Kalin’s Lunker Grub Proves Successful Bait for Smallmouth Bass

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Fishing smallmouth bass in Door County, Wisconsin in the spring is my favorite place to fish.  I’ve been on the clear waters of Green Bay 175 days since that first day in May of 1995.  And, I’ve caught thousands of smallies using a variety of presentations, but things got a whole lot better for me late in the afternoon of June 14, 2007.  I ran into another St. Croix Rod Pro Staffer on the waters near Sturgeon Bay and asked how he’d been doing.  He said great, which was better than I was doing that day.  I asked what he was using and the answer back was, “Kalin’s Lunker Grubs.”  I’d been told to give them a try, but hadn’t, so I was very happy when he gave me a big double handful.  He even gave me some jigs to swim them on and told me the best presentation was steady and slow.  

The next day was going to be my last day for the spring and I had to be on my way home by 2:00 p.m.  Out on the water early, I immediately began having my best day of 2007.  By late morning, with only a few hours left to fish before heading home, I was out of the Lunker Grubs I’d been given.  Fishing on the Flats, I headed to the downtown launch in Sturgeon Bay, locked the boat up, and ran the seven blocks to Howie’s Tackle at their former location.  I grabbed a few packs in the colors that were working and ran back for two more action-packed hours.

That was the start of my Kalin’s Lunker Grub “love affair” and it has been tremendous ever since.  The five years between 2008 and 2012, I’ve had the pleasure of catching and releasing 2,400 smallies in 70 May and June days on the waters of Door County in every weather condition imaginable.  Of those 2,400 smallies, all but about 150 have come on the Kalin’s Lunker Grub.  My favorite colors are Smoke Salt & Pepper in both the 4” and 5”versions, along with Ed’s Smoke and Clear Smoke, which only come in the 5 inch size.  Swim them slow and steady and be sure to hang on tight!  

-Bill Schultz

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