The best-selling lures of Gene Larew and Bobby Garland
Here is a glance at the most popular baits produced by Gene Larew Lures and Bobby Garland Baits, which is based in Tulsa on historic Route 66.
Larew Salt Craw
The Salt Craw was introduced in 1983. It got its name from the fact that it has salt cooked into its formulation. Larew was successful in patenting the salt impregnation process in soft plastic baits in 1985.
Although the patent has since expired, salt injection remains an important part of Larew’s manufacturing process today with the ingredient going into all of its bass soft plastics. The 4-inch Salt Craw is the most popular size. The lure is often found near the top of lists naming the best bass lures of all time.
Larew Biffle Bug
The 4 ¼-inch Biffle Bug, the idea of Oklahoma pro angler Tommy Biffle, is a creature bait with a hollow body, hyperactive swimming legs and patented cupped tail that’s wide at the base and tapers to a narrow tip.
With legs on, the Biffle Bug is the perfect swimming bait for a variety of presentations. Pinch the legs off and the lure becomes the perfect glide bait. When rigged on the Biffle HardHead, it becomes virtually a soft-plastic crankbait.
The lure’s cupped tail provides a unique action regardless of technique. Biffle wanted the bait aerodynamically perfect for pitching and with a hollow body so he could add a rattle and/or scent inside. The Biffle Bug is presently Larew’s top-selling lure.
Larew Biffle Hardhead
The HardHead features a football-shaped weight with a free-swinging hook attached to it.
The hook is an Owner black nickel chrome wide gap J-hook. Its strength and sharpness were critical factors in Tommy Biffle’s selection of this particular hook.
The head is then powdercoated with a durable antique-style black and copper color-finish that complements the most popular soft plastic hues.
Larew Wheeler Hammer Craw
The 3 ½-inch Jacob Wheeler Hammer Craw has a solid, segmented body that is deep enough to contain a heavy-duty flipping hook and to also firmly stay in place when used as a trailer on any swim jig.
It has a ribbed belly for vibration and Larew’s proven swimming legs that kick at all retrieve speeds from super slow to fast burning. Wheeler, a pro angler from Tennessee, calls it the most versatile bait in his arsenal because it can be added to a variety of lures to provide more action or stabilization, or it can be fished alone.
Garland Baby Shad/ Baby Shad Swim’ R
The 2-inch Baby Shad and 2 ¼-inch Baby Shad Swim’ R share a minnow-like body and long flexible tail that seem to always be wiggling in an enticing manner. The Swim’ R version has a tiny swim foot at the tip of its tail and a slit designed into its belly to hold scent.
The swimming action of both baits make them suitable for all crappie fishing techniques, including trolling, casting and jigging, and for use with a variety of jighead styles and weights. The original 2-inch Baby Shad is among the top sellers of all soft plastics in the freshwater lure category.
Garland Crappie Shoot’ R
Designed like the perfect skipping stone but with a falling action resembling a stressed shad or baitfish, the 1 ½-inch Crappie Shoot’ R is compact, smooth bodied and aerodynamic so it flies and skips straight when “shot” bow and arrow style using spinning gear.
It’s made to shoot under docks, swim platforms and other low-hanging cover where other techniques simply can’t reach.
Garland Pile Diver
The Bobby Garland 2 ½inch Pile Diver is designed for fishing in and around a crappie’s favorite hideout — the brush pile. The soft-plastic lure has a round, solid body with ribs that create vibration upon contact with limbs and other structure to give the entire body life.
On the Pile Diver’s sides are short, stubby arms to provide a subtle quivering action whether the bait is on the move or at rest. They stay tight alongside the body, adding to the profile but not overpowering it.
Tommy Biffle of Wagoner holds a smallmouth bass that he caught on his Biffle Bug.