FISH & GAME GEAR – September 2018

TEXAS TASTED – September Dove
August 24, 2018
August 24, 2018

DOA Lures is Selling Sna-Koil

FLORIDA SOFT PLASTIC producer DOA Lures unveils its latest crossover creation called the Sna-Koil. Designed with an anatomically correct snake head and slim 12” long body, the Sna-Koil’s action slowly uncoils with each twitch of the rod before retracting into a coiled defense posture after each pause.

“In Lake Okeechobee we crawl it across the surface and it gets absolutely blown up by huge largemouth bass,” said DOA’s Marketing Director Captain Ed Zyak. “When I see fish humping up water behind it I’ll stop it and let it fall, and that’s when this bait really becomes deadly.”

As it descends, the Sna-Koil falls in a circular death spiral reminiscent of an injured snake.

“This is when it almost always garners a follow up strike,” he explained. Fished weightless using a 5/0 wide gap worm hook, Texas rigged using a 1/8th ounce worm weight or weighted swimbait hook, the true quality of this lure is in its versatility.

“We have prostaff here in Florida that use it to catch huge largemouth on the Kissimmee Chain of lakes and Lake Okeechobee, saltwater guys catching cobia on the east coast, bull redfish in the Carolinas, and the big seatrout down in the Lower Laguna Madre of South Texas absolutely love it.”

Along with mimicking a freshwater snake as bass forage and an eel for cobia, it also crosses over as a marine worm that seatrout, snook, and other inshore predators readily consume as well.

For enticing big largemouth Zyak recommends avocado red glitter or black with grape shad, and Arkansas glow and Glowdini for inshore species like redfish and seatrout.

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Tatula Sterling Silver LT Spinning Reel

Daiwa is pleased to announce the arrival of a spinning reel worthy of its name, the Tatula Sterling Silver LT Spinning Reel.

This beautiful Limited Edition reel is the culmination of years of Daiwa research and development. The LT (light tough) Zaion Body is composed of a “high density” carbon strain material that is lighter and stronger than conventional construct material. 

The silver finish harkens back to a classic spinning reel look. The state of the art Air Rotor and Air Bail design is 15 percent lighter yet stronger by dispersing the pressure evenly over the parts. 

With 8 stainless steel ball bearings and 1 roller bearing the reel is silky smooth. The digitally Machined aluminum Digigear is smooth and flawless delivering the power of the screw-in handle directly to the rotor with no play. With 22-pounds of drag pressure, the reel is a fish stopper. 

Designed to hold 6 to 12-pound test mono and comparable braids, this silver jem is well suited for the most challenging light tackle gamefish. If precious reels are like precious metals then Daiwa’s Tatula Sterling Silver LT Spinning Reel is the one you want on the best rod in your quiver.

• LT Concept 

• ZAION Body


• 8 ball bearings and 1 roller bearing

• Digitally machined aloy aircraft grade  aluminum DIGIGEAR

• Screw in handle

• Designed for 6 to 12-pound test

• Limited Edition

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Gary Yamamoto Introduces the Mermaid

THE MERMAID IS the perfect “transitional” lure between the Flappin’ Hawg and the Cowboy. The body provides that large, bulky profile that mimics crawdads and bottom-feeding minnows.

The legs, with their outward curl, fold into themselves during the fall, making the Mermaid look longer than it is, providing a tight, fast, vibrating action that minnows produce  when trying to flee.

This bait excels used alone on a jig head dragged along the bottom, or Carolina rigged. Add the Mermaid as a jig trailer or alone Texas rigged when flipping and punching. For Texas and Carolina rigs use a 3/0 EWG, but even a 4/0 or 5/0 straight shank hook will fit this bait.

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