Primer on Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits
This article will prime you on Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits
("GYCB"). It suggests you consider trying their product
line. Soft plastics are the most often used lures by freshwater
bass fishermen, and Gary Yamamoto's are some of the finest in the
Quite simply, GYCB produces some of the highest quality and
most productive soft plastic baits on the freshwater market,
especially for largemouth and smallmouth bass, but equally
applicable to all other species that hit soft plastic baits in
freshwater. Every aspect of their products, from their leading
technology production process, to their rigorous inspection
procedures, assures that they produce some of the finest soft
plastic baits in the world. GYCB baits have superior designs,
quality, plastic formulation, production process and fishing
results. This is not to say that you should not try other
vendors' baits - many other baits produce good fishing results
and high angler satisfaction. But to me, a few models of GYCB
baits, such as their grubs, are the ideal benchmark against which
all other grubs are measured by me. Click here to read a comparison
of single tail grubs. Of course, this does not imply that other
baits are not good - a savvy angler should ideally use GYCB and
several other brands of baits in order to fully cover all
possible situations out on the water.
Management Commitment. GYCB was founded by
its principal, Gary Yamamoto, in the early 1980s. All GYCB
products are personally designed, prototyped and tested by Gary
Yamamoto himself according to his personal specifications. I have
been to the GYCB factory, and I have met the company's senior
managers. They are all people possessing professional management
skills of the highest integrity and dedication to their staff and
their company - and particularly to you - the fisherman and
customer. GYCB management believes that the fisherman will always
be best served by direct contact with a quality tackle shop and
their well-informed staff. Therefore, GYCB selectively
distributes its product through tackle shops that have close
relationships with the anglers who patronize them. Click here to
read more about GYCB's management philosophy.
Major Market. The company's major
market is in Japan where bass fishing is a booming business.
Within the US, GYCB products can be downright hard to get and
therefore relatively unknown by the average bass angler across
the country. But now, you can simply click here to go to Bassdozer's
Hot Bass Fishing Tackle Shop and get the full line of
Yamamoto baits plus al the information you need to know how to
Soft Plastic Manufacturing Process. GYCB's
hallmark products are it's line-up of soft plastic baits - 37
models in all (see chart at bottom). All soft plastics are
manufactured from raw chemicals at the GYCB factory in Page,
Arizona. This is a modern factory complex, built only five years
ago. I have seen the factory in operation. The operational staff
is a large crew of experienced workers. The production line
equipment features leading edge technology relative to many other
soft plastic manufacturers who often operate less modern
production lines with less quality control than the GYCB
operation. Overall, the initial superior design of the GYCB
baits, the salt impregnation, the modern production process, and
the high level of quality control results GYCB baits being
superior to many others in these respects.
Salt Impregnation. Aside from the superior
bait designs developed by Gary Yamamoto himself, most GYCB soft
plastics have an advantage over other vendors' baits in that GYCB
baits are heavily salt-impregnated using a patented process. As
an alternative, other manufacturers may coat the outside of their
baits with salt, but this is an ineffective process that quickly
dissolves the surface salt off of other vendors' baits in water,
and does not have any value as far as the surface salt being a
fish attractant. On the other hand, GYCB baits are impregnated
with salt and there is always some salt within the bait at all
times. Even take a bait that you have been tossing all day - roll
the plastic between two fingers and feel all the salt crystals
that come out of the bait. That's exactly what a fish tastes when
it crushes down on the bait. Also, for those who like to soak
baits in scent overnight, the surface-most impregnated salt will
dissolve overnight, leaving tiny micro-pockets on the entire bait
surface that fill up with the scent. This gives you a heavily
scent-saturated bait overnight.
Natural Oils. According to Jerry
Puckett, editor of GYCB's Inside Line magazine, Yamamoto baits contain
zero petroleum based oils, "The oils that we use (this is
kind of the secret part) are both biodegradable and contribute to
the taste or overall effectiveness of the bait, based on the
opinions of the final judge in these matters, the fish."
Colors. Overall, there are 100
standard colors in the Yamamoto line-up, but not all models are
made in all colors. The most popular sizes of grubs and skirts
are available in all 100 standard colors, and the balance of the
product line (worms, lizards, crawdads, Ika, Senko, and the
big-sized grubs) vary ranging from 15 to 25 of the best-selling
colors. There are in excess of 1300 color and style combinations.
Relatively recently, GYCB has also perfected a
"two-tone" coloration process for several models of the
single tail and skirted grubs as well. Within the soft plastic
market in general, anglers typically exhibit high interest in
two-tone color patterns of soft plastics. Therefore, I believe
the quality of the GYCB two-tone coloration process provides the
potential for GYCB two-tone baits to prove to be big sellers.
A major design feature of all GYCB baits is their squared off
heads - not rounded or pointed. The squared off head
provides a lot of meat to secure the grub firmly on a jig head
collar. And for Texas rigging in heavy cover, the dense formula
of the plastic and the Yamamoto's square head provides the proper
tension to hold the offset portion of a rigging hook securely in
place as it kicks and claws its way through nasty wood, brush,
rocks, reeds, and weeds that try their darndest to unseat the
hook out of your grub's head area, which results in a balled-up
and rather ineffective bait on your hook. It's easier to ball up
a rounded, pointy, softer plastic formulation in heavy cover. Not
so with GYCB!
Hooks & Jigs. GYCB also offers
hooks and jig heads specially-designed by Gary Yamamoto for use
with his soft plastics. You should consider trying these highly
desirable hooks and jig heads, as they are expertly designed for
GYCB baits and other soft plastics. Gary's exclusive designs of
rigging hooks and special bend jigs hooks are custom made for him
by Gamakatsu (unless otherwise noted in the chart below). These
exclusive designs have advantages over other hook and jighead
styles. For example, a uniquue feature on all jigs is an
elongated bayonet-style collar design. This will securely hold
the square-faced GYCB baits better than any other collar style.
Your baits will not slip down off your jig collar every time you
cast or swing 'n miss on a hookset. Droopy drawer grubs are a
real hassle for you, and a real turn-off for the fish in my
opinion. Another unique design is the 44G football jig which
sports Gary's specially-bent Gamakatsu hook, which causes it to
be thrown less than usual when bass skyrocket out of the water.
There are a few other design differences on the other jig head
styles too. The differences may look subtle, but each feature is
carefully dessigned. The end results in fishability can be quite
dramatic in the hands of successful anglers' who know how and why
to best use GYCB hooks and jigheads. Through the tips we offer
you in Bassdozer's
Hot Bass Fishing Tackle Shop, you too can get the information
you need to learn how to master these hooks and jigs!
Hard Baits. GYCB also produces spinnerbaits and
buzzbaits and imports for resale a hard plastic topwater popper,
called the Sugoi Splash. They also offer to the market several
models of rods made for grub fishing, Sugoi fluorocarbon fishing
line for clear water, and fish attractant.
Hope you enjoy using the Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits. I know I
|Soft Plastic Baits
||Sixteen models of
single tail and double tail with or without skirted hula tops.
Standard sizes of 4 & 5 inches. Also 6, 7, 8 and 10 inch
models designed for big bass.
- 4" Single Tail (Model 40)
- 5" Single Tail (Model 18)
- 6" Single Tail Mini (Model 02)
- 6" Single Tail (Model 19)
- 7" Single Tail (Model 20)
- 8" Single Tail (Model 10)
- 10" Single Tail (Model 100)
- 4" Single Tail Hula (Model 94)
- 5" Single Tail Hula (Model 98)
- 4" Double Tail (Model 15)
- 5" Double Tail (Model 16)
- 6" Double Tail (Model 12)
- 7" Double Tail (Model 17)
- 4" Double Tail Hula (Model 93)
- 5" Double Tail Hula (Model 97)
- 6" Double Tail Hula (Model 99)
||Four models of
curly tail and straight tail worms in 4, 6, & 8 inch sizes.
- 4" Worm (Model 04)
- 4" Worm Cut-Tail (Model 07)
- 6" Worm (Model 06)
- 8" Worm (Model 08)
||Two models of
lizards available in 4 & 7 inch sizes.
- 4" Baby Lizard (Model 13S)
- 7" Lizard (Model 13)
||Two models of soft
plastic crayfish in 4 and 5 inch sizes.
- 4" Baby Craw (Model 3S)
- 5" Crawdad (Model 03)
jerkbait. Standard sizes of 4 1/4 & 5 inches. Also 6 & 7
inch models designed for big bass.
- 4 1/4" Baby Senko (Model 9S)
- 5" Senko (Model 09)
- 6" Senko (Model 9L)
- 7" Senko (Model 9X)
||Two models of
solid tube style baits in 4 and 5 inch sizes.
- 4" Ika (Model 92)
5" Big Ika (Model 92B)
|Grub guards are
small rubbery bullet caps rigged on the line ahead of a grub to
make it more weedless and snagless in cover.
|Double skirts are
often used on football jigs ahead of double tail grubs of the
same or different colors.
|Hooks & Jigs
|For medium tackle-
an offest shank hook for Texas rigs, Carolina rigs, and for
fishing weightless soft plastic jerkbaits
|Split Shot Hook
|Which is somewhat
poorly named because it does much more than just splitshotting.
It is also a superior hook for "wacky worming" and for
nose-hooking trick worms, floating worms and soft plastic
shape and weight distribution designed by Gary to perfectly match
the size and action of his single tail grubs. Light wire Owner
(Model 44, 44G)
|Designed by Gary
with a specially-bent hook eye (44G) that actually prevents fish
from dislodging the bulbous football-shaped head when the fish
jumps! Choice of either light wire Owner of heavy wire Gamakatsu
hooks. Most commonly used on rocky and hard-bottomed mid-depth
water. Often used with a double skirt and a double tail grub.
and with specially designed heavy wire Gamakatsu hook, and with a
head shape designed by Gary for getting the biggest bass out of
the heaviest wood and brush cover. Try the bigger sizes of double
tail hula grubs with these heads.
all-purpose "Arkie" style with fiberguard for all
makes/models of soft plastics, but especially the smaller sizes
of double tail hula grubs tossed into wood cover.
all-purpose jig head for all makes/models of soft plastic baits.
Light wire Owner hooks.