Posts Tagged Berkley

Berkley Havoc Beat Shad

Berkley Havoc lures are best known for their ability to catch bass and the Beat Shad is no different. Typically I rig them on a 1/4 oz jig and slow roll them. It has also became my favorite lure to add to an umbrella rig. A few more applications where it excels are as trailers for spinnerbaits and bladed jigs, shaky head, and swim jig trailers. The video below tells us that these lures should not be over looked for walleye.

 

 

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Berkley Havoc Subwoofer

Watch this video by Mike Iaconelli about the Berkley Havoc Subwoofer. I have been using these baits for a while now with great success. My favorite style of fishing them is to Texas rig them and slow roll them through heavy cover.

 

 

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Berkley Flicker Shad

Check out this video with Chase Parsons showing off the new colors of the Berkley Flicker Shad. These are great lures when it comes to walleye and smallmouth bass fishing.

 

 

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Swimbait Tip

Here is Hank Parker demonstrating another way to rig a swimbait. In his video he is using a Berkley Hollow Belly Swimbait. I am sure this will work with just about any type of soft plastic swimbait.

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Drop Shot for Bass

Here is a video that I really think can help some guys catch extra fish during though days on the water. I use the technique all of the time and it produces some good stringers. There are times when this technique works for every species of fish in our area. Al Linder will show us that Berkley products are some of the best lures to use.

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Berkley Chigger Craw Product Review

Product Type: Crawfish – Soft Plastic

Tested Size(s): 3” and 4”

Tested Colors/Patterns: Black/Blue, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Party

MSRP: $3.49

First Impression: This craw has good profile with large claws.  The Chigger Craw has the scent Berkley is known for.

FishPittsburgh Scorecard – Berkley Chigger Craw
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Multiple fish can be caught on the same chigger craw, but watch those warm summer days because the claws seem to tear easier then.
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The advantage to this craw bait is that it can be used on multiple methods: jig trailer, texas rig, Carolina rig, shaky head, and drop shot. The fish love this lure.
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Unlike some craws the Berkley Chigger Craw has a ton of scent. Not just any scent, it is the Berkley Powerbait Scent that seems to drive fish crazy.
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The count size to the price is very reasonable. Add in the fact that you will more than likely catch multiple fish on each lure and it is a definite buy.
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I have caught fish on these lures on just about every body of water, every structure type, and every technique that I have tried with them. This lure is a winner.
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Great overall Bait. See My Recommendations below

Mike Iaconelli shows you how he uses the Berkley Chigger Craw as jig trailer…Watch

Pros Cons
Berkley Scent Claws Tear Easily
Size Availability
Color Selection
Used in Multiple Techniques
Good Action

RECOMMENDATIONS: The first this I recommend is buying some of these great lures.  Go with the colors that you are most confident in.  You will find that these lures really work well in multiple situations.  Personally, I have two methods that I really like.  First, I love texas rigging these lures and flipping them into tight cover.  No matter what stage of the spawn the bass are in and the time of year, I always managed to catch a couple pegging a ¼oz. bullet weight with a 3/0 hook and a size 4 chigger craw.  I will recommend varying the size of your hook for different cover.  My other favorite technique to use with the chigger craw is using it as a jig trailer.  I have caught more bass on bass jigs with chigger craws as trailers that I have with regular jig trailers.  They add bulk to the jig and don’t forget about the powerbait scent that is in them.  Other techniques to try with the chigger craws include:  using them on a shaky head jig, drop shot, and Carolina rig.  The 3” version is especially good for the shaky head jig and drop shot method.  Although the 4” bait is a little small and sinks it can still be effective on a Carolina rig.  Don’t be afraid to try some of the different colors that Berkley makes.  Go to www.berkley-fishing.com to find more tips and see which professional fishermen endorse this product.

ABOUT THE CRITIC : You must know that I am very critical of my lures.  I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them.  I consider any lure over 40 great and any lure over 30 good.  Anything less than 30 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

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Berkley Powerbait Manic Shad Review

Berkley Powerbait Manic Shad

Product Type Swimbait
Tested Size(s) 3”, 4”, 5”
Tested Colors/Patterns Fathead, Firetiger, Smelt,
MSRP $5.99

manic shad

FishPittsburgh.com Score

(1- Poor to 10 – Fantastic)

Category

Score

Notes

Durability

9

Manic Shad is very durable because the soft plastic body is medium density.  It is not easily torn and there are extra body in each pack.

“Fish Appeal”

7

I have experienced a lot of fish (Bass mostly) following the bait to the boat and then striking because of the action.

Special Traits

7

The rubber blade in the front of the lure gives it an unique action.  This blade allows it to be easily adjusted.

Price

5

Because the lure is very durable and has a great action I believe that the price is very fair.

Diversity

5

Fish in the local rivers, ponds, and lakes have shown interest, but wind or current will mess with the lures action.

Total

33/50

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RECOMMENDATIONS: First, if you purchase the manic shad, rig the lure with a barrel swivel about 8 inches up the line.  This will help eliminate line twisting.  Another thought is to use lighter line with the 3” versus a little heavier line for the 5” size.  I like 8lb test for the 3” and I used 15lb test for the 5” size.  Check your hooks before you start fishing because most of them are sharp but I found a couple that were slightly sharper than I like.  Take a file and sharpen the hook and you will be ready to catch some fish.

Berkley Powerbait Manic Shad

Pros

Cons

Action is Unique Line Twist
Durable Lack of hook-ups
Color Selection Inconsistent Hook Sharpness
Ability to be tuned
Size Availability

ABOUT THE CRITIC: You must know that I am very critical of my lures.  I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them.  I consider any lure over 40 great and any lure over 30 good.  Anything less than 30 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

First of many Smallies on 4” firetiger at Chautauqua.

First of many Smallies on 4” firetiger at Chautauqua.

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