New Bass Gear

While pro anglers battled it out on the Louisiana Delta to see who would be crowned the Bassmaster Champion for 2011, bass-fishing fans walked the aisles of the New Orleans Convention Center to check out all the new fishing toys on the market for this season and meet some of their favorite anglers. Making big news at the Bass Fishing Expo is Berkley's new line of Havoc soft-plastics. Their are four baits in all and each was designed by bass pros for specific fishing techniques. The Pit Boss is a punch bait designed by Skeet Reese and is best described as a crayfish/bluegill hybrid. It'll work for punching, flipping and sight casting.
Pro Bobby Lane's brainchild is the Craw Fatty. Its realistic featuring flappy claws and antennae with a wide body tapered at the tail. Should be great Texas rigged.
Mike Iaconelli designed the Devil Spear punch bait. Its solid body can handle a big flippin' hook and should work great on a swim jig as well.
The Deuce was designed by Repel pro Gary Klein of Texas, a longtime bait-tinkerer and detail-specific angler. Klein explained that while a twin-tail trailer might not seem glamorous, but this new design has a bit longer body for longer hook shanks. It also has specially-designed claws that move at slower speeds, like when you're crawling a football jig.
Elsewhere at the Expo, fans lined up for photos with their favorite bass anglers. Here Jimmy Houston and Bill Dance smile with a fan.
Giving back to the fans that have made them household names.
The bass tank always draws a crowd.
No matter what the age.
Glen Lau, one of the first gurus of largemouth bass fishing, is interviewed at the Expo.
The Quantum booth was Smoking.
Plano's Jesse Simpkins runs us through his new line of tackle management systems.
You need a rod holder for those one-piece poles? Plano's got them.
Fishouflage was a concept that was tried several years ago, but now it is resonating with anglers.
As are kayaks. (www.wildernesssystems.com)
Scores of anglers gathered around the Sebile casting tank for pointers on fishing their soft-plastics for bass.
Shimano's formidable line-up of reels is prodigious.
Bass Pro Shop's drew scores of fans who were treated to fishing tips from various fishing professionals.
And serious fishermen came prepared to study--and buy various products.
The lures that have won the Classic.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
The reason that throngs of sportsmen have gathered in New Orleans....stay tuned for coverage at Outdoor Life.

While anglers battled it out for the title of the best bass angler in the world, the latest in new fishing gear was being unveiled at the Bassmasters Expo.