Feeling Lucky and Crafty at ICAST
"For 2009, there are a few new colors and new models that
Lucky Craft desires to emphasize," says Maiko Kikuchi at
105 Topwater. "This is a new triple hook,
single knocker Sammy that lays high on the top of the water like
a Spook instead of down in the water like the other Sammy
models," says Lucky Craft rep, Roy Gray. "The tungsten
ball inside creates a ‘click – click – click’ sound as
the Sammy is walked side-to-side. Other Sammy models are silent
(don't have loud noise-making parts inside)." Approximately
4 1/8" long, weighing 1/2 oz, with one extra hook on the
belly, making a total of three for better hook-ups with bass.
Bassdozer says, "Existing Sammy models have always
excelled for me in clearer, calmer, more finesse type conditions.
So we'll need to see where this new, noisier Sammy 105 works
Sammy 105 floats high, has three
trebles and makes a knocking noise.
J Topwater Propbait. Lucky Craft has two
current propbait models (Splashtail, Waketail), but the new Kelly
J may prove to be the best yet. Created by Lucky Craft national
pro angler Kelly Jordon, this floating propbait is great for
using around weedy areas. Word is that Kelly Jordan's pretty
excited about it. Lucky Craft rep Roy Gray says the bait is for
fishing around bluegill bedding areas and over submerged weedbeds.
"The bait has a general bluegill-like profile and floats
with its head tilted slightly above the waterline. It's designed
to give a quick ‘splash-splash’ then pause retrieve,"
explains Roy. Approximately 2 3/4" long, weighing 3/8 oz.
Kelly J may be Lucky Craft's best
propbait to date.
A new, big and bulky topwater wakebait called the Bullfish was
also on display at ICAST. This is a big wide-body fat wakebait.
"It's shape is that of a shallow-running fat crankbait only
its bigger. Anglers in Japan like that it pushes a lot of
water," Roy Gray says. At show time, it was undetermined as
to how many, when or through what sales channels the Bullfish may
be made available in the USA. However, it created a lot of
interest at the show, so maybe some decision has been made by
now. Approximately 4” and 2 oz.
Bullfish is fat and bulbous. Only
4" yet weighs 2 oz.
Spinnerbait. Lucky Craft may be coming out with a
spinnerbait created by their national pro Skeet Reese, called
Redemption. Plans call for six colors: Aurora Black, Clear Lake
Hitch, Ghost Minnow, Chartreuse Shad, MS American Shad, and Table
Skeet Reese Redemption
Now for the new colors:
Phantom Chartreuse Shad. Color #252. - This is
a Gary Dobyns signature color. "It is a real subtle clear
water color. The number one Lucky Craft clear water color
has been ghost minnow since forever," admits Dobyns.
"But now the new Phantom Chartreuse Shad may give Ghost
Minnow a run for its money, at least on the clear water of the
Western impoundments," predicts Gary. Available in limited
styles: Staysee90, LV500, Pointer 78/78DD, 100, 128 and Sammy
100. Some models may have a holographic mirror flash plate inside
the bait. Others do not.
Chartreuse Shad. Color #170. There are two
implementations of this new color. In some lures such as the
LV500 lipless, the color's transparent. In the Sammy 100, the
color starts out similar, except there's a holographic reflective
insert inside the Sammy 100 body. Available in: LV100/500,
Pointer 65/65DD, 78/78DD, 100/100DD and 128. Staysee90, SKTMINIMR/DR
and Sammy 65, 85, 100, 115, 128.
Magic Ghost Gun Metal. Color #171. Designed by
Skeet Reese. It has a silver pearl back, clear sides and a
chartreuse belly. Some models may have a holographic mirror flash
plate inside the bait. Others do not. Available in the same
models as Ghost Chartreuse Shad.
Gary Dobyns signature color,
Phantom Chartreuse Shad.
New Lucky Craft colors. Top and
center: LV-500 and Sammy 100 in Ghost Chartreuse Shad. Sammy has
holographic plate inside. Bottom: LV-500 Skeet's Magic.
Special Features of ICAST 2008:
- Ardent: Ardent
Shows Pretty Nifty Products
- Daiwa: Daiwa
Stays in High Style
- Endless Innovation: Hundreds
of Hot New Products at ICAST
- Frogs: Gambler,
Gene Larew, Kanji, Mann's, Rein, Secret Lures, Snag Proof, Spro
- G.Loomis: G.Loomis
Goes for the GLX Excellence
- Hooks: Good-Looking
Hooks from Eagle Claw, Gamakatsu, Mustad, Owner, TTI, VMC
- ima: ima
Japan Debuts North American Exclusive Baits
- Jackall: Day
of the Jackall Lures
- Lines: New
Fishing Line from Bioline, Blackwater, Cajun, SeaGuar, Sufix,
- Lucky Craft: Feeling
Lucky and Crafty
- MegaStrike: Mega
- Optimum Baits: Optimum
Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
- Plano: Plano
Wins Best of Show Award in Tackle Management Category
- Quantum: Quantum's
New KVD Tour Rods and Reel Cover all Cranking Situations
- Rods: Rod
Highlights from American Rodsmiths, Big Bear, Kistler, Lamiglas,
World-Class Hard Baits by his own Principles
- Shimano: Shimano
Curado Voted 'Best of All' New Products
- Strike King: Kevin
VanDam Comments on Strike King's New Bass Baits