Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads

RB BASS Angler Ron Howe with nice Clear Lake Bass


Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads

The Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads are designed for the swinging jig head style of rigging that utilizes separate components to enhance the swimming action of the attached bait. By now many anglers have at least heard of the swinging jig head technique introduced to the world by Gene Larew’s Biffle Buggin setup that includes a jointed jig head/hook and a soft plastic craw bait. The action is somewhat similar to a crankbait, but instead of a hard plastic treble hook bait, anglers can attach any type of plastic they’d prefer including creatures, craws or swimbaits among many others. The Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads allows users to create their own version on the swinging jig head with seemingly limitless possibilities for customization.

Rigging up the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads is very simple – start with a sinker peg, followed by the sliding football head and finally tie of the hook of your choice. Cinch the peg down a bit closer to the hook for a free swinging action as the bait is crawled along the bottom. The neat part about the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads is that you can utilize any hook you’d like and also add a punch skirt to the presentation if you’d like to enhance the profile. These tungsten football heads are quality throughout featuring a line protection sleeve, a quality matte finish and smooth edges along the contoured head section.

We offer the Reins Tungsten Sliding Football Heads in five sizes of two colors: Black & Green Pumpkin. Quantity varies see list below.


Weight Quantities

  • 1/4oz – 3pk
  • 3/8oz – 2pk
  • 1/2oz – 2pk
  • 3/4oz – 1pk
  • 1oz – 1pk

Lake Oroville Fishing Report by Ron Howe

Weather Clear 38-56 deg

Water stained to muddy 47-48deg

The lake came up over 65ft in 1 week, this is just amazing! As expected this changed the bite. In the morning I threw Spinnerbaits and A-rigs for the first hour with no luck fishing steep walls. I changed to a Ima Beast hunter crank bait and Boom! I stick a sold 2+ on a flat point, so I keep cranking and Boom another 2+ , I felt like I was going to crushem, but that was all the crankbait would yield all day. It was a tough day, but we mixed it up and caught a few on Rip baits and a few on Senkos and Tubes in darker colors. Cleaner water is in the Middle fork if that’s what you want to fish. At the end of the day fish moved shallow and we had some more action on Rip baits.

Good Luck

Ron Howe RB BASS Angler



RB BASS Anglers Josh Parris and Nick Lynch win AOY title in the Future Pro Tour!

RB BASS Anglers Josh Parris and Nick Lynch win the 2016 Anglers of the year Title in the Northern Region of the Future Pro Tour . Their journey began in November 2015, both were in search of partners for the 2016 season and were introduced by Ron Howe at a RB BASS Angler meeting. Ron suggested we give it a shot as young Anglers and grow together. As with any partnership they set out to fish together before committing to the next year’s season. For their first dry run, they decided to jump into an Oro Madre open tournament at lake Camanche. With one day to pre-fish they took 3rd over some of the area’s top anglers. Both quickly realized each other’s strengths and cohesion as a team and decided to fish both regions of the Future Pro Tour for 2016. Their first run was at Don Pedro for Central region. It didn’t go well, a zig when they should have zagged if you will. Finishing in 48th place, they were determined to make their next showing better. Next stop for Central region would be New Melones. Being Josh’s home lake they had a competitive edge and it paid off! Taking both 1st place and big fish, they were making a comeback.


 The rest of central region went marginal the team ended up in 8th place AOY. In the Northern region, their first stop was Lake Berryessa, and team Parris/Lynch grabbed a nice check. Next they were on Nicks home water Folsom Lake. With another strong performance, they cashed another check. Their next event would be at Clear Lake, and again they landed in the money.

Nick and Josh

The rest of the Northern season they cashed a check in every event! A big player in Josh and Nicks success was time on the water. Both team members owned boats which enabled them both to get out on the water and practice. The Northern regions last event would be at Lake Oroville. Going into this event team Parris/Lynch were leading AOY with a commanding 35 point lead.

Josh Ima 2

With some great anglers right behind them, Nick and Joshknew that they had to fish like they were still number 2. Being that neither had much experience on Oroville it became their only focus. After lots of practice and time on the water tournament day was here. They started out swinging big looking for largemouth. After two hours of nothing they realized there was too much at stake to swing big all day, so they ran back to water that had proved productive in pre-fish. Quickly they were rewarded, sacking up over 8lbs in an hour currently a competitive weight on a very stingy Lake Oroville. They decided to go back out in search of the winning fish but never found them. Before they knew it, the day was over and they ended it with 8.52, good enough for 7th place and most importantly securing there 1st place for Anglers of the year over 179 teams! 

Nick Top 10 CLear Lake

Constancy is the key in any AOY race, Josh and Nick were able to put in enough time on the water and ensure they always found decent fish. Congratulations to the RB BASS team of Josh Parris and Nick Lynch for an outstanding year and AOY victory!  Nick is one of the youngest anglers to ever win part of a AOY title.  This young RB BASS Team is Definitely a team to keep an eye on as they continue to grow their skills in Tournament Bass Fishing!

Josh Parris Clear Lake top10

Lake Oroville fishing report 10/24

Lake Oroville fishing report 10/24

Josh Parris and I fished the final Future Pro Tour event at Oroville last Saturday. The bite proved to be tough but we managed to take 7th place with 8.52lb. We had both spent lots of time pre-fishing and we got out on Friday before the tournament to put our patterns together. Here is how it went.


During pre-fish the only true big Oroville fish we caught came from way up the south arm, so that’s where we decided to start. We ran all the up to the 5mph zone and began fishing the trees. We saw fish jumping and could see them on our graph but they were not biting for us. We fished trees for an hour with no luck. We eventually caught one small keeper and decided to leave the area.


We started making our way back to the main body and hit a few little areas on the way which produced some small keepers. Most fish came on typical Oroville baits, Hula Grubs, Shaky Heads and Tubes ended up catching all the fish we weighed in. I also caught a few on a IMA Flit jerkbait in the Wakasagi color.

At about 11am we decided to go fish Canyon Creek because we thought we could at least put together 7lbs of spots up there. We idled about 5mins past the fives and started fishing, once we got close to the back we realized that this area was loaded. I picked up a 4inch green pumpkin black flake Hula Grub on a 3/8ounce head and started catching fish almost every cast. I threw it on a Dobyns SS 703C and 10lb line. We were dragging these jigs from 10ft-50ft of water. A lot of the better bites came from deeper water. Every fish that we weighed in except one came from Canyon creek on a jig.


After Canyon, we ran around a bit looking for that one better than average bite but never found it. The key for us was just to sit on the school we found and go through them till we got the slightly better fish. Most teams reported few topwater strikes if any and the winners said the key for them was locating largemouth. Other than that, it was a very finesse bite. Angler Press put on another great event, if you are new to bass fishing the Future Pro Tour is a great way to get started. Hope this helps- Nick Lynch.


13 lb Bass caught on a IMA Pinjack at New Melones

New Melones Lake Map

Lake New melones fishing report

I got out on new Melones little over a week ago with my dad for some fun fishing. I was just poking around trying to get some fish on film. The water level although higher than this time last year is on a steady fall of about 2 feet a week. Water clarity is stained through out most of the lake. I started my day running main lake points with top water and bluegill swim baits. Top water was slow, but I had two good bites on the swim bait. Both where 4-5lb spotted bass and both came off half way back to the boat. We decided to switch it up and run up river and started throwing jigs and crank baits. The jig bite was decent on the the bluff walls for 1-2lb spots. I started cranking humps and points towards the end of the day, while my dad continued throw a jig. I was throwing the IMA Pin Jack 200 on the Falcon Bucoo Deep Runner rod. The Falcon Deep Runner rod is extremely light and sensitive, I can throw it all day and always am able to feel exactly what my bait is doing or hitting. While I was running the IMA Pin Jack over a ledge my dad was dragging a jig up it. We got a double hook up! It wasn’t till my fish jumped that I realized it was big! I immediately told my dad to forget his fish and to grab the camera, and I’d land her by hand. I figured she was in the 8lb range from my short glimpse of her jumping. As she got closer to the boat it became apparent she was quite a bit bigger than 8lbs. As she was right next to the boat, I began questioning landing her by hand. The opportunity arose and I reached out and grabbed her. Realizing she would go upwards of 10 or 11lbs I wanted to get a weight and immediately get her back into the water. She went 13.01, a true summer giant! After releasing her and a few minutes of celebration we finished out the day cranking and throwing jigs for a handful more of 1-3lb fish. After reviewing the footage, I need to take a little extra time on editing it before releasing it. Hope this helps and good luck out there!
Josh Ima1
Josh Ima 2

Michael Murphy New Ima Lure Concept

Michael Murphy of Ima Lures talks about his custom design Signature series Wake Bait, Swimbait,Jerk bait.