Would you like to peek into a top pro’s tackle box on tournament day? Wouldn’t it be great to know what new fishing lures the best anglers are excited about using? We reached out to five full-time anglers for their favorite new lures. From muskie in Ontario to Gulf Coast redfish, New England striped bass, Michigan bass and California lingcod, we know what the best anglers will be tying on their lines.

5 Top Anglers Pick Their Favorite New Lures

1 Brandon Barton

Hobie Pro | emeraldcoastkayakfishing.com

Savage 3D Shrimp lure

Location: Pensacola, Florida

Target: Redfish and speckled trout

Lure: 3.5-inch Savage 3D Shrimp

Tactic: Sight casting on grass flats, working lures under docks, across points and through sandy potholes. Rig the lure on a 20-pound-test fluorocarbon leader with a loop knot. Slow hop the lure along the bottom

Favorite features: Scented body with rattles. Fluorocarbon weed guard, indestructible Duratech soft plastic.

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2 Scott Barton

Jackson Kayak Pro Staff | Host, Kayak Musky Challenge online tournament

Musky Innovations Pro Dawg lure

Location: Madawaska River, Ontario

Target: Muskie

Lure: Musky Innovation Pro Dawg Magnum

Tactic: Effective for both casting and trolling, muskie will destroy the ProDawg at prime structure like the edge of weedbeds, flats adjacent to dropoffs and fallen timber. While trolling, I alternate between pauses and pulls to work the lure. When I’m casting, I work the ProDawg like a jerkbait ripping over cabbage and dropping it down weed edges.

Favorite features: The Pro Dawg now comes in UV colors muskie can see with special cones in their eyes. The internal harness forces the Pro Dawg to dive nose down and hop when I jerk it.

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3 Billy Mitchell

Seven Stripes Fishing | sevenstripesfishing.com

Hogy Pro Tail lure

Location: Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Target: Striped bass

Lure: One-ounce Hogy Pro Tail

Tactic: The Hogy Pro Tail casts great and sinks fast, making it the perfect run and gun lure for chasing schools of striped bass. If fish are holding deep, cast up-tide and let the lure sink to the bottom with a few rod lifts and twitches. Finicky fish respond to a straight, slow retrieve. To entice fast moving schools on top, rip the lure along the surface with long pauses.

Favorite features: Small profile to match silverside anchovies, menhaden and butterfish.

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4 Mike McKinstry

The Bassquatch Hunter |bassquatchhunter.com

Berkley Powerbait The Champ Swimmer lure

Location: Detroit, Michigan

Target: Largemouth and smallmouth bass

Lure: Berkley Champ and Berkley Fusion Underspin

Tactic: The Champ on a Fusion Underspin is my secret weapon for warm-water bass. Bass feed aggressively in the summer and the Champ looks ultra realistic especially when I’m fishing around structure. I fish the lure on 10-pound test Trilene fluorocarbon, which is virtually invisible underwater and transmits vibrations better than monofilament. I let the lure drop to the bottom then work it steadily back to the kayak. Every few cranks, I pause and give the rod an erratic jerk to imitate an injured baitfish.

Favorite features: The large, thumping paddle tail sends fish-attracting vibrations through the water. Ultra realistic colors and shape with the flash of the underspin blade gets the fish’s attention and keeps it.

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5 Kevin Hofer

Wilderness Systems Pro Staff

Branson Tournament Series S'leel lure

Location: Northern California

Target: Lingcod and rockfish

Lure: Branson Baits, Tournament Series Sl’eel

Tactic: I use my fish finder to find underwater pinnacles and shelves then drop the Sl’eel to the bottom. No need to wear out my arm wildly jerking the lure, the Sl’eel’s super reactive rubber does the action for me. To rig the Sl’eel, I start with 50-pound braided line and a 30-pound monofilament leader. I attach the leader to the mainline and the lure with snap swivels so I can quickly change damaged leaders.

Favorite feature: Reinforced mesh keeps the fish from ripping the plastic off the jighead. A rattle chamber and scent chamber add attraction. High quality plastic is hand poured in the United States for the perfect balance between flexibility and durability.

man holds up a redfish caught from his Hobie kayak with new fishing lures
How do they do it? Now you know. | Feature photo: Brandon Barton


Cover of Kayak Angler Magazine Issue 48This article was first published in the Summer 2022 issue of Kayak Angler Magazine. Subscribe to Kayak Angler Magazine’s print and digital editions, or browse the archives.

How do they do it? Now you know. | Feature photo: Brandon Barton



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