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    Wow, I canít believe the last of the muskie expos ended this weekend and the countdown to muskie opener has begun. This post is a review of some of the new stuff from the shows that looked good. I donít get much time to walk around around and browse at the shows, so this is just the stuff that caught my eye and isnít a comprehensive list. Feel free to jump in if Iíve missed anything. As always, it was great chatting with all the people at the shows. Catching up with folks Iíve fished with in the past and meeting new people is always the best part of the expo season
    Hereís some good stuff I saw:

    Waterwolf Lures has added a few new Shadzilla colors for the 2011 season. Anyone who followed my posts last year knows that this has been the best new lure for me in a long, long, long time. In 2010, the Shadzilla accounted for more fish in my boat that any other lure Ė by far. The last I heard, Waterwolf is still planning to soon add a 13 or 14 inch model for the 2011 season. It isnít yet shown on their website, but it looks like theyíre updating their site so I hope it shows up soon. You can get Shadzillas directly from Waterwolf, but shipping is a bit slow and expensive from Canada; the best way to get them with fast, cheap shipping is through Big Wood Musky Lures, the sole American retailer. Youíll be missing out on an outstanding new lure if you donít have some Shadzillas in your boat this year.
    http://www.bigwoodmuskylures.com/lur...make=WaterWolf Lures
    http://www.waterwolflures.com/musky/

    Slammer has a couple new lures that look great. Iím especially excited about the new 16Ē crank that just came out. I think they only had an unpainted prototype at the Chicago show but had finished lures at Milwaukee, so itís really new. This new Slammer is big and has the thickest lip Iíve ever seen. It has a very, very thick trapezoid lip, fairly deep profile, and it is BIG. Iíll be running this thing a lot this fall, if not sooner. I was told the dive profile is about 13í down with 50í out. Slammer also has added a new twitch bait to their lineup. Itís a 7Ē model with a trapezoid lip that runs 4-6 feet deep, depending on how aggressively itís worked. Iíve used the bigger one (10 inch?) with a trapezoid lip with a lot of success, and the small 6Ē with the rounded lip has saved the day for me on some of those days when nothing else would work. Iíve been getting more and more into twitch baits the past few years and this new 7 incher will get plenty of use in my boat this year. Neither of these new baits has been added to their website, but they should be showing up at Thorneís and other retailer that carries Slammer.
    http://www.slammertackle.com/index.htm

    I stopped at the Stealth Leader booth and Chicago and Milwaukee and a couple things grabbed my attention. Stealth has a new night fishing leader that should be outstanding. The leader has a small tab of glow material fastened by the swivel that is the same glow material used by Glowiní Outdoors for planer boards, trolling motors, etc. Iíve used the Glowiní Outdoors tape on my trolling motor, footpad, and boards for years and love it. The small piece on the leaders is small enough that it wonít make a difference during the day and itíll give off light longer than you need it to at night. This leader will work better than the glow beads, glowing Lindy Rig floats, and many other things Iíve used in the past. I should have thought of it myself. I was also impressed by the Muskie Bumper board. I think this board has been out for a while, but this show season was the first time Iíd seen one. I already have a premium bump board, but the Muskie Bumper is a lot better and itís the one I should have bought.
    I bought a yearís supply of 150# fluoro leaders and a bunch of trolling leaders. Stealth is the only leader I use.
    http://www.stealthtackle.net/

    There are a couple cranks from Muskie Train that Iíll be using this year. I was turned on to these baits by Jeff Hanson, who is one of the big sticks on the Madison chain. Jeff got a couple of the first 50s that were ever caught from the Madison chain. The Diesel is a small crank with a coffin lip that can be worked on a straight retrieve or twitched. Iíll probably use it both ways but I especially like its potential for twitching. Itís small and runs deeper that a lot of the other twitchers Iím currently using. The MX9 is a trolling and casting crank bait that has a St.Clair-style design with a pronounced side-to-side wander. I love that in a trolling bait. Jeff Hanson also used the straight model MX9 for casting last fall and said it did even better than large plastics. Thereís no way Iíll set aside my plastics in the fall, but Iím willing to give it a try. This should be an awesome trolling bait summer and fall. Jeff also raved about the Diesel. The guys from Muskie Train have about 25 yearsí experience building baits, but the company is fairly new. Theyíre growing so fast theyíre having a difficult time keeping up, so their lures must be putting fish in the boat.
    http://www.muskietrain.com/

    The St. Croix Big Nasty is the rod to buy if youíre in the market for the best rod ever made. I was lucky enough to fish with this rod awhile last season and it is amazing. The Big Nasty is from the Legend series and itís without a doubt the best rod Iíve used. Ever. This is the first 9 footer from St. Croix (finally), but they really got it right. Itís available in a standard or split-grip model; I favor the split-grip because the handle is an inch or two longer and it feels so natural and comfortable to grab that bottom grip with my left hand. I picked one up at the Minnesota show and it just made me smile and look forward to the opener and Iím not kidding Ė itís that good. I plan to have a few of these in my boat for the 2011 season.
    http://www.stcroixrods.com/product/l...-walleye-musky

    Another very interesting discovery from the show season was the RubberHairy Twisted Tullibee. I think this bait has already been out for a year or two, but itís new to me. I saw this in the tank at the Milwaukee show and really like the way it looked. The tails are wide and supple and really have a lot of action. The weight is fairly concentrated in the nose so it swims with an up-and-down, jig-like action. It doesnít glide like a Bulldawg. It only weighs about 4 ounces, so itíll be a very comfortable bait to throw Ė believe it or not, there are a lot of people who donít want to throw a 9 ounce Mag Dawg for very long. I really like how this thing creates the illusion of a larger size and has so much action from the tails in a lure that weighs only 4 ounces. I was told by Eric Larson, the guy who makes them, that it runs a bit on the shallower than other soft plastics Iíve used and is most effective down to 6-8 feet. It could be run deeper than that if it were counted down a bit. I guess Iíll find out, I havenít fished with the Twisted Tullibee yet, but Iím already certain that Iíll like this bait and itíll be used a lot in my boat. In fact, Iím sure enough that Iíll be starting the season with about 30 or so. Thereís also a large version, but Iím not sure of the weight Ė 9 or 10 ounces maybe. Like the smaller one, the larger version looks bigger than 9-10 ounces and has a huge amount of action from the tails. Iíll try this one in situations where Iíd normally run a Pounder, but it runs shallower and more jig-like. The RubberHairy site is under construction and doesnít show the Twisted Tullibee. The best place to see this thing is on the Big Wood Musky Lures site where there are photos of all the colors and a few videos.
    http://www.bigwoodmuskylures.com/lur...ke=RubberHairy Tackle

    At the Minnesota show I was in a booth next to the Just Big Muskies guys, Erik Jacobson and Brian Hanson. Their new video, ďThe Inside LineĒ, is well worth buying. Once again, these guys put huge fish in the boat including the 57Ē whopper that was caught by David, Erikís 8-year old son. That segment is priceless and there isnít a better piece of footage that captures the spirit of the catch-and-release conservation ethic. This video should be mandatory viewing at all Muskies Inc. meetings, and if I had my way Iíd make sure every member of the Minnesota legislature saw it too. Though only eight years old, David is a well-recognized new face on the muskie fishing scene and he autographed a picture for me, which was pretty cute. In this video, Erik and Brian share a lot more information about what theyíre doing to catch their fish. The filming and production quality is much improved compared to their earlier work, not that those videos were bad either. Look for this video wherever muskie gear is sold.
    http://www.justbigmuskies.com/
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    Great to hear from the Mille Lacs Musky head again!!! Thanks for the outlook on some new stuff!!!

    Mark

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    Welcome back to the boards. That was a great post now keep em coming

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    Hey one more thing. What about the Double Dawg?

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    The Double Dawg looks great. Folks fishing with me in the fall have been using one of my homemade double-tail Mag Dawgs for a few years now. I know I'm not the only one that has been making a modified Mag Dawg for a while, so the Double Dawg was overdue. The Musky Innovations version looks waaaaaaaaay better than my crude homemade ones. What I liked about my homemade one, and I'm sure I'll like even more with the new Double Dawg, is the way this lure creates the appearance of size and extra action like a Pounder, yet the weight is manageable. It's almost like throwing a Pounder-sized Dawg that only weighs about nine ounces. Musky Innovations has done a great job at improving their quality and they're really making good stuff these days. I got some Double Dawgs at the Minnesota show and I'm looking forward to throwing them.

    I can't believe I forgot to mention one of the most heavily hyped new baits of 2011. Like I said in the original post - it wasn't a complete list.

    Speaking of hype, I also forgot to mention the Storm Giant Flatstick. I'll give that one its own post when I do some product reviews of new stuff I used last year. I was one of the lucky ones who got Flatsticks to use last year ahead of the retail release. It's an outstanding lure. More to come on the Flatstick in another post...
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    Default Good stuff from the Muskie Expos

    Glad ya'll were able to get out and ketch a few... I had to watch it all from the air as my bride and I were returning from Indianapolis visiting our youngest and her son and hubby. There is a bunch of water standing in fields around your country. It will not take a big rain to get it going again

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