ICAST new product: ABT Banshee swimbait
The realistic action and life-like appearance of ABT Lure Company’s new Banshee swimbait work together to trigger violent strikes from bass virtually anywhere in the water column. Unveiled at ICAST alongside ABT’s new crankbaits and hybrid shads, they drew attention from international distributors as well as the expected US dealers.
“We had a huge amount of international interest at the show,” ABT’s Roger George told Angling International.
Available in 4 ½-inch and 6-inch sizes, the Banshee is described as a narrow-profile ‘Next Generation’ hardbait. It features four jointed sections that produce an amazingly fluid swimming motion upon retrieve. Says ABT: “This enticing action, along with detailed ‘Natural Image Transfer’ finishes that mirror the patterns and colours of actual forage fish, make the Banshee an offering that bucketmouths, bronzebacks and spotties can’t resist.”
The Banshee is designed to be versatile. The bait’s proprietary design allows it to be presented in several different ways, and at varying speeds, to entice bass holding at different depths. According to Allen Borden, President of ABT and designer of the bait, the Banshee is engineered to deliver tantalising action regardless of how you retrieve it.
“This isn’t your ordinary lure,” said Borden. “Sure, it’s highly effective when fished like a traditional swimbait, but it’s just as deadly when used like a jerkbait or when worked slowly on the surface like a topwater bait.”
Anglers are also likely to be impressed by the Banshee’s durability. Adds ABT: “While other manufacturers use plastic connectors to attach the sections of their jointed swimbaits, we employ rugged steel hinges that significantly prolong the life of each lure. Every Banshee is also equipped with strong, laser-sharp hooks for positive, rock-solid hook sets.”
Both sizes of the Banshee Swimbait come in a variety of life-like patterns/colours, including blueback herring, threadfin shad, rainbow trout, golden shiner, perch, baby bass, chartreuse shad and splatter back. Every Banshee is also equipped with 3-D eyes, which add to the overall realism. They are priced to fit any fisherman’s budget. The 4 ½-inch size has a manufacturer’s suggested price of $12.99, while the MSRP for the 6-inch size is $14.99.
To learn more about ABT’s ‘Next Generation’ Banshee swimbait, or the complete line of quality ABT lures, visit www.abtlures.com