Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Jacobug Makes Great Tournament Debut
Jacob Powroznik, a top professional bass angler on the FLW trail, fished several different flipping baits, but none quite worked the way he wanted so he designed his own – the ATTRAXX Jacobug!
“The ATTRAXX company allowed some anglers to create their own baits,” said the Prince George, Va., pro with multiple wins to his credit. “No other company does that. I looked at several baits and wondered what would happen if I put parts of some baits on other designs. I just started cutting up several baits and piecing them together. When I came up with a design I liked, I glued it together and fished with it. As soon as it hit the water, I knew it was going to be a good design. On that first cast at Lake Champlain, I caught a 3-pounder.”
Four inches long with a low profile, an ATTRAXX Jacobug looks similar to a craw, but with “claws” that curve inward. The bait also sports two thin “arms” that control the fall of the bait.
“Nothing else on the market looks like it,” Powroznik explained. “The two arms flicker and give it action. That allows the Jacobug to fall straight to the bottom without veering off to the right or left. Frequently, fish suspend in cover. If the bait doesn’t fall straight to the bottom, it’s not in the strike zone where the fish are and anglers miss strikes.”
In his first tournament with the new ATTRAXX Jacobug, Powroznik flipped thick grass and placed fifth in the 160-boat FLW Open on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla. Powroznik caught four consecutive five-bass limits for a total of 20 bass weighing 95 pounds – a 4.75-pound average.
“I Texas rig a Jacobug for flipping in the grass,” Powroznik said. “I like to fish it around milfoil clumps. Milfoil clumps have stalks running through them to the bottom. Fish get under the canopy with their noses at the edge of these stalks. A Jacobug falls through that grass along a stalk in front of a fish’s face.”
Besides flipping heavy cover, anglers can use an ATTRAXX Jacobug in several other ways. Anglers can also use it on a Carolina rig or as a jig trailer.
“It’s such a versatile bait, people can do just about anything with it,” Powroznik advised. “On a Carolina rig, it’s going to be a super smallmouth bait. People can also just throw it out and wind it in. It imitates a crawfish or a bream swimming. They can also use it as a trailer on a chattering bait.”
Jacobugs come in green pumpkin, watermelon red, junebug, black neon, green pumpkin candy, smoke pepper, smoke pepper red, watermelon gold purple, black blue glitter and fish belly. When flipping, use it with a 3/0 or 4/0 z-neck hook.
Like all other ATTRAXX baits, each Jacobug comes infused with SCI-X feeding stimulants, the most advanced feeding stimulant ever placed into a fishing lure. Developed after years of research, the biodegradable SCI-X natural chemical compound activates nerve centers in the fish’s brain telling it to eat.
“With SCI-X in the Jacobug, it’s going to be awesome and put a lot of fish in livewells,” Powroznik predicted. “When a fish bites into a bait with SCI-X feeding stimulants, it holds onto the bait longer.”
For more information on ATTRAXX baits, see www.attraxxbaits.com. To order ATTRAXX soft plastic baits, see www.attraxxbaits.com/dealers/online-retailers.html.