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- How to Fish the Prop Bee
- Brian’s Bees Prop Bee No. 2 and No. 3
- July 22, 2015, by Curtis Niedermier
- The Brian's Bees Prop Bee isn't the most popular topwater bait on the Walmart FLW Tour. Rather, it's more limited in scope. It's a niche bait. When a tournament falls into the window where the Prop Bee shines, however, it's one of those "you-gotta-have-it" baits that is practically a shoo-in to produce a few top-10 finishes.
- As its appearance and shape indicate, the Prop Bee's niche is as a bream-imitator. It's a killer on clear-to-slightly-stained waters whenever bass is on a bream-devouring pattern in shallow water, typically throughout summer.
- Several companies have produced similarly shaped and styled plastic prop baits and out-of-production balsa and cedar classics do fetch a hefty sum from anglers who prefer the action of a hand-carved bait. No knocks against any of them, but we thought it would be better to put together this primer on how to fish what has become one of the most popular semi-custom baits in the last decade of tournament fishing: the Brian's Bees Prop Bee.
- Reigning Forrest Wood Cup co-angler champion and Carolina Prop Bee slinger Bryan New chimed in with his advice.
- The Bait
- North Carolina lure maker Brian Huskins created the Prop Bee. It's fashioned of balsa, like so many great custom baits that have come out of the Carolinas. The body has flat sides and is quite narrow along its length, but when viewed in profile it has a broad bluegill shape with a deep belly.
- The Prop Bee comes in four sizes and two models - standard and "Dead," which has a hook hanger on its side and slightly different action.
- New like the standard No. 3, which is the smallest version at just 2 1/4 inches long.
- A two-blade prop is rigged at the front and the back, and the bait ships without hooks. Depending on size, treble hooks of No. 2 to No. 6 will work fine. New prefers Gamakatsu round-bend hooks and hand-ties a feather on the back hook.
Prop Bees aren't cheap. They sell for around $35 a piece at most online retailers. Their effectiveness in certain situations justifies the cost to most die-hard anglers, however.
- Get more information at BriansCrankbaits.com