The Sidewinder is extremely versatile. With the air chamber in the tail causing it to stand up, the bait is ideal for shakey heads.
The Sidewinder is great for Texas and Carolina rigging or dead-sticking. The slow sinking Sidewinder can also be fished near
the top “fluke style”. It snakes over or through thick cover. The tip of the hook can be exposed yet it's hidden in the rings, making it
weedless. It is outstanding for “wacky worming”, says Stanley, “When hooked in the middle the air pocket and everything about it
goes crazy.” Paired with the Stanley T-Wacky hook either 1/16 or 1/8-oz., the weighted hook and slow-sinking Sidewinder “fight”
each other, giving it a life-like action whether the bait is hooked through the middle or the nose.
When eaten, the multiple rings collapse in the fish's mouth giving the real-feel of live bait. “The bass will hang on to what feels
like moving prey and when you set the hook, you can hardly miss,” says Stanley. The rings are so flexible that when trying to
grab the bait in the water, it feels like trying to hold on to a live worm or snake.
The 5 1/2-inch Sidewinder can also be trimmed to a 4 to 4 ½-inch length and fished as a “jiggin” eel, with the air pocket in the
tail giving it a floating snaky action; or insert a rattle in the chamber making the Sidewinder a deadly muddy-water jig trailer. Put
a rattle in then slip it on a spinnerbait and you have the worlds first rattling spinnerbait trailer!
The Sidewinder is available in eleven top producing colors and will be sold in top retail stores throughout America.
For more information please contact John Hale at Johnhale@fishstanley.com
Sidewinder by Stanley
Legendary lure-maker Lonnie Stanley, known for his jig and spinnerbait designs has
loaned his expertise to Stanleys newest innovation, the Sidewinder. The Sidewinder's “soft
ringed” body sinks slower and with a life-like movement that drives bass crazy. Multiple
rings surround the soft bait from tip to tail, trapping air as it's cast and giving it slight
buoyancy. As it falls, the tiny air bubbles escape allowing the bait to sink deadly slow. The
Sidewinder remains in the water column longer maximizing its visibility in the strike zone.
“What makes the Sidewinder so much better than anything else,” says Stanley, a five-time
Bassmaster Classic Qualifier, “is the rattle chamber in the tail.” For muddy water or night
fishing, you can put a rattle in the chamber for added attraction. But, when using the
Sidewinder without a rattle, the chamber becomes an air pocket that causes the tail to
stand straight up. A slight shake of the rod allows trapped air bubbles in the rattle chamber
to escape. According to Stanley, the Sidewinder resting on the bottom is a deadly imitation
of a crawfish. A slight twitch of the bait by the angler, releases air bubbles, making the bait
“breathe” much like a crawfish does when laying in hiding.