I have seen them in stores here and Strike King is trying to get in on the natural bait scents and coffee is part of that catagory and I am sure that they will probably catch a few fish. It is not a bait I would fish with because Strike King has never made a soft tube and a coffee flavored tube is just something different that they are trying to get anglers to buy more than to catch fish with. I think if a Smallie hits it they will hit it more out of color and reaction then they will as for food if they spend more than a few seconds close to it and they get the scent off of it before they suck it in as food they will be turned off by the coffee scent. Maybe if they add a little cream and sugar to it they might have a better chance of it working..............
I think Strike King first needs to learn how to make soft tubes and then worry about finding new scents for them besides a ton of salt per bait. I think salt is a good additive for many baits but in extreme moderation and it seems that most companies go overboard with it in most cases. Most injected bait companies got the salt idea from the hand pour bait makers in California but they all missed the real concept of why the hand pour people had salt on their baits. Key word in that last statement is (ON) not in. Had pour bait makers out west would remove the baits from the molds while still warm and roll or place the baits into a container of salt and shake it allowing the salt to stick to the outside of the baits. That was not done as a scent even though it did add a salt flavor to the baits. It was done to keep the baits from sticking together when they were bagged once they cooled. That was a practice done 30 years ago before neutral worm oils were available to do the job today salt did 30 years ago. Injector companies missed the entire concept and began putting the bait inside the baits. Gene Larew was the first company to begin putting salt inside their baits and soon after Arkie followed with their spider Grubs and Gene Larew filed a lawsuit against Arkie for product infringement. That case went into court about 15 to 20 years ago and is still pending in the courts. Since then because a settlement was never reached by the courts all the bait companies jumped on the Salt wagon and it still is ongoing today. Gosh guess I went to far with the coffee issue huh? Oh well little history lesson about baits anyway......
I have been using them since Dec. and caught several smallies on them. I really can't say if fish will hit them better of not but they will hit and hold onto them. A friend of mine uses the Case tubes and I the new coffee and some days he catches more and on others I catch the most.
The only reason I bought them was BPS owed me some money and I took the new tubes instead. I usually throw Case tubes because I have had such great success with them and I have about 300 in stock! I doubt if I would buy any more coffee tubes unless they show me something later this spring!
I saw Mark Davis & some other Strike King Pro fishing "a private stocked lake" on a TV show last weekend. The whole show was about them using the NEW STRIKE KING COFFEE TUBE....... Man did they just wear them out. LOL Mark smelled his 4" tube after he had caught 20 bass on it and said, "man it still smells like I just got up in the morning and put a fresh pot on". The coffee tube color just happened to be green pumpkin, imagine that. Made me want to go right out and buy some and I don't even drink coffee. I am a Dew Man myself. But, Mark also said that the coffee may not make them bite it any better but he beleived it made them hold on to it longer. "Where have I heard that??"
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