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Stranger Things from ICAST 2019

You see a lot of unusual lures at fishing's biggest trade show. Here are 5 of the weirdest we found.

Stranger Things from ICAST 2019

Bucket ‘O Eels by Felmlee Lures was one of the stranger things on display at ICAST 2019. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

While many of the big-hitters in the fishing industry were rolling out some of the usual saltwater and freshwater lures at ICAST 2019 in Orlando, we took a walk down the crowded aisles for something different.

Here are the most unique baits that made us think — WTB (What the Bait)?

Wanglers Wackle Pack

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Wanglers Wackle Pack (Photo by Laura Kovarik)

Best Catch Bait Company introduced this fun pack of tackle and live worms at ICAST 2019 as a ready-to-go choice for those wanting to take a kid fishing. Comes with Wanglers Live Redworms, four hooks, two bobbers and six split shot sinkers. The Wackle Pack is designed to make fishing on the go a breeze. — L.K.

$7 Wanglerslive.com


Molix Hollow-Jointed Rat

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Molix Hollow-Jointed Rat (Photo by Laura Kovarik)

Molix hails from Italy and has made a huge impact on the U.S. market in the last seven years. Known for unique designs and twists on classic baits, Molix’s jointed three-piece hollow-bodied rat is no exception. This freshwater soft lure swims like a mouse and features super weedless hooks with pointed positioned upward for maximum penetration. It has an ultra soft body for enhanced hookset and is made with real skin pattern. It’s roughly 7 inches long, comes in two different colors and is an ideal prey for any predatory fish. — L.K


$17 Molix.com

The Smuggler By Chasebaits Australia

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The Smuggler By Chasebaits Australia (Photo by Laura Kovarik)

A water-blooping, rattling bird that is fitted with a long trailing tail to simulate tail feathers. Resembling a small parrot, this unique lure was on display at ICAST’s New Product Showcase. It’s matched with an ultra-strong BKK hooks and an extremely robust body, the Smuggler is available in a 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch version. — L.K.

$20 Chasebaits.com.au

Bucket ‘O Eels by Felmlee Lures

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Bucket ‘O Eels by Felmlee. (Photo by Scott Bernarde)

Well, if you’re looking for a bucket of eels, here you go. Felmlee’s Bucket ‘O Lure is a throwback item from the early 1970’s, brought back by popular demand, according to the company. The saltwater soft-plastic lure comes in three sizes, and with the option of getting all three sizes together gives anglers exactly what they want. — S.B




$69.99 FelmleeLures.com

Zombait Lure

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Zombait Lures. (Photo by Laura Kovarik)

Their unique design reflects what the name suggests — “zombie” fish. It’s a robotic insert that mimics the swimming and zig-zagging action of your baitfish.

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Zombait Lures insert. (Photo by Laura Kovarik)

With a battery life of roughly three hours, anglers insert the electronic device into the mouth of a dead bait and attach a hook. The waterproof housing is good up to 200 feet, will fit any bait that is 8 inches or larger and is rechargeable. The starter pack will run you $69 and includes a lure, hard case, battery pack and charger. — L.K.

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$69 Zombait.com

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