Here is a detailed report from one of my customers.
I headed back down lake in search of clearer water and went way back in a sheltered timbered cove to throw the Controlled Descent Lure. The wind was still a hassle, but it was fishable. The plan today was to insert the foam in the bait and basically fish it like a spook on top, and boy did it work. One swarmed it on my second cast. Using the hook in the package on the Pearl straight tail, I twitched it along on top and low and behold I ended up catching exactly 10 before I quit. Under crappy conditions I considered that a real success. Who knows how man it would have been if I could have fished where I wanted to and not where I had to
So some observations on the new Controlled Descent Lure by My Coast Outdoors. I am telling you that thing is a freakin’ killer. Today I worked it along in a walk the dog pattern then stopped it, they could not stand that thing hanging in front of their face. At one point 3 came out of one tree top. I learned a couple of things. First the baits are soft, but the screw lock on the hook lets you get away with a bait that normally might be to trashed if it were on a jig head. Of the 10 I boated, 9 came on one pearl bait, and I missed a couple to boot. If I could keep up that average per bait I would be thrilled. While there were no big fish today, that was a product of the conditions and there are better days to come.
Second, for both bass and the trout, getting it just a tiny bit negative, where it barely falls or slightly suspends, will absolutely catch fish. Today they ate that thing under tough conditions, I can only imagine what it will be like on a perfect day. And my Cocoons made keeping track of it simple. After the pearl one tore up I tried a different color. (I only have one bag of pearl and did not want to waste them on a poor condition day before I pick more up at the fishing show.) I caught one on the pink with a chartueuse tail, really more of a trout color, but the pearl was clearly better on the bass, they were smoking it. Once they decided to commit they ate and held on. It really does look like a dying shad if you do it just right, and being weightless when they bit they ate and I only missed a couple. It was cool watching them roll over and eat. A bait after my own heart.
It was definitely a successful first attempt with the Controlled Descent Lure but I am not surprised. When I first read about it the applications were immediately apparent. While there is lots to learn about using it, the potential is obvious. Adjusting weight and flotation, combined with specific line weights and fishing conditions, will take a little effort, but who does not like that kind of work? But seriously, the Controlled Descent Lure is the coolest bait to come along in a while.