DON SHOOPMAN September 14, 2015 at 4:34pm
A Kansas bass angler is accomplishing added than captivation his own on the Bassmaster Elite Series circuit.
Casey Scanlon is additionally designing bogus lures — accurately bathe jigs and flippin’ jigs — with his acceptable acquaintance and Bass Kandi Baits’ Mike “Redbone” Holland in Ragley a Lake Charles.
The 31-year-old Scanlon was amid Elite Series tournaments aback he fielded a alarm about the BKB Bathe Jig while on Table Rock Lake.
He was actuality featured on “Zona’s Alarming Fishing Show” with Mark Zona.
Scanlon was acquisitive to allocution about the BKB Bathe Jig and acclaim Holland, who he met during the aboriginal Elite stop a brace of years ago in Orange, Texas.
They accept been accompany anytime since, and afresh became ally in the growing bogus jig accomplishment ancillary of Bass Kandi Baits that Holland accustomed in November 2010.
Since then, Holland said, Bass Kandi Baits accept won added than 100 bass tournaments and are accepted amid pros on the Bassmaster and FLW tours.
Holland and Scanlon are accretion their bogus jig band and designing added models this summer, Holland said.
“Mike’s an able allurement maker. He’s absolutely a and an alarming guy,” Scanlon said. “It absolutely was a amusement alive with him and designing the product.
“A lot of companies cut corners for amount reasons. He absolved no expenses.”
Holland, activity administrator for Turner Industries, said that absorption to detail is a above allotment of his business plan.
“We capital the best, and the best costs a little more,” he said. “Sales are accomplishing acceptable with it. We’re accepting all acceptable acknowledgment with it.”
And that’s with bound acknowledgment appropriately far on the market. Holland said the BKB Bathe Jigs and BKB Flippin’ Jigs are at Lake Charles Cajun Tackle, Simon Outfitting in Orange and Mondo Tackle in Kansas City, Mo.
Scanlon, who is in his fourth year on the Elite Series, said the BKB Bathe Jig helped him accomplishment in the money at this year’s clash on the Sabine River out of Orange, Texas.
“I acclimated it in the Sabine River tournament. I got a acceptable paycheck in that one,” he said. “It’ll t anywhere in the country.”
He acclimated years of swim-jig fishing acquaintance to architecture the lure, he said.
“I had an abstraction affectionate of what I wanted,” Scanlon said. “I angle a ton of jigs. I started alive on it about this time aftermost year. I got my aboriginal prototypes aftermost fall, and we aloof fabricated them accessible for the bazaar this year.”
It was a lengthy, assiduous process, Holland said.
“Getting the prototypes, we’d abuse them,” he said. “It took a brace tries, as it usually does.”
Scanlon, who has won $241,033 (22 finishes in the money out of 43 absolute tournaments with one win, one runner-up accomplishment and a third-place showing), explained his approach.
“I capital a attenuated arch on a bathe jig, a cone head-style that goes through awning absolute well,” he said. “I’ve additionally had agitation award a jig that doesn’t cycle over aback I put a accompanying appendage bivouac on the aback of it.
“My ambition was to actualize a bathe jig that goes through awning and doesn’t cycle over.”
Mission accomplished, Holland said.
“I like it. I do accept added acquaintance on bathe jigs than flipping jigs. It’s the best bathe jig I’ve anytime thrown,” he said. “Casey did a astounding job on the bathe jig. I don’t apperceive if he told you (but) it goes through anything.
“We were activity to alarm it the All-Terrain Jig, but there’s a aggregation alleged All-Terrain. (But) it is an all-terrain jig.”
That’s what Scanlon said makes it so important in his arsenal.
“Basically, it gives you a lot of options,” he said. “It comes through the awning absolutely well.”
There are some ambrosial appearance to the BKB Bathe Jig, including a wire babysitter affront and allowance to add a bang system. Its ammunition is a 5/0 heavy-wire cool Mustad hook.
“It’s a barbarian hook, actual strong,” Holland said. “You don’t accept to anguish about it bending.
The jigs are accessible in 3/8- and ¼-ounce sizes.
About the added features, Scanlon said there is an added collar molded on the angle brand that gives you the advantage to add rattles, which he brand but finds abounding bathe jigs defective in that department.
The babysitter barb, Holland said, will authority a bendable artificial on, which agency the angler doesn’t charge cool glue.
“You can bandy a (BKB) Speed Bug on it. This is acceptable with a bifold bivouac on it,” he said. “It won’t cycle on you.”
Scanlon said the BKB Bathe Jig is accessible in eight colors. He prefers black/blue and june bug, which, he said, “are absolutely acceptable colors all over the globe.”
“We’re attractive to add new colors and new sizes,” he said.
The Elite pro said he usually fishes the BKB Bathe Jig on 40-pound Maxima braided line. Under assertive conditions, he will bandy it on 15- to 20-pound fluorocarbon line.
He uses a 7-foot medium-action fishing rod.
“You know, a 7-foot rod and braided band is a acceptable combo,” he said.
The basal band is alluring and communicable bass, and that’s accident on a constant base with the BKB Bathe Jig, Holland said.
“It took several months for this all to happen,” Holland said. “It took time to accomplish the best bathe jig we’ve anytime thrown, and he’s befuddled bags of them.
“It’s the best bathe jig you’ll anytime throw.”
Log onto basskandi.com or alarm 337-370-9190 for added advice on BKB Bathe Jigs and added Bass Kandi Baits products.
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