Bobby Garland Crappie Baits
Bobby Garland, a well-known bass fisherman, had many unique soft plastic designs to his credit over many years in the fishing industry, including the Gitzit and Spider Grub. He sold his famed bass lines in the late ‘90s but still had a passion for creating quality baits, so he developed the Split Tail and Baby Shad crappie soft plastics that hit production lines in 2001. Ned and Betty Rutledge operated Bobby Garland Custom Softbaits since acquiring the brand and numerous molds from Garland in 2004, providing customers with the same high quality crappie baits and service in the way he had intended. Garland died in 2006 at age 67. Gene Larew Lures acquired the Bobby Garland product line in January 2007 and intends to keep the newly acquired brand specific to crappie baits and accessories. Among the most popular items in the Garland lineup today are the Baby Shad, Split Tail and Slab Slay’R.