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Baits That You Can Have Confidence In

February 13, 2016
Jeff Sweet Green Cloudy

Another one of Jeff Ferraiuolo’s monster smallmouth caught on a Sweet Green tube

There is a difference between having a “confidence bait” and a bait that you can have confidence in. A confidence bait is one that you throw all year long, the bait that you “go to” in tough fishing conditions, the bait that you wouldn’t go out on the water without. A bait that you can have confidence in is one that has proven itself to be effective in the field.

Here is a short list of baits that you can have confidence in:

  • Spinnerbaits
  • Topwater
  • Crankbaits
  • Spinbaits
  • Tubes
  • Worms
  • Soft plastics

There is absolutely no doubt that each of these baits work out on the water. It is also a pretty good bet that not all of these are confidence baits for you. You probably have confidence that these baits are a better choice under certain conditions. Take topwater for instance. A tube might be your confidence bait but if you are launching at “first light,” a topwater bait might be your first selection.

So how about an entire product line that you can have confidence in?

How many times have you gone to a lake to fish and have found a product line that was specifically designed for that exact lake? Xtreme Bass Tackle tubes have been developed for over 15 years in the testing laboratory that we call Lake St. Clair. Through field testing, the winners have risen to the top of the list of available tube colors, and the losers have gone by the wayside. What you have left are baits that you can have confidence in when you fish Lake St. Clair.

Here is how they break down:

CRAYFISH IMITATORS

SCCraw4WSt. Clair Crayfish™ – Top seller since 2008, strong for smallies and largemouth. Can be used in conjunction with Canadian Mist as a companion bait. Active bite all year long. Good in shallow and deep water.

XBTWCDesignSandCrawWASand Craw™ – A sleeper bait that has been known to light up the smallmouth on the South Shore and at Strawberry Ridge. Works best around sand or sand/rock structure combinations. A solid second string alternative when your confidence baits aren’t being bit.

XBTWCDesignBrownCrawWABrown Craw™ – It is rising in popularity and tough to keep in stock. If you are targeting bass that are feeding on crayfish, this gives you another color to present to a school of smallmouth. The natural muted tone of the plastic is highlighted by small copper flake.

GreatLakesCrawOWhiteLightGreat Lakes Craw™ – A proven tournament money maker and a favorite of Bob “Jigger” Mann Sr, a Canadian fishing professional. The drop-shot version of this bait is strong for big fish.

GOBY IMITATORS

SCGOWhiteLightSt. Clair Goby Classic™ – The tube that revolutionized the laminated bait industry by introducing color flake in the laminate. It still performs to this day and is known as a big fish bait.

LSCNFT FinalSt. Clair Goby NFT™ – The gobies have changed in color and this redesign “matches the hatch.” This bait is almost impossible to beat in either a drop-shot tube or a 4” tube. The highlight flake in the laminate is small purple.

Erie GobyErie Goby – This design that is based on gobies from Lake Erie is strong for schooling smallmouth on Lake St. Clair. The two top flake colors to have in a plastic bait for bass are purple and copper and this bait has both.

MuskegonGobyScanEditedMuskegon Goby™ – Although designed off of the gobies in Muskegon Lake this sister to St. Clair Goby NFT™ is very effective on Lake St. Clair in the morning. It has copper flake in the top whereas St. Clair Goby NFT™ has purple in the top. There are times when the bass will like one better than the other.

BAIT FISH IMITATORS

Alewife Tube WhiteAlewife™ – There has been a real shift in the way smallmouth eat on Lake St. Clair, and they have been driving schools of alewife to the surface. This bait was made to take advantage of that.

EshNFTEmerald Shiner (by Reaper Products) – This is the grandfather of the laminate bait explosion. It’s longevity speak to how effective that is has been.

Great Lakes Perch™ – This bait design was two GLPWyears in the making but it was worth it. Attention to detail in both the dominant and highlight colors in perch forage has made this a performer for catching big fish. It is one of the baits that you want to throw to hook up with big fish. Largemouth bass have an unusually strong appetite for it as well.

INSECT IMITATOR

MayflyTubeProfileMayfly™ – This bait plays an important part in the story of the Lake St. Clair experience. The mayflies will come and change the bite for around a month and a half of a very short season. This bait was designed around the best elements the bass were looking for in emerging mayflies. As it turns out, it is a bait that is effective year round.

PROVEN THROUGH FIELD TESTING

Sweet Green OCSweet Green™ – The blockbuster bait of 2015 out-fished everything else and continues to sell out due to demand. It has what smallmouth crave, and that is purple flake combined with a Formula G3 laminate and see-through green belly.

SMgpOWhiteLightCanadian Mist – This legendary bait has been the best seller of all time not because it is popular, but because it catches bass everywhere and anglers keep coming back for more. Use it on Lake St. Clair when conditions are at their worst or at their best. This color is known for drop-dead consistency!

GPchpurOWFormula G3™ (by Reaper Products) – This is the second best color of all time and besides being highly sought after by anglers in the drop-shot tube and 4” tube, has a real “big fish” bite on the 5” tube.

DMTinselWSlither™ – In early spring and up until mid-June this bait fishes even stronger than Canadian Mist. The gold sliver flake embedded in the dark melon plastic makes it one of the most natural tubes in the melon family. It works everywhere.

So by all means, take your confidence bait out on Lake St. Clair and have fun with the smallmouth in this world class fishery. If you stock up with Xtreme Bass Tackle baits that you can have confidence in, you can also load up the boat with an entirely new batch of smallmouth. Baits that smallmouth have told us prefer on this body of water.

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Xtreme Bass Tackle April Update

April 9, 2015

What’s happening on Xtreme Bass Tackle?

It’s a great time of year for ordering quantities of baits! Inventory is high and variety is at its best level yet. Check out what’s available:

Jigs, Jigs, Jigs

JpromodtubeWRattle TubeGamakatsu tube jigs in 1/16oz, 1/8oz, 3/16oz, 1/4oz, 3/8oz, 1/2oz and 3/4oz

Gamakatsu rattle tube jigs in 1/4oz, 3/8oz and 1/2oz (only .99 cents each!)

Mustad tube jigs in 1/8oz, 3/16oz, 1/4oz, 3/8oz

Premium Tubes by Xtreme Bass Tackle

Erie Green PremiumXtreme Bass Tackle is carrying new colors in Premium Tubes. Check out the April selection:

Baby Bass (3 1/2″), Black with blue flake, Black with purple and blue flake, Black with gold flake, Black Neon with Chartreuse Pepper Tail, Bubblegum, Cotton Candy, Green Pumpkin Copper, Green Pumpkin Purple, Green Squash, Hal’s Honey, Irish Whiskey, Junebug, Melon Copper

Melon Red, Pumpkin Seed, Smoke Pepper, Pearl Sparkle, Erie Goby, Slither-X, Erie Green, Melon Purple/Green Pumpkin Purple tail

NEW FOR 2015

  Swim-X               Trick Worms                 Creature           New colors – X-Worm

SwimX White Silver Hologram e6 Trick WormBlack Blue Blue 3CRStock 5 1-2 X-Worm

In a variety of colors!

No Secrets on Lake St. Clair Vol. 3

NSV3 Front Cover ImageNewly released in January of 2015 this is the book that gives you bass fishing spots and the latest on the changes on Lake St. Clair. See these chapters:

Hot Spots – St. Clair Flats – Breakdown the Bite – Bob “Jigger” Mann

St. Clair Myths – What’s Your Game Plan? – and more…

Order it online, by phone (877) 484-2223 or find it at Sportsman’s Direct, 36072 Jefferson Ave, Harrison Twp, MI 48045

Note: If you are looking for 4″ Triple Threat you can find them at Nautical Mile BP at 9 Mile and Jefferson and Sportsman’s Direct at Jefferson and Ballard (near Crocker and the Cutoff DNR launch)

Order Xtreme Bass Tackle: www.xtremebasstackle.com, (877) 485-2223

It’s St Clair River Smallmouth Time

August 7, 2014

Wayne 5 Plus 08-07-2014Every year we go through a cycle which starts with “ice out” and continues through the summer period we have now where the smallmouth begin to occupy the St. Clair River.  I was out today with Lowell Reich working the St. Clair River and came up with this…a five pound plus smallmouth! Marked Maps Live! customers can log in and see exactly where this smallmouth was caught and under what conditions.  The photo might not be great but this bass was.  It fought every way it could below and above water and provided us with a great moment to share about a day on Lake St. Clair!

Lake St. Clair Bass Opener 2014

June 20, 2014

This bass opener on Lake St. Clair is sporting large numbers of catchable smallmouth and largemouth.  In a year where many were predicting a late season after a long, harsh winter we seem to be right on schedule.  By design, opening day is designed to coincide with the end of the spawn and the advent of the post-spawn period.  That’s right where we are.

Some environmental factors like weed growth and early migration patterns for birds have run behind.  There are many spots that should have mature weed on them by now and they don’t.  It hasn’t affected the bass though.  Arguably, opening day is one of the most difficult to fish for high weight and this year is no exception.

East winds over the last couple of days plus north winds this weekend haven’t slowed the bite down much.  The numbers are there but some presentations like topwater might be weak for smallmouth.  Water quality is good to excellent in most spots.

Fishing pressure will most likely hit a new high this weekend.  The normal array of large tournaments are in play but a good number of club tournaments from all over will fill the Lake as well.

Canadian Mist continues to be the “go to” bait for this body of water but keep some St. Clair Crayfish on hand as well.  It just sold out at the BP store at 9 Mile and Jefferson and we have to restock them right away.  That tells us something about the bite!  As we move in to the mayfly hatches keeping some Xtreme Bass Tackle Mayfly can be an excellent choice as well.  Fish it “wings up” or “wings down.”

If you are fishing down river don’t forget to stop in at the Bait & Tackle Box on Jefferson and Grosse Isle Parkway in Trenton for your Xtreme Bass Tackle needs.

NOTE FOR MARKED MAPS LIVE! SUBSCRIBERS

You will see a new spot on your Marked Maps Live! reports…spot #99.  We’ve added this as a catch all for area information that we gather that is not spot specific.  The reporting has been picking up speed and we are just getting started.  Watch the “News” section too for tips on what to watch out for in the current reports.

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Xtreme Bass Tackle Grand Opening at Jack’s Sports Shop in Kalkaska, Michigan

May 24, 2013

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Welcome, Jack’s Sports Shop to the family of Xtreme Bass Tackle products distributors!  Stop in this Saturday at Jack’s in Kalkaska Michigan to get any of the full line of 4″ custom premium and triple laminate tubes available!

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Formula G3™ Back in Stock!

May 8, 2012

From time-to-time Xtreme Bass Tackle gets a run on a bait and a shortage ensues.  Normally it’s St. Clair Crayfish but early this season there has been a rush for the Reaper Products custom color: Formula G3XBT just got an emergency order in to satisfy demand right for now but we are still waiting on the order to come in to bring the Formula G3 inventory back to full levels.  If you had a backorder on that color it has been shipped.  Thanks everyone for your patience and enthusiasm for the #2 color for all time, Formula G3!

 

Triple Threat™ Strikes First At Kentucky Lake

April 23, 2012

NEW for 2012 - Triple Threat™

The first report is in on the NEW Xtreme Bass TackleTri-Laminate tube color for 2012, Triple Threat™: The bass just couldn’t leave it alone!

The 4″ Triple Threat™ came through for a customer who called me after making a long weekend trip to Kentucky Lake recently.  “They wouldn’t let the bait sit there, they got on it right away,” is how he described the bite.  Throughout the course of the trip the water quality changed from clear to stained but it never slowed the bite down.

Although he does not consider himself a tube fisherman, in recent years Xtreme Bass Tackle™ baits have become a bigger part of his arsenal.  As soon as Triple Threat™ came out he ordered them in anticipation of his first trips out to chase bass.  As with other tube colors like Canadian Mist, Formula G3™ and St. Clair Crayfish™ that he has developed confidence in over the years, he now considers Triple Threat™ a “go to” bait and will have it tied on for his next trip out.

(All information, information shared and bait purchases are confidential.  In this case the angler has given Bass To The Future™ permission to discuss the bait name and location for the enrichment of the bass fishing experience for others.)

The Xtreme Bass Tackle™ – Brown Craw™ makes a comeback

August 7, 2011

4" Brown Craw tube

This bait was introduced in 2007 along with Sand Craw™, Green Craw™, Hybrid Craw™ and Golden Goby™.  Along with Sand Craw™, the Xtreme Bass Tackle Brown Craw™ has distinguished itself as one of the top baits of that year class.  It is effective all year long on both Great Lakes and inland waters.  It is hard to find a better tube color for August through Fall for Lake St. Clair and connecting waters.  It is going to be available in a limited quantity again this August and advance orders have already been taken.  Get a good supply of Brown Craw™ just in time for the “big fish” time of the year before supplies run out.

Bait specs™: Laminated tube – Green pumpkin with small orange and small chartreuse flake on top, a clear belly with true copper flake, small chartreuse flake and medium black flake on the bottom.

As soon as it comes in you can find this bait at:

Nautical Mile BP Tackle Shop – 9 Mile and Jefferson (586) 498-7650

The Bait and Tackle Box – Jefferson and Grosse Ile Parkway (734) 301-3281

Xtreme Bass Tacklehttp://www.xtremebasstackle.com or (877) 485-2223

(c) 2011 Wayne Carpenter

Xtreme Bass Tackle Baits now at the Bait and Tackle Box – Trenton, MI

August 7, 2011

If you’re launching from Elizabeth Park or Lake Erie Metropark you can now load up on Xtreme Bass Tackle baits nearby.  The Bait and Tackle Box is well stocked and ready to cater to bass anglers of all types.  You will find the parking excellent for boats with trailers and other items you might need like drinks or ice for the day.  When you go in expect to see Paul, Charlie or the owner Dave and expect to get good quality information about the baits and what has been happening on Lake Erie and the Detroit River.

This is the display when it started. It has since been expanded and you will find the top baits at the front of the store

As of this writing The Bait and Tackle Box is the only store with 4″ St. Clair Crayfish™ tubes which have sold out everywhere.  They carry Xtreme Bass Tackle 4″ tubes, 5″ tubes, drop-shot tubes, X-worms, Skirted Twin Tails, Creature Baits, jigs, books, DVD’s and more.

This location couldn’t be more convenient…it’s right at Jefferson and Grosse Ile Parkway!

(c) 2011 Wayne Carpenter

Lake St. Clair – Another Toad Succumbs to Muskegon Goby

August 27, 2010

The bite on Lake St. Clair has been showing some signs of trending toward fall patterns and the Xtreme Bass Tackle tube bait, Muskegon Goby fits right into the slot when it comes to fall bait color selection. Just ask Frank Keller (Croswell, MI) about his recent success:

This 5.7 lb. smallie was caught on Tuesday, 08/24/2010 on a 4 inch Muskegon Goby tube in Lake St. Clair


Congratulations Frank and the rest of us will be right behind you!

Photo of a goby from Muskegon Lake (above) Muskegon Goby tube by Xtreme Bass Tackle

Xtreme Bass Tackle Muskegon Goby tubes can be found now at Nautical Mile BP Tackle Shop at 9 Mile and Jefferson.

(c) Wayne Carpenter