If there is a better walk-the-dog style surface lure on the market, I’m yet to see it.The Bassday Sugarpen’s are ridiculously good at catching many types of fish, all over Australia, but when targeting bass these are the real ace to have up your sleeve.
For a long, slim-profiled lure, the Sugarpen has the ability to create quite a wide side-to-side action on the retrieve. To create this action a slow, steady wind of the reel whilst imparting continual small twitches of the rod tipin a downward direction (almost like patting your head and rubbing your tummy) will create the side to side action desired.
Once you have the action down pat on the Sugarpen, the fish will follow them quite a way from the structure they inhabit. But the closer you can put the lure to the snag into the strike zone, the higher the chances you will draw a strike. Ideally you would cast your lure just beyond the structure where the bass will be waiting toambush its prey. That way the lure is already mid-action once it passes the spot most likely for the fish tobe waiting. An example of this might be a submerged log, or standing timber. However, there will also be times when your casts need tobepinpoint accurate, and it may even be beneficial to sit still where it lands for a fewmoments, or give a few gentle twitches of the lure where it lands. This can be a really effective way to catch bass in late Spring and Summer when fishing overhanging trees, where bugs and insects will frequently fall into the water from the overhanging branches.
Having a long, slender profile, the Sugarpen also possesses an excellent hook upration compared to other surface lures on the market, which can often draw the strikes but not hook up. The Sugarpen rarely doesn’t convert strikes to hook ups. Itis also an extremely durable lure, with the ability to catch hundreds of feisty bass and be cast into rocks, timber and other structure without affecting its ability toperform. Often itis the beat up lure with teeth marks, scratches and paint missing that catch the most fish! They really are a sensational piece of fishing tackle, and should never be left out when fishing for bass.