Product Reviews

October 8th, 2014

Full Exposure: How to Rig Basstrix Paddle Tail Swimbaits

Basstrix Paddle Tail Swimbaits on Tackle Center

Basstrix keeps their lure-making process a closely-guarded secret, but it’s clear to anyone who handles their baits that each one is hand-poured.  Impossibly soft to the touch, Basstrix swimbaits are hands-down some of the best textured soft plastics on the market.  And while they aren’t always the lowest priced, a …

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August 27th, 2014

Tackle Center’s Guide to Rigging the Strike King Rage Tail Craw

Strike King Baby Rage Tail Craw on Tackle Center

No tackle box worth its salt lacks a craw bait.  Soft plastic craws are perhaps the most versatile of the creature baits, and just about every bait manufacturer has at least one craw in its line-up.  Strike King is no exception, featuring four different craw baits in its Rage Tail …

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August 18th, 2014

Bigger is Better: My Review of the Bandit Ledge 250 Series Crankbait

Bandit Ledge 250 Series Crankbait on Tackle Center

Bandit typically puts a lot of thought into their color selection, and the Ledge 250 Series is no exception.  If you need help choosing a crankbait color, check out the video below.  Bassmaster Elite Series pro Greg Vinson explains the rationale behind the different Bandit 250 color patterns, ranging from …

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Pro Tips

March 26th, 2015

Finesse Crankbaits for Prespawn Bass

Finesse Crankbaits for Prespawn Bass

Fishing the prespawn is always a mixed bag.  Power fishing with big baits will fill your livewell one day and leave it empty the next.  Trick worms offer a subtler approach, but don’t make the best search baits when bass are staging sporadically.  Switching to finesse crankbaits for prespawn bass …

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March 11th, 2015

Fishing for Prespawn Bass: Go Slow or Go Home

prespawn bass fishing

Nothing beats that first warm wind of early spring after a long, cold winter without fishing.  Loading our tackle boxes with new packs of soft plastics, re-spooling our reels with new fishing line, eagerly ripping crankbaits out of their packages — it’s hard to be patient when you’re itching to …

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March 4th, 2015

Swim Jigs for Prespawn Bass: 5 Easy Tips

Terminator Swim Jig on Tackle Center

Flipping jigs are a go-to lure choice for many anglers fishing the notoriously unpredictable prespawn.  But when moody prespawn bass grow finicky, swimming your jig over shallow water cover allows for a more natural action.  Read Tackle Center’s 5 easy tips for using swim jigs for prespawn bass in shallow …

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