Outdoors extras, including an award-winning soft lure

Posted on: August 1, 2018 | Bob Frye | Comments

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Lure of the week

Lure name: Hollow Body Crawfish

The Hollow Body Craw is the best new soft lure of 2018.

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

Grilled doves

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

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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Bob Frye is the everybodyadventures.com editor. Reach him at 412-838-5148 or bfrye@535mediallc.com. See other stories, blogs, videos and more at everybodyadventures.com.

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Bob Frye is a storyteller with a passion for all things outdoors. He hunts, he fishes, he hikes, he camps, he paddles, backpacks and snowshoes depending on the season. If he’s not an expert at anything, it’s because he’s passionate to try a little bit of everything.