Gene Larew Biffle Bug
GENE LAREW is a long time producer of quality soft plastic lures located in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Gene is credited as holding the patent for the original salt impregnated lures .He is quick to point out that while other manufacturers may add salt to the packaging and thus make it look like the lures are full of salt, on his lures the salt is added during the molding process and are therefore full of salt. With other lures, the salt is washed off after only a few casts. Gene contends that with his lures the salt is there whenever a fish decides to bite, and will therefore hold on to his baits longer than to the baits of the competition.
bass angler Tommy Biffle of Oklahoma, after two hot summer major
tournament wins in Oklahoma and Tennessee, is known to be the master of a
new bait technique that is now being called “bottom buggin.”
buggin is like reeling a crankbait along the bottom so that the bait is
hitting and bouncing off of anything and everything with which it comes
into contact. The difference is that in bottom buggin’, a
weedless-rigged soft plastic bait is used, providing the angler with an
alternative method of putting and keeping the bait where bass live and
with this new technique is the Biffle HardHead, the football head
weight with a high quality Owner worm hook loosely attached that Biffle
has been refining and using for several months now for this new
weight comes with all the features and advantages of a football head
design, while the hook is attached to a “loop” wire form that allows it
to move freely with the bait. Since the hook is a premium wide gap,
offset worm hook, the bait can be rigged Texas style, making it
virtually weedless so it can come through all types of cover with a
minimum of hang-ups.
wire form is quality stainless steel that is shaped through a bending
process made to exacting specifications. Its design is such that it
won’t pull free from the head when the angler is using any appropriate
fishing line, including braid.
heads are cast in lead utilizing a CNC machined aluminum mold for
repeatable consistency in weight and balance, providing superior results
compared to products that come from the more common silicone molds that
many companies use. The heads are then powder coated for a durable
color finish called “Copperhead,” in colors complimentary to the most
popular soft plastic lure finishes.
HardHead comes in four sizes: 3/16 ounce, 5/16 ounce, 7/16 ounce and
11/16 ounce. All but the 3/16 ounce come with a 4/0 hook. The smallest
weight size comes with a 3/0. Biffle HardHeads come two to a package.
Biffle’s preferred bait to use with the HardHead is his signature
Biffle Bug bait, also made by Gene Larew. While many other plastics can
be used with the HardHead, the wide-bodied Biffle Bug with its
hyperactive swimming legs has a crankbait-type action of its own when
the angler swims the bait through the water. The Biffle Bug boasts a
hollow body, which means rattles and/or scent can be inserted to the
cavity, adding fish-enticing versatility. The lure has a very
distinctive broad and flexible cupped tail that creates even more
lifelike appeal, which can be split to offer a different look to the
the HardHead jig head and the Biffle Bug can be used separately to
great advantage, but together, as Tommy Biffle has shown, the
combination is dynamite! His successes speak volumes about his choices,
with five titles and nearly $2 million in tournament earnings to date.