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Featured Lure: Yo-Zuri 3DB Knuckle Bait…

A wire-arm or “safety-pin” style bait, like the spinnerbait or buzzbait, is one of the most popular and productive lures available to bass fishermen. The spinning, flashing blade (or surface-churning prop and the pulsing skirt) make it a go-to lure from early spring to late fall.

The popularity of spinnerbaits has also been their downfall on heavily fished waters. When every fisherman has a spinnerbait tied on, bass wise up to the steady, flashing action, and are less likely to strike.

The ball causes the Yo-Zuri 3DB Knuckle Bait to shake and jive on the retrieve

The ball causes the Yo-Zuri 3DB Knuckle Bait to shake and jive on the retrieve

To add an erratic action to a wire-arm bait, Yo-Zuri replaced the blade with a ball, creating the 3DB Knuckle Bait. The ball causes the bait to shake and jive like a Tim Wakefield knuckleball—hence the name—and during almost three years of testing and development, the Yo-Zuri’s designers discovered that bass are eager to take a swing at it.

The ball sends out the vibrations of a spinnerbait, but the action is more erratic, making its movements unpredictable. This unpredictability can be the key to catching pressured fish that have hundreds of spinnerbaits thrown at them each season.

The Knuckle Bait is available in two styles. The 3D prism pattern flashes as the ball bobs and weaves on the retrieve and the painted Sound Ball adds a fish-attracting rattle, perfect for generating bites in stained water or at night. It comes in one size, ½-ounce, and seven colors, chartreuse, golden shiner, gizzard shad, pearl shad, red crawfish, shad, and Tennessee shad.