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PRO's Soft~Bait Glue® (Review)
By Mike DelVisco
As a professional bass angler on the Bassmaster Trail for over 15 years now, I
have learned that there are very few secrets. Most anglers on this level have
the knowledge to locate bass quickly and the mechanics to catch them efficiently
so when a product or technique comes by that will give me an edge I get excited.
Almost a year ago my friend Al Pugh introduced me to a product called PRO's
Soft~Bait® Glue and the company owner Mike Rice, I was immediately impressed.
This product has so many uses from the ability to glue plastic baits back
together better than new to making customized baits to fit any situation and
securing baits to the hook tie. This is surely a product that will save time,
save money and give me the edge over the next angler.
One of the best things to use PRO's Soft~Bait Glue® for other than fixing your
soft plastic baits is making your existing baits more effective. If you fish a
lot of jigs or hula grub type baits try securing the trailer or hula body onto
the head with some PRO's Soft~Bait Glue®. This will hold the body on the head
and prevent the soft plastic body or plastic frog chunk from sliding down over
the hook point. This also works great for other rigs such as a tube, worm or
lizard. Just put a drop of PRO's Soft~Bait Glue® on the head of the bait where
it meets the hook tie.
Thanks to Mike Rice and PRO's Soft~Bait Glue® for a truly unique product that
gives me the edge.
Mike can be reached at:
Mike conducts his own Bass Fishing Seminars all over the USA. Watch for
www.BassBytes.tv to come to a city near
* Mike also writes for Gary Yamamoto's Inside Line Magazine and various other
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue Review
by Capt. Owen Langridge
Copyright © 2003
"As a fisherman and Charter captain I’m always looking for ways to catch more fish and also save money. For several years I experimented with every brand of super glue and krazy glue on the market. I also have used several brands of silicon adhesive. I use many different plastic baits, but one of my favorites is a plastic shrimp made by D.O.A. This is an exceptional lure for speckled trout, but after several fish the hook comes out of the lure and tears the plastic. My desire was to glue the hook into the lure to help it last longer, but I couldn’t find a glue that worked. Krazy glue came the closest to working properly but after opening the $2.00 bottle, I could only use it for one fishing trip before it got hard and clogged the bottle.
This past spring (2003) I was at the Sportsman Show at the Super Dome in New Orleans and was introduced to a fellow charter captain. While talking he told me about PRO Soft~Bait Glue® and gave me the number of Innovative Promotions. The next day I contacted Mike Rice and ordered one bottle. I told Mike that after being in industry and running a plant for twenty-eight years that I was quite skeptical about the claims he made about his product, but being someone who loves new products I couldn’t wait to get my bottle of glue.
It is everything Mike claims it to be. I put a small drop on a brand new D.O.A. shrimp at both end of the hook. It runs down the hole and immediately secures the bait to the hook. I keep a bottle in my p0cket while fishing and if the lure starts to tear I immediately put a drop on the tear and go back to fishing. This glue has tripled the life of a D.O.A. shrimp and also many other plastic salt and fresh water baits.
I am only halfway through that first bottle of glue that I purchased from Mike Rice and I use it on every fishing trip. I have clients in my boat who throw me their lures and ask for a drop of my “miraculous” glue on their baits.
I also like to fish plastic baits on lead-head jigs for trophy red fish. We call them bull reds. Normally if you hook one of these bruisers and land him, your plastic bait is history. I put one drop of glue on the lead head as I slide the plastic in place. It is immediately secured to the jig head and won’t come off. If you pull it off the glued portion it will stay on the jig head and the rest will tear off.
There are many other uses for this glue. Any household items - plastics, glass, porcelain, you name it - that can be glued with super glue will glue much better with PRO’s Soft~Bait Glue®. It glues rod tips in a snap and will actually glue a guide to a rod without wrapping. I am an active archer and I have found it to be the best fletching glue I have ever used.
The product will last indefinitely if kept refrigerated, but I must confess that I have not taken very good care of my first bottle and it is still working like new.
My hat is off to Mike Rice for marketing such a fine product. I won’t go fishing without it. In my opinion, it is probably the most important fishing product to hit the market since the plastic worm."
(Capt. Owen is known by his friends as Big “O”.)
"Fish Chew-um - We Glue-em" © Made in the USA
By Alvin Pugh 10/2004
"Glue the baits to the hook, Al." I got that advice from Russ (Bassdozer) Comeau
at a Yamamoto writer's confab in Page, AZ. I complained about large Senkos
sliding down the hook on the cast, and Russ suggested super glue. Now, I have
been fishing since 1959, and I am a traditionalist. So, Russ's super glue idea
went in one ear, got stamped "REJECT," and went out the other ear.
Not that I don't appreciate the advantages of cyanoacrylate glues, after all,
during a career operating nuclear reactors aboard submarines, you learn a lot of
engineering. However, super glues had never performed very well for me. They
didn't often bind in a "super" manner, and it was inevitable that you only got
to use them the first couple of times they were open. After that, they were
toast, rocked up in the tube, totally unusable, even when I sealed them right.
So, when I heard about Mike Rice's PRO's Soft~Bait Glue®, my initial reaction,
honestly, was "Yeah, right." I was welding plastic baits together just fine,
thank you. Well, really, the weld had to be carefully made and it often resulted
in a hard junction (very aggravating when joining two Senko halves lengthwise)
and it was about impossible to do while standing waist deep in some river,
trying to weld baits to find the right combination for the bass, or worse yet,
trying to repair the last bait that was the right bait that day.
Finally engineering overcame traditionalism, and I tried the PRO's Soft~Bait
Glue®. You know, occasionally, an advance that comes along in fishing is a step
change in our equipment. Monofilament fishing line was one of those, for
instance, as was fiberglass rods followed by another rod step change, in
graphite. I really believe that this is that same step change for repairing and
manipulating soft plastic baits. It answers about every issue I ever had with
First, it will last for a long time with minimal care. Put it in the
refrigerator when you are not out fishing or using it and expect it to last long
enough to use all of it, if you use it like I do. I guess that means that
Pro-Soft is already effectively half of the retail price, just because you get
to use all you bought, not just half of it.
Second, it just plain works. Being a liquid, it flows to and into the junction
surfaces. This means the user must get used to letting the glue "come to you,"
but if each person will just read the instructions and follow them, it will work
out fine. Listen, if this old hillbilly can figure it out in a couple of tries
(and I did), anybody can. It also binds, oh boy, does it bind. I won't bore you
with all the non-fishing uses I've found, but I've successfully glued an eye
back to a rod (in the river), a reel handle grip (on the river), more plastic
baits than I have room or time to describe (both repairs and some very
interesting mutations), waders, wading shoes, etc. The list goes on and on, and
by the way, so does the bond.
Third, it cures very well. Contrary to the run of the mill cyanoacrylate glue,
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue® cures in the absence of air, not the presence of air. So,
it will stay perched right there on the top of that bait cut while I put the
bottle away, until I press the pieces together, removing the air. That also
means it cures in water. It also cures quickly, and a very important point, it
cures soft. No time spent holding and waiting. Squeeze out the "extra", wipe it
off with a bit of cotton terry cloth (using terry cloth is important), and go
fishing. Don't forget to glue the "hawg holes" where the hook has "hawged out" a
place, and don't forget to let a single drop seep down along the line, knot,
hook, and entry point of a T-rig. The soft repair means no more hard spots to
put the fish off when they strike, no hard flat repairs to rip the bait apart
after re-rigging, just soft junctions that continue to let the bait do its job
longer, saving us money.
I am still a traditionalist, but I know something good when it comes along,
besides, every tradition has to start somewhere. Bassdozer was exactly right
about the principle of gluing baits to hooks and gluing them together. I'm glad
for his advice, and I'm glad his advice stuck with me long enough for me to find
the right tool to do it with. PRO's Soft~Bait Glue® just became a new tradition.
I don't go to the water without it in my tackle and I don't spend a winter or
weekend planning a trip without it on my workbench!
Pro ~ Staff Member
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue®
Alvin also is an Eastern writer for Yamamoto Inside Line Magazine
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue Review
by Marc Hutchison
Reprinted with permission from River Smallies.com.
Copyright © 2002
I met Mike Rice, president of PRO's Soft~Bait Glue, earlier this year at an outdoor show. This was my first encounter with his product, and to say I
was impressed is a true understatement.
While watching the glue demonstration, Mike asked me to tear a soft plastic lure in half. After doing so, he put a small dab of the glue on the bait
and I pushed the two halves back together. To my amazement, the plastic was immediately repaired. I even started pulling both ends of the
plastic, but the newly glued halves held together. In fact, the plastic began to tear above and below the just glued section. That, in itself, was
impressive....but, watching Mike tear a Yamamoto Senko apart and then repair it with a drop of glue....now that really sold me.
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue dries clear and is odorless. Also, it is "Non-Toxic" and cures quicker when dipped in water. When used on plastic lures, the
plastic stays flexible, soft, and durable without stiffness.
The glue has a one year shelf life if opened and kept at moderate temps of 40 - 65° Fahrenheit. It has a 2 year shelf life unopened. It will
keep indefinitely in the freezer. If needed, the glue also works on glass, rubber, shoes/boots, leather, and a host of other items and materials. But, for sake of brevity, I will concentrate only on the fishing lure applications.
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue allows me a very fast and efficient means to repair all my fishing plastics and to create my own custom lures. The glue pays for
itself in the "money saving" and "time saving" categories. For example, the glue allows me to immediately repair lures and equipment while I am on
the water. This extends the life of the lure, therefore, saving me money on lure purchases. Secondly, at the end of the day, I don't have the time
to try and repair all my torn plastics by the various "heating" techniques. Just a small dab will quickly mend the plastics.
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue has a 100% satisfaction guarantee.
In conclusion, I applaud Mike Rice for giving the fishing community a phenomenal product....that WORKS!
(Marc is also on the staff of River Smallies.com.)
PRO’s Soft~Bait Glue
I have never been one to buy the bait that catches
fishermen and not fish. That means I’m pretty skeptical from the start. So,
the first time I saw Mike Rice at a local fishing expo demonstrating PRO’s
Soft~Bait Fishing Glue®, I was just not quickly won over. I fished for several
years in southern California where using small, extremely soft, plastic baits,
was a must to catch fish due to all the pressure and small lakes. I had tried
every glue I could think of to repair these soft baits and nothing seemed to
work. So, seeing Mike glue these baits back together (from a distance, I stood
back and watched), I thought yeah right, someone else trying to build the
“better mouse trap”.
I also love to use
Yamamoto Senkos. They are great at catching fish, but they tear up very
easily. So, the next year the fishing expo came to town, I gave PRO’s Soft~Bait
another look. This time, I stood right up front and listened to Mike as he
showed how effective his product was. I bought a bottle and went home and
pulled out all the old baits I had lying around (using those soft baits from
California, I learned to never throw old baits away, but to melt them down and
repour them) and started gluing them back together. After fixing some 50 baits,
I thought, “now for the real test, will they still catch fish?” I tried them
with a still skeptical spirit, but they worked, they still caught fish!! I was
a believer from that instant on!
moves your limits all the way out to only your own imagination. As an example,
I just recently started gluing my plastic baits to the line without a hook, so
that I can pre-fish for a tournament without putting hook in a fish’s mouth. I
thread a long sewing needle from top to bottom through a SENKO or IKA and pull
about 3 inches of tag line past the bottom of the bait. Then, I drop one drop
of PRO’s Soft~Bait Fishing
on the top and bottom of the bait, right where the line goes in or comes out of
the plastic. My bait is now glued securely to the line with no hook. I cut off
the tag end (where the needle came out) and insert half of a finishing nail in
the heart sack, or “collar,” of the Senko to add the weight of a hook. I’m
ready to prefish!!
is an amazing product. I have used it to repair everything from a coffee maker
to kids toys to gluing a lip back onto a crankbait. Because it adheres in the
absence of air and doesn’t cure just sitting there in a tiny puddle, you have
time to make a precision repair, unlike other cyanoacrylate products, which
begin to cure in the air as soon as they are released from the tube. Also, it’s
strength is amazing. I’ve seen men nearly pulled across a table with a neoprene
O-ring that was just cut completely apart and glued back.
On one fishing trip, I decided to see just how well this
glue would work. After catching 2 nice fish on a Senko, I became determined to
keep using this one bait until it was thrown off, torn off, or just plain eaten
by a bass. I used PSBGlue as necessary, and 34 fish later on the same bait, I
called it a day!! The fish just kept eating the same bait and tearing it up,
and I kept gluing it up. We know from history that baits come and go, but one
thing that will always remain in my tackle box is PRO’s Soft~Bait Glue®
Thank you Mike Rice for “inventing the better mouse trap”!!
Pro ~ Staff Member
PRO's Soft~Bait Glue®
(Scott is also on
Tournament Sponsorship Program with Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits)
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