ICAST 2013 | Gene Larew
The Big Bug measures 5 inches in overall length and just under 1-inch at its greatest body width. The increase is approximately 15 percent larger than the traditional 4.25-inch Biffle Bug. To maintain its unique swimming action, its size was not increased proportionally. Instead, just certain parts of the Big Bug were altered in order to keep the cupped tail's flexibility and not mess up the great hook setting efficiency of the hollow body. I can definitely see myself using this for a larger profile in deep water or when I'm on a group of big largemouth.
Gene Larew Lures also introduced a 1-ounce Biffle HardHead for using the Biffle Bug in deep water and burning it in shallow water. It features the traditional football-shaped HardHead design with an Owner hook rigged to swing freely behind it, but the hook is bigger and heavier just like the head. The hook is a 6/0 Owner Wide Gap Plus hook that has a deeper gap, making it a perfect match for the new 5-inch Big Bug. I think the bigger hook will also work with the 4.25-inch Biffle Bug to help combat short strikes. This newest and biggest HardHead joins four other sizes already in the line: 3/16, 5/16, 7/16 and 11/16-ounce. The 3/16-ounce comes with a 3/0 hook, whereas the other three sizes have 4/0 hooks.
Gene Larew also introduced Biffle Bug Juice, which is an amino acid-based crawfish scent gel with garlic. The gel is ideal for injecting into the many hollow-bodied baits that make up the Tommy Biffle Signature Series. It also works well with other tube-style baits, and can even be applied externally to jigs and crankbaits. It doesn't come off of your bait easily, making large applications unnecessary. As a general rule, inject a small bead into a lure’s cavity and then compress the body a few times with your fingers to spread it around the inside surfaces. It's sold in a 1.25-ounce bottle and will retail at $7.99.
Also released at ICAST 2013 were the new Gene Larew Glass Bass Rattles. This rattle features quality Pyrex construction and a single large stainless steel ball that makes a ton of racket. It is designed specifically for hollow-bodies baits, meaning both ends are uniformly rounded for easy insertion into body cavities. They will be available in packs of 15 and retail for $5.99.
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