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PAYCHECK PUNCHING SKIRTS

Paycheck Punching Skirts

Tested Colors/Patterns: Gas Money, Money Maker, and All the Options

MSRP: $6.69 per 2pk

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First Impression: The skirts seemed to have special coloration and really keep a wide flare out of the water and in the water. Although, the colors were stepping out of the box for me it didn’t stop me from testing them.

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I pulled these skirts through rock piles, brush piles, lily pads, and laydowns with the skirts staying in one piece. The lure holds up extremely well.
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The bass have been all over these skirts when paired with the right bait. They only seem to work when a big profile baits is the key.
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The entire lure is a special trait because it creates a jig profile but allows you to get into tight cover better. Not to metion the unique color schemes.
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These punching skirts seem to be high priced at first, but as you use them and realize how durable they are, you will realize that they are well worth the money.
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Punching skirts are functional in many types of cover. There are only so many ways to fish them, but the types of cover and water conditions seem to be endless.
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Paycheck Baits Punching Skirts have become a main stay in my tackle box and will continue to be there. Take the time and use them and you will be successful.
Pros Cons
Skirt Flares Perfectly Not Sold Locally
Great for Flipping & Pitching
Unique Colors Patterns
Very Durable

RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are a few recommendations that you should consider before using the Paycheck Baits Punching Skirts. My first suggestion is to come into this with an open mind. Yes these skirts makes the same profile as a jig. However, in thick cover the lure pentrates and doesn’t hang up nearly as much. Whether you are fishing mat weeds, lily pads and brush piles the lure will make it through the cover fast than a jig. Not only does it make it through the cover faster, but it hangs up in the cover less because it is essentially a Texas Rig. Be sure that you peg your weight. It doesn’t matter if you are using tungsten, lead, or a metal weight, the skirt and lure preform better when the weight is pegged. Some modifications that you can make include triming the skirt and weight or lure size match with the skirt. Tougher days may requirement a smaller skirt. This is one lure that I will never be without again and you shouldn’t either.

You can find more information about the Paycheck Baits Punching Skirt visit their website.

ABOUT THE CRITIC : You must know that I am very critical of my lures. I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them. I consider any lure over 8 great and any lure over 6 good. Anything less than 6 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

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NORMAN RAZOR MINNOW

Tested Size(s): 3/8oz and 4 1/2″ length without the lures bill.

Tested Colors/Patterns: SX Shad and Ultra Slick

MSRP: $5.00

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First Impression: This jerkbait has more of a wide wobble action than any I have ever seen. The thin tall body creates the action and show a different profile than other baits.

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The body, paint, bill, and o-rings on the razor minnow are top notch. However, the hooks on this lure should be changed when you purchase the lure. They tend to bend very easily.
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We have found that walleye, largemouth bass and striped bass aggressively and consistently hit the razor minnow.
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The tall thin body that creates the wide wobble action of a crankbait has this jerkbait in a class of its own.
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The Norman Lures Razor Minnow is reasonably price and leaves you money to replace the hooks.
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Razor Mnnows can truly only be working in two ways. First, you can slowly retrieve the lure using a cast and reel or cast in pull method. Second, these lures are very effective when trolled.
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The Razor Minnow is one of the best trolling jerkbaits that I have seen. With the price of jerkbaits and lures on the rise the Razor Minnow is still a bargin as well.
Pros Cons
Unique Wobbling Action Will Not Slash Like Most Jerkbaits
Excellent For Trolling Hooks Straighten Easily
Good Profile Size Not Easy to Find Locally
Unique Color Patterns

RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are a few recommendations that you should consider before throwing these lures that will make you more successful. The first thing to do is change the hooks out. I am not sure what hooks came standard on these lures, but I would switch them to short shank VMC or Mustad hooks. Adding red hooks seemed to make a slight difference as well. This lure seemed to work best while you had a constant retrieve. Trolling seemed to be the most successful, but making long casts and retrieving with a sweeping motion and only using the reel to bring up the slack also worked. Another thing to consider is matching the forage of the lake which you are fishing. Color does matter! This bait has a perfect profile for most baitfish in our local lakes. You will not be disappointed.

You can find more information about getting the Norman Razor Minnow.

ABOUT THE CRITIC : You must know that I am very critical of my lures.  I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them.  I consider any lure over 8 great and any lure over 6 good.  Anything less than 6 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

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All Terrain Tackle Football Head Jig

Product Type: Jigs

Tested Size(s): 3/8oz,  1/2 oz, and 3/4 oz

Tested Colors/Patterns: black/blue, natural craw

MSRP: $3.29

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First Impression: This football head is a little different then others.  It has grooved head that should help it grab the bottom and give you a better feel for what you are fishing.

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These jigs holding up pretty well given the areas that you fishing them. Even after banging them off rocks, roadbeds, and wood all day, the hook is still sharp and the head is not too banged up.
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The largemouth have been eating them up, so what else can you ask for.
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The grooved head really does help you feel what you are fishing, especially wood. Those grooves also seem to help the jig stand more upright when it crawls a crossed the bottom
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The All Terrain Tackle Football Heads are some of the more affordable on the market.
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Great diversity, you can put just about any trailer you want on them and change the action, shape, and size of the bait. These jigs are just as affective in 3 feet of water as they are in 30 feet.
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These football heads are some of the better ones on the market. Good hooks, good skirts, the grooved heads, all at a good price. They work great, just casting them out and dragging them back to you.

Pros Cons
Holds up well Limited number of colors
Brush guard match the bait nicely Limited sizes
Strong hooks

RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are a few recommendations that you should consider before throwing these lures to make you more successful.  Consider what you are going to be fishing with these lures, rocks, stumps, ect. You want to be sure to use a good fluorocarbon line, 15-20 lb test.  Fluorocarbon line has many advantages, it’s more abrasive resistant, has lower stretch, and it’s virtually invisible under the water.  Another thing to consider is the trailer that you put on your jig.  Twin tail grub, craws, and creatures are all good choices.  As far as color goes, a black and blue jig with a black or black with blue fleck trailer is a classic .

You can find more information about All Terrain Tackle Football Head Jigs.

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Hippo Tackle 5″ Hollow Core Tube Swimbaits

Product Type: Soft Plastic Swimbait

Tested Size(s): 5”

Tested Colors/Patterns: Hitch, Blue Back Herring, Fire Tiger, Shad

MSRP: $6.99

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First Impression: This is the softest swimbait I have every seen.  Has a great profile, excellent colors, and is very flexible.

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They are very soft so they will get ripped up after a few fish, but for as soft as they are they hold up surprising well.
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Looks very life like in the water. Had alewife swimming right along with it, thought the swimbiat was one of their own
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Much thinner then other hollow swimbaits on the market.
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The Hippo swimbait are not the cheapest on the market but you are getting a good quality product.
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Read the article on How to Rig soft swimbaits and you will see how versatile this bait really is
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The best soft swimbait I have used to date.

Pros Cons
Super Flexible Rips easier then others
Great Color Selection
Execellent Action
Well tuned, runs straight

RECOMMENDATIONS: Here are a few recommendations that you should consider before throwing these lures to make you more successful.  First, the better the water clarity the better the lure will work.  These lures, no matter the brand, can be unsuccessful during muddy water conditions.  Medium current conditions are optimal.  Also, through these lures with a flexible rod that has enough backbone to sink the hook.  I prefer a 6.2:1 ratio baitcasting reel.  If you are getting short strikes put a stinger treble hook on the swimbait hook.  You will be surprised how many fish you catch on this hook.

Leo’s Thoughts: I have been playing with swimbaits in general for a couple of years now.  Hippo Tackle’s 5” Hollow Core Tube Swimbait is one of the finest soft plastic swimbaits I have ever used.  They claim that the hook can be weighted or non-weighted and still run true.  This is true, but you have to retrieve the lure slow when throwing it without a weighed hook.  Slow retrieves tend to work best for weighted hooks as well.  I have never held a soft plastic swimbait that was so soft and flexible.  This translates into fantastic life-like action that matches any swimbait on the market.  The soft body has 1 down fall and that is it will rip easier.  More than likely you will still get multiple fish on the same lure, but they don’t last as long as some other brands.  Hippo has generated a nice set of colors that covers most of the baitfish options that you could want.  The only other down fall I discovered is that you can’t find them locally.  Or at least I haven’t found them locally.  For me that isn’t a problem because I order almost all of my lures online.  Overall I rank this lure a 42 out of 50 because The water conditions determine if this lure is going to work or not.  I promise you that if I am traveling to a clear water lake, these lures will be on several rods.

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Berkley Chigger Craw Product Review

Product Type: Crawfish – Soft Plastic

Tested Size(s): 3” and 4”

Tested Colors/Patterns: Black/Blue, Green Pumpkin, Green Pumpkin Party

MSRP: $3.49

First Impression: This craw has good profile with large claws.  The Chigger Craw has the scent Berkley is known for.

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Multiple fish can be caught on the same chigger craw, but watch those warm summer days because the claws seem to tear easier then.
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The advantage to this craw bait is that it can be used on multiple methods: jig trailer, texas rig, Carolina rig, shaky head, and drop shot. The fish love this lure.
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Unlike some craws the Berkley Chigger Craw has a ton of scent. Not just any scent, it is the Berkley Powerbait Scent that seems to drive fish crazy.
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The count size to the price is very reasonable. Add in the fact that you will more than likely catch multiple fish on each lure and it is a definite buy.
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I have caught fish on these lures on just about every body of water, every structure type, and every technique that I have tried with them. This lure is a winner.
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Great overall Bait. See My Recommendations below

Mike Iaconelli shows you how he uses the Berkley Chigger Craw as jig trailer…Watch

Pros Cons
Berkley Scent Claws Tear Easily
Size Availability
Color Selection
Used in Multiple Techniques
Good Action

RECOMMENDATIONS: The first this I recommend is buying some of these great lures.  Go with the colors that you are most confident in.  You will find that these lures really work well in multiple situations.  Personally, I have two methods that I really like.  First, I love texas rigging these lures and flipping them into tight cover.  No matter what stage of the spawn the bass are in and the time of year, I always managed to catch a couple pegging a ¼oz. bullet weight with a 3/0 hook and a size 4 chigger craw.  I will recommend varying the size of your hook for different cover.  My other favorite technique to use with the chigger craw is using it as a jig trailer.  I have caught more bass on bass jigs with chigger craws as trailers that I have with regular jig trailers.  They add bulk to the jig and don’t forget about the powerbait scent that is in them.  Other techniques to try with the chigger craws include:  using them on a shaky head jig, drop shot, and Carolina rig.  The 3” version is especially good for the shaky head jig and drop shot method.  Although the 4” bait is a little small and sinks it can still be effective on a Carolina rig.  Don’t be afraid to try some of the different colors that Berkley makes.  Go to www.berkley-fishing.com to find more tips and see which professional fishermen endorse this product.

ABOUT THE CRITIC : You must know that I am very critical of my lures.  I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them.  I consider any lure over 40 great and any lure over 30 good.  Anything less than 30 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

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Berkley Powerbait Manic Shad Review

Berkley Powerbait Manic Shad

Product Type Swimbait
Tested Size(s) 3”, 4”, 5”
Tested Colors/Patterns Fathead, Firetiger, Smelt,
MSRP $5.99

manic shad

FishPittsburgh.com Score

(1- Poor to 10 – Fantastic)

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Score

Notes

Durability

9

Manic Shad is very durable because the soft plastic body is medium density.  It is not easily torn and there are extra body in each pack.

“Fish Appeal”

7

I have experienced a lot of fish (Bass mostly) following the bait to the boat and then striking because of the action.

Special Traits

7

The rubber blade in the front of the lure gives it an unique action.  This blade allows it to be easily adjusted.

Price

5

Because the lure is very durable and has a great action I believe that the price is very fair.

Diversity

5

Fish in the local rivers, ponds, and lakes have shown interest, but wind or current will mess with the lures action.

Total

33/50

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RECOMMENDATIONS: First, if you purchase the manic shad, rig the lure with a barrel swivel about 8 inches up the line.  This will help eliminate line twisting.  Another thought is to use lighter line with the 3” versus a little heavier line for the 5” size.  I like 8lb test for the 3” and I used 15lb test for the 5” size.  Check your hooks before you start fishing because most of them are sharp but I found a couple that were slightly sharper than I like.  Take a file and sharpen the hook and you will be ready to catch some fish.

Berkley Powerbait Manic Shad

Pros

Cons

Action is Unique Line Twist
Durable Lack of hook-ups
Color Selection Inconsistent Hook Sharpness
Ability to be tuned
Size Availability

ABOUT THE CRITIC: You must know that I am very critical of my lures.  I only have about 3 lures that I use that would receive a perfect 50 and I personally modify those lures once I have them.  I consider any lure over 40 great and any lure over 30 good.  Anything less than 30 and you probably won’t see it in my tackle box.

First of many Smallies on 4” firetiger at Chautauqua.

First of many Smallies on 4” firetiger at Chautauqua.

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