Bass Pro Shops XPS Slim Dog Hardbaits
Tops everything else i've used.
i baught Bass Pro's lure kit consisting of a handfull of XPS lures, the kit included a 09 (ghost shad) colored slim dog lure. I was REALLY looking forward to using it the moment i saw it and tore it out of it's package.
I know bass LOVE top water action, food, just anything that breaks the surface and ripples attention to the bass.
I'm a top water guy, and there are two reasons why i LOVE this lure.
1. It's casting ability: The lure has a couple of metal balls inside that clank together and make that rattle sound, they also fall straight to the back tip of the lure and push that weight far to the end during a cast. This is what gives the lure a long smooth cast, it doesn't twirle or move side to side during the cast, even on slightly windy days, it flies relatively straight and even for some of your longer casts wont create a giant splash; that is because it slides in tail first like the a diver falling from 20 feet as opposed to a cannon ball from 2 feet. it's a minimal slash. I also worked this lure along the weedy edges of a lake, i'm talking about casting it no further than 20 feet from my targets, and this lure can really really allow you to pin point them with acuracy. It's just basically a lure that you will love if you use top waters to pin point structures.
2. It's cathing ability: This is my first walk-the-dog type of lure i've baught and used correctly. when i was a kid i had no idea what to do with them other than to reel them in. now i actually use them quite expertly. It can be worked with a straight forward motion, with the left-right -eft side action or any other array that may come to mind. it looks like the head of a snake if you use it correctly, which is fine ffor the bass as it can produce some of those violent splashy attacks on the lure if used in this manner. but then when the fish are holding on tight to structure and really want to get a good look , i let them. i would give it slight twiches, then sharp ones, then pause, and go slight again, pause, and usually i get a stright right then and there. the key is this lure will look good if it just sits alone, and then the rattles call the fish when you give it a slight twich. this only works, however, in holes where you KNOW there are fish holding in there but are reluctant to bite, and it must be during afternoon when you can see them chase the minnows to the surface.
i just love this lure, i switch to it all the time. some days i catch bass on every other cast, other days it'll catch only 1 or 2. it's a great lure, i will be buying more of them in different colours.
August 21, 2006
A little different then other top water stick bait , but like things that are different . Well made
August 17, 2014
Not bad could be better
It works as it should but isn't as easy to use as the strike king brand I think the eyelet messes it up a little
June 18, 2014
Great lure! It has a great zig zag action that's easy to do and bass love it. It's also got great weight to it at just under a half ounce can cast a mile. I picked up a couple from my local BPS a few weeks ago and have caught 20+ 3 and 4 pounders here in south Florida with it!
April 13, 2014