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If you haven’t seen, Zoom Bait has a “new product brochure” online. Check it out, but make sure you “mouse” over the center of the document and look for the “view in fullscreen.” This will blow it up into a really cool and easy view format. Click on the side arrows to move through the catalog.

Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Marty Stone talks about early spring fishing and using jerkbaits. Marty goes into what he looks for on the water and what he looks for in his jerkbait. Part One of Two.

Bandit Lures welcomes BASS Elite Series pro Marty Stone to National Pro Staff

SARDIS, Miss. (Jan. 20, 2010) – Bandit Lures Inc., a respected manufacturer of quality crankbaits since 1976, is proud to announce the addition of BASS Elite Series pro Marty Stone of Linden, N.C., to the Bandit Lures National Pro Staff.

Stone, a 15-year BASS pro and two-time winner on the BASS Elite Series, brings a wealth of real-world crankbait expertise to Bandit Lures.

“To become a part of Bandit Lures at this stage of my career is the ultimate compliment,” Stone said. “Bandit Lures is rich in history and tradition. Their 100, 200 and 300 Series have been bass fishing staples in the world of professional fishing for over 30 years.”


As a member of the Bandit Lures Pro Staff, Stone is looking forward to working closely with tackle industry icon Chris Armstrong who has assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Manager for Bandit Lures.

“I have worked with Chris on other projects in the past and he is the best when it comes to growing a brand in the fishing industry,” Stone said. “When I found out there was an opportunity to work for Chris at Bandit, it was a no-brainer. I’m really looking forward to teaming back up with him again.”

As part of his role with the Pro Staff, Stone will provide input on the design and construction of lures, an assignment that he welcomes.

“Helping Bandit with lure design is an opportunity that I’m especially looking forward to,” Stone added. “I cut my fishing teeth in the Carolinas winding a crankbait – it’s one of my favorite ways to fish. Over the years I’ve used dozens and dozens of different designs in plastic plugs; I know the critical elements that make a crankbait right and Bandit’s current line of baits are dead on. My input will be applied as Bandit moves forward and forges fresh ground with new products.”

Armstrong echoed Stone’s sentiments in working together again.

“We’re tickled to death to have Marty flying the raccoon flag with Bandit Lures,” Armstrong said. “I’ve worked with Marty before and have come to know him, not only as a great fisherman, but as a true professional and tireless promoter as well. We at Bandit certainly look forward to good things to come with Marty on board.”

For more information on Bandit Lures contact Chris Armstrong at 662-563-8450 or carmstrong@banditlures.com

Picture 2Terry Brown and Marty Stone sit down at ICAST 2009 and discuss some of the cool new products released at the show.

Check out the new look for my official BASS Elite Series truck and boat. I based my new color scheme on orange and navy blue. I’m not an Auburn Tigers fan, but I do like that color combination. The primary sponsor on my boat will be Bass Cat boats and the primary sponsor on my truck is www.martystone.com.

My hope is the truck wrap will bring awareness to this site and also serve as a reminder that our brave soldiers are fighting to preserve our freedoms and keep our families safe. Before it’s complete, all my sponsors will be on the boat and truck in some form and fashion.




090613_COX_87Back in bass fishing’s good old days there was just one type of fishing line: monofilament. You either fished with thick, stretchy, buoyant monofilament – which had the sensitivity of anchor rope – or you didn’t fish.

Then in 1993 pro angler Randy Dearman introduced the bass fishing world to braided line by winning a BASS event in Texas. In that groundbreaking event, Dearman wrangled bass after bass out of flooded bushes with “braid.” He pitched jigs into the thickest bushes without the slightest fear of breaking off, thanks to the new line.

Shortly after braid made its entrance to the marketplace, the drop-shot gurus from the West Coast brought us something called fluorocarbon, a completely different type of fishing line than either mono or braid.


Since then the fishing line aisle at the sporting good store has become inundated with dozens upon dozens of different braids, fluorocarbons and monofilaments. You just about need a degree in “Fibers and Filaments” (if there is such a thing) just to make sense of it all.

Over the last decade traditional monofilament has sort of taken a back seat to braided line and fluorocarbon, and for good reason. Compared to classic mono, both fluorocarbon and braid provided tremendous advantages in the sensitivity, low-stretch and abrasion resistance departments.

But over the last couple of years, vast improvements in monofilaments have been quietly closing the gap on those advantages found in braid and fluoro, which is the primary reason I’m resorting back to monofilament this season.

Thanks to Vicious Ultimate Fishing Line, which is actually a copolymer monofilament, I’ll be spooling up with mono a lot more in 2010 and here’s why:

For starters, the sensitivity, low-stretch properties and abrasion resistance of this new super monofilament from Vicious is now up to par with most fluorocarbons on the market. But the primary reason for going back to mono is superior cast control. Since mono has so much less line memory than fluorocarbon, it flows off the spool effortlessly with far fewer backlashes.

So anytime casting accuracy is critical, I’ll be using mono. Things like flipping and pitching, especially light-line flipping in the 12- to 17-pound test class, will be all mono for me.

Also, when skipping docks, there is nothing better than mono. Trying to skip a baitcaster with coily fluoro is a non-stop exercise in picking out backlashes.

In addition, mono still has a bit of stretch to help absorb the shock of hooksets, which is a huge bonus when setting the hook in short-line situations.

I’m also going to mono for all spinnerbaits, crankbaits and topwater walkers and poppers.

Again, the supreme castability improves accuracy to specific targets and the stretch allows for better shock absorption between the bite and hookset. As for the topwaters, the buoyancy of mono is a must to make poppers and walkers work properly.

While I’d like to move totally back to mono for all my fishing, I can’t because there are still some applications where fluorocarbon and braid outshine mono.

When casting Texas rigs and Carolina rigs in deeper, open water – like ledge fishing on Kentucky Lake or casting a worm at Okeechobee – Vicious Fluorocarbon will get the honors. The faster sink of fluorocarbon is a big plus in these situations.


Also, I’ll spool fluoro when jerkbaiting for smallmouth or ripping a lipless rattling crankbait over grass – a non-buoyant line is a key with these lures as well.

And finally, fluorocarbon is still the best when fishing deep with a spinning rod.

As for braided line, I’ll spool Vicious Braid when I’m swimming a jig, punching vegetation mats with a big weight, fishing a topwater frog or reeling buzzbaits over heavy vegetation.

So there you have it, that’s my basic break down on when to use monofilament, fluorocarbon or braid.

I’m guessing that in 2010, monofilament will be used for about 70 percent of my fishing while the other 30 percent will be split between fluorocarbon and braid.

And one last thing: no matter which type of line you use, a good line conditioner like Real Magic will work wonders in keeping line slick and limp, especially between fishing trips. But we’ll explore the importance of line conditioners in another tips column soon.

Dream Big,


026-048-ol-monster-tequila-sunriseHi everyone!

Have you ever had problems with line twist when texas rigging the Zoom Ol Monster and Mag II?  Here is a tip on how to eliminate line twist when rigging these worms.  Marty Stone gives a good explanation on how he rigs the Ol Monster to eliminate line twist.