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Lure of the week
Lure name: Hollow Body Crawfish
Hollow Body Craw
Company: Livetarget Lures (www.livetargetlures.com)
Lure type: Crawfish
Sizes and colors: This will be available in three sizes and weights: 1.5 inches and 1/2 ounce, 1.75 inches and 5/8 ounce or 2 inches and 3/4 ounces. There will be eight colors, including red, mud/blue, Junebug/chartreuse, olive/orange and natural/brown.
Target species: Largemouth and smallmouth bass.
Technique: The Hollow Body Crawfish is meant to combine the best features of a bass jig with the things that make hollow body topwater lures so effective. The hook eyelet protrudes from the top of the slightly curved abdomen, so that on the retrieve the crawfish moves in reverse, head, pincers, antennae, and silicone skirt (that mimics a craw’s walking legs and feeding appendages) flared up like a fleeing or defensive craw. An internal jig head weight produces sound to attract bass from afar. If anglers want to make the lure even louder or smellier, it’s possible to insert rattle tubes and scent into the body. It’s sadi to be effective both on the bottom and in heavy cover.
Sugg. retail price: $9.99 to $11.49, depending on size..
Notable: This lure won the best freshwater soft lure category at ICAST 2018, the fishing industry’s annual trade show in Orlando. It is expected to be available as of this fall.
Tip of the week
It’s stink bait time. Late summer brings the highest water temperatures of the year, and if there’s one thing warm water does better than cold it’s carry scent. That makes this the perfect time to target channel cats with “stink” baits, or those that are especially smelly. You can buy commercial baits or make your own. Chicken livers or gizzards, as is or soaked in garlic or something else, are effective. Let them sit on the bottom near cover or shade, or fish after dark, for good action.
Recipe of the week
- 6 doves, split down the back and flattened
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 teaspoon crumbled dry rosemary
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- salt and pepper to taste
Believe it or not, hunting seasons are almost here. Doves come into play Sept. 1 in most places, so there’s less than a month to go before the fall hunts get rolling.
Here’s a simple but tasty recipe for those hard to hit birds.
Mix the oil, garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper. Use a brush to coat the birds with that mixture on both sides.
Grill or broil for 4 to 5 minutes, keeping the birds about 7 to 8 inches from the heat. Flip the birds over and repeat.
All the while, continue basting the birds with the oil mixture.
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