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Musky Lures | The Last Responder by Greg Nimmer – Cory Allen

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So Greg Nimmer might be one of the more creative lure makers out there. He might be known more colloquially for his topwater baits, which are great additions in their own right, his subsurface designs really caught my gaze.

I really enjoyed the First Responder, but had a couple ideas for subtle tweaks I had in mind.

So I had him whip me up a custom First Responder with no weight on the back end and no keel weight in the front, but with a weight screw for adjusting the depth I want to work it from the front, but still giving it a basically level fall.

The idea behind it is surprisingly simplistic but somehow entirely overlooked until him.

He’s right too…that mag willow is perfect for running the gamut of all speeds, but thoroughly looking forward to this design which will work just subsurface on the pull to as deep as I want.

Then, there’s also the “Live Tail” which is another design I can’t believe hadnt been done sooner.

Pay attention to this guy. He makes some really really cool shit.

-Cory Allen, Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

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Gill Reaper Lures | Cory Allen – Muskie Fishing

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Prototypes of the “Undertow”, a bait I designed with Gill Reaper lures ( as a multispecies fresh and salt answer to many, many problems.

It’s gonna come in many different sizes from 3/8 of an ounce to 8 ounces, fresh and salt, some with full hair, some with hair and feathers, some with hair and swimbait trailers… and we’re already concocting another variant that will work as a standup jig as well.

Basically its like a jig with a built in bottom bouncer and drop rate regulator. Makes it flutter on the fall at a controlled angle, with the added benefit of flash, and the slightly oversized blades ensure it doesnt just simply “track”…gives it a more organic erratic motion as the blade isnt constantly engaging except on a total straight retrieve. Also, the overextended titanium arm ensures the blade doesnt grab the hair and gives it more clearance off the bottom for slow rolling. Plus, titanium flexes but always returns to its original position, so there’s that.

“Spared no expense…”-John Hammond

-Cory Allen

Tennessee Valley Muskie Fishing

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Flaptails | Musky Lures – Cory Allen

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“Honest doc, I fell on it, I swear…”

Actually, these are TR Custom flaptails, one in my favorite flavor “Sucker Punch”, scaled down to 4.5″ with the shell casing in the back to add an additional “tap” to the traditional flaptail design. Also to note, the swing arm hook system in the back allows them to kinda naturally balance out the bait at various retrieves instead of just the fixed arms which sometimes can get out of whack and cause the bait to veer at times.

Interesting little design in a diminutive package, and that extended arm attachment off the front seems to help provide some leverage in pulling the bait underneath at higher speeds without it wanting to roll out.

This will get et.

-Cory Allen

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Best American Tackle | Topwater Musky Lures – Cory Allen

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Same body; entirely different presentations.

Its hard to find diminutive creepers or larger style “torpedo”-esque baits made for musky, but sure delivered in my “Sucker Punch” color.

The creeper doesnt work quite as slow as a Creepy Ortin, but definitely front crawl strokes like Ian Thorpe, and works methodically slow enough to still classify as finesse.

Seriously, tho… …those “monk” brass props are legit, and long forgotten but never should’ve fallen into obscurity.

Cory Allen

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Copper Monk Blades | Musky Lures – Cory Allen

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Gotta admit, I didn’t even know what copper monk blades were until I was introduced to this bait by Rich Reinert and Craig Sandell of, but let me just say…

Not sure I lived without this now somewhat forgotten but ridiculously unique throwback prop style for topwater.

Works slower, fishes faster, offers a more subtle and more aggressive sound than it’s more popularized contemporary ilk.

Frankly, I’d never seen it on another bait. But not sure I’ll ever go back now.

Check out the Cory Allen custom color “Sucker Punch” edition ones awaiting their props for the flight to my doorstep this week.

But the OG colors I’ve had for 3 weeks have already caught fish and lost even more, even thrown against other topwaters. A compact nigh invulnerable bait that offers subtlety but can be thrown on the graphite Claymores we use in musky fishing with ease.

Trust me. Check them out.

No gimmix hurr.

-Cory Allen

aka Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

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Topwater Muskie Fishing – How Slow to Go

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So to protect the innocent from obvious shots…

I won’t be naming the guy who made these just yet, as they are also no officially “for sale”, but I had to share a pic of this pretty unique little bait. It may look like a road, but the Nannerjack (look it up, the reference thoroughly impressed me) is a bit of a different animal, with a very supple bit very very tough rubber mix (just try inserting those pins…) and a more lateral presentation than analogous baits. Also, I appreciate the webbed feet to justify the whole “frog” theme and provide a different kind of stimulus.

If he decides to do anything else with them, and agrees I’ll convey it in due time…

…but in the meantime, I’ll enjoy putting some places on these, as well as helping tweak designs between internal and external harness.

-Cory Allen

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Musky Lures Vol. 2 | Cory Allen | A Fistful of Knowledge

Don’t fall victim to the “how do you retrieve that lure” short sidedness game. It is not about how do you do it as much as it is how do you not. Knowing what a lure doesn’t do well says a lot more than just cranking it in. POS may not even run true or have bad harmonics. If you have not watch the full version of this muskie fishing video–000109 take your time and absorb the flow. This is my ode to Clint Eastwood. Never shrink from the truth. Learning is as more about failing than succeeding. These are my opinions that I hope stirs something in you to go out and experiment. It may it end up catching your the biggest musky of your life.

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Catch Big Musky | Cory Allen | Tennessee Valley Muskie Authority

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Aight guys.

Here’s a sampling of some fish all in excess of 50” except for one 48”, up to 53” taken the past 2 years between March and the end of May.

We get some killer topwater action in early May and consistent stuff through the spawn all the way into post spawn, with mid to late April through northern season opener being some prime time musky fishing. These are just some pics I had on hand in the favorites folder.

If you wanna step up in the batter’s box of my Esox Magnum and take a swing for the 50” fence down south, send me a DM here or gimme a call at 931-261-2483. I’m already booked a healthy chunk of April and about half of May as is, half of which are repeat offenders, because that time frame friggin’ rules.

I mean, if you’re gonna fish down in this neck of the woods, might as well fish with the guy that basically everyone else around here has followed around the past 5-6 years.

Sorry, not sorry.

Also, check out my video collection on my other site

I’ll be doing regular write ups and stuff here, if you dig that sort of thing.

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Musky Lures | Hammerhead | H2O Tackle

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Roger Watters, of H2O Tackle, never ceases to amaze or fails to impress.

If you haven’t tried out the Hammerhead… …it’s literally unlike anything else on the market, combining elements of a big rubber bait, a dive and rise, and a glider all into one package.

Plus it has two places to weight it, midline and on the chin for a deeper dive and hang or a greater lateral swing side to side with less depth curve but more hang.

If anyone ever gets the wise idea to throw this on bodies of water like Lake St. Clair, it’s probably going to absolutely wreck shit.

Oh and btw you can screw on and unscrew any rubber tail you so choose, for different effects.

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Winter Muskie Fishing Deep Rivers | Cory Allen

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Cory Allen takes a deep dive into what is going on in a southern river system, where in the channels will fish more than likely hold or travel through, while demonstrating their tactical approaches to muskie fishing. Learn how they work upstream, cross stream and downstream to maximize their coverage of the water with their presentations. You will get a heavy dose of lure dynamics from Cory. He really takes his time to discuss and demonstrate the swim characteristics each lure affords and how he works them to achieve some outstanding big fish results. Nobody in the south catches more fish and more big fish than Cory Allen. He is a mad genius when it comes to muskie fishing. Take this opportunity to watch this dynamic video and get a solid understanding of what bait fish are predominant forage foods for muskie and how he to present various lures to mimic the characteristics of this baitfish.

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