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Made from high-grade plastics for superior action and excellent durability, the Strike King® Rage Tail® line of soft plastics features designs engineered to provoke violent strikes from the biggest lunkers in the lake! Features a fat body and a bulbous, wobbling tail. Rig weightless on a 4/0 or 6/0 wide gap hook, with the tail up.
Splashes like mad on the surface. The silver bling looks just like a shad skipping on the surface. Hook-ups are really tough. I use mono on topwaters because mono floats; the stretch in mono hurts hooksets when dealing with a dense piece of plastic. Might try a 6/0 hook completely exposed thru top. 7/0 probably too big. Read some articles that T-rigging thru the side solves hook setting problems. I'll give it a try.
September 18, 2012
Great lure to have
This is a great lure. I have caught so many fish on them.The one down fall is the tail tears real easy. I superglue them back closed and that gets me one or two more bass.They might be a little costly but they will catch the bass
September 10, 2012
Excellent topwater bait!
This is an excellent topwater bait. Practically weedless and easy to fish in heavy cover. I prefer it 10 to 1 over a frog. Best fished with a 5/0 hook. The only drawback I have found with it is that it is not very durable. Too soft!
May 28, 2012
This is by far one of the best top-water lures I've ever used. It fishes basically as a weedless softplasic buzzbait that bass annihilate. The only downside is as with may softplastics the durability isn't fantastic but you can usually superglue the rips and tear to get another few fish out of them on the next trip.
April 26, 2012
Not at all. When the fish blows up on this bait, and they will, just pause your retrieve for a moment and then lean in to a nice solid hook set. If you are using a sharp hook, of the right size (Moaner 4/0 Keel weighted Stroker hook), a rod with the correct action (medium heavy) and some braided line then you will be fine and dandy.
rig them on a keel weighted hooks such as the MOANER Stroker hook with the 1/8 oz keel weight. I use the 4/0 size. This will prevent the bait from rolling as you reel them in. Using a bait casting reel as opposed to a spinning reel is helpful as well.
BE SURE TO USE A 5/0 OR 6/0 HOOK AND BE SURE TO HOOK THEM RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE WHERE THE LINE IS WITH TAIL PROTRUDINGG UP. I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE A SWMINAR WHERE A FACTORY REP SHOWED HOW TO HOOK THEM UP. ON THE RAGE WEB SITE IT SHOWS HOW TO HOOK THEM.
The proper way to rig a Strike King Rage Shad is tail up with a wide gap worm hook. I use size 4/0. Rig it Texas style and weightless with one flat wide side down and the other up. Think of it as reeling a pancake across the surface. They are made to be a surface lure and will not twist if rigged right. Once you see and hear the action you may never use a buzzbait again!
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