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Other than the big, meaty body, we don't know how these unique Softbaits got their names. After all, the Strike King® KVD Perfect Plastics Rodent and Baby Rodent's waving legs and dual tail flaps suggest a different kind of critter altogether. But there's no doubting that the Rodents will do a number on big bass. Strike King's level of detail is unmatched, and the profile and action will attract plenty of attention even in heavy cover. Jig it or rig it, and hold on tight! Strike King's Rodents are enhanced with real coffee bean granules and coffee bean oil to give the tubes an earthy tinge and a naturally strong scent/taste big bass are eager to slurp up. Not only does the coffee scent/flavor entice and encourage fish to hold the bite longer, it also works to mask human scents. They are salt-impregnated too!
Big, meaty profile attracts plenty of attention
Waving legs and dual tail flaps do a number on big bass
Enhanced with coffee bean granules and coffee bean oil for unmatched scent and taste
This is my personal favorite beaver-style bait. It has good action in both the 3" and 4" sizes.
January 5, 2012
Like the Rodent
I bought both sizes of the Rodent in a variety of colors. I got bites on each color and size. I was amazed at the number of strikes I got compared to other baits we tried that day. However, I was not impressed with the ability to use these baits for an extended period of time. Each fish I caught knocked the bait completely off the hook. So after each fish I had to get a new one out of the package. In fact, after just a few strikes, the bait would become almost useless. One completely lost 2 of the appendages after only 2 strikes. As I looked in the bag to get another out, I noticed I had one in the bag that was already missing one of the appendages. This, of course, is a quality control problem and not a problem of the bait itself, but falling apart so easily is a quality that I can't afford to deal with, since there are only 6 in the bag of the large size and 8 of the small size. If you're one of those lucky guys that catch 15-25 bass on each outing, you'll need at least 4-5 bags for one day of fishing.
October 13, 2011
this product is great i fish it on a round jig-head i cast by a shoreline with scum on the top, if there is little pockets in the scum try there they will ussaly strike on the drop but if not than twitch a few times wait a few seconds then reel and cast in a different spot but if you get caught on lilly pads say goodbye to that one because they are not very strong at all but fished on a texas rig that the soft plastic rips easy and theres a better hook set
August 12, 2011
Awesome for both largemouth and smallies!!
These baits really get bit!! I took a couple packs of the 5" watermelon red/blk flake down to the Elkhorn Creek in Kentucky and texas rigged them. I fished them along the creeks edge as well as let them tumble and roll down the current. Both methods were irresistible! Landed a 5 pound largemouth along the creek edge and caught well over a dozen smallies in the main current. My only complaint is that you don't get many per package. A 12 ct. would be more value for the price.
July 25, 2011
I do use the baby rodent in green or pumpkin colors flipping in the rivers i fish here at home in michigan, Bait works real well when the smallies are holding in the weeds out of the current and are unwilling to chase other baits, Actually wood or weeds out of the current or any structure on the shore this will work well. Good reaction bait whenyou drop it ontheir heads. When smallies are active i have much better success fishing the bottom more actively with a tube bait or a football head jig with a craw trailer
1 year, 7 months ago
- dearborn heights, mi
It can be, I've used it on football heads when the fish would not touch a tube.
use a worm hook and fix it texas rig, hide the eye and line in the lure. If you are doing sight/spawning bed fishing - I recommend to not use any weight - just drop the lure in the bed and raise and lower the lure, walking it accross the bed - it will prodrude strike after strike. I have had great success with this bait - watermelon with red flake.
I prefer to rig this on a texas rig setup with a 4.0 wide gap hook. This allows you to throw in wood with out hang ups. Bait is really durable. It is also meaty so make sure your hook is in the center of the bait, or you'll really have a tough time getting the hook through the bait on hook set.
it depends what kind of fishing you are doing. you want a heavier, pegged weight (3/8oz-3/4oz) for fishing heavy cover so it falls straight through the cover. if fishing shallow water you may not need a weight and you will get a slower rate of fall. Use a 4/0 to 5/0 size hook. hope this helps
I have tried both methods. For me the best is to rig it on a finesse type hooks the kind with the weight at the head of the hook. I run the hook so it exits from the side. This way it lies flat no matter how it lands. and the claws always face up.
No weight and use a 3/0 or 4/0 worm hook; hide the hook eye and remaining line. Sight fish by bouncing lure in the spawing bed, stop - repeat after a few seconds. The fish will be irritated and curious. It will come right up to the lure while it is still - then move it a little and HOLD ON. Great succes with watermelon with red flake.
i like to rig the regular rodent with a 4/0 hook and the baby with a 2/0. This has worked well with me and i have not lost any amount of fish like this. I always peg both sizes 95% of the time because i consider this a superior flipping or pitching bait. 1/2 oz is as heavy as i go unless you are really fishing extremely heavy weeds. Regular weeds or wood or docks i almost always use a 3/8oz. as this allows for a slower fall. I suppose you could texas rig this unweighted and drag it over the slop but i think other soft plastics would work better for this
1 year, 7 months ago
- dearborn heights, mi
I like it with weight. I typically throw a zoom trick worm if I am weightless. It really performs. Back to this bait. Depending on the depth I am fishing at and the speed of the boat or how fast your walking the bank depends on the weight. I like to fish this bait slow, so I throw it with light weight like 1/8th oz or 1/4oz when going slow and shallow. This also helps with spooking weary fish. Must be bullet style weight. This way you can throw it on wood. I use a 4.0 wide gap hook. Make sure you texas rig the bait and keep the hook in the center of the bait otherwise the hookset will be tough unless your fishing with a telephone pole haha. If are more of a power fisherman then you will want heavier weight to get your bait where you want it right away. Typically a 3/8oz or 1/2oz will get you where you want in that scenario. If your punching through thick vegitation then at minimal you need a 3/4oz weight preferrably a 1 oz weight. Make sure you have the right rod in your hand with this type of fishing. A lighter rod will break on a 2lb fish with 4lbs of grass on it. Trust me on that one. Good luck. Hope this helps.
You can rig it w/ a weight or w/out. Just depends on where the fish are. If you need to get it to the bottom where the brush is, you're going to need a weight. My favorite way to fish these types of baits is as a jig trailer. If you're going to rig it weedless, use an EWG hook, size 2/0.
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