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ReelBait is pleased to announce Our New Prototype Lure has been included in OUTDOOR CANADA's
best NEW PRODUCTS...see below

Prototype Series Lure

#1 BEST WALLEYE LURE PROTOTYPE
write up by Outdoor Canada Magazine


Over the last year or so, professional walleye anglers across North America have been relying on heavy lead spoons to win tournaments. One of the most popular has been ReelBait’s Fergie Special. With its unique metal, bead and brass noisemaker, it’s been a real winner. Building on that success, ReelBait has just launched the Prototype series, modelled after the original Fergie but with high-resolution, digital images of real fish embedded into the spoons. There are 10 different patterns in - ½ - ¾ -, one - and 1½ - ounce sizes.

Thank You Outdoor Canada!

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Alternative Jigs and Tempering Traditions For Walleyes

Certainly the Reel Bait Walleye Flasher, another major option in this category (current), isn't wildly popular in most areas of North America right now, although it's catching on. It's a superb jig that every walleye angler should own.""The Walleye Flasher is an exceptional jig. The keel shape holds in current like a plow cutting into prairie sod. The stand-up design also is a natural anytime walleyes are taking things off the bottom. The giant hook-gap makes it easy to hook fish. And the addition of the willow leaf blade adds flash and vibration on a different level than that provided by the Whistler. I don't know if the combination of elements that make up the Walleye Flasher fishes more subtly than the Whistler. I do know it fishes well in many situations."

-– Doug Stange, In-Fisherman Magazine.

Walleyes Minus the TipToe

"Jig-and-spinner combo heads also work well. Two good choices are the Thumper Jig head from Northland and the Walleye Flasher from Reel Bait. The Walleye Flasher works well along the deep edge of weeds and also away from them.”

- Doug Stange, In-Fisherman Magazine

Eelpout Mystery and Mastery

"My favorite late-season option is either a 3/4-ounce ReelBait Flasher jig or their 1 -ounce Lytles Secret Tail Spinner. Fish usually are on sand, gravel, and mixed rock bottoms at this time, and we pound the baits on the bottom with long, high, slow, repetitive strokes to attract the fish."

Jeff Matity, In-Fisherman 2009 Ice Fishing Guide

Ciscoes Fin to Fin with Walleyes

"Matity is a spoon man but doesn't use run-of-the-mill metal. His front runner is the Plane Jane by Patterson's ReelBait Tackle Company. 'The spoon is arrow-shaped,' he explains. 'It's tapered, thinner on top than the bottom, so it falls tail-heavy.' The resulting action is a horizontal plunge with a power-packed upswing."

Noel Vick, In-Fisherman Magazine

Alternative Jigs and Tempering Traditions For Walleyes

Certainly the Reel Bait Walleye Flasher, another major option in this category (current), isn't wildly popular in most areas of North America right now, although it's catching on. It's a superb jig that every walleye angler should own.""The Walleye Flasher is an exceptional jig. The keel shape holds in current like a plow cutting into prairie sod. The stand-up design also is a natural anytime walleyes are taking things off the bottom. The giant hook-gap makes it easy to hook fish. And the addition of the willow leaf blade adds flash and vibration on a different level than that provided by the Whistler. I don't know if the combination of elements that make up the Walleye Flasher fishes more subtly than the Whistler. I do know it fishes well in many situations."

Doug Stange In-Fisherman Magazine.

Spinner Tricks for Plate-sized Panfish

Al Patterson of ReelBait Company designed the Walleye Flasher for walleyes; but it’s worked well for smallmouth, white bass, and big crappies, too, so he now calls it The Flasher. This one features a hefty head that helps keep the lure deep for working points or along riprap banks. A tiny willow leaf blade completes the package. ReelBait’s metallic colors have been popular, but classic crappie colors like chartreuse, pink, and blue are also available. Flashers come with no body, so add your own plastic or try a small minnow.

Steve Quinn

Beyond Traditional Spoon Tactics

I add a Reel Bait Fergie Spoon Clacker to the front of the spoon, which introduces a lot of noise to the package. That’s another thing you see on pressured pike water—pike respond to smaller spoons at times and I think the noise also adds a little something different. The Tony’s Spoon is a good one, but any similar design should fish well and could be modified with the Reel Bait Fergie Clacker.”

Doug Stange, In-Fisherman Editor In Chief,