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
Slim Dog is well worth the money especially if you stock up when they are on sale.. The hooks are fine never straightened one out. Just sharpern a little before using and your good to go. Have cracked a couple of lures but as often as they are used and slammed into the rocks, not bad. Have caught several fish using this lure around timber, hydrilla and lilly pads. Easy to fish, good colors and produces strikes. What else do you want?
September 3, 2012
Very Good Action
The results I have had with this top water lure have been as good as with the Zara Spook. EXCELLENT
August 15, 2012
Best deal in all of fishing!
These things walk incredibly easy and well. I think it has to do with the fact that it doesn't really "cut" back and forth in the water. It has a little bit of a glide/drift to it which makes it pretty easy to get the things going side to side almost 180 degrees. On my third cast a bass jumped completely out of the water for this lure, but missed it. The cast after that the same bass did it again but the hooks set, and held on tight. Amazing lures, and worth the price. This kit is a must have.
August 7, 2012