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8 Great New Panfish Lures for 2012

by Jeff Samsel   |  February 9th, 2012 9

Let’s explore some of the best new baits for bluegills, crappies and their kin-fish and examine how to use each to fill your cooler!

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The Atomic Mite from Berkley, which is an itsy bitsy version of what bass guys would call a creature bait, is part of a new family of panfish-sized PowerBait offerings. Less than an inch long, the Mite has a ribbed body, paddles on its sides and twin tails. The end result is an outstanding insect representation. The Atomic Mite comes pre-rigged on a 1/80-ounce jighead, with spare bodies in the package.

This bait can be cast and swum back, but only on legitimate micro gear with 4-pound-test line or smaller. An effective alternative is to add a float a couple feet above the lure, both to add casting weight and to control the depth. An Atomic Mite also can be rigged in tandem with a slightly larger jig and then cast or presented vertically over brush or other specific pieces of cover.

  • Joe

    These jigs look great . but they are hard to find in any one place along with the other mentioned selections .

    • James Reynolds

      Joe, these look great and may do well, but I wonder how well without the spinner blades on it. The beatle spin sure works well also. If you try a beatle spin, sometime try attaching a cricket to it.

  • Matt

    That would present well using fly tackle too. Hmmm

  • Ron

    This lure and lures made by Blue Fox are very hard to find!!!!!

  • jerry

    The slab and roadrunner are cool and they work !!!!!!

  • Marnie Tunay

    Where's the best place to go for crappie fishing in Texas?

  • Holum

    Going to try some of these out! Have a new place on a lake known for good Spring Crappie fishing and I'm anxious to catch a few.

  • Ray Means

    whare and how can I find and purchase the 8 panfish jigs

  • Wylie Mitchell

    berkley has a site and seen their stuff on a couple of others

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