Today we’re going to focus on a US based company with a long and successful history, founded by two anglers-turned-lure-designers about 65 years ago. They started producing different lure models which soon became favorites amongst anglers throughout the world, all this under the brand name Bomber.
Bomber lures are well known for their fish catching abilities and increased efficiency in bass fishing. They cover a wide range of crankbaits, minnows, jerkbaits, plugs, even spoons, in order to prepare you for every situation you’re about to face on the water.
One of the models that really got my attention is the Bomber Pro Long A – B15AP, Bomber’s ultimate jerkbait designed by the BassMaster professional Tim Horton. This lure features great action and exceptional components.
|Bomber Pro Long A – Lure Specifications|
|Length||3 1/2 in (8.89 cm), 4 5/8 in (11.84 cm)|
|Weight||1/4 oz (floating), 3/8 oz (suspending), 9/16 oz (suspending)|
|Colors/Patterns||6 colors listed on Bomber’s website + 4 Tim Horton’s colors just for the B15AP model|
|Buoyancy||Floating and Suspending|
|Diving depth||2-3 ft, 3-4 ft, 4-6 ft|
The lure’s packing is quite simple, nothing eye-catching, just the company’s logo and colors. It doesn’t stand out, but it keeps the lure safe and your fingers away from the sharp trebles, which by the way are not secured. The B15AP packing also displays the lure’s diving depth and the hooks brand, Gamakatsu in this case.
Finish: Bomber lures are all made of plastic. This doesn’t mean they lack good looks. The first thing I noticed before putting the lure to work was the neat translucent finish and details on this lure. The Pro Long A model features some impressive details like 3D eyes, carved gills, carved and painted scales. The plastic finish has a top coat which is used for back and belly painting.
When designing the Pro Long A, the guys at Bomber went for the classic minnow shape, but with incredible proportion and balance in mind. This lure is all about premium hardware. It has an internal bearing system designed to provide stability, great casting abilities and noise for attracting fish from a distance. You’ll hear in the video footage below just how noisy these lures can get underwater. I for one, couldn’t believe my ears.
The coating is pretty tough and resists well at all the hitting and dropping a fished lure can get. In time, it will get scratches, but nothing serious to affect the overall looks.
Terminals: Normally the Pro Long A model comes equipped with Excalibur Tx3 hooks, but the Tim Norton’s series went for nothing but the best components. They replaced the trebles brand with Gamakatsu, and attached a highly resistant Excalibur tear drop split ring to the front eyelet. These trebles are extremely sharp and resistant, so there’s no chance you’ll loose any fish.
Even though I’m a fan of dark colored trebles, I still have to mention the sharpness and difficulty to bend these ones. Having a lure equipped with three trebles gives the fish less chance to escape. Also on the Pro Long A this thing has no downsize when it comes to casting or the lure’s swimming action. You can remove the middle treble for better snag resistance.
Casting: Bomber Pro Long A showed his excellent casting capabilities starting from the very first cast. It makes accurate casting sound easy. I was fishing a jerkbait that could be easily placed at impressive distances in specific spots. How’s that for perfect presentation? It is exactly what I need from this type of lure, especially if I want to keep it in the “hot zone” as long as possible.
Even though it doesn’t posses an actual long cast system (weight transfer system), the ingenious engineering of the internal bearing system stands behind the Pro Long’s A impressive casting abilities, this along with it’s actual weight. The bearings are positioned to provide balance and great horizontal posture when the lure is suspending underwater. If this posture isn’t right, and the lure suspends at a wrong angle, it may loose you many fish. Not the case for this beauty.
Action: OK, so I liked the looks but in the end it’s all about the action, right? Cause great action will give you confidence in a lure, and that’s what brings fish to the boat. Let me just start by saying that this isn’t a lure you want to fish using a linear retrieve. It will land you fish even so, but you won’t discover it’s true potential until you start fishing it like a true jerkbait, using a combination of jerk, twitch and suspend moves. This is when you start getting really impressed by it’s erratic and appealing action.
After just a few days of fishing, the B15A model climbed up significantly in my jerkbaits top. I noticed that the Pro Long A is also a really permissive lure, taking little practice until you master most of its moves. It will deliver magic even in a beginner’s hands. I think the video footage below speaks for itself.
Application: Bomber Pro Long A is a jerkbait primary designed for bass fishing. You can fish it near underwater structures or work the top of weed areas in shallow waters. It will definitely outperform it’s predecessors. I recommend using medium or medium-heavy baitcasting gear when fishing this baby.
I find it extremely efficient for bass and pike (musky), but I’m sure that if used properly it will land many other species. Some bass fishermen also use it as a wake bait, just to get an idea of it’s versatility. Just use your imagination and it will make fishing really fun.
|Bomber Pro Long A – Ratings (?/10)|
|Design||Good shape, nothing extravagant, with impressive 3D details. Even though it features three trebles, they don’t tangle with the line during casts. The internal bearing system does a great job providing impressive casting abilities and appealing underwater noise. Pretty resistant finish, it may get some scratches, nothing serious.||8.7|
|Features||The translucent finish stands out. Impressive patters both for clear and murky waters. Quite limited range of colors available though. Fine hardware, tough and sharp Gamakatsu trebles, noisy rattles, Excalibur split rings. The smaller one (3 1/2 in.) is available in both floating and suspending version.||8.4|
|Application / Performance||Great erratic action right out of the box. No tweaking required. Extremely versatile bait, suited for bass and pike fishing. You cannot remain indifferent to the awesome side-to-side moves generated by each rod twitch.||9.5|
|Price||You can get the moves and looks of this lure for only 6$. That’s an excellent price, way cheaper than most of it’s competitors. Judging by the fine components used and amazing jerking capabilities I’d say you’re up for a great deal.||9.8|
Conclusion: I would say that if you’re into this type of fishing than the Bomber Pro Long A is a must have in your jerkbait tackle box. It has an excellent price and brings appealing moves and great looks to the table. Due to it’s amazing action it soon became one of my favorites, a lure with which I find myself fishing quite often. Good job Bomber on this one!