Great NEW Products From SAVAGE GEAR!

3D BAT
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Utilizing the latest in 3D Technologies available, the Savage Gear team created the first of its kind, 3D-scanned, topwater, crawling, bat bait. Available in two sizes, 4”- 1oz, and 5”- 2oz. The 3D Bat features a hard ABS body and stainless wings on the larger size, and aluminum wings on the smaller size. The 3D Bat also incorporates a high pitched built-in rattle, as well as, super frantic, noisy action that calls in predators from a long distance. The 3D Bat comes in three colors, Black Bat, Grey Bat, and Brown Bat. MSRP $19.99- $24.99


3D Goby Tube
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The 3D Goby Tube is the first of its kind, 3D Scanned Goby tube style bait that perfectly mimics Goby and freshwater Sculpin baitfish. The 3D Goby features dramatic detail such as side and dorsal fins that make for gliding action on the fall that triggers intense reaction strikes. These baits can be fished numerous ways and built to accept any tube style jig head from 1/8oz to 3/4oz. The 3D Goby Tube is available in two sizes, 3 ½” and 4” lengths.  The 3D Goby was design with Match the Hatch mentality in mind releasing twelve distinct colors.  MSRP $4.99


3D Hollow Body Fruck
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The 3D Hollow Body Fruck was created to be the ultimate in a stealthy top water bait, combining the body of a Duck with the legs of a Frog to create the Fruck. The Fruck has a soft collapsible body and ultra- strong, ultra-sharp double hook. With its slim design, and dangling feet, the Fruck has a great side to side, walk the dog style action that you can drag across stumps, weeds and lily pads.  Available in two sizes, 3”- 3/4oz and 4”- 1 1/2oz floating designs.  The 3D Fruck is available in six colors. MSRP $9.99


3D Back Lip Diver
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The 3D Back Lip Diver is a hard bodied, long casting bait. The Lip of the bait is attached to the belly and folds while in the air for ultra-long distance casts. The belly lip also creates a seductive side to side belly roll. Available in two sizes, 4” 3/4oz and 5 ¼” 1 1/2oz the bait has a slow sink action that you can count down and fish multiple depths on a medium retrieve. Available in five colors, Bone, Dirty Silver, Fire Tiger, Hitch, and Sexy Shad, these baits make for a perfect search bait for covering big areas of water. MSRP $9.99- $11.99


4D Line Thru Trout
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The new Savage Gear 4D Line Thru Trout features new 4D Photo Print Patterns that come in Brown Trout, Dark Trout, and Light Trout, and comes impregnated with scent.  Available in 3 sizes- 6”- 1 1/4oz, 8”- 3 1/3oz, and 10”- 6 1/3oz lengths and weights, as well as a slow sink action.  The new 4D Line Thru has a new internal harness that allows for a thicker line to be passed through as well as a line thru modifier.  MSRP $14.99- $27.99


Want To Catch More Late-Summer Bass? Here’s Some Tips!

Tips and Techniques
With the radiating sun beating down, late summer bass fishing can be sluggish, discouraging, and difficult. Many bass tend to slow down and move into cooler, deeper water, under cover, or near structure. Others may suspend mid-water or continue foraging along shallow lines. Confusing right? We know! Deciding what lure to tie on next when the fish aren’t biting can leave anglers scratching their heads wondering what they are doing wrong. While summer seems like a tough time to fish, with a little bit of work, it can also be the most rewarding.

Here’s a couple tips to help YOU catch more bass in late summer:

1) When the surface water is heating up, key in on fishing under cover – like docks, fallen trees, vegetation and more. Docks and submerged trees make for an excellent bass utopia. Vegetation like Hydrilla and Lily Pads are home to baitfish, higher oxygen levels, and mostly importantly, SHADE! Targeting bass in these areas can produce a satisfying summer catch.

2) Take advantage of feeding times! Get on the lake before the summer heat begins or as the evening sun begins to set. Low light and low heat are the perfect conditions for hungry bass. Tie on your favorite topwater, buzz-baits, or trick worms. This small window provides a prime-time experience and increases your chances of nailing your next personal best.

3) When bigger baits, frogs, and crank-baits stop working, go finesse! Use a drop-shot rig. Keep in mind – while we all want to feel the every twitch at the bottom by using heavier weight, lighter weight helps your worm maintain a natural presentation. Slow your crank speed down and stay confident in your technique!

4) Find the current! Whether it be from the wind, water density, or a nearby dam. Finding the current means finding oxygen, higher levels of oxygen means finding forage, finding forage means you find hungry predatory bass! BOOM…

5) Remember, not all bass are deep during the summer months, because this species of game-fish have a higher tolerance for heat, some remain shallow foraging on craws, bugs, frogs, some remain near points in search of ambush prey, and others will migrate to cooler deeper water. Don’t focus your energy in one place, the water is your wonderland!

6) When the hot gets hotter, match the hatch and throw a deep-diving crankbait. Use it as a search bait to cover a big area of deep water. Varying your speeds and technique can entice even the most lethargic fish to bite!

Bass can be finicky in the summer months, but with a little bit of time, effort, and technique you can quickly improve your catch ratio and thus, improve your summer-time fishing experience!

Get to know: Savage Gear Product Manager Mike Bennett

Mike joined the Okuma team in 2009 as has since joined the ranks as one of the top big bait fisherman around.  Also known as Big Bait Bennett and TheHawgFather, Mike likes to get out and do just that, throw big baits.  We had a chance to sit down with Mike and get a little of his story.

 

Okuma– Have you been fishing your whole life, and what got you started?

Mike– I got started at a young age thanks to my dad who used to take me fishing almost every weekend. Living in Colorado at the time, we started off trout fishing with bait, lures and then flies and from there branched out slowly to bass fishing and offshore saltwater as I got older.

Mike with nice Brown

Okuma– Clearly your dad was a big influence on you.

Mike–   Thank god for his patience with me not only while on the lake but every night he came home and I pelted him with a hundred fishing questions.

Mike with a 48 lb Stiped Bass

Okuma– How did you get started in the fishing industry?

Mike–  My first job in the fishing industry came at age 18 when I got a job at a local tackle shop that closed about a year after I started. I then moved into a chain of Southern California tackle shops and the fishing bug has stayed with me ever since. Fast forward to when I was 31 years old and I got hired at Okuma Fishing Tackle as a Customer Service Rep.

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Okuma- Sitting in the customer service department, you got the opportunity to talk fishing with fisherman from all around the country.  Generally over the phone, you got to learn key techniques and pick up tips from the folks that would call in, and eventually put that to use.  Did the time in Customer Service help you move forward?

Mike– My fishing knowledge let me grow with the company and soon I was promoted to product department assistant. I was working in the product department when Okuma took on distribution rights for Savage Gear in North America and Canada.

Mike overseeing Bluegill production

Okuma– Savage Gear was primarily known as a Pike/Muskie brand when we took the distribution on in the US. 

Mike– Savage Gear being a European company had little that matched up to our fisheries and we spent a year rolling out a USA program. Since then we have fine-tuned the program and grew Savage Gear USA to the company you see today.

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Okuma– Savage Gear has some incredibly realistic and lifelike baits like the Suicide Duck.  Is this new technology?

Mike– The process we use to develop a new bait today is still the same we started with. We start with a 3D scan of what we are trying to mimic and from there adjust the body/segments to get the swimming action we are looking to achieve. After some trial and error and plenty of testing we release the baits in the USA and abroad.

Suicide Ducks

Okuma– Speaking of testing, that has to be pretty cool, and lead you into some pretty unique fishing opportunities.  Do you still get out and fish regularly? 

Mike– For sure. I still fish a lot in both freshwater and saltwater with big swimbait fishing for largemouth bass/ musky and striped bass being my favorite.

Mike along the beach in Mexico doing some “Testing”

Okuma– Obviously, we are based in SoCal, but if you had to choose a destination where you had to live out your fishing dreams for the rest of your life, where would you choose?

Mike– I have fished some of the best off the road spots in the USA in both saltwater and freshwater and have to say for its diversity in fisheries and the access for normal anglers that Florida gets my nod as a top destination any time of the year.

Mike with a nice Marco Island Tripletail

 

Mike is a great guy and very personable.  If you get the chance to sit down and chat with him, he might just take you to one of his secret spots and put you on some big fish.

Feel the Vibe

On a recent trip down to El Salto Lake outside of Mazatlan Mexico, the guys from Savage Gear got into a wide open bite on the Fat Vibe baits.  With the incredible side to side vibration, loud distinctive rattle, and swim action on the fall, these baits just plain got it done.  The action was fast and furious, and the bass just kept coming.

The Savage Gear Fat Vibe lipless crankbait was designed to fish the entire water column drawing strikes from a great distance.

Fat Vibe largemouth

The distinct rattling noise and exaggerated belly makes the Fat Vibe deadly on a lift and fall retrieve.

Fat Vibe Largemouth

The Fat Vibe does not spiral down on the fall like most lipless crankbaits, but rather has a side-to-side swimming action on the fall.

Nice Largemouth Fat Vibe

Available in the hottest colors with high quality, super sharp hooks.

Fat Vibe Colors

Here is a video with a more detailed look at the baits and description by Savage Gear USA Product Manager Mike Bennett.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Savage Gear Lure Bags

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The wait is over. Savage Gear tackle bags have finally arrived in the U.S. These heavy-duty bags are designed by anglers, for anglers. Offered in a multiple of styles to help fit the needs of all types of anglers, no matter where or what they are fishing for. These bags are a practical way to transport and store your baits that will in turn lengthen their lifespan. All bags feature a tough 600D non-rip polyester fabric. This durable fabric will last for many years and fishing adventures to come. The zippers are also built tough and made to last, they are corrosion resistant. This is especially useful for all those saltwater fishermen out there.

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Savage Gear Lure Specialist Bag

One of the bags offered is our Lure Specialist Large Shoulder Bag. This bag will work great for all you on the go fisherman out there who need easy access to your selection of lures.

Savage Lure Specialist Bag

Savage Lure Specialist Bag

This bag includes one deep 3730-size tackle tray and a 3700-size tray that both fit in the main pocket. Inside the flap of the main pocket there is a clear pocket that can be useful for storing and viewing your fishing license or map. This bag also features a spare rod holder system and an adjustable padded shoulder strap for comfort. There is an easy access tool holder on the side that is perfect fit for pliers. This bag also has an extra mesh pocket on the back and two side pockets for additional storage.

Another bag introduced in the line is the Shoulder Sling Bag. This bag is both comfortable and practical. The front pocket folds down to create a useful standing work station.

Savage Gear Shoulder Sling Bag

Savage Gear Shoulder Sling Bag

The tackle tray attached to the front pocket has a Velcro strap that keeps it secured so you can work with your tackle without the worry of dropping your tray. This bag includes a 3600-size tackle tray and five heavy duty poly zipper bags. Clips on the side of the bag make it convenient to clip on any extra tools you might need. The side of the bag features a spot to hold your extra rod or landing net. It also comes with a spare strap so you can secure the bag to your waist as well. They also added a handy pocket on the side to hold your drink, which can be especially useful for a thirsty fisherman.

Savage Gear Shoulder Sling Bag

Savage Gear Shoulder Sling Bag

Last but definitely not least are the Savage Gear System Box’s. These bags are offered in three different sizes. The small sized bag includes three 3550-size tackle trays, along with three heavy duty poly zipper bags. The smaller bag works great for smaller lures or finesse fishing. The medium sized bag includes a bit more storage at three 3600-size tackle trays with 3 heavy duty poly zipper bags. The large bag is made for the lure fanatic and is especially useful for larger swimbaits. This bag includes the most storage at two 3700-size tackle trays, one deep 3730-size tackle tray, and a 2000-size tackle tray that fits in the side pocket. All sizes of bags feature a front compartment for easy access items, such as cell phones or smaller equipment. They also all feature an elastic bungee top that can be extremely useful to hold extra jackets or material etc.

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System Box- Small

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System Box-Medium

System Box-Medium

System Box-Medium

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System Box- Large

System Box- Large

System Box- Large

These bags are an awesome addition to the Savage Gear line, and for any fisherman out there who needs an easy way to transport and store their lures while out on the water. These bags are now available for sale at savagegear-usa.com.

Musky; The Fish of 12,837 Days with Matt Breuer

Nice Musky from Matt Breuer

THE FISH OF 12,837 DAYS

by Matthew Breuer

Written for Angling Buzz

As a fishing guide, a lifetime angler and a fishing promoter, I pride myself in being able to say that I’ve caught this fish or that fish, the one fish was blah-blah pounds, while the other was blah-blah inches long. I caught a limit of that species in 10 minutes once. 6 fish on 6 casts another time. You get the idea — stupid ego stuff that means nothing to anyone, aside from a child. They’re easily impressed, and believe that anything is cool if you tell the story with enough enthusiasm. Well, what if I told you that it took me 12,837 days to catch my first muskie while actually targeting them?

MY SOB STORY

To be fair, I’ve caught quite a few muskies. I’ve also landed more than my fair share for clients, and watched more muskies come off or break lines than I can count while guiding or fishing. They love eating small walleyes or perch that are being skimmed across the top while pulling crankbaits. I’ve caught muskies on small crankbaits, I’ve caught them on jigs and shiners, caught them on bouncers and blades with a crawler, caught one on a perch while ice fishing, 3 on walleyes while reeling them in, 1 on a small largemouth bass, 1 on a spinnerbait used while bass fishing, snagged one, and caught roughly 5-6 on crappies that I had hooked on the lake my parents lived on until their retirement. These fish all had one thing in common. None of them were caught while actually targeting them.

The story isn’t that depressing, as I was able to catch a 51.5” fish on 6lb. test while pitching jigs for walleyes. Very cool moment. But to spend half a lifetime without being able to put a muskie in the boat for myself on muskie gear was beginning to feel like a monkey on my back. I was tired of netting them for other people, and wanted to feel what they felt..
2016 was going to be my year. That was my only goal in fishing for the year.

 

Musky Caught on a Savage Gear Swimbait

MAKING IT HAPPEN

This summer has been like many others here in northern MN. Extremely busy. I’ve hardly had time to hang out with my kids, let alone find time to get out muskie fishing. When a call came in from Okuma/Savage Gear/Waterwolf asking if I’d be willing to take Mads Grosell muskie fishing, a big yes went to the mastermind behind Savage Gear and their ultra-realistic baits. Mads and Mike Bennett from Savage gear, along with Chad Sandstrom from Team Okuma Midwest arrived in Bemidji, and before we knew it every bait they wanted to test was tested, and we had raised 7 muskies, got Mads his first ever muskie, and caught an 8lb. walleye to boot. I decided right then and there that I was going to put in the time, and work the new baits over, and get myself a muskie.

I knew I’d need help and motivation, so I looked to my wife and one of my best friends. My wife; who is always begging to go muskie fishing would provide the motivation, and Brian Jones, owner of First Choice Guide Service in Cass Lake, MN, to provide the location, boat skills, and comradery.
The first trip out yielded a nice fish for Brian, several other follows, and I lost a nice fish that surfaced and shook my bucktail. It was a heartbreaking moment that dug at me for weeks. Our second adventure provided less action, but I was able to connect. I was tossing the new 12” Line-Thru SS Trout from Savage Gear, and was determined to catch a fish on it. About halfway through our evening, I was hooked up. I watched the bait slide away from the fish and the hooks, just like it was meant to. A fun tussle, a pile of adrenaline, and a perfect hoop job and we had my first intentional muskie in the boat. Lots of high fives ensued, hugs were given, and a monkey was peeled from my back. It was a great moment, shared with two of my favorite people.

Musky from North Country Guide Service

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS

I’m unsure where the fisherman’s tale of muskies being the fish of 10,000 casts came from, but in my research and experience, I think that it’s part fiction, and part science. I’ve never heard of someone actually counting, and actually hooking one on their 10,000th cast. I have, however, watched a client cast once, troll 200 yards, and then hold up his first muskie. I also have a very good friend who is averaging a muskie every 3-4 hours this season. Muskie numbers are on the rise, the number of muskie anglers is on the rise, and technology is helping anglers cut the curve by a long ways. Some baits are so realistic that I want to fillet them and deep fry them. It’s easier now is my point… for some…

After I finally caught my first, I really thought hard about the amount of time I’ve actually spent chasing the elusive esox masquinongy. I figured that I’ve fished for muskies about 37 times. I spent an average of 4.5 hours on the water. If I averaged out burning bucktails and casting pounders or jerk-baits, I figured that I casted roughly 55 times per hour. That accounts for small breaks for water, stretching, whining about my back pain, cussing at muskies that followed and didn’t eat, and moving from spot-to-spot. If you’re any good at math, you’d realize that I was pretty close to being the guy from the age-old tale. A guy who casted 10,000 times… almost. I beat the odds. It took me roughly 9,157 casts to catch my first “on purpose” muskie.
My wife has one muskie trip under her belt, and is next in line to scratch the itch. She was along when I caught my first, and I hope to put her on her first in a much shorter period of time than it took me. I also hope that I don’t have to wait another 9,157 casts until my next fish. If I do, I guess whoever came up with the old tale about muskies being the fish of 10,000 casts will be close once more.
Matthew Breuer
Northcountry Guide Service

Savage Gear Line Thru Musky Bait

Savage Gear’s Award Winning Hard Bait for ICAST 2016-The 3D Suicide Duck

Suicide DuckOur new innovative Duck lure has been causing a stir in the pond and in the fishing industry. It won “Best of Show” at the ICAST industry show in Orlando Florida for the hard lure category this past week. This will be our third year winning a “Best of Show” award at the annual ICAST show, we are calling it our “3-peat” of the previous years.
Our 3D Suicide Duck will be great for hungry pike, musky and bass looking for a fluffy and easy snack. It has spinning webbed feet that mimic a fleeing duck when attached to the line. This spinning action creates a bubbling trail behind the duck, the lure can be fished fast or slow for a different effect. They are rigged with both top and bottom hook configuration so anglers can customize the bait for any fishing situation.duck

Check out the 3D Duck in action in this ICAST 2016 clip from Tackle Warehouse.

 

It is the first of its kind in our Savage Gear product lineup but we are always looking to broaden our horizons with our new products so be sure to look for our new product additions such as the 3D Rad Rat and the 3D Burbot this fall on our site www.savagegear-usa.com. The new 3D Ducks will be available for sale around September, check your local retailer for arrival dates.

Savage Gear 3D Rad (Rat) Offers A Substantial Meal

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Truly big fish don’t live on tiny minnows and bugs. To fuel a need for big calories, trophy bass, musky, pike and brown trout target meals with substance, that make the exertion necessary to kill the prey worth the effort. To truly big fish, rats and field mice are a special treat, and the all-new Savage Gear 3D Rad delivers the perfect illusion.

The 3D Rad is based upon a 3-dimensional scan of an actual rat for true-to-life detail.  The body of the bait features dual joints to swim with supreme realism. Front legs are also jointed, breaking up the rigidity of the bait and furthering an incredibly natural look. Two line tie positions offer differing presentations. Connected to the upper line tie, the 3D Rad swims just subsurface, body fully immersed, offering a strong visual presence. Connected to the lower line tie, the bait rides higher, on the surface, putting off an amazing wake while swimming with a fluid, lifelike action.

The 3D Rad comes in two sizes and four colors for all locations and conditions.  Length of 7.75” and 11.75” include the length of the tail. Both sizes include options for hook locations.  In addition to belly placements, an optional hook location is available on the back of the 11.75” size so this bait can be rigged to fish over matted vegetation or other surface structure. Finish options include White, Brown, Gray and Black to match available live mammals or create attention-grabbing contrast.

Each bait includes one body and two tails. Due to the violence with which fish strike the 3D Rad, repair kits are available for each size (sold separately).  Each repair kit includes one tail, one set ears, one set arms and one set legs.

Savage Gear 3D Rad

Twin joints and two pull positions give this rat an action like no other.

Savage Gear 3D Burbot A Must-Have For Musky/Pike

Northern tier anglers immediately recognize the Burbot (aka Eelpout) as a favorite prey of musky and pike. The first of its kind, the all-new Savage Gear 3D Burbot originates from a 3-dimensional scan of a real Burbot, delivering amazing, true-to-life detail.

Savage Gear Burbot

The Burbot is a favorite prey item of musky and pike. The Savage Gear Burbot delivers a step above in realism.

The 3D Burbot is available in three sizes to fit all fishing situations, all season long. Models include a 10-inch, 3-ounce bait, 14-inch, 8-ounce and magnum 19-inch, 14-ounce bait. The Burbot is rigged with premium twin treble hooks on the belly of the bait.

A key design feature of the Savage Gear 3D Burbot is the Hybrid Line Thru Release System.  The hook harness releases from the body of the bait when a fish is hooked. Through the fight, the body of the bait swings free of the hook harness, both dramatically reducing damage to the lure body, and dramatically increasing hook-to-land ratio.

Six finishes include Black/Orange, Cisco, Fire Tiger, Golden Ambulance, Walleye and Magic Motor Oil. In addition to exceptional fin and body detail, all sizes of the 3D Burbot include a molded-in glass rattle in the tail of the bait.

Savage Gear 3D Bluegill Is Big Fish Candy

Wherever bluegill are present, they are heavily targeted by bass, pike, musky and a multitude of gamefish.  Based on a 3-dimensional scan of actual bluegill and featuring true-to-life Savage Gear swimbait action, the 3D Bluegill swimbait blurs the line between live bait and artificial like no previous lure has ever accomplished.

Savage Gear Bluegill

The Savage Gear Bluegill is perfect imitation of the live fish. Two sizes include a 5-inch rigged and 6-inch line-thru models.

The exceptional design of the 3D Bluegill becomes very apparent on the water. The action is extremely stable, delivering a wide, rhythmic swimming action on a slow retrieve. Then, the lure can be burned, tightening up the action, but not rolling over. On a hard pause, the 3D Bluegill kicks sideways and coasts to a stop, remaining perfectly vertical.

The 3D Bluegill is available in two sizes and four colors. The 5-inch length is rigged with fixed hooks. The 6-inch 3D Bluegill features line-thru rigging with available top or bottom hook positions. Both sizes are available in the angler’s choice of floating or sinking, and four colors that include Light Gill, Dark, Gill, Redear and Citrus Gill.