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Lure of the week
Lure name: Adrenaline Bug
Company: X Zone Lures. (www.xzonelures.com/site/home)
Lure type: Soft plastic
Sizes and colors: Available in a 4-inch model in 11 colors, including Okeechobee craw, purple shadow, Junebug, black red flake, black blue flake and watermelon red flake.
Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Technique: The soft body and floating claws on this bait are part of its appeal. The specialized plastic lets it float for a period of time. That mimics the defensive stance of a real crayfish. When it moves, meanwhile, it swims, hops and undulates in the water, with its sharp ridge edges vibrating in a way that fish can sense. These baits can be flipped or pitched or even used with a tungsten weight and size 3/0 or 4/0 hook to punch down through vegetation.
Sugg. retail price: $4.99 for a 8-pack.
Notable: These baits are infused with super-fine salt and scent. According to the manufacturer, that means that when bass bite it, they hold on longer, allowing more time for hook sets.
Tip of the week
Fishermen who pack their tackle boxes with all manner of lures in all sorts of colors know that variety is important. That applies to action, too. Sometimes, a steady retrieve – be it fast or slow – will get fish to bite. Often, though, it’s a sudden change in direction or speed that make fish strike. Predators need not even be hungry; they bite out of instinct. So when reeling a bait back in, even a live bait, stop and start it or twitch it or let it sink and then give it a sudden rip. And get ready to set the hook.
Recipe of the week
Bluegill stir fry
- 8-10 ounces bluegill fillets, chopped
- 1 cup diced green onions
- ½ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
- 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce
- 1 cup diced asparagus
- cooked rice
- 1 cup diced green bell pepper
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 minced glove garlic
Bluegills are an easy to catch, great tasting and just plain fun fish. They’re perfect for families with children, especially if you’re camping around a lake.
And how better to enjoy them than with some fresh summertime vegetables?
This recipe let’s you do just that, and it’s simple, too.
Put canola oil in a skillet and heat. When it’s hot, add all the ingredients except the cooked rice.
When the fish flakes easily, add the rice and continue cooking just long enough to warm it up, then serve.