As a fishing guide, I am rather opinionated about what will and won’t work on the New River. As a humble fishing guide, I’ve learned to never say never when I look at a lure, and from time to time, when the fishing is slow, I’ll have a client pull something out to try and it pays off. The Bomber Flat-A is one of those lures. A few years back I had a client on who was a great bass fisherman but the fish were finicky and we were having a time of it. When Steve asked me if I wanted to try the Bomber, I was all for it as we had thrown them everything with little result. Long story short, I found another stand-by lure!
Here it is: the Bomber Flat-A in Fire Tiger…
Because of the rocky bottom structure of the river, I am always very hesitant about using divers- they can be tricky in shallow water and a downright nightmare if the fisherman is overzealous with them; you’ll spend more time getting off of snags than you will fishing.
The Bomber Flat-A is unique though. The weighting of the lure and the position of the lip allows you to avoid getting hung up most of the time if you let slack on the line as soon as you feel it start to hang. It’s very slightly buoyant and once you let off, it will usually float right off. Most of the time, when the lip hits the bottom or a rock or other structure, the lure will do a somersault over it and keep on going. Grassy areas can be frustrating, but if you fish it easy, you can skim just over the beds without too much of a problem.
How I like to fish it- although it is a standard crank bait, I also like to slash it for variety; crank it down and then slash, pause and reel as well as just cranking it in. The pause is often where the fish make their move and they generally don’t grab it; they slam into it with everything they’ve got.
Although my personal favorite is the Fire Tiger shown above, it also comes in numerous colors to suit your tastes as well. At under $5.00 a lure, they won’t break the bank either. You can get them at Walmart, Dick’s and Bass Pro, or you can order them here: http://www.lurenet.com/brands/bomber-lures/bomber-flat-a from the fine folks at Lurenet.com