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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 02:10 PM 01/28/08 (CST)
Anyone get a chance to actually try out those Basstrix Fat Minnow/ Paddle Tail swimbait jobs?

Just wondering how they measured up to the hype.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 08:32 PM 01/28/08 (CST)
They've been around since 2005 but really didn't get noticed until Steve Kennedy won the Bass Elite tourney on Clear lake in California using them. Since then, their use has pretty much exploded. I bet the manufacturers liked that. I've used them a few times and have caught bass with them. They are weedless and easy to use. Expensive, though, and at times hard to find. I don't think the company can keep up with the demand.




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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 04:13 PM 01/29/08 (CST)
Hard to find is an understatement. No one can keep them in stock. And since I started looking last summer, it seems like the retail price has gone from $6 to $9 a bag. That's, kind of crazy. They're selling on eBay for 30 bucks. I don't know, I love trying out new bait, but $30 for 3 tubes seems outrageous.
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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 08:38 AM 01/30/08 (CST)
The law of supply and demand at work smile smiley




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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 03:03 PM 01/30/08 (CST)
I think they are ok, but have a cheaper, better option...Just this lowly bass anglers opinion anyway.

Try the Optimum line. Either the Titan, Original or Suspending are great choices. I cleaned up last year on a tournament using the Titan series(weedless). Fished it around wingdams and points. Best thing is, they are pretty reasonable priced. I loaded up at a Gander Mountain once for about 3 to 4 bucks each.
Optimum Titan

Yamamoto also makes a very nice swimbait, but it's not pre-rigged.

Another one I am really excited about is the Berkley Powerbait Hollow Belly. This looks like a great swimbait.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 12:36 PM 01/31/08 (CST)
Wow, those Berkley baits, with their hollow bodies, look like the closest copies of the Basstrix I've seen yet. I'll be watching the Berkley pros at the Classic to see how they do. Thanks for the tip!
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 03:11 PM 02/16/08 (CST)
I do have a very nice assortment of Basstrix. I am lucky enough to get them pretty easily. Although there are some real nice similar products on the market. Yattering Jack was dead on when he recommended the Power Bait version. Also Poor Boys Baits makes one called the Silly Rabbit and the Silly Bunny. You can find them most anywhere. Also there is the Money Minnow, and Bass Pro Shops offers one I believe is called the Magic Shad.

Keep in mind that this is a CRAZE bait. I talked with a Berkley Rep and he insisted that yes their product is available, but to expect it to be back ordered until late fall!

Basstrix is a sweet bait though, there is no denying that. It was responsible for some HUGE limits in some HUGE tournaments last season. Each one is hand made. You just can't get that on mass produced lures. So expect the demand to stay high and the resale price to stay even higher. It's just like the Chatterbait was. A guy used to have to spend half his salary to get one, now their in every clearance bin at every major fishing outlet. Don't let that fool you though, the Chatterbait is a great lure!

Tight Lines!!


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 10:15 AM 03/05/08 (CST)
I didn't buy into the Chatterbait craze when it hit. However, I used one all last summer. I believe its still tied on to my rod in the garage right now and I'm sure I'll throw it again this season. I'm not going to go crazy, or break the bank trying to get some Basstrix. I was just wondering if people who actually used them, 'cuz I don't know anyone who has, thought they lived up to the hype. But this does bring me to a totally different question. I think I'll ask it in a new post though.
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