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One of the stars of the show on the Rapala booth at ICAST was undoubtedly the new Storm® Arashi® Cover Pop top water lure.
“It really excels when fish are a little bit skittish and they are sitting in thick cover and little shade pockets,” said Storm Pro, Brandon Palaniuk, “For a small package, it has a lot of pulling power. It is made to create plenty of commotion without moving out of the strike zone, creating a lot of horizontal movement without moving forward.”
That trait maximises the time the Cover Pop is active in the strike zone, tempting big bass to dart out from even the thickest cover and dine.
“You can throw it up to a piece of cover and twitch the rod tip really hard and make the bait walk back and forth without covering a lot of distance,” said Ott DeFoe, who caught a 9lb 9oz bass on a Cover Pop this spring in the Basssmaster Classic, helping him to a fifth place finish.
An ideal top water bait for target fishing, the Cover Pop emulates prey struggling on the surface of the water. It is ideal fished tight to the shoreline brush, trees, undercut banks, reeds, docks, rocks or anywhere else bass hide-out.
A specially designed cupped face and line tie combine to create a unique ‘bloop’ sound that pulls fish out of cover.
An aerodynamic shape and extra tail-weight provide the Cover Pop with increased casting distance and accuracy and allows it to slide tail-first and land softly and quietly, according to Palaniuk.
Rotated hook hangers, a feature of all baits in the Arashi line-up, ensures that its two sticky-sharp No. 2 premium VMC® Black Nickel Hooks will grab the fish and not let go. They also improve the action and prevent hang-ups.
A flash-feather teaser tail on the rear treble adds action and entices those fish when the bait is just sitting there and it fans out, added Palanuilk.
The Arashi Cover Pop measures 3-1/8 inches and weighs half an ounce. It is available in nine colour patterns: Hot Blue Shad, Pearl Avu, Bluegill, Ghost Hitch, Ghost Pearl Shad, Green Gill, Ghost Chartreuse, Black Silver Shad and Pro Blue Chrome. 3D holographic eyes add realism and enhance attraction.