Baits and Lures
Original Trout Beads
The 639 model is a great small, shallow diving jerkbait. It is primarily used in a drift with a carolina style rig – dragging upstream of the boat. It has proven effective in the imitation of baitfish found in the lake and targets all sizes of fish. It can be used in bank fishing, without the carolina rig. The 639 model is also effective in stillwater settings such as ponds or lakes using a normal retrieve vs a jerking action. It will attract other species such as crappie and all varieties bass.
Why the 639 model? At 2.5″ long, it very closely resembles the size of our baitfish. Several Taneycomo guides prefer this size, and it is best suited for flow conditions of 10,000 c.f.s. or less. The wide wobble for this model has been described as more of a “shimmy” and includes a bit of a twisting action.
The 219 model is a medium size, shallow diving jerkbait. It is primarily used in a drift with a carolina style rig – dragging upstream of the boat. It has proven effective in the imitation of baitfish found in Lake Taneycomo and targets all sizes of fish. Not recommended for bank fishing in a current. The 219 model is also effective in stillwater settings such as ponds or lakes using a normal retrieve vs a jerking action. It will attract other species such as crappie and all varieties of bass.
Why the 219 model? Like other medium to small shallow diving jerkbaits, the 219 model also presents a realistic imitation of other bait species found in most bodies of fresh water. This model drifts well in slower water as well as flood conditions upwards of 20,000 c.f.s.
This 3″ medium size minnow imitation is a slow sinking jerkbait. It is very effective when used in a drift with a carolina style rig, however due to its size and action, it is also effectively used with a jerking retrieve in both still and flowing bodies of water.
Why the 762 model? In comparison to some of the other models, the 762 model has a more aggressive wobble which seems to attract more fish in higher flows of water. This model also seems to attract larger fish. For best results, drift this lure in 6,000 to 20,000 c.f.s.
The 514 model is a small, medium depth floating jerkbait. It is equally effective using the carolina drift method as well as traditional jerk and crank bait methods. Beacause of it’s diving depth, it is recommended that you use a slightly longer leader if you’re using it in a drift.
Why the 514 model? This is one of our most versatile jerkbaits. Because of it’s bill, this lure is effective in any current and in still water. 0 – 20,000 c.f.s.
The 606 is a medium size, medium depth, slow floating jerkbait. It’s action mimics a very sporadic, injured minnow with a tight wobble. This retrieve has proven to be an extremely effective jerkbait action not only for trout, but for many other species. This bait has specifically proven itself in matters of trophy rainbow and brown trout here on Lake Taneycomo and elsewhere. It continues to be a go-to lure for many people on the lake. Not suited for drift fishing.
Why the 606 model? The 606 is most effective in shallow water conditions or under 10,000 c.f.s. This model is a favorite of a couple local brown trout specialist!
The C55 is a deep diving, slow floating crankbait similar to the bomber fat free fingerling. It is primarily used on Lake Taneycomo in high flow conditions to imitate shad kills. Most commonly, these deep diving style crankbaits are used on large bodies of water, trolling for deep water species. However, after some test trials, these deep diving crank baits have proven very effective in heavy flows and flood water conditions to imitate shad kills. Their application is primarily for drifting upstream of the boat.
Why the 606 model? If floodgates are open or there is a heavy flow, drift this lure by itself – no drift rig. It achieves depths deep enough to reach the bottom of most parts of the lake.
These bombers are similar to our model C55. Their prescribed use on Taneycomo is for fast moving water only. If shad have been spotted in the water, these lures will get you the results you’re looking for. Their deep diving bills send the lure to the bottom where the fish are waiting for similar “easy” targets. No drift rigs required.