Trophy Stick Jerkbaits
The Trophy Sticks are hand crafted minnow style lipped plugs that have a rabid following among trophy brown trout and mackinaw anglers. The Trophy Sticks possess an incredibly realistic appearance which greatly supplements it's seductive swimming action. It is a proven fact that big fish eat little
fish, and this is why Trophy Sticks minnow baits are such a versatile lure for all types of trophy fishing. In years past top anglers fished with custom-painted stick baits of all types, which typically required a lot of work sanding and painting and reinforcing the diving lips so they could withstand aggressive strikes from 10-pound and larger fish, as well as banging into submerged structures such as stumps and boulders. Trophy Sticks does all this work for you, allowing you more time on the water. Anglers have found Trophy Sticks custom-painted baits to be extremely deadly for many years. Trophy Sticks selected their patterns by matching the forage of the lakes and rivers from Southern California to the California Delta, and from Lake Tahoe to Central Oregon - fisheries known for the largest trophy brown trout in the West. Trophy Sticks are modeled on the deadliest patterns the largest of predatory fish
couldn't leave alone when they saw the presentation swimming past.
We offer the Trophy Sticks in four sizes: 3, 4 1/2, 5 1/2 and 6 1/2" in three color patterns.
Trophy Stick Colors
The Baby 'Bow - The best-selling
stickbait in our lineup, this baby rainbow trout imitation is a favorite food
for most predatory species. Every fish eats rainbow trout - especially trophy
fish - because of extensive Department of Fish and Game planting of these tasty
little snacks. While many fisherman gloat over catching their limit of planter
fish, trophy fisherman know that the DFG is just chumming their favorite lake.
The Trophy Sticks Baby 'Bow is a great meal for all bass in the California Delta
river system. It's also a highly effective lure for walleye, rainbow and
steelhead runs throughout the Delta, and striper love them as well. And as for
big browns, mackinaw, rainbows and brookies in higher-elevation lakes?
The Tui-Chub - A tui-chub
imitation, also known as a hitch or shad/shiner pattern, is a killer in
California fisheries such as Clear Lake, the Delta, New Melones, Folsom Lake,
Stampede Reservoir, Lake Pardee, Pyramid Lake in Nevada, Lake Tahoe, especially
in the summer months and many others. Big bass and striper absolutely love this
pattern. It's a long-time favorite in the upper lakes for trophy browns as well.
A great lure when the clouds are out too. The tui-chub is the most-abundant
species in Central Oregon and is found in most large lakes, reservoirs, and
streams. The Deschutes and Little Deschutes rivers, Odell, Crescent, Davis,
East, Paulina, Lava, Little Lava, and Cultus lakes, and Crane Prairie and
Wickiup reservoirs have large populations of tui-chubs.The tui-chub is native to the
Klamath and Sacramento river systems and also occurs in a number of isolated
interior basins of California, Oregon and Nevada. However, the tui-chub is not
native to the Deschutes basin. It likely was introduced to the Deschutes basin
from the Klamath basin, probably by anglers using them as live bait for trophy
trout. Tui-chubs gather in large schools to spawn in or near heavily vegetated
shorelines throughout June and July. A mature female tui-chub can lay nearly
5,000 eggs that will hatch in about one week. Young remain in well-vegetated
shallows until reaching sexual maturity at 2 or 3 years. The fish have a typical
life span of nine years and reach maximum lengths of about 11 inches. Tui-chubs
feed on amphipods, Diptera larva, gastropods and cladocerans. For the most part,
their food preferences mirror those of trout, especially rainbow. Tui-chubs are
prey for piscivorous rainbow, brown trout, and smallmouth and largemouth
The Silver Platter - This lure
mirrors a baby salmon imitation, which is found throughout West Coast fisheries.
It is a favorite food for giant predatory fish such as brown trout, mackinaw,
trophy rainbows, large & smallmouth bass demolish it as do many other big
fish as well. This lure has landed big largemouth bass at fisheries such as
Folsom Lake, Clear Lake, Pardee and the Delta, and it is absolutely deadly on
any highly visible Lakes. King salmon have been caught on this pattern at Lake
Shasta, Lake Almanor and also has produced great success at Folsom Lake. This
pattern can be used in fresh water as a kokanee or king salmon fry imitation, or
ran as an anchovy or sardine imitation in saltwater. It even landed big ocean
salmon in Alaska this past season as well as halibut in the SF Bay.
These three species of baitfish
make up the main forage of predatory species throughout the West Coast. It's no
secret that guides and trophy fisherman have hand-painted these patterns for
years, but now these amazing patterns are available to all anglers. With Trophy
Sticks there is no longer a need to customize your lures. We pay the highest
attention to detail. With their lifelike scales, "3D" eyes and bloody gills,
these lures mimick a fish swimming for its life - and that's exactly what is
required to fool big, smart fish. We equip every Trophy Stick with extra-strong
Daiichi hooks & rings that never fail.
How To Fish Trophy Sticks
Like any presentation, there are particular methods that will provide the best results. The Trophy Sticks should be employed as follows: At 120 feet back when running on the riggers,at 2.5-3mph the 4.5's & 5.5's run about 7 feet deeper than the downrigger weight & the 6.5's will run about 11 feet deeper than the weight. When down rigging for trout we like a 100-120 foot setback with the Trophy Sticks. At 200 feet back at 2.5-3mph the 4.5's & 5.5's run about 8-9 feet deep & the 6.5's around 13 feet deep, you will lose depth the slower you go or by shortening your setback. Run the 4.5 inch sticks at 1.3-2.5, the 5.5 inch trophy sticks between 1.9-4mph & the 6.5 inch sticks between 2.0-4mph. For the 6.5's for striper you can run them up to 5.5mph long lining them up to 100 feet back. A lot of big fish lately have come running the 4.5's on the downrigger with an intense wobble at slower speeds like 1.2-1.8 mph. You lure has to be within 5 feet of where the fish are (where you are marking them on the finder) and running straight or you won't catch any. Work your boat in good s patterns but stay on track.