We came up with the Catch of the Month to honor significant achievements with Buggs Fishing Lures by our loyal customers. We wanted an enhanced testimonials page, showing pictures and telling the fishing stories from the best catches we hear about. And to sweeten the pot, we offer $25 in Buggs Lures and Gear to each of our monthly winners!
rules are simple: Send us pictures of your best/favorite/most
significant/weirdest/wildest catch using Buggs Fishing Lures. Make sure
your picture is a quality one, with the Bugg in the fish's mouth. And
send us the story of your catch, what the conditions were, and any other
information significant to the story. Send these to my email address:
email@example.com. Every month we'll pick the Catch of the Month
You can enter as many times as you like, our Fishing Guides can enter
their customers, and we'll keep everything on file. You're eligible for
future Catch of the Month honors once you've entered. We think it will
be a fun way to honor your efforts and see the awesome catches with
Buggs! By the way, you'll see gaps below when you look at the winners.
It's not that we're picky about these winners, it's that we don't get
enough submissions. The message? Can't win if you don't enter!
was super blessed to receive two awesome submissions for the contest
this month. Congratulations to dedicated kayak fishing guide Dee
Kaminski of Reel Kayak Fishing Charters, co-winner of this month's Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! To date, this is the largest
speckled trout I know of caught on a Bugg! I'll let her tell the
I couldn’t believe I was able to fish a whole 2 miles of the Florida flats to myself. It was understandable, however, as a cold front had pushed through. It was cold and windy but sunny. Many kayakers do not want to fish in these conditions. The casting areas to target redfish and “gator trout" are in and around sand holes where they would be warming themselves in the sun.
I chose to offer the Beastie Bugg in PBT
as it mimics the color of a shrimp, their food of choice this time of
year. I spent the day casting and landing several slot redfish and
trout but was hoping to get a “gator trout", something above 26 inches
in my book. Just about done for the day, I cast into my last pot hole. I
let it sink to the bottom and twitched it one time and then “THUMP”,
this gorgeous 27+ inch gator trout inhaled my offering. After a quick
photo I released her back into the cold water, hoping she'd give another
person the joy in catching her like I had just been given.
- Dee Kaminski, www.reelkayakfishing.com
also go to Thomas and Kaylin Barlow, the other winners of the Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! To say I was excited when I
received this picture wouldn't do it justice. They took a fishing trip
of a lifetime, in their words a "bucket list" trip, and caught some
awesome fish on Buggs! I'll let them tell the story...
Team Notorious goes to Brazil for Peacock Bass fishing on the Rio Negro with Buggs! When we packed for the trip, tucked away in our tackle bag, we brought with us some new ultra-cool Hydra Buggs! (Thanks Heath!) We took black, pink and chartreuse. We weren't sure if we could catch Peacock bass on them but if it could be done we were going to try it!
Not only did the Buggs work but we were able to use them successfully
for peacock bass in several ways. We threw them tipped with a Down
South soft plastic lures at missed topwater blowups. Thomas also threw
at submerged stumps and lumber for butterfly peacocks. He even found a
Beastie Bugg in our tackle and caught some butterflies on that! Black
was definitely a color that they went for in the dark stained waters of
the Rio Negro but we also found that they liked the pink. The
chartreuse was bit off by something with sharp teeth pretty early on so
unfortunately we don't know if they liked that color. We had a
fantastic trip and are looking forward to the next one!
- Captains Thomas and Kaylin Barlow, www.notoriousguideservice.com
to Mike Bishop of Houston, Texas, this month's winner of the Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! In the past few years several
local guides have been offering trips in Louisiana where wintertime
fishing for huge reds in skinny water can be absolutely epic. Here's
the first email I received from Mike:
"Just wanted to send you a couple of pics from our trip with Captain Scott Null earlier this month in Grand Isle, LA. I had us rigged up with 3/8 oz Curl-Tail Buggs, Hot Pink for Anna and Black Gold for myself. Only two lures we threw that day for 11 fish and a total of 189#'s! Good Stuff, keep up the Buggs, Thanks - Mike."
Here is the rest of his story...
was def a lifetime trip, we were the first conventional casters over
there this year. We were blessed with one of the best days weatherwise
and the sightcasting was perfect. We love chunkin Buggs. I picked the
3/8 oz. thinking of the wind and casting distance but the sight shots
were 10’ – 20’ on average, but those big reds liked the larger profile
- Mike Bishop
to Pierce Hardacker of Carmel, Indiana, the latest winner of the Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Pierce's Dad sent in this great
pic and told me that he had tied several crab patterns after receiving
his bonefish jig heads. I've been waiting for an email like his and it
gave me a tremendous thrill to read it! And boy what a permit! Jim
said it measured 32" I'll let him finish the story...
a recent tarpon flats fly trip to Belize, we encountered a group of
large Permit that eagerly attacked a Buggs shrimp fly we tied. This 32
inch Permit loved the fly and its action. The rest is history. Great
design for spin or fly presentation. Colors are limitless.
- Pierce Hardacker
to Kyle Jud of Lakeway, TX, winner of the first ever Buggs Fishing -
Catch of the Month honors! Kyle caught this largemouth bass that tipped
the scales at just over 8 lbs. He was sight fishing beds in Lake
Austin and used a 1/4 oz. Hot Pink Bugg without a trailer. Kyle chose
the new Beastie Buggs as his winnings, and we're tying some in all Hot
Pink just for him! Below the pics you'll hear his story.
Buggs jigs are an excellent bed fishing bait for several reasons. The
bright color of these jigs is perfect for low light or low visibility
sight fishing. If the bass prefer a natural look, Buggs has got me
covered there too. The bunny holds scent really well, and the design of
the jig allows you to shake it in place and give it action without
moving it off the bed. The brush guard is effective for keeping trash
off the lure, but subtle looking and doesn't get in the way of a solid
hookset. The hook never lays on its side, they're super sharp, and they
have the muscle to handle big fish. Buggs is a winner for big spring
- Kyle Jud
Congratulations to Zach Priddy of Pearland, TX, the latest winner of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Zach caught this 21 inch Flounder fishing the South side of Christmas Bay from his kayak. He was using a Pink 1/4 oz. Double Bunny Jig. Below the pics you'll hear his story.
Summer was my first season kayaking, and late in September I was
fishing the South side of Christmas Bay with a buddy. There's a channel
I like to fish that holds lots of flounder and redfish. This flounder
was my biggest of the season! And the guy who was with me was using
live shrimp and not catching anything! The Bugg beat out the live bait!
- Zach Priddy
to Jake Warren of Atkinson, New Hampshire, this month's freshwater
winner of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Jake eats,
sleeps, and breathes fishing and is a self-described bass fishing
addict. He caught these nice largemouth bass on the Curl-Tail jigs.
I'll let him finish the story...
This spring has been my first experience fishing Buggs Jigs and they have been awesome! I have done everything with them from flipping and pitching laydowns and vegetation to swimming them across shallow flats looking for pre-spawn bass. I have caught several Largemouth over 4 pounds on them in April alone including a couple over 5 and one over 6. They have a great and very unique action when either shaking or hopping the jigs off the bottom, and they show the bass something a little different than what they are used to seeing.
Hooksets have been great and pinned the bass on nearly every bite I've
had. I've hooked them right in the roof of the mouth due to the bait
standing up very well because of the flat head. The rabbit strips have
shown nearly no wear, especially compared to standard bass jigs with
silicone or rubber skirts. My most productive colors so far this Spring
have been all black and a few other bluegill imitating colors, with
several bass as well as a few pickerel including a new PB on these
colors. Thank you Buggs Fishing for a great product!
- Jake Warren
to Andrew Walla of Poteet, Texas, this month's winner of the Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Andrew found my number on the
front page of the Buggs Fishing Store and called me one afternoon. He
told me about a trip he and some buddies had planned to South Texas. I
was happy to help him choose the best Buggs for the type of fishing he
was doing. When he returned he had quite a report! I'll let him tell
Thanks for all the support over the phone before I purchased the Buggs
lures. After discussing with you the type of fishing I would be doing
and the location we came up with some Buggs lures for me to try. They
were just as good as I expected. My buddy and I made a trip to the land
cut where we stayed for 4 days. Weather conditions were not perfect but
we managed. We had a steady SE wind that never got below 12mph and
gusted up to 25mph. We headed out to the flats the first evening and
found reds popping shrimp. My buddy tied on a Buggs Double Bunny jig in
the New Penny color and I tied on a Curl Tail jig in Black Gold. The
first red we crossed spooked and entered torpedo mode. I made a hail
mary cast and what do you know within a second my spinning reel is
singing a sweet tune. We continued wading and shortly spotted another.
My buddy makes a cast and mutters when the Bugg hits the water because
it was about 3ft from where he wanted it. Turns out when you have Buggs
tied on it doesn't matter, that red entered torpedo mode and soon after
his reel was singing the song of their people.
continued to chase reds on the flats and under birds working in deeper
water. We were able to get a few double hook ups under birds. Our method
was the first guy to hook up would set the hook then loosen his drag a
lot to keep fish from splashing while the second guy casted and hooked
up. We ended up with a total of 42 keeper redfish all together and 4
were oversized, all caught on Buggs. It was a trip for the books thanks
to the Buggs!
- Andrew Walla
Congratulations to Travis Johnson of Harlingen, Texas, this month's winner of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Travis is a long time Buggs fan and fishes the shallow flats of the Lower Laguna Madre. He contacted us about a fishing trip to Louisiana and we hooked him up. I'll let him finish the story...
reds were lazily swimming near the surface right next to a flooded grass
line. I pitched the Buggs Curl-Tail Jigs to them and they jumped on it
like a kid on a cupcake! The soft landing and realistic look makes
this my go to lure for sight fishing reds. Plus with Buggs, you never
know what you're going to catch!
- Travis Johnson
As proof of that last claim, Travis also provided us with these shots of fish he's caught on Curl-Tail Buggs.
also go out to Scott Tilley of Edna, Texas, who shared an awesome
report from the Galveston stop of the Lone Star Kayak Series Redfish
Tournament. Here is his story...
I just have to say, I fished the Lone Star Kayak Series Redfish Tournament on 4-20-2013, and my two weighable fish were caught on Buggs, the Glow Chartreuse Curl-Tails. I weighed in 13.56 lbs and took 8th out of 81 anglers. It was every angler for themselves and I had a ball. I wasn't sure how redfish would react to them. I have just used them for trout, and had a lot of success with them. But now Buggs is a primary lure on my rods at all times.
The day was windy starting from the north east about 10 mph and shifting
to the south east around 9 am. I ended up fishing in the shallows and
sloughs and just sight fishing. I crept up on my two tourney fish and
tossed the Bugg near them. It was a sight to see them turn and crush
the bait! They are an awesome bait and I will have them on my rod and
reel at all times. Thank you for making such a fine bait. 8th out of
81 anglers and every man for themselves, no prefishing. I can't beat it
with a stick. I ended up in the money and got good awards for the
place. Thank you very much. I love sight fishing for redfish and now
with the Buggs I am even more dangerous!
- Scott Tilley
to Captain Charlie Crue of West Newbury, Massachusetts, this month's
winner of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Charlie
caught this solid striper on an eel prototype tied on the Hydra head
while fishing the Merrimack River. Here's his story.
Last Friday I had a free day and wanted to do some fishing to scout out fish for my charters on Saturday and Sunday. I fished a spot that has been producing decent striper action. I had decided to use only your prototype sand eel lures, and here is a quick summary of my results: I made a couple casts, then on about the third one I had a hit. It was a schoolie about 17 inches long. On the next 2 consecutive casts I hooked two more of about the same size. After a few more more casts I had a solid hit. I knew right away that it was a bigger striper. It took some line against a pretty tight drag setting. I played it easy and finally got it next to the boat. It measured 32 inches and probably weighed about 14 pounds. I set my camera on time delay and took a quick photo before releasing the fish. Later I was trolling the lure as I moved across the flats. I had the rod over my shoulder and suddenly I felt a jolt. I had another striper. Later I got another one that way. Over all I caught 12 stripers over the 4 or 5 hours that I fished. I am attaching photos.
to Trey Briggs of Houston, Texas, this month's winner of the Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Trey caught this Tripletail on a
Blue Crab Curl-Tail Bugg while fishing Galveston Bay. Here's his story.
were fishing lower Galveston during some awesome weather and were doing
pretty well. Had one trout short of a limit around mid-morning so I
decided to cruise on out to a mid bay reef to see if I could get one
more before getting my reds. Five minutes into the drift I see
something cruising along about six inches below the surface, so I drift a
little closer and realize that it's a tripletail! At this point I was
standing on the dash of my console trying to get a better vantage point
and I freaked out and nearly killed myself jumping down from the
console... but grabbed my sightcasting setup I have with a blue crab
curl-tail bugg on the end and put the bugg two foot past his path,
twitched it three times and he demolished it! One heck of a fight and
five minutes later I got him in the boat. That was the first tripletail
caught on the new shoalwater boat it couldn't have gone more perfectly!
Just another reason why I always keep a buggs lure on at least one rod
in my boat. I've never had more confidence in a bait for sightcasting as
I do with buggs and they'll work for just about any fish you can find in
- Trey Briggs
Congratulations to 12 year old Parker Carruth of Missouri City, Texas, this month's winner of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Parker and his family were on a fishing trip in Bimini where they got into some chicken dolphin. Parker used one of the new Bonefish Jigs to land his first ever dolphin, and the first we know of on Buggs! I'll let him finish the story...
had been trolling most of the day with great results when we suddenly
noticed birds working a few hundred yards away. Our first pass through
we had double hook ups, but both came unbuttoned. My Dad then tied on a
Bugg for my sister and me before we went back towards the school of
dolphin. My Stepmom saw the school within casting range of the boat and
my dad told us both to cast! We both immediately got explosive strikes
and were hooked up. The fish jumped real high in the air several times.
My sister lost the two she hooked up with, but I got mine. Great trip
and I will never forget my first dolphin, they are pretty fish.
- Parker Carruth
Parker's Dad, Jason Carruth, continued this theme closer to home. Check
out the picture on the far right and hear him tell the tale...
Went out of Galveston yesterday and hit a weed line on the way to
Stetson Rock. There were three of us fishing. I had a 3/16th oz Bonefish
Bugg rigged up in the event we found a triple tail or chicken dolphin.
We found them and I boated these before anyone got a bump on the big
grubs they were slinging. Even after the fish got hip to what was going
on, they couldn't lay off of them. These were caught in about 10-15
minutes before the captain said enough! We left to catch barracuda, a
few kings and a rainbow runner. I could have caught those on light
tackle all day!!! Lots of fun.
- Jason Carruth
to Ben Duchesney of West Barnstable, Massachusetts, the latest winner
of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Ben fishes the flats
off Cape Cod and caught this striper fishing from his kayak. He was
using a 1/4 oz. Beastie Bugg in the Natural Color. Check out the
picture and hear his story...
Heath, just wanted to send you that photo of the striper caught on a
natural Beastie Bugg. I've been both sightcasting with the jigs and
slowly reeling across flats and having great success. I also trolled
with the natural Beastie Bugg, just as I was paddling into shore, not
thinking they'd bite a moving crab pattern, but they've been nailing it.
I've caught three nice fish while trolling and bouncing the jig along
the bottom. Hope you enjoy seeing your jig in the mouth of another
species. I'll be telling all my buddies I fish with they have to use
these because they've been the most productive lure in my spinning rod
- Ben Duchesney
Congratulations to Rob Woodrow of Houston, Texas, this month's winner of the Buggs Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Rob and his friend Jason took a trip to Belize recently and absolutely wore out the fish on the new Bonefish Buggs! Here's his story.
So a few months ago, my buddy Jason and I decided we needed a fishing vacation for a few days and decided a trip to Belize sounded just right. So being rusty with our fly rods we decided to bring spinning gear instead. I have always had luck with the Buggs Curl Tail jigs, and saw that Heath just came out with his Bonefish Buggs. I told Jason about them and we each ordered up a box full. I told Heath where we were going, and he did his research. He sent us the colors he thought would work, with a nice letter and a couple of Curl Tail Buggs thrown in at no charge. Now the fun begins when we get to Belize...
The weather was perfect, winds were light, and we got to work putting
the Buggs in action. We get on a flat in about 8" of crystal clear
water and see a few permit digging for crabs in the sand. Now if you
have ever attempted to catch a permit, they are legendary for being the
spookiest and hardest fish to catch in the flats. I throw a perfect
cast a foot a way and give one quick bump and BOOM, he's on. Imagine a
lightweight rod, with 6 lb test and a screaming permit. A few seconds
later, Jason hooks up for a double. 10 minutes later, they're in the
boat! We snap our pics, release them, and continue on...
a bonefish slams Jason's Bugg. He gets released... Then a mutton
snapper hits his Bugg. Then a barracuda, yes a barracuda nails it! Hook
in the side of his mouth so the 12 lb leader didn't break. Then another
bone. Next a mangrove snapper, and finally a jack crevelle within an
hour. He had a tarpon chase it, but sadly Jason pulled it out of his
mouth. Could you imagine a flats slam of a bonefish, permit, and tarpon
on a 1/16 oz jig!!!! We had great success all trip! They were so good
and our guide was so impressed, we decided to leave them with him so
his future clients would enjoy!!! I just wanted to say thanks for the
great trip and the great lures!!
- Rob Woodrow
to Christopher Gibson of Houston, Texas, the latest winner of the Buggs
Fishing - Catch of the Month contest! Christopher sent me a message
through the website that said, I just got back from Venice, La and we
caught a pile of 25-30 lb Redfish. (all released) The bugg was the
ticket! He was using 1/4 oz. Curl-Tail jigs in a variety of colors and
said he had some good pictures to show me. We he wasn't kidding! This
is one of the best shots I've ever seen! I'll let him finish the
a little background: My brother-in-law and i packed up his boat and
went to Venice, LA last weekend. While it was cloudy our first day, the
second was clear. The redfish you see was sight casted about 50 feet
away. That big girl just gobbled up my Bugg and proceeded to run into
the tall marsh grass. We had hell getting in there, untangled and
finally landing the fish! We probably caught 8 fish that were 25lbs or
bigger, and a handful of 15-20lbers. Great bait. It will always have a
place in my tackle box.
- Christopher Gibson