July 16, 2019
By Laura Kovarik & 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
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.
Molix Hollow-Jointed Rat
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
The Smuggler By Chasebaits Australia
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.
Bucket ‘O Eels by Felmlee Lures
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
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.
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.