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Bass Anglers’ Gear Guide: Fat Boyz Baits

by Ned Kehde   |  March 12th, 2013 3

On Mar. 4, Pok-Chi Lau of Lawrence, Kansas, and I went largemouth bass and temperate bass fishing  at 2,600-acre power-plant reservoir in eastern Kansas. At the end of our outing, Lau and I crossed paths at the boat ramp with Travis Brooks and Ronny Denayer, both of Butler, Missouri, and we talked.

They said that they had  fished several cold-water areas, including the dam and the riprap shoreline that parallels the access road to the power plant. We also saw them plying one of the bluffs in the heart of the warm-water plume. They are power anglers, and they said they caught 15 largemouth bass, and lost one that looked as if it would weigh at least six pounds. This brute was hooked on a jerkbait along the riprap of the access road.

As we exchanged tidbits about our hours afloat,  Denayer told us that Brooks, who is 30 years old, was the proprietor of Fat Boyz Baits. Denayer participates in Brooks’ bait business, too.

Brooks called it a family-owned business in which Brooks and Jeff Hill of Butler, Missouri, hand-pour all of the company’s  soft-plastic baits and Denayer makes the jigs. And as Brooks notes on the company’s Web site:  ”Every bait is manufactured by us. Nothing leaves our shop without us touching it. We don’t produce as many baits as some companies, but you can be assured we sell the best. We thoroughly test every lure we produce, and only sell it if it is a bait we want to fish.”

Initially,  they began making hand-poured baits in 2010 just for themselves.  Eventually other  bass anglers  got wind of what Brooks, Denayer and Hill were doing, and these curious anglers wanted to buy some Brooks and his friends’ wares. And as this threesome received more and more requests for their baits, they decided to start their bait business, which began rather rudimentarily  in March of 2012.

Lau and I confessed that we had not heard of Fat Boyz Baits.  So in the parking lot at the boat ramp,  Brooks and Denayer spent a considerable amount of  time showing us some of their baits, and they tested several of them on this outing.

Posted below are photographs of seven of the Fat Boyz’s hand-poured soft-plastic baits that Brooks and Denayer showed us.  More of the products can be seen at www.fatboyzbaits.com,  and anglers can talk to Brooks at 660-679-1632.

As this burgeoning company expands and produces more  baits in the months to come, we will update this blog by featuring some of their new baits.

Fat Boyz four-inch Real Craw

Fat Boyz three-inch Jig Trailer.

Fat Boyz 3 3/4-inch Shad

Fat BoyZ Bedbug

Fat Boyz five-inch Sticks.

Fat Boyz 4 1/2-inch Gorilla Tube

 

Fat Boyz Maddad

About Ned Kehde

Field Editor Ned Kehde has been writing for In-Fisherman since the 1980s. His recent finesse bass tactics and findings have been influential throughout the Midwest and beyond. He writes the online column Midwest Finesse for In-Fisherman.com

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  • http://www.facebook.com/timothy.j.metcalf Timothy Jon Metcalf

    Mr. Kehde, I enjoy all of your articles. I have question
    about an article I read a few years ago. You were giving a back ground of
    catches during the winter months and mentioned something about “March Madness”
    when it seemed the catch rate when down quite exponentially. If you still have the article or some where I
    can find it that would be great. Any help or assistance will be appreciated.

    Respectfully,

    Tim Metcalf

    armybasstjm@yahoo.com

    • Ned Kehde

      Tim:

      Thanks for posting your question. We are currently in Texas visiting one our daughters and her family.

      Consequently, I do not have access to all of the Finesse News Network’s archives. But when we return to Kansas, we will do some searching of our records, and then we post an answer.

      Please keep in touch,

      Ned

      • Ned Kehde

        Tim:

        Thanks for posting your question. We are currently in Texas visiting one our daughters and her family.

        Consequently, I do not have access to all of the Finesse News Network’s archives. But when we return to Kansas, we will do some searching of our records, and then we post an answer.

        Please keep in touch,

        Ned

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