“You can’t fish the Zombie Maxx wrong, this is simply a fish catching creation!”
The Fishful Thinking Show
“The Bingo Bug is an incredibly versatile lure, as it can act as either a trolling lure or a fly. This is true not only during the summer months, but through the ice as well. As I live only minutes away from Dragon Lake in Quesnel, B.C. this lake is my go-to during the ice fishing season. Being a die-hard Lucky Bug Lures fisherman, I decided to try the Bingo Bug on the hard water this year… and it did not disappoint. The first few times I tried the Bingo Bug, I used it as a normal jig. I would lower the lure to about 1-2 feet above the weeds, and jig it quickly (hoping that the sporadic action of the lure would trigger strikes)… But I was unsuccessful. I decided to switch it up and use the Bingo Bug’s versatility to my advantage, jigging the lure like a fly instead… At this time of the year, the rainbow trout often retreat to shallow water and feed on insects that live in the weeds. I dropped the Bingo Bug through the short weeds into the mud, and periodically lifted the lure, very slowly, as to imitate an insect emerging from the mud and weeds. I used a split-shot weight about 18” above the lure just to make sure the lure went straight down. “Bingo”… fish on. I pulled up a beautiful rainbow trout, which is enough for me to have faith in this lure both trolling and ice fishing. The keys to this ice fishing method are disrupting the mud beneath the weeds periodically to create curiosity for the fish, and moving the lure very slowly because everything in the water moves slowly at this time of year. You can either rest the lure right in the mud and weeds, or keep the lure slightly above the weeds… But be sure to drop the lure into the mud every so often if you are using the latter method. If rainbow trout are at the top of the food chain, as they are in Dragon Lake, they can act more aggressively and you will be sure to hammer these fish in shallow water.”
“I finally decided to try my new series of Lucky Bug Bingo Bugs, the chartreuse colour was phenomenal! Caught and released at least a dozen smallmouth bass, in only a half-hour. I’m a believer! Can’t wait to try another colour too!”
Smiths Falls, Ont.
This is the view of the lake bottom from the inside of my fishing shack. The Zombie Maxx can be seen at the bottom of the photo. You can also see the egg shells on the lake bottom. I have a almost panoramic view for a radius of 8 feet.
This is a 70cm Pike that I landed on the Zombie Maxx…
P.S. Jesse… Don’t let your crew get too comfortable in the winner’s circle, we’re coming for you next year!
“Having grown up in Kamloops, I was very familiar with traditional trolling methods of the interior which involved dragging a trail of tin and occasionally catching small fish. After an extended absence from trout fishing I was re-introduced to the sport via the Bingo-Bug. My consistent success with the Bingo Bug has lured me back into fishing every chance I get. Now, no matter where I fish in BC I almost always limit out, catch more and bigger fish than anyone else on the lake and I am constantly being asked by other anglers what my secret is. My secret is apparently a secret no more.”
“I have been fishing and guiding for many years. I’ve fished lakes, oceans and rivers. For the past 5 years I’ve been trolling on lakes with fly lines (lead core, fast sink, mid sink and sink tip mainly) with great success! I used to tie my own flies and was constantly researching effective patterns that might raise the “big one”. All this changed last year when a buddy suggested I try a Bingo Bug pattern lure. I was leery since it didn’t look like a traditional fly, and my mind was set on the patterns that worked for me in the past. I thought I had figured out what most Salmonoids (Dollies, Rainbow, Cutthroat, and Kokanee) really liked. Despite my reservations I tried one of the Bingo Bugs. Needless to say, after about 15 minutes of trolling – 3 bites and 2 fish later – I was sold. Since then I haven’t put anything on my lines but Bingo Bugs.
If you like catching lots of fish, do yourself a favour and get many different colours and sizes. You’ll never look back.
Tight lines, sharp hooks and happy fishing ;)”
“I came across your lure “bingo bug pattern” at Sea-Run Fly and Tackle (formerly Babcocks) about 7 or 8 years ago. I bought the green with yellow stripe variety. All my friends made fun of me for “getting suckered” into buying such a stupid looking lure. That fishing trip I out fished my friends 4 to 1 at Tunkwa Lake in early June on the Green w/ Yellow Stripe pattern. When we returned home my friends went straight to Sea-Run to get their own but the bug had disappeared. Since that time we have scoured the fishing stores and internet in search of the lucky bug with out success. The lure became some what of a legend among our fishing circle the “one ring” if you will. On last year’s spring trip it holds the honor of hooking the only fish we caught over 4 days of fishing at a particularly finicky lake. I’ve always refused to use anything less than 10lb test so that I would not break the lure off on an un-worthy trout.
Today, I walked into Riverside Fly and Tackle in Port Coquitlam and almost fell over when I saw a healthy supply of lucky bugs on the wall. I stocked up for me and my friends before the magic lure disappeared for the next 8 years.
Only problem was that they only had one size which is a smaller version of the one I originally purchased. Is there any where I can pick up a larger size???
Thank You from a lucky bugger :-)”
Port Coquitlam, BC
“It is fantastic to hear how well you are doing with your very special “Lucky Bug Lures” You certainly have a winning product that produces excellent results. I have gone back twice to buy more from Will at KJ’S Sports. My boat has been in the water at least a dozen times or more since I’ve seen you last. Each and every time I have caught real nice fish on these lures. I have caught fish on all colors – but of course I have my favorites. I have taken people out fishing who have never had a fly rod in their hands and got to watch first hand all the fun they were having fighting fish after fish. Now of course they are “Hooked on Fishin’” thanks to the Lucky Bug Lures. I look forward to seeing the new colors and designs you have been working on – so that I can get out on the lake and give them a try!
I caught two nice fish last night on the fly rod-right at dark – What a blast! I will be sending you more photos soon.
Have a good one. ”
“It was great to talk to you about where to find “Lucky Bugs”.
I bought my first couple of Bingo Bugs at Discount Herbies in Vernon and was hooked. Next time I was back in Vernon I bought all they had left and over the years my stock has dwindled alarmingly. I fish the lakes around Chataway Lake several times each year and a couple of years ago my son and I did a comparison between flatfish and bingo bugs.
We were fishing Gypsum Lake on the July long weekend. Using similar rods with 4lb line, a black and silver flatfish against a black and silver Bingo Bug (the last one I had). That evening we landed 10 nice Rainbows, 9 on the Bingo Bug and 1 on the flatfish (to my son’s embarrassment the Bingo Bug was on my rod, proving once again that “old guys rule”).
Thanks for bringing the bug back!!”
“Just a quick note to let you know that I caught a total of 22 fish with your Lucky Bugs! Specifically the one with the red dots, eventually one of the fish took the feathers off the back of it! I switched to the green one with orange backing and it was a hit as well. The first evening I caught 8 and brought 2 home for dinner but the second day brought an incredible day of fishing that included 16 fish with 2 of them just over 2 pounds. The funny thing is that in getting all of my crap together for the first camping trip in the tent trailer that I forgot my fly rods :(. I did have my casting rods and had this kind of success. There were two other people fishing in the lake and they did not catch anything! I told them about your lures and gave them each one to use. I am certain their luck will change!
I was not comfortable bringing my camera into the boat so I will have to get some disposable cameras to take action shots while in the pontoon boat. As a result I only took a shot of the 2 from the first night I brought in for dinner. I am gonna have to pick up a few more of those red dotted ones from you! Thanks again for the lures.
Anyways, thanks again!”
Just wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know how my first Lucky Bug experience went.
I was float tubing last weekend at Buntzen lake and went through 6 fly’s over 2 hrs. Not even one bite. I decided to try something new for a kick on my fly rod (Lucky Bug Chartreuse #8) 3 mins later I had a cutthroat. After that I had about 10 more hits in 1 hr. My legs got too tired paddling at “trolling speed” so I had to quit. But there was definitely a difference. I can’t wait to try it behind my aluminum boat in the interior this summer.
Although I want to keep my Lucky Bug Lure secret I’ll spread the word as a show of my appreciation. Very impressive!
N. Delta, BC
Here is another story and photos sent in by happy anglers. They were using Lucky Bug Bingo Bug fishing lures while ice fishing in Ontario. Here’s what he had to say:
“Here are some photos for you of my son Stephen with the fish that he caught on the Lucky Bug (brown body with white and brown dotted tail feathers). He caught them while on the first ice fishing trip of this season. We were fishing on Upper Widgeon Lake near Algonquin Park, Ontario. The Lucky Bug was jigged on a 3 way swivel 1/8oz bell sinker 10″ off bottom and the Bug on a 5″ lead on the side. Stephen ended up getting all the fish in the pictures but there are no photos on the lake because the “dumb” Dad forgot to bring the camera. And there are no photos with the lure in a fish’s mouth as it got bit off before we left for the day. But we thought we’d send you the fish photos that we did take for your viewing pleasure.”
I just wanted to let you know that new Lucky Bug Zombie Maxx found a few…
Had an hour to kill, so settled in about 100 yards off The Wall at Bamfield – about a dozen rigs working it tight – I was well outside of them (100 yards or so…). Marked a fair amount of herring down around 125, so dropped the blue/chrome 5″ Zombie Maxx I had rigged up along the way. Less than 5 minutes into the first. Nice fish around 17-18 pounds. Over the next hour hooked 5 and landed four more. All between 10 and 18 pounds. All on one rod, and all on that lure. Great showing!
You’d think that many boats 100 yards off if seeing a fellow only working one rod, short tacking, and constantly into fish would wander over? Nope! Not even one! LOL!
Anyway, if you’re looking for a Pro-Staffer let me know!!! And, where can I get my hands on more of those?”
Thanks for the photo submission and the testimonial from Mike Martin in Ontario:
He caught an almost 8lb Pike in Perth, Ontario at Last Duel Park, using a 3″ Zombie Maxx Lucky Bug lure.
He said “the Zombie Maxx lures are amazing and I’d recommend it for anyone fishing for almost any freshwater species of fish!!!”
This testimonial is from Rick Steen from Langley, BC. He just returned from a 4 day fishing trip at Milbank Sound with West Coast Resorts where he did very well with our Zombies.
“I’ve been using Lucky Bugs’ Bingo Bug lures on my fly rod now for a couple of years waiting patiently for them to come out with something bigger for salt water that I could use on my annual salmon fishing trip up the West Coast! They have produced in spades! Your new Zombie Maxx lures kept me very busy on the ocean last week!!
For starters, the action on these things is great at a variety of speeds so regardless of whether my partner was trolling bait or gear the Zombie Maxx continued to get strikes! The first time it hit the water I went deep and pulled in a Ling Cod from the bottom. Throwing it right back in nabbed a Rock Fish about 5 minutes later. Then came the Salmon! Both Coho and Springs gobbled up a variety of colors securing me my limit of 8 good sized salmon in three days! And because no testimonial from a true Angler would be complete without a tribute to “the one that got away” I am frustrated to say that there is no picture of me holding the Tyee I spent 10 minutes fighting before it was knocked off my lure by a swift hit on the nose from a failed netting attempt! I’ll have to attach that picture next year!!
Keep up the good work guys, Lucky Bugs will always have a place in my tackle box and I can’t wait to see what you come up with next!
Cheers to Tight Lines!”
Dan, a Warehouse Supervisor in Winnipeg, fishes a lot at Lake of the Woods by Sioux Narrows, ON. When he first saw the Zombie Maxx it was literally an “AWWWW!!” that came out of his mouth… and he was so excited to give one a try!
He caught this Laker downrigging 90-100 feet with the Zombie Maxx. He says the action looks absolutely wild in the water! Needless to say… he says: “Thanks Lucky Bug, your Zombie Maxx rocks!!”