Flatfish is right and Brad did make his own molds.
On the newer improved Brad's Wiggler's there is a dimple where the s hook conects to the body to make it dive better.
If you look at the old style Wart it doesn't have that dimple or indentation.
Storm is only coming out with a dozen colors and Brad has over 70.
Brad also has the wee wiggler, mag wiggler and the "Lil" wiggler which is a hot steelhead item down in northern Cal.
Brad also has some awesome custom colors like the BW-29 :bowdown: and more proven custom colors are on the way. :wink:
As far as quality goes I caught over a hundred coho and chinook on Brad's wiggler's and wee wiggler's last year and have the pictures to prove it including the one that was in the Salmon Steelheader Trout magazine and the one on LFN website.
Last year was my first time fishing plugs and all the fish I caught were from casting the plugs and everyone of them fished true right out of the box.
I just showed jokester whom I just met and fished with yesterday a dozen or so wiggler's and wee wiggler's from last year that are all chewed up.
As for Wart's I don't know because I have never used them.
But Brad's wiggler's I can vouch for!
Both pieces of plastic with hooks attached ...that dive in the water used to catch fish are effective, I use both, few colors are fish catchers..don't buy all 70, There has to be at least a 5 year study by women, half nekked, in waders to prove that plugs with dimples where the line is attached makes them dive any deeper :tongue: LarryB, I always try new products... had "original" warts..... Brads Wiggler came out so i tried it because the Storm's were not being made. As soon as the new "Storm" wart is out i'll try it...You be the judge :grin: I'm really trying to be a kinder.... more gentle... Ifisher
Brad is Brad Schoenborn, Larrys' son. His stuff can be found in WA, I'm not sure of the shop but I think it is near Vancouver.
When Storm Lures discontinued the mag-hot-n-tots Brad got the rights to it and made his own without hooks for us guys who use them as divers.
The only shop I've found these at is in Clackamas at the little mall off 205, can't remember the name but the prices were pretty good.
Hope this helps.
Storm is going to start making the original wiggle warts again. Someone faxed me the list of the color numbers that they are going to make. There are a few more than a dozen that they are going to make but not a lot of the colors that work really well. Brad's does have a lot of colors but I wish that they would come out with some of the old colors that storm had. There are a few that really catch fish but neither one are going to be making it. I know, because I have over 800 of the old storm wiggle warts. and some of them are proven killers. They are really hard to find but can still find a few of the old colors that are the best. If anybody has any of the old style they are wanting to get rid of please send me a private message. I am very intersted in buying most of them.
In my first two exploratory trips to the Cowlitz I have caught 4 coho casting Brad's Wigglers into seams or frog water. Colors # 16 and #29 based on previous posts on Ifish (thanks Dan). I have also found bottom each trip with my prop :hoboy: I am not sure why the fish strike a purple plug with stripes (I have never seen one of these swimming in the river or in the stomach of a fish I have cleaned), but I am impressed so far. :whazzup: I have never been one to advocate Mardi Gras colors, for the reasons above, but my gear box has a selection fish have never seen before in the the wild. Go figure. :shrug:
He does work for Bob's and is the buyer for fishing and marine.
He is also the owner and founder of BS Fishtales (and I'll bet you thought the BS stood for Brad...) :grin: BS Fishtales.com
The fish in the pic is a chrome bright Cowlitz River late strain type "N" coho.
The plug in it's mouth is a Brad's BW-29 (the one No Limit referred too).
The two fish in the tote were mine also caught on the BW-29.
The location is the Cowlitz in the Lexington area.
Brad invited me out in his sled that day and we launched at Camelot.
He wanted to go upstream and I wanted to go downstream.
Seriously though I had been killing them down river both off the bank and in a boat.
So, his boat, he won, he's the cappytan and up above the Toutle we went. :grin:
I nailed my first one in the hole above the Toutle and it wasn't red hot so down the river we went.
I casted over at the bank at the high bank hole (or chapman road hole) across from the Toutle where I bank fish and nailed my second.
We didn't touch another fish until we got way downstream to what I call the Lexington hole.
Brad was using all this old wierd stuff like boondoggin' eggs and spinners, etc.
I says to Brad; don't you want to catch a fish on your new plug?
I mean if I came out with a product that kills salmon like that I would be proud of it and catch some fish on it.
So he puts on the new custom colored BW-29 as we are drifting down the Lexington hole.
A fish rolls behind us and Brad immediately cast to it.
Fish on, and that is the one in the pic.
The Lexington hole has a tarped area for the plunkers on the private property side and I used that for a landmark to watch for on the way back down the river in his truck.
I barely spotted it through the trees and it wasn't long before I was fishing that spot from the bank also and catching fish on wiggler's. :wink:
Ran into one of the local kid's there one day and told him how well the wiggler's worked.
Just got done telling him and we saw a fish roll in the hard to get to tailout just above us.
I told him I'm going to give him a shot and a few cast later I was fighting a nice chromer.
Nate or Nathan got him some wiggler's and he started slaying them and then his friend Rocky started slaying them, and then Rocky's attorney...
Anyway we all started catching fish all up and down the river from the Hudson hole (I named it because I found it and it was just down from the end of Hudson street that Bob's is located on) and various spots all the way up to Lexington.
Great year and we all had fun.
Plenty of fish, plenty of elbow room and plenty room for more boats also.
fishermans sells brads blank divers ( plugs with no hooks on them )they look like the hot n tot that storm makes or used to make. i usually wait till i get a plug that has no paint left on it then retire it to the diver box.. going fishin tommorow, see ya
Watch for those brass split rings on the Storm plugs, after landing a silver in October I noticed the brass split ring was so badly bent, that the hook was just barely hanging on. I checked all of the Storm plugs in my box and replaced them all.
Hey Dano you keep refering to a custom colored BW-29! I went the local Bimart and picked up standard colored BW-29. What modifications are done to the custom colored 1.
I really like metallic purple for steelies, I had been making my own met. purple corkies for many years before Yakima Bait? started offering them. I made 2 shades of purple, 1 was like the belly of the plug and 1 was like the back and bars on the BW-29.
I haven't fished it yet but I know from many years that those 2 colors get hammered by both salmon and steelies.
Brad's a really cool dude! I met him the other night when Dan and I came in from fishing up at Barrier Dam. He makes darn good products too and really has the colors dialed in for both salmon & steelhead. :bowdown: I swear by his wobblers...they've put quite a few chinook in the freezer for me this summer and fall!
Jokester, sounds like you had a chance to talk to Brad of Brad's wigglers. I use a lot of the old style wiggle warts and have also used some of the new Brad's also. I have found them to work just as well as some of the old ones. If you ever get a chance to talk to him again tell him that there is one color that I sure wish that he would start making to match one of the old style wiggle wart. It is the AV216. Florescent blue stripe down the back, yellow sides with red herring bone and an orange stipe on the belly. That color has been a killer for me on both fall and spring chinook. It is the only plug that I use for salmon and it has put a lot of fish in my boat. I can't find any of the originals anymore and it would be great if they would start making them again.
Mikeymoto, sorry for confusing you on that one but the #29 is a or the custom color. :smile:
The BW-29 or BWW-29 or W-MW-29 (mag wiggler) is the cherise with the purple stripe down the back and purple herring bone on the sides.
The reason I refer to it as a custom color is because "folks in the know" which didn't include me use to take the old style nickle herring bone wiggle wart and dye it with cherise which turned the blue stripe and herring bone purple.
He's got a few custom colors and a half dozen more on the way.
He has 70 colors and will have 76 by spring.
I had the opportunity to show Brad your post the other night and he asked me to get a hold of you regarding that 216 color.
He rewards folks like you when he chooses to mfg a new color with some product and your old plug back.
I think he gives you about a dozen plugs or so but that is his business and between you guys.
Anyway, he's interested.
Their email is [email protected]
Send them your phone# and I'm sure they will get a hold of you.
Maybe send them a pic of the plug also if you have one but it is not necessary.
There is a possibility they already make that plug.
I doubt you have seen all their plug colors because when I was talking to them I was told the website is not up to date and does not have all the colors and their is only 2 or 3 stores that carry all 70 colors.
Bob's is one of them.
I'm not familliar with all the colors they make either but am familliar with the #29 and #08. :grin:
Anyway good luck and when I see him next I will tell him you inquired again.
I talked to Brad about some of the old colors wiggle wart made and wanted to know if he was going to make my favorite one the old Half flo red head and white butt section. We always called it a snow cone. It will catch any thing that swims the bw-29 is the same way :grin: He did say they had some new colors comming out, I cant wait :dance:
Hey Dano thanks for setting the record straight. I saw the pic of Brad with the plug but I couldnt see any difference from the ones I have, I only thought that there might have been a chartreuse dot on the underside of the tail or something.