by Tim Huffman
Bobby Garland’s new Mayfly hatches July 2022. It’s 2.25” long and has an insect-like profile. The bait has flexible appendages and the tail produces vibrations. It has fish-oil enhancements to satisfy smell and taste. The Mayfly offers a different look that may prove to draw plenty of action. It has a solid body, a segmented tail and adapts to different jig head types and weights. It comes in 12 colors with four new ones including Spring Fling, Neon Nymph, White Ice and Mo’ Glo Glow Worm. A 50-count bag will be around $9.99.
Plier and scissors are a necessity when fishing from the boat or bank. They are good around any tool bench, too. Smith’s combo comes in a hard case that allows tools to dry after each use. A belt clip keeps them right on your side so they’ll be there when you need them most. The fishing pliers are 6.5’ and have side cutters, lure tuning and split-shot crimps. The stainless-steel scissors are 3” and cut braid or poly lines. MSRP is $28.99
A cool bait with a cool name, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner Crappie X-Tractor is built for quality and action. The Road Runner comes with an ultra-sharp, strong sickle hook designed to keep a fish on. The jig heads have inset, double eyes, a scaled finish, a 1/0 hook on the 1/16-ounce, and a 2/0 on the 1/8. Heads can be bought in packs, but a deadly combination is the pre-rigged jig that comes with a Bobby Garland Slab Hunt’R with a twin button tail and ribbed under belly. The combination creates more sound, flash and vibration that fish love. MSRP $3.28 rigged.
Hurricane Howard Pulling Rods are designed to pull jigs and crankbaits. They’re IM-6 with a medium whip action for casting a jig or crankbait a further distance, a big advantage when pulling. Owner Eric Howard says a stiff rod can cause a fish to spit the jig out, or if it gets hooked, cause the jig to pull out of its mouth. However, rods have enough strength to handle and control a fish. The rods have EVA foam handles and a high-vis fluorescent tip section. Lengths include 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 18 feet. MSRP $59 to $95.