October 03, 2019
By Ned Kehde
A small soft-plastic lizard has played a significant role in the repertoire of a goodly number of Midwest finesse anglers for many years. And it has been an especially effective tool for them in the spring.
During the late winter of 2018-19, Big Sexy Baits of Lake Stevens, Washington, introduced its three-inch Newt to the angling world. Chad Cheney, who is the proprietor of Big Sexy Baits, mailed the Finesse News Network two packages of them to work with, examine, and describe.
Here is what we discovered about the Newt:
When its curly-tail is curled in a U-shape, the Newt is 3 1/16 inches long. It becomes 4 1/2 inches long when the tail is fully extended. The dorsal and ventral areas of the tail are flat. At the center of the U portion of the tail, it is an eighth of an inch wide with a circumference of about three-eighths of an inch.
Its head is a half of an inch long and three-eighths of an inch wide at its widest spot with a circumference of about one inch. The ventral area is flat. The dorsal area is convexed or dome-shaped, and it is endowed with two eyes. The mouth is flat, and about one-eighth of an inch wide, which is an ideal size to affix it to a 1/32-ounce mushroom-style jig and to employ it around the shallow-water haunts of largemouth bass and smallmouth bass. The epidermis of the Newt’s head is smooth.
The Newt’s torso is 1 9/16 inches long. It is five-sixteenths of an inch wide at its widest spot, one-eighth of an inch wide at the junction of its tail, and a quarter of an inch wide at the junction of its head. At its widest spot, the torso possesses a circumference of about 1 1/8 inches. The ventral area of the torso is flat, and its dorsal area is convexed or dome shaped. A half of an inch of the ventral area is emblazon with the capital letters BSB, and except for those three letters, the torso’s epidermis is smooth.
Each side of the torso is embellished with two curly appendages. When the front appendages are fully extended, they are 1 1/4 inches long, and when they are curled, they are about five-eighths of an inch long. The rear appendages are an inch long when they are fully extended and a half of an inch long when they are curled. The average width of each appendage is about one-sixteenth of an inch.
It is manufactured in the following colors: Baitfish, Black with Red and Black, Bluegill, Concord with Black, Frog Skin, Green Pumpkin with Black, Junebug with Green, Kudzu, Mud Pup, Pumpkin Seed with Black, Round Goby, and Watermelon with Red Flake.
It is infused with BSB Pro Scent.
It is buoyant.
The Newt’s flat ventral area and its buoyancy will accentuate its ability to glide when a Midwest finesse angler works with it affixed to a 1/32-ounce mushroom-style jig. Besides the swim-glide-and-shake presentation, Midwest finesse anglers can present it to their black bass quarries by employing the other five Midwest finesse retrieves or slight variations of those retrieves.
A package of eight costs $4.12.
(1) Here is a link to Big Sexy Baits’ website: https://www.bigsexybaits.fish/product-page/3-bsb-newt.
(2) Here is the link to our Midwest Finesse column that describes how to employ the six Midwest finesse retrieves: https://www.in-fisherman.com/listing/learn-midwest-finesse/8322.
(3) Here is a link to our Midwest Finesse gear guide that features Big Sexy Baits’ Mayhem: https://www.in-fisherman.com/editorial/big-sexy-baits-mayhem-hd/357526.