw. It the same way it's just going to give off. That a lot more vibration.

    That different look for it. You know you just reel. It really slows you get the blade going and. You feel a lot of vibration in your rod tip. One of the things they eat. This bait is you lose. That vibration so as soon as. You lose the vibration. You need to try to set the hook. And generally have fishes on there sometimes. You have grass but just always remember hook sets are free so. You just set the hook give it a good jerk. It got a lot of weight on. You know really crank down on. Even harder and give it. Another good hook set so. You can get the hook in we've got 15 colors in the Zaca we've got I've got a. Few of the newer ones right here we've got a black blue top. And a green pumpkin laminate on the belly we've got a watermelon copper.

    And then an orange red laminate for those early spring cross situations. If you're in the area Great Lakes things like. Or really clear water were. You know just a lot of clear water don't need too dark color. Something more natural we've got. This electric shad and ultraviolet flake on. It does a really lot of cool things. It will actually disappear look translucent. And then your basic color just standard green pumpkin. We have a lot of variations of. Both of these I've got white. And chartreuse bluegill black. And silver we've got a lot of good variations to go with your trailers you.

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    Berkley® PowerBait® Power Swimmer

  • Extremely versatile, deadly bait
  • Realistic minnow profile
  • High-action paddle tail
  • Cooked-in PowerBait scent and flavor
  • Deeply ribbed for more scent attraction
  • The most versatile bait in your arsenal is also the deadliest. The Berkley PowerBait Power Swimmer, with its realistic minnow profile and high-action paddle tail, lends itself to a wide range of applications. Because it looks and acts like a real baitfish in the water and is effective whether fished fast or slow, the Power Swimmer is perfect on a weighted swimbait hook, jighead, A-rig, Texas rig, Carolina rig or even the back end of a spinnerbait. And because it's infused with proven PowerBait scent and flavor, it pulls bites when other lures can't. Deeply ribbed body exposes more surface area, maximizing the scent attraction.
    Sizes: 2-1/2”, 3-1/4”, 3.8”. Per 6.
    Colors: (661)Sungill, (662)Silver Flash, (664)Electric Blue Chartreuse, (665)Black Shad, (666)Ayu, (700)Electric Shad, (701)French Pearl, (702)Sexy Shad, (703)Sight Flash, (972)Green Pumpkin.

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    morning guys little tackle tip here for you it's really foggy out. And we just got to the spot, so we're just taking our time waiting for the Sun to melt. It back I've got some finicky Pike. This week water is really cold it's like 48 degrees probably less. This morning because. It was really cold last night Berkeley power swimmer. These baits are great. They're kind of similar to a chi textile version of swim baits but. They have the power base dent in them. And all I'm doing is rigging it up here on a belly waited too late huh pretty simple take. It out of the package let them. All fall on the ground. And they're actually quite firm like. If you grab these they're a lot. Firmer so they're actually really good to use cuz. They don't want to tear apart just thread. It on to the keeper on the front line. It up take your hook point through there. You go Cheers

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    Bobby Garland Baby Shad

  • Popular with tournament anglers
  • Durable soft-plastic construction
  • Plump, deep-bellied body profile
  • Spear-shaped tail produces lively action
  • Popular among tournament crappie anglers, the Bobby Garland Baby Shad is well known for consistently turning slow slab days into memorable ones. This legendary soft-plastic bait is quite durable and features a plump, deep-bellied body profile that tapers to a flapping, spear-shaped tail. Expect loads of enticing, dancing action. Made in USA. Per 18.
    Size: 2”.
    Colors: (001)Licorice Chartreuse Purple, (002)Chartreuse Red, (003)Black Gum, (004)Patriot, (005)Vegas, (006)Red Thunder, (007)Bone White/Chartreuse, (008)Purple Mist, (009)Shimmer Shad, (010)Green Hornet, (011)Dreamsicle Delight, (012)Black Night, (013)Watermelon Wine, (014)Full Moon, (015)Ice Out, (016)Eclipse, (017)Glitter Critter, (018)Sweet Tea with Lemon, (019)Pink Lemonade, (020)Blue Back Shad, (021)Mayfly, (022)Live Minnow, (023)Blue Chrome, (024)Diamond Mist, (025)Green Banana, (026)Neon Prism, (027)Purple Passion.
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    Bass Pro Shops® Pro Baby Shad

  • Simple, proven design
  • Soft, plump body section
  • Single, pointed tail
  • Near perfect imitation of a shad fry
  • Hesitant, dancing movements
  • Bass Pro Shops' Pro Baby Shad has a simple, proven design. The soft, plump body section with a single, pointed tail is a near perfect imitation of a shad fry. Hesitant, dancing movements will pull in crappie and panfish for a quick meal and a little hook-shaped surprise. Per 18.
    Size: 2".
    Colors: (001)Firecracker, (002)Electric Chicken, (003)Icicle, (004)Blue Pearl Jam, (005)Black Bubble Gum, (006)Cajun Bug, (007)Nite Glow, (008)Chartreuse Ice, (009)Chartreuse Flash, (010)Pink Panther Glow, (011)Glimmer Blue, (013)Vega Shad, (014)Chartreuse Red Glitter, (015)Grasshopper Glow, (016)Smokin Shad, (017)Pearl White, (018)Fire Shad, (019)Neon Flash Chartreuse, (020)Crystal Minnow, (021)Threadfin Shad, (022)Eclipse, (023)Ice Out, (024)Bubble Gum Magic.

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    Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim'R

  • Jointed body
  • Unique swim tail
  • Scent channel in belly
  • Borrowing from the shape and size of its Baby Shad sibling, the Bobby Garland Baby Shad Swim’R incorporates additional features for a totally different action and allure. The Swim’R sports a jointed body and a unique swim tail that mimics the effortless movement of a real baitfish. It also has a scent channel in its belly that can be used for holding optional fish-attractant scents, should you choose to use them. Made in USA. Per 15.
    Size: 2-1/4".
    Colors: (001)Bleeding Shad, (002)Crystal, (003)Chartreuse/Red Glitter, (004)Licorice-Chartreuse Purple, (005)Patriot, (006)Threadfin Shad, (007)Key Lime Pie, (008)Bone White Chartreuse, (009)Ice Out, (010)Eclipse, (011)Glo Electric Chicken, (012)Ghost Sparkle, (013)Outlaw Special (not shown), (014)Glo Screamer (not shown), (015)Glitter Critter, (016)Sweet Tea W/Lemon, (017)Blue Back Shad, (018)Sunset (not shown), (019)Mayfly (not shown), (020)Live Minnow (not shown), (021)Blue Chrome, (022)Diamond Mist, (023)Neon Prism, (024)Purple Passion. 


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    Bobby Garland Mo' Glo Baby Shad

  • Super-glow formulation for irresistible appeal
  • Ideal for low light and stained water
  • Plump-tapered body
  • High-action, spear-shaped tail
  • Gives reluctant fish a different look
  • Brighten your slab-slaying prospects with the Bobby Garland Mo' Glo Baby Shad crappie bait, which features a super-glow formulation for irresistible appeal. Ideal for low-light conditions, stained water, or when a slow bite dictates a different look, the Mo' Glo Baby Shad offers a plump body profile that tapers to a high-action, spear-shaped tail. The Mo' Glo Baby Shad's glow combines with its nonstop movement to turn slow-catching days into memorable ones. Per 18.
    Size: 2”.
    Colors: (020)The Shadow, (022)Green Lantern, (025)Monkey Milk Glo.

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    Bobby Garland Baby Shad

  • Popular with tournament anglers
  • Durable soft-plastic construction
  • Plump, deep-bellied body profile
  • Spear-shaped tail produces lively action
  • Popular among tournament crappie anglers, the Bobby Garland Baby Shad is well known for consistently turning slow slab days into memorable ones. This legendary soft-plastic bait is quite durable and features a plump, deep-bellied body profile that tapers to a flapping, spear-shaped tail. Expect loads of enticing, dancing action. Made in USA. Per 18.
    Size: 2".  
    Color: (018)Indigo Sky.

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    LIVETARGET Threadfin Shad Swimbait

  • The most lifelike, anatomically correct shad bait ever
  • Catches fish when other lures can't
  • Great in all seasons
  • Medium-slow sinking action
  • To a game fish, the LIVETARGET Threadfin Shad Swimbait isn't just shad-like – it Is a shad, and that means dinnertime. This medium-slow sinker is simply the most lifelike, anatomically correct shad bait ever, and since it's a dead ringer for the most sought-after forage in the lake, it will catch fish when other lures can't. Great in all seasons, from spring spawn through fall school-up. Per each.
    Size: 4-1/2".
    Color: (703)Green/Bronze.
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    YUM® Pulse

  • Exaggerated ribs gives bulkier apperance and faster sink rate
  • Large paddle tail thumps calling in predators
  • Rolling action mimics dying baitfish
  • Exaggerated ribs on the side of YUM's Pulse minnow do more than displace water. The downward angle gives it a bulkier apperance, and allow a faster sink rate to remain in the strike zone longer. Large paddle tail thumps through the water, calling in predators. Rolling action mimics dying baitfish, allowing it to be fished at a variety of speeds. Per 8.
    Size: 4-1/2".
    Colors: (167)Tennessee Shad, (187)Tin Foil, (195)AYU, (196)Blue Pearl, (197)Sinful Shad, (199)Gray Flake Shad, (264)Summer Gill, (265)Arkansas Shiner, (266)Houdini, (483)Pearl White.
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