Located just outside the city limits of Clermont, Florida, Culprit Lures has grown to be one
of the fishing industry's top lure producers specializing in soft plastic lures. To mark its 25th anniversary celebration,
Culprit has ventured into the panfish market with a line of specialized mini-grubs. Culprit Crappie Baits features five
lure designs, a crappie rig system, Champions' Choice crappie jigheads, and Prism Poppers for panfish.
The 2-inch Tassel Tail Grub has an unique, undulating
tube-like tassels on the kicking tail for subtle waves of action even at very slow speeds. The tassels also produce
an enticing flotation responses without any or very little movement of the bait and while letting the bait dropping very slowly
with a very light jig or with no weight.
The Tassel Tail Grubs is a very versatile lure and they can be used in many different ways
and conditions. In the Spring and again in the Fall, try casting the Tassel tail grub past isolated stumps, brush and
small pockets, and retrieving them very slowly. If you're using a slip float or a cork bobber, use a very light jig
and let it drop into cover. They are also great to use while "slow-trolling" over humps, brush piles and drop-offs.
In the Summer, try using a Tassel tail grub with a Roadrunner from Blakemore around the lily pads, docks and in small
The 2-inch Curl Tail Grub features a kicking tail
that'll catch the attention of crappie with an erratic darting stealth-like action through cover and vegetation. The
Curl Tail grub is almost similar to the Tassel tail grub, but without the tassels and they can be fished the same way.
Because of the unique action and the vibration from the kicking tail, the Curl tail grub is the bait to use in more stained
and dirtier water.
Culprit's 1 3/4-inch Paddle Tail Grub has a vibrating
kicking tail, and the unique color selections provide versatility when trying to "match the hatch". Using an erratic
darting retrieve will force the tail to vibrate, and selecting a color that imitate a baitfish will not only help you catch
aggressive fish, but when using a "jerk, pause, jerk" retrieve will force a reaction strike from inactive fish. Try
using the Paddle Tail grub from pre-spawn through post-spawn in the Spring, in shallow water in the Fall, and just off the
bottom under docks in the Summer.
The new 2-inch Swim Fin Grub features an ultra-thin
fin that runs along the backside of the lure and finishes as a swimming tail. This lure creates an undulating wave of
action, much like the Tassel Tail grub, for a finesse presentation or at slow retrieval speeds. You hear so much these
days about finesse presentations, and here to help with finesse fishing, the Swim Fin grub can be fished without any movement
of the lure, while the ultra-thin fin and tail gives life-like waving actions. When the crappie is on the move or is
aggressively feeding, cast past a structure or cover and retrieve very slowly and hold on! This is a great bait to be
fished with all year round.
Culprit has never rest on its past success, due to its attributed classic designs and selective
color options which are expanded each year. With that being said, Culprit has improved the Crappie Baits series by adding
new products every year for the crappie anglers: New products were introduced recently, which includes the Paddle
Tail Minnow, Steve Deason's Champion's Choice Jigheads, Crappie Rig, and the Panfish Prism Poppers.
The Paddle Tail Minnow features the classic minnow
shape with a “kicking” paddle tail for a life-like presentation, and can be fished just like the Paddle Tail Grub.
Steve Deason's Champion's Choice Jigheads features
eight color selections in 1/16-, 1/32- and 1/16-oz. weights. These minnow shaped jigheads prevents line twists
& headspin, runs smoothly, and cuts accurately for better bait presentation.
The Culprit Crappie Rig features 2 fine-wire extensions
that allow baits to swim independently while suspended over structure or slowly trolled over submerged vegetation. This
can be used with a live minnow or with any of the above Crappie Baits.
The Panfish Prism Popper features a high-flash
prism finish and hand-tied attractor tail. These poppers provides the flash and surface splash to attract more strikes
when crappie are shallow.
NEW FOR 2009!
The 2-inch Deason Double
Hammer features twin kicking tails that double the amount of noticeable tail “flutter”, even at
a slow lure retrieve. Its unique wide body and protruding tentacles keep the body in a horizontal position during its
descent and slows the presentation of the bait, keeping it in the strike zone longer. The combined features of the fluttering,
double-tail action and wide body with tentacles for a slow descent, will surely increase strikes per cast when fishing tight
line areas around thick vegetation or during a slow troll through skinny waters. Together these two new features will
emit more vibration sound and surely catch the eye of those big daddy slabs. There are 8 colors to choose from and these
are already on their store site and in stock!
So as you can see, Culprit has a variety of lures and colors to catch crappie in any water
and weather condition all year round. So the next time you head to your favorite tackle shop to stock up on plastics,
ask for these hot new products and colors from Culprit. Creating a menu with these new Crappie Baits will help the fish
decide what they want and help you catch more crappie!