Your favorite big bait manufacturer

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Which big bait manufacturer is worthy of your exclusive business?

22nd Century (Triple Trout)
6
4%
3:16 Lure Company
33
20%
Al-e-baby
0
No votes
Baitsmith
1
1%
Basstrix
0
No votes
Bettencourt Baits
0
No votes
Big Hammer
5
3%
Black Dog Bait Company
5
3%
Castaic Soft Plastics
3
2%
CL8 Baits
1
1%
Decoy Swimbaits
2
1%
DEPS
10
6%
Huddleston
31
18%
Imakatsu
2
1%
Jerry Rago Baits
8
5%
JSJ Bait and Tackle
1
1%
Mattlures
13
8%
MS Slammer
3
2%
Nate's Baits
2
1%
Optimum
0
No votes
Osprey
2
1%
Reaction Strike
1
1%
River2Sea
1
1%
Sawamura
0
No votes
Spro
5
3%
Stocker Trout
0
No votes
Storm
3
2%
Triton Mike Bucca Swimbaits
30
18%
TruTungsten
1
1%
TyLure
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 169

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Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby Cal » Wed Mar 16, 2011 11:42 am

At one time, battles between the manufacturers of big baits were so intense, they dominated discussions in the market. For those in the know, it wasn't about the baits, it was about loyalties. No where was this more evident than in the tackle store - you couldn't go to one place to buy each brand of bait in which you were interested. You had to buy one brand at one store, another brand somewhere else, and sometimes visit a third or fourth store to fill out your collection.

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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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby Casca » Wed Mar 16, 2011 12:04 pm

fish catching,remarkable craftsmanship and great customer service.for me it's 3:16
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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby Mark Hiser » Sat Apr 02, 2011 6:50 am

Cal, you had to put this up??? The choices are TOOO Hard :D I looked at and figured up which manufacturers baits I own. :o :o :o I have a sickness :)

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 :big grin: :big grin: :big grin: See what you have done :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby 50TYSON » Sat Apr 02, 2011 12:20 pm

rago,big hammer,black dog,baitsmith

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby damian_megabass » Mon Apr 04, 2011 4:59 am

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 :roll:
I will NEVER sell another 3:16 swimbait again!

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby mrborohachi » Mon Apr 04, 2011 6:14 am

no Evergreen?

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby DMac » Mon Apr 04, 2011 11:47 am

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 :roll:

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. 8-)

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby primus » Tue May 03, 2011 12:54 pm

So far I'll pick between Matt lures Slow sink Hard Bluegill & 6" BBZ for the hard bait category. In the soft bait cAtegory the 6" River Sea Live Eye Bottom Walker has been my best bait so far. I've had some success on the Real Prey Alewife and this year have some new to me 6" Baitsmith & Matt's tournament series baits that will get a good workout.

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby newgenleftcrank » Tue May 03, 2011 6:54 pm

3:16 of course. Too bad the new freestyles are so hard to aquire (for retail price). Then Mattlures hardgill. Huddlestons for the soft side.

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby riverdogg » Sat Jun 11, 2011 3:06 pm

Mattlures ... as real as it gets.

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby Native » Thu Jun 30, 2011 10:02 am

I voted for Nates Baits.

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.

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby Gblaze » Wed Nov 16, 2011 8:23 am

Casca wrote:fish catching,remarkable craftsmanship and great customer service.for me it's 3:16


gotta agree with Big C here.

Most manufacturers will catch fish - but 3:16 does it with style =D>

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby chasenbass » Fri Nov 18, 2011 10:44 am

3:16

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby dbirdtn » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:47 pm

3:16 lure company.

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Re: Your favorite big bait manufacturer

Postby cjtoad » Mon Apr 30, 2012 2:53 pm

Realprey???? Where's it at Cal?


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