Many knowledgeable observers say that Tommy Biffle of Wagoner, Oklahoma, is one of the world’s preeminent largemouth bass anglers. None of these observers, however, eulogize him as a top-of-the-line smallmouth bass angler. Biffle even casts some disparaging words about his abilities to catch smallmouth bass. But he won his seventh Bassmaster tournament on June 23 by catching an array of hefty smallmouth bass at the 2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble at La Crosse, Wisconsin. And he caught them on his patented 4 ¼-inch Gene Larew Lures’ Biffle Bug affixed to a 7/16-ounce Gene Larew Lures’ HardHead.
Upon receiving the first-place trophy and $100,000, Biffle said it was the best and most enjoyable smallmouth bass fishing that he had ever had. Now a goodly number of smallmouth bass anglers across the United States and Canada are thinking about wielding the Biffle Bug and Hardhead.
Corresponding to Biffle’s win on the Mississippi River, Gene Larew Lures announced that there is a new Biffle Bug. It is a 5-incher that they call the Big Bug, and it will be prominently displayed and talked about at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades that opens on July 10 in Las Vegas.
There are now three sizes of the Biffle Bug: a 3 ½-incher, 4 ¼-incher and the new 5-incher. The 5-inch Big Bug is the one on the right in the photograph above.
The hollow and oval-shaped torso of the Big Bug is encircled with 16 ribs. The widest portion of the torso is nearly an inch wide. The torso’s cavity can be used to hold a rattle, floatation materials or a scent. Three small, stick-like appendages radiate from each side of its torso. At the side of junction of the torso and the Big Bug’s cupped tail are two long appendages that are embellished with a boot, which creates Biffle and the folks at Larew call “a crazy-kicking action.”
The Big Bug is available in 20 colors, including Tommy Biffle’s favorite smoke silver, which he calls “the chrome of soft-plastic colors.” The color that he has won the most prize money with is called Sooner Run, and he used a green-pumpkin Biffle Bug to inveigle the smallmouth bass at Bassmaster event on the Mississippi River.
A package of six Big Bugs in a re-sealable bag retails for around $6.49.
In addition to the Big Bug, Gene Larew Lures is manufacturing a one-ounce HardHead. This unique weight and hook combination is fitted with a 6/0 Owner Wide Gap Plus hook. It was designed for the Big Bug and 4 ¼-incher. A package of two HardHeads retails for about $7.29.
So why is this extremely hot bait tenth on my list? Because so many fantastic plastics exist today. You should see number eleven. (Number twelve is no slouch, either.) mojolures.com