by Tim Huffman
Charlie Brewer Slider – Midsize Grub
Slider Grubs have a long history of catching crappie. The 2.5-inch Midsize Grub is their newest addition to their quality lineup of baits. A Midsize Grub is a great choice for an all-in-one body because it has any length a fisherman might need. Use the full body for a bigger bait or cut off a section of the body to get a shorter look while maintaining good tail action. It’s a versatile choice available in five crappie-catching colors. MSRP 10-pack $3.35.
Northland Fishing Tungsten Mud Bug/Impulse Blood Worm
In their second year of catching bluegill and crappie, a series of plastics rigged on a tungsten Mud Bug head are proving their worth. These baits are created for ice fishing but with the trend to downsize to mini-jigs, the Mud Bug head, and Impulse Blood Worm combination is a choice southern fishermen should check out. The bodies make it easy to match the hatch to the preferred forage. The head allows for a greater hook gap for better hookups. Each body style of the new rigged tungsten jigs come in 2 sizes, 1/16- and 1/28-ounce. 5 colors available. MSRP: package of two rigged jigs plus three tails $8.59.
Timmy Tom’s Jig Co. Weedless Jig Head
How many times have you dropped a jig into a brush pile only to get hung up? Not only do you lose a jig, pulling loose usually spooks the fish. Timmy Tom’s weedless jig heads help solve the problem. When cover is dense, switching to the weedless head ensures fewer hang-ups but you’ll still catch fish. No paint in the eyes; 1/32-, 1/16-, 1/8-, 1/4-ounce; 11 colors; red #1 hook. MSRP: 15-pack, $13.19; 3-pack, $2.79.
B’n’M Capps & Coleman Minnow Rig
Ronnie Capps and Steve Coleman have seven Angler of the Year wins plus many other titles. You can fish the same double-hook rig they use. Precision-tied rigs create good balance for less line twists and a near-perfect minnow presentation. Tied with Eagle Claw #2, 214EL hooks for better bait action, great hooking, and fewer lost rigs. Match the rig weight to the technique, with light weight for slow presentations and heavier weights for fast. Available in 1/4-, 3/8-, 1/2-, 3/4- and 1-ounce. MSRP for 3-pack, 3/8-ounce, $11.57.