Bass Pro Shops Shad Chopper Spoon Lures
Fishing for pike in Canada may not be this lure's intended use, but, it was very effective. It acts like an inline spinner when retrieving and if you let it drop, it "helicopters" down thru the water column. I caught a lot of pike on the drop and on the retrieve. Caught a couple of nice walleyes on this lure while pike fishing. It also casts very well considering it "helicopters" through the air. The lure provoked aggressive strikes and if a pike misses initially, just let it drop in the water column and they come back and smash it. There were a couple of issues, but, they were not deal-breakers. The hook was a little weak and loses its shape when catching larger pike or getting hung up on rocks (hook is easy to replace). The lure can cause some tangling in the line and leader during a cast (but, it still will retrieve fine). It sinks very quickly, so you must be careful not to get it hung up in the shallows. Product used: Gold color, 1 oz. Water type: clear, but, stained with tannins.
July 8, 2013
Can be difficult to use
Novices may have difficulty with this lure. It requires patience on the drop and attention on the retrieve beyond what other similar spoon-type lures demand. It's also difficult to use in shallow or marshy water. Best suited, I think, for deeper water around pilings, rocks, etc. where the drop can be the most critical part of the retrieve.
April 17, 2013
This is a good all around lure. Gives a lot of action and catches fish!
April 1, 2013
This has become my go to lure. I catch walleye, smallies, largemouth and anything else in the area. However, there are quality control issues, so only 4 stars. Blades fall off. eyelets can be misshaped. the hooks can straighten. Careful inspection and a pair of needlenose pliers are a must. Hooks can straighten on snags (good), but I also lost a huge smallie that fought it straight (bad). I replaced the hooks with a quality brand. This must be casted like you would a diamond jig. Just before it hits the water, either close the bail or stop the line release with your fingers. this stops the lure from line tangle (most of the time). This is truly an amazing lure that will out catch anything else on the market. They just need to address the quality control issues.
September 1, 2012