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Handpainted hardbaits at a great price! Bass Pro Shops® XTS™ Lures feature all your favorite colors plus a few you won't find elsewhere, all intricately detailed for true-to-life presentations in any water. Great action throughout the line. All styles have 3-D Lazerball eyes, Lazer finish with hand painted detail, and VMC premium trebles. This proven Lures Minnow is designed to rise on the pause. Produces a nice, wide wobble--excellent for steady retrieves, stop-and-go or use as a subsurface jerkbait.
Dollar for Dollar, the BEST lure on the market
don't get me wrong, i LOVE the Rapala 'Flatrap', Lucky Craft 'Shallow Pointer', etc., but i HATE losing $8-$20 lures!
these $3 floating lures are great for casting into shallow, rocky rivers. i started using them years ago (when they were Lews), and i have caught a number of quality fish. they have great action, even when you just swim them (i think because of the arched back). they cast like a bullet and you're never afraid to cast them ANYWHERE because they're so inexpensive to replace. the hooks may not be the greatest but they held up fine when i was pulling this 18+" smallmouth out of the river last month. ( =
my ONLY complaint is about these lures is the limited variety of colors. last year, i lost a great "clown" color (#47?) one that i had for many years, and caught many fish on. however, i was unable to replace it due to discontinuation. bring back this color, PLEASE!
August 10, 2012
This lure is pretty decent for the price. The paint job isn't very good, an doesn't have much detail. It seems to be a little cheap, but for $3.00 it's worth it. I like buying these cheaper lures for fishing heavy rip rap, submerged trees, and big weed bed edges. I don't mine losing a $3 lure compared to the $8 Rapala. Hooks are good and sharp, but overall it's just an average lure.
August 8, 2012
Excellent Small Stream Lure
I had this lure (2 inch model) on the shelf for a year or more and decided to try it out for some small stream trout/smallmouth. Glad I did. Casts great on my BPS UltraLite Combo (4'8" with 4 lbs line) and trout/smallies love it. Really good for smaller streams. As this runs fairly shallow, was worried about it not producing in deeper runs, but the fish rise to get it, so happy there too. As this is small and lite, has casting distance limitations typical with this size lure. Brown Trout color is producing most for me. Jerking retrieve while reeling is also best for me. Also, a lot better tail action that I would have thought on a constant retrieve. No problems with hooks for this size lure. One lip broke off when I cast is by accident against a cement wall - no other problems. EXCELLENT value!
July 9, 2012
Nice for the price
I love these lures but I would recommend changing out the hooks they bend very easy
June 8, 2012
It depends on where you are at and what time of year and the weather conditions are. Where I am in the smaller reservoirs, they like gold and black back or chrome and black back.. In the bigger lakes they tend to like the ghost colors and shad colors. These speed minnows are ok for the price, but I like the BPS pro minnows the best. hope this helps!
Depends on the light conditions of the day. For partly sunning to bright sun, I have found the Chartruse(yellow)/silver to work best. On more overcast (low light day) Black/Gold or Purple/silver. It goes to the general rule of light conditions use light lures;darker use darker colors
Same for Bass Chratruse/Silver Bright days. Black/Gold for darker days. I have read and experienced that fish rarely if ever have a real preference for color. Rather, light conditions make a certian color more visible than others at certain water depths.
the size depends on the clarity of the water, and time of the year. Till the end of July, I would use 2" or 3". Color, again, always have a burnt red with black ribs, medium green top,pearl sides and hot pink belly.
Not really. If you cast it softly, a brand new one fished on #2 o#4 test will float. Once you begin your retrieve, it wil sink to 18-24". The depth and thightness of the action can be adjusted, as with any crank bait, by ever so slightly bending the "eye" on the front of the lure. For these, very slight pressure from your thumb is all it takes. You can also adjust the dept by tieing on with a snap swivel or by adding a few coils of wire to the hook shafts. As you use this lure, slight amounts of water enter it and a well used one will no longer float
Yes, the lure is made in China. But, while I do prefer buying American made products, the lure works very well. It has a very aggressive action that big fish like! The hooks that come on the XPS lure are not very strong however. I change them to stronger(American Made) treble hooks!
Yes, Muskie will hit very well on nearly all the XPS / XTS lures (as will Pike). The best way to determine what color is best, is to try several different ones in different light conditions (cloudy, sunny, dawn, dusk, etc.). You will quickly find out which work best and when.
You will need a small split ring (like the one that is usually on car keys but LOTS smaller). There are split ring pliers that you can get to open the split rings because it is almost impossible to get them open with your fingers. Then just attach the hook and the lure to the split ring and you're done.
Exact size is not critical as long as the replacement is not so large that it fouls the other hook. Experiment with slightly larger hooks and you can get this lure to sink more. Always use a pair of split ring pliers. The tool makes the process quick and safe.
Hook size is 8 on the 2 1/2" lure and size 6 on the larger one. If any of the hooks break, simply buy treble hooks at the tackle shop and install them. In fact, I replace the hooks on all XPS lures before I use them. They are much to soft and weak for any larger fish.
The minnow color of this lure used to be sold by BPS. It was the Lazer Eye Saltwater Series. 6 3/4" long, the color was mullet. We use red fingernail polish to paint up the gills and use it for musky fishing. I nicknamed this bait "Old Reliable" due to it effectiveness in drawing in musky when other baits wouldn't work. My fishing partner and I still use what we have left and it's still very effective.