It is no longer as exclusive as it once was, but let's imagine it was even worse than what it was before and you could only choose one manufacturer for all your big bait needs. Which manufacturer would you choose?
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I had to pick Osprey, The baits work in every body of water I have fished. I wanted to pick 3:16, at one time they had several different baits that are awesome, but so are some of the Rago's, and Black Dog's, the Tripple Trout is great and so are TMikes Bullshad. My slammers get a good work out, and the boxes of Hammers and castaic's and Opti's were what I really started with. JR Hopkin's and Mattlures ............It's all starting to run together See what you have done
Ganns Performance Tackle, Dobyns Rods, Costa Del Mar, Sunline
None of them sell retail for $250. Its just the demand that causes them to be so expensive, for good reason too. Many people will go to great lengths for some of Mickey's baits, for the simple fact that they stick fish.damian_megabass wrote:Mattlures for me, ultra realistic! Since I'm still searching for a resonable 3:16 swimbait I can't vote on that. When I say reasonable I mean nothing in the $250 range
It's funny but 6 mos. or so ago I would've answered this question much differently.
Unfortunately, there's been a lot ego based posturing and what I see as obscenely high pricing increases in this market place and in particular by one of the top companies and their owner; so much so that I wouldn't be caught dead with one of his baits, no matter how good it is now. The shame of it is his small staff rocks and bends over backwords to provide fantastic service.
Consequently, I've gone with one of the little guys who makes his baits the same way, by hand and one at a time. They look great and have excellent swimming action. Oh, and they also catch fish in a big way at pricing levels 1/2 to 1/3 of the "other" company. Give him a try if you haven't yet, he and his baits may surprise you like they did me.