Some things in life are better when you super size it. Like in the old days when you could super size your meal at McDonalds or super sizing a stock truck to a monster truck; the list goes on and on. So it was inevitable that Gambler Lures would super size their original Flappy Daddy up to a Mega Daddy. The Mega Daddy measures a massive 5-inches long in length including two super sized claws. The creator of the Mega Daddy, Brian Barnum from Brookeland, Texas, believes this over sized crawfish shaped, soft plastic bait will fill a void in the tackle boxes of anglers. Branum, who is in charge of the research and product development for Gambler Lures (www.gambler-lures.com), knows the appeal that soft plastic crawfish lures have on fish. He designed the original Flappy Daddy followed by the Flappy Jr. “The reason to super size the Flappy Daddy to the Mega Daddy was purely selfish,” Branum continued, “I wanted a bigger one for fishing Lake Sam Rayburn in Texas; I needed a solid body, oversized crawl for catching the numerous, giant largemouth that live there”. Some of the key features of the Mega Daddy are big eyes that stick out, a dent between the eyes, large crawls, and a solid body for easier rigging. “The large crawls push water around and flappers just go crazy,” explained Branum. Gambler Lures owner Val Osinski, also echoed the demand for a large swimming crawl worm soft plastic lure; noting that the demand has excided his own expectations. Interestingly, the Flappy Jr. was also built because anglers everywhere wanted a smaller version of the Flappy Daddy.
Having a big bait is one thing; however, knowing when to fish with it and where to cast it is another. The Mega Daddy can be rigged on a ¾-ounce or 1-ounce, bullet weight with a 5/0 straight shank or off set wide gap hook. “The reason for a heavy weight is to take advantage of the flappers moving during the fall which triggers a reaction bite,” Branum continued, “it has a large profile and swimming action when rigged this way”. Other rigging options include: taking off 1-inch off the front or nose section and rigging it with a ¾-ounce or 1-ounce football head jig, Texas rigging it with a pegged bullet weight and swimming it through the grass, never pausing it, making it a big crawfish swimbait, using it for a bait on a Carolina rig, and dropping or pitching it vertically in to thick clumps of aquatic vegetation.
Another key to having the Mega Daddy is it fills out the series of Flappys. “As the seasons change, the angler can change the size of the bait to match the hatch,” pointed out Branum. The Mega Daddy not only catches fish on Sam Rayburn Reservoir in east Texas which is full several types of aquatic vegetation where Branum lives and tested the proto type but highland reservoir that are full of crawfish swimming and living in them.
Anglers, who have been fishing the original Flappy Daddy and Flappy Jr. in the past, now have a option to super size their bait. The Mega Daddy’s large profile make it the perfect reaction strike bait or for fishing on reservoirs with big bass. Some things in life are just better when you super size it.
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