Defines World-Class Hard Baits by his own Principles
you heard of lure concept designer, Patrick Sébile
and his innovative hard baits?
Read on and you will learn a little of the man and his lures
In the near future, you will hear much more, as the legend of
the man and his lures grows rapidly.
He has fished in almost every corner of the world, and in 57
different countries over the past 25 years.
He has held over 300 French, European and world fishing tackle
For 15 years a full-time fishing guide, Sébile worked out of
clubs and lodges on the exotic shores of Morocco, the Ivory Coast
and Guinea Bissau.
Sébile has been involved with a number of different fishing
tackle and lure companies during his career. He has designed a
number of fishing lures for them, and had his hand in designing
some of the industry’s most popular rods, hooks and terminal
He has written six books and hundreds of articles for many
different magazines, covering every facet of lure angling.
And recently, the International Game Fish Association named
him the number-one salt water angler in the world.
wins EFFTEX 2008 hard bait competition. Like a
trophy bass that stakes out its own territory, Sébile continued
to make the tackle industry his domain when, the first time he
entered the EFFTEX (the European equivalent of ICAST) new product
competition, Sébile won the best of show award in the hard bait
category, trumping all of the world's best - Lucky Craft,
Evergreen, Rapala, Strike Pro, everyone.
"Upon winning the EFFTEX award, my counterparts at the
big companies (who were also my competition) were happy for me.
They told me they have never seen any company show so much
innovation, so much success in such a short time. So much has
happened for me in the last eight months. It has been more than I
dreamed was ever possible," exclaims Patrick.
That award was won in June, 2008 at EFFTEX in Rome, Italy.
The next month, July, Sébile appeared at ICAST in Vegas.
From atop his ample, cast-long demo tank, Patrick cast his
lures and a mesmerizing spell across the entire ICAST audience.
Colors of Sébile
There are three colr series
Colors. Clear fluid and glitter-filled lures
have transparent sides and bellies so fish can see the internal
fluid filled and glitter scales. The sloshing fluid helps the
erratic motion of the bait.
When the lure is moving, the entire lure body is in motion, and
the internal fluid and scales slosh back and forth, adding
additional visual movement within the lure body. It's a 'visual
movement' within the lure that no other hard baits possess.
"The Possessed series is not just about the color effect of
the swirling glitter and visual movement of the fluid - but also
about sound in the water," Patrick tells us.
"Just like rattles moving inside a bait make noise, the
sound of the Possessed fluid movement makes noise too -an ultra
low sound. Glass, steel, brass, lead, tungsten rattles are all
going to make higher sounds whereas the vibration created by the
Possessed fluid is ultra low - and more natural."
"Especially when fish are pressured and have seen too many
noisy lures, they get shy and do not want to bite rattling lures.
Also when there are lots of baitfish, when fish are full, they
can be more selective as to lures and may show disinterest in
noisy ones. These are good situations for the Possessed series
because they make a soft, ultra-low sound attraction fish have
not heard in a lure before," reveals Sébile.
Red Colors. Sébile's newest red fluid-filled
lures. The Blood Red series was the EFFTEX winner. Has both
see-through fluid and blood red fluid inside. The two different
fluids do not blend. They break up and recombine in large
globules - but always stay separate. In other words, it is not
just a solid mass of red fluid inside. The visual attraction is
enhanced since discrete beads or globs of the red are constantly
shifting, changing shape and size, rolling on and through the
second see-through fluid.
Blood Red fluid sloshes back and forth as the lure moves, and
even when the lure comes to rest, the Blood Red fluid continues
to move inside. This helps keep the lure moving a little - even
when the retrieve is paused.
"Red inside the bait is more realistic than having red
trebles," says Patrick. "Even when stopped, the Blood
Red fluid still moves and swirls. All fish want an easy meal. And
the Blood Red fluid movement, even when the lure is paused, it
sends a clue it is injured, hence the perfect time to strike it
Colors. Have no fluid inside. "The
Evidence series has high level of sound due to rattles (no
liquid)," Patrick mentions.
Sébile Lure Models for Bass Fishing
Some of the lure models that Patrick emphasizes for bass are:
Swimmer 165 SK (Sinking). The 'SK' means
'slow-sinking' version. Weighs approx. 1-1/2 oz and measures 6
inches long. This three-piece lipless jointed swimbait casts
farther than other jointed lures. One can make very long casts
with it, and it swims naturally. The 165 SK was one of the most
popular baits on the BASS Elite Series in 2008, helping account
for two first places and other top ten finishes. The 165 SK can
be waked on the surface or swam down to four feet, and retrieved
steadily - or with rod pops and pauses.
It's well worth noting there are larger and smaller, fast-sinking
and slow-sinking Magic Swimmers. Nine models in all from
3-1/2" to 9".
Magic Swimmer comes in 4 models above, with 5 new models
slated for 2009.
One-piece Acast Minnow and double-jointed Magic Swimmer share
flat-sided, humpbacked body profiles.
Shadd. Patrick Sébile's personal favorite
model of all. The Stick Shad 114 and 90 models come in FT
(topwater/wake) SU (subsurface suspending) and SK (sinking)
versions. Weights vary by version.
"I use the FT, SU and SK Stick Shadd not as three versions
of the same lure, but three different lures. That is the best
mindset for using them," says Patrick of his favorite bait.
"If I must choose one, I can do everything with the sinking
(SK) Stick Shadd from the top (of the water) down," says
"The Stick Shadd has a thin keel that runs the length
of the lure," says Sébile, "and the power of that keel
creates small turbulences that activate the lure action. If you
watch a shark in the water or on film, you'll see the tail just
move a just a little to propel the shark. The shark moves so
effortlessly because the shark has almost no friction as it moves
through water. The rough skin has small turbulences all around,
but the friction is fluid, water against water due to the
irregular skin surface. It is the same idea on the Stick Shadd
and the power keel creates fluid water-against-water friction,
allowing the bait itself to move more freely with less
friction," states Patrick.
As Sébile spoke, it reminded me of how a boat hull runs faster
and more friction-free in a short chop than across a flat
surface. Also, how a boat hull with a little film of dirt
adhering to it runs faster and more friction-free than a
perfectly smooth, clean boat hull. So Patrick's 'power keel'
principle makes a lot of sense.
Stick Shadd comes in 3 sizes above of most interest to bass
anglers, and in floating, suspending and sinking versions.
Shad. "This model is the 2nd or 3rd best
seller in the product line," claims Sébile. It has a bigger
body than other lipless crankbaits, and puts out a superior
vibration that extends the strike zone and neutralizes adverse
conditions such as chop or current.
"The most popular size is the 66. It is just under 3"
long. The sinking 66 SK weighs 1/2 oz. The X-Heavy Sinking 66 XH-SK
is heavier, weighing 3/4 oz. for the same body size.
One of Sébile's best tactics is letting it hit bottom and then
jigging it a few inches off the bottom. Same as vertical jigging
a spoon in deep water. With braided line, Sébile routinely jigs
the Flatt Shad up to 50 feet deep.
"The suspending 77 SU model is 3", weighs 1/2 oz and
suspends 12-18" below the surface, making it a slow-sinking
subsurface twitch bait. It can still have action in super shallow
water at slow speeds," says Patrick.
"Indeed, all Flatt Shads will have action even when you go
slow. The design concept includes a belly that is wider than the
back. This causes big water turbulence on the sides and belly,
That turbulence creates instability, which creates action. So you
can go slow and can have action," reveals Sébile.
Another Flatt Shad model - for bass anglers with heavy tackle -
is the larger Flatt Shad 96 SK (sinking). It is 4" long and
weighs 1-3/8 oz. It works 5 to 10 feet deep. "The 96 has
action all the time, even on the sink," says Patrick.
Flatt Shad comes in 3 sizes shown above of most interest to
bass anglers, with several new version are slated for 2009.
"Most crankbaits are not aerodynamic. Many will often spin
in the air," says Patrick Sébile.
Yet the Crankster, the first time you try it. you will see it
casts lie a rocket. The reason is it contains tungsten bead and
oil together inside. When you cast it, 60% of the weight moves to
the tail, for long distance and accurate casts," says
Another thing you will notice is there is only a small edge or
juncture between the lip and body. In fact, you may almost say
the lip is extended out away from the body - remindful of how a
jackplate extends an outboard away from a boat hull.
"Through lab testing, I discovered that in front of a lure,
water turbulence causes a lure to lose about one-third of the
lip's effect. So by remodeling the lip the way it is on the
Crankster, it works in harmony with the turbulence being created
up front, which then creates the body action as the lure is
cranked forward into that turbulence.'
The photo shows the Blood Red series Crankster. In Sébile's test
tank, Patrick swam the Evidence series Crankster for everyone. If
you ever want to hear a rattling crankbait make lifelike noise
unlike any other rattling lure on the market, listen to the
Crankster. It so sounds like something alive swimming - maybe a
whole school of them. I've never heard another rattling lure that
sounded as good. The one I listened to was the Crankster MR 65 FT
Evidence series model weighing 5/8 oz and 2.6" long.
Crankster 65 is current model, with three new sizes/versions
slated for 2009.
"The Splasher's 'Power Keel' helps you walk the dog expertly
with a popper. If the Power Keel was cut off, the Splasher would
go almost straight, not walk at all. The head is raised so only
30% of it's mouth is in water. The other 70% of the flared cup is
put there to spit," says Patrick Sébile. "It has the
possibility to make a big splash - if you want to make sure bass
know you are there. The 3-1/2" Splasher 90 (5/8 oz) in the
Blood Red series is popular for bass," recommends Patrick.
Splasher comes in three models of interest to bass anglers.
"Patrick Sébile has introduced the fishing
world to a whole new concept in our Possessed series of hard
baits that contain a unique glitter-filled fluid that resembles
scales coming off a wounded baitfish," says company CEO Dave
"The fluid movements inside also create
ultra-low frequency sound waves, and the movement of the fluid
gives the illusion of muscle movement, a baitfish on the run. The
unctuous oil and glitter within moves and flows almost
constantly; it is never still," says Dave.
"But it's not only that. Some, no, many of
the bait shapes are totally unprecedented."
"The three-piece Magic
Swimmer has caught almost every fish that swims for me, in
countries far and wide," says Dave Maynard. The Bonga jerk
is also one of Dave's favorites.
"Three-piece Magic Swimmer
(top) is one of the Evidence series. Glitter and fluid-filled
Bonga Jerk (bottom) is in the Possessed series. Sharp 'power
keel' causes Bonga Jerk to slice into the water, and causes a
huge swirl when jerked," says Dave.
Bonga Minnow 72 is a short, fat topwater of interest to bass
Glitter and fluid-filled Splasher
(top), Koolie Minnow (center) and Sébile's favorite, Stick Shadd
Koolie Minnow comes in three lengths of interest to bass
anglers, and SL, ML, LL lip versions.
Magic Swimmer (first two). Slim
Stick (bottom two). "With a very exaggerated but tight
walking action, the Slim Stick pivots so easily it can even be
made to walk backward," claims Dave Maynard.
Slim Stick comes in two floating topwater sizes of most interest
to bass anglers.
Up until a couple years ago, few would have considered a spoon
like this to be a bass lure.
Top bass pros have only recently discovered that big, bulky
spoons like the Sébile Onduspoon work well on big bass.
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