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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.
Strike King's directions on rigging this shad "tail up" is confusing people and causing them to rig this shad wrong. When you rig it right, you will catch fish! This shad is a topwater lure. It swims flat on top of the water like a frog or an injured shad swimming sideways on top of the water. Not vertical like a healthy shad! Rig it like you would rig a frog. Make sure you split the tail on the new ones, they leave them connected by a thin layer of the material so they don't get deformed in the package.
February 22, 2008
Back of the package said best used weightless on a 4/0 to 6/0 wide gap hook. I rigged it on a 5/0 wide gap hook, 5 different ways, and no matter which way I did it, all it did was spin like a football spiral on retrieve. I'll try it on a jig head like the previous reviewer suggested and see if that helps, but I was singularly unimpressed with my early endeavors.
February 9, 2008
Look! It's a shad! No wait...
Whether you find this bait resembling a shad, or something unknown to bass, this bait will flat out catch fish. It is great for schooling fish, but best on a spinner head, like a Road Runner or Swarming Hornet. I don't know if the bass see this bait as a shad, or just an appetizing-looking prey item, but they sure do eat this thing. The tail gives out tons of vibration, and has a very good action, almost identical to Zoom's ultravibe series of baits. However, I only gave this bait four starts because this is one of the least versatile baits I have ever used. You can use it on a jighead, but the possiblities pretty much end there. The body is too round to use on a standard worm rig, like a texas rig or a carolina rig. I recommend fluorocarbon to get the best out of this lure.
December 29, 2007
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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