Ray Christy turned his boat around to head north and begin the slow troll paralleling the eastern shoreline of Sabine Lake.
“We’ve been catching trout here well all week on Wedgetail Mullets,” Christy said as he picked up his spinning equipment and started a cast.
“They are just stacked in here,” Egret Baits’ Ken Chaumont said. “They’ve been hitting gold nugget and opening night colors.”
On Christy’s fourth cast, he hooked and eventually landed a typical, 17-inch, Sabine Lake speckled specimen.
Chaumont and Christy kept at it for a while longer and a few more trout were landed and released during the morning.
Chaumont eventually dipped into his tackle to pull out a new, prototype plastic bait to play with – one that he had been taking quite a few trout and redfish with ease.
“This lure is eventually what I’m going to call the Mambo Mullet,” he said. “So far, this prototype has worked well and it has taken loads of fish.”
Chaumont then cast it about 40 yards away from the eastern banks.
He retrieved the Mambo Mullet while reeling and twitching his rod tip.
“There he is,” the angler said as he set the hook and retrieving yet another Sabine Lake trout similar to Christy’s.
“This is just the yellow prototype. Imagine what would happen if we had it in good colors.”
Chaumont and Egret Baits Pro-staffer Ray Christy have been involved in testing this new lure in Louisiana and Texas inland waters since the fall of 2014.
“It’s so durable, I have taken over 125 fish on one lure alone,” Christy said. “This number includes speckled trout, big redfish and large hybrid stripers taken at the Saltwater Barrier in Westlake.
“The TPE (Thermoplastic Elastomer ) is thicker on the Mambo Mullet than the VuDu Shrimp, and that’s why it is so durable.”
Christy emphasizes that the new Mambo Mullet is to be worked chiefly as a swimbait.
He fishes the Mambo Mullet on both spinning and baitcasting equipment spooled with braided line and a fluorocarbon leader.
“I can even retrieve it slow and keep it just above mud flats and shell bottoms,” Christy said. “Or
I can reel it in fast – ripping it just below the surface.”
Design and dynamic action
Like the VuDu Shrimp and VuDu Mullet, the new Mambo Mullet is made of rugged, durable Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) like other “new generation” plastics entering the lure industry.
“The Mambo Mullet is designed with reverse hydro-cups in its tail,” Egret Baits’ Ken Chaumont said. “And it is notched along its flanks making this extremely durable lure dance through the water with a dynamic side-to-side wobble.
“That’s why we named it the Mambo Mullet.”
With an internal ¼-ounce weight, the Mambo Mullet will be easy for anglers to cast at a distance.
“It also sports a quality, saltwater 3/0 nickel-plated hook,” Chaumont said.
Egret Baits introduced the Mambo Mullet in 10 colors.
“Our plans are that future Mambo generations of new Egret Baits will be available in several styles and colors for both saltwater and freshwater applications,” Chaumont said.
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