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This slab-sided, deep-bellied vibrating bait is specially tuned to call in feeding fish from all directions. Its weighted, sculptured body houses multiple rattle chambers filled with small beads; the tight wiggling action sends out a continuous loud signal that can't be ignored. A great search lure, designed for long casts and retrieval at any depth.
Rated 5 out of 5 by anglerchik29 Great value
Just used this lure for the first time and on the second cast, BAM! nailed a nice sized largemouth using the green shad color. Great erratic swim motion. Definitely glad to have it in the arsenal.
May 9, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by GodGunsGuts Good lure, lackluster finish
It is a fantastic lure with great action/sound, but the one and only complaint with it is the finish/color fades and chipped off with me after a couple days fishing it.
February 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Singchane It was good!!
I was using this jig for the first time for striper it work real good,but I lost it to the fish...I have to buy more of it. may be I should stock up!
December 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by krisfishz9 Great Bait
This is my go to bait when I need a fish in the boat. My personal favorite color is the green shad. It's green on top with white on the sides. I call it the "white mamba". I can catch fish on it when others aren't getting bit on anything else. I do change the back hooks to a wide bite type hook.
October 23, 2013
To be honest, this is more of a bass bait than a trout bait. However, i caught a very small trout on this lure so it can be done! To do this I used a medium-slow steady retrieve and just waited for a strike.
I have not had much luck catching trout with this bait. In my opinion they are a little to wide. I have caught trout with them but very few. I would use a skinnier and as long or longer lure. In Ma I also don't have very large trout. Normal size are 15" if lucky 18" to 20" is maximum. Good luck!
you are very unlikely to catch a trout on this type of lure... it COULD happen - anything's possible - but a small spoon or in-line spinner would be a much better choice for trout fishing. This lure is designed primarily for bass fishing.
I tie my line directly to it using a Rapala Knot which leaves a loop so it has free range to strut its stuff. Just google Rapala Knot, its pretty easy if you practice it a few times and I am yet to have that knot fail me.
Tie it directly to your line. It will have better action and you can feel the lure moving through the water. That will also lead to feeling a strike. I usually fish lipless baits in the cooler seasons so the strike can be lethargic. Feeling is everything during that time. I sometimes would attach a wire leader if I'm going for pike, but thats as far as I will go.
The best method I have found is BPS fast lock bass snaps. They allow the bait alot of freedom but also don't weigh the bait down to affect vibration. Also makes changing colors a breeze. I tie the snap using a palomar knot, very strong reliable knot.
I have never used the Red Eye . I bought two rattle shad on afternoon and used them that night and had my limit of 25 White Bass in the boat in less than two hours. Now it is the only lure my son-in-law and daughter use
I use both and I think they both are great but for the money the XPS works great I caught more fish then my partner on the same day throwing the same color but he was using the red eye and me the XPS both in XXXgold shad color
I have used both red eye shad and the XPS rattle shad. I prefer the red eye shad when fishing the 1/2 oz. cranks in average to deep water, but I love to use the 1/4 oz. XPS rattle shad in shallow water 5ft. or less. Both have great action and perform well, but I think the XPS rattle shad has better color options, lure design, and is a little lighter than the red eye shad in both sizes.
Both baits are great! The Red eye shad is probably best fished in situations were you want the bait to sink allot because of its little wiggle on the drop, and thats when big bass, from my experience, will come up suck the bait in due to the fact it's an easy meal. In the same way the XPS rattle shad is most successful with plenty of pauses and twitches during the retrieve. Both great value for money, both worth having in the tackle box!
As with any type fishing, it pays to have a good assortment of lures and colors available. I use both and I have had my best luck with the small xps rattle shad. When i fish larger ones i use red eye and X-cailber ones. Hopes this helps.
The red eye shad just sinks quicker in my opinion. I can fish shallow water with fast retrieve with the XPS rattle shad. It runs true all of the time. I can't fish the red eye shad in the shallow water (3 ft or less) without it picking up the weeds. I use a 6:1 ratio reel. I can also feel the xps rattle more when being retrieved. In early spring, I recommend the xps over the red eye shad.
Match the hatch. In the lakes I fish there are a lot of panfish, I typically run colors that resemble them. The river I fish has shiners in it and I do well on blue/chrome or black/chrome. The new XXX chrome shad has worked very well in both situations.
The color of lure should be determined by the lake you are fishing. First and foremost try to match the forage in the lake or pond, second in some cases the water clarity will dictate to a degree what color to use.