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So You Want to Go Tournament Bass Fishing...

So You Want to Go Tournament Bass Fishing...

So you think you want to go tournament bass fishing… Well brother (and hopefully a few sisters out there too), let me tell you, It is a journey. There isn’t going to be any black truck with a ghostly figure, with a resemblance to Guido Hibdon, offering you a ride to Okeechobee! This is a long, hard, self made road that you will travel. You will lose friends, and gain friends for the same reasons. One thing is for certain, you will never look at a lake the same way again.

Welcome LJ Fishing to the My Bait Shop Team!

Welcome LJ Fishing to the My Bait Shop Team!

We are excited to welcome LJ Fishing to the My Bait Shop Team!  LJ Fishing will be part of our Pro Fisherman Partners as we support them on the 2019 tournament trail.  

LJ Fishing, Larry Patterson and John Holtz, is a bass fishing team on the Kansas tournament trail.  They finished in the top 15 of the East Kansas Bassmasters in 2018 and were 10th place in 2017 for Rookie Team of the year on the Kansas Team Trail.  As we mentioned we are very excited to be partnering with them throughout the entire 2019 campaign.

Oster's Jointed Tuffe Minnow

Oster's Jointed Tuffe Minnow

Oster's Lures or Oster's Tackle Manufacturing of Cleveland, Ohio began in the late 1940's.  Oster's trade name was "Fish-Getter Lures" and can be seen on their packaging.  The original lures were made of Tenite.  The Jointed Tuffe lure was one of five original lures made by the company.  They were:
  • #200 Lone Streamer
  • #300 Jointed Tuffe Minnow
  • #400 Tuffe (or Straight Tuffe)
  • #500 Popper
  • #600 Super White Bass Fly

Yo-Zuri Knuckle Bait Product Review

Yo-Zuri Knuckle Bait Product Review

One of the best parts about having our store is getting to try out new baits, or baits new to us.  Some of these are brand new and some are vintage lures we are fishing for the first time.  Recently we have had the opportunity to partner with Yo-Zuri baits and really give some of their lures a try.  We had fished Yo-Zuri lures before but with so many to choose from there were many new to us.  Over the last month or two we have been fishing hard one of these new baits, the Yo-Zuri Knuckle Bait.

PICO Lures - A Short History of the Company

PICO Lures - A Short History of the Company

PICO is one of the oldest lure manufacturers not just in Texas, but also in the nation.  The year was 1933 and the Great Depression had a stranglehold on the United States.  Corpus Christi resident, Fred Nichols, carved a cedar wood lure resembling the salt-water piggy perch.  It proved successful when used for speckled trout and other salt-water game fish.  Nichols carved a few more lures for family and friends to use.  Soon word spread and people started inquiring about the lure.  With encouragement from family and friends, Nichols soon found himself in the fishing lure business.  Times were still tough in the mid-30s, but people eked out a fishing trip every once in a while. 

All-Time Great Fishing Lures for Catching Bass! My Top 10 Best Lures Ever for Bass!

All-Time Great Fishing Lures for Catching Bass!  My Top 10 Best Lures Ever for Bass!

If you are like me you grew up reading all the articles you could find in outdoor magazines like Sports Afield, Outdoor Life, Field and Stream and so many others.  I would go to the school library during study hour just to make sure I read all of them.  I devoured everything I could find and dreamed of exotic trips to far away places and catching stringers full of fish on all the new lures listed in the advertisements.  I couldn't afford most of these lures but it didn't stop me from dreaming.  One thing always stood out though and caught my eye above and beyond all the other articles.  I always relished those Top 10 Lists.  You know the ones.... "Top 10 Bass Lures!""Top 10 Greatest Fishing Lures Ever Made", "Top 10 Lures Your Grandpa Used" and so many others.  While I was paging through a vintage magazine recently it got me thinking maybe I should post my own Top Ten List.  Click on the photo above to continue reading...

R.C. Lures (Musky Lures), Zelienople, PA

R.C. Lures (Musky Lures), Zelienople, PA

One of my favorite things about collecting fishing lures is trying to solve the mysteries that present themselves.  With the age of the internet th...

Slammer Topwater Company, Kelliher, MN

Slammer Topwater Company, Kelliher, MN

I was recently going through a large stack of older tackle catalogs I had purchased awhile back and one of the catalogs jumped out at me.  It was a...

The Original Mickie Spoon - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The Original Mickie Spoon - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

The Original Mickie Spoon - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin Living in Wisconsin I am especially interested in antique Wisconsin made fishing lures.  Th...

Smithwick 1970 Catalog

Smithwick 1970 Catalog

To be more precise the Jack K. Smithwick & Son catalog, all two pages from 1970.  2 pages showing all of the color patterns for the lures such ...

Outdoors May 1949

Outdoors May 1949

A cool magazine cover from 1949.  Was still 20 cents at the time.  How many lures can you name?

Rediscovering the Passion!

Many years ago I flipped a canoe in the Wisconsin River while fishing with my Dad. While we recovered most of our items I managed to lose my large tackle-box. This tackle box had been with me most of my life and had probably 75% of my fishing gear in it. I mourned that loss and the many lures I had in the box. The ones that caught trophy fish, the ones gifted to me at Christmas as a child. All were gone.
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