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As promised I wanted to give my impressions and experiences of this bait that Karl so graciousely sent to me for winning a contest.

I used it today for the first time and the action of the bait is good as it has good side to side wobble. It produces a fair amount of vibration. The color on this lure is nice and it has a top notch blade that flashes really well.

No for the unpleasant part.

Today was really windy and I had difficulty casting this lure into any wind. I am not sure what weight mine is, but I would have liked a heavier version. Mine might be a 3/8 ounce? Also, I only used this bait for 10 minutes and after this time the paint was worn off the head on both sides. I was perplexed at this as I didn't catch any fish on it. I thought could the grass that I was ripping this bait out of have done this? Then it dawned on me that the blade must hit the sides of the lead head on each end when it wobbles which in turn rubs the paint off. This might be why Rad lures version uses gold or Silver heads (Metallic as opposed to painted?)

In any event, I would like to see this issue resolved as I have 2 spots on the jig head that are missing paint. The bright side is that this is an indication of how much this bait vibrates :D

Karl, the bait is good quality and the components are top notch. My real issue with the bait is the painted head and the durability of the paint job. Fix this part and you will have the total package. I would probably like a minimum of a 1/2 ounce version or even a 3/4 ounce version better. These baits are just too light for my liking. The lighter they are the higher they ride up in the water column.

Thanks for sending me the bait and allowing me the opportunity to fish with it and have an opportunity to catch fish on it.
 

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My paint only came off to make some beautiful eyes for my little E.T. ...
I love the way it looks. I'm not sure as to what you are talking about... Did it lose any paint in other places?
And I'm sure you had the 3/8 but he can hook you up with somethng bigger.
 

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I ordered the blades and other parts, made some up, and was disappointed. They rattled like a Rad Lure, but the head gets stripped of paint after a couple of casts. I don't know how Rad Lures overcame that problem, wish I knew.

Mary, the blade swings back & forth sideways cutting into the head pretty violently. If it doesn't contact the head like that it won't make the wild noise, but will vibrate. Soft lead and commercially available paints won't hold up.

Jim
 

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No for the unpleasant part.

Today was really windy and I had difficulty casting this lure into any wind. I am not sure what weight mine is, but I would have liked a heavier version. Mine might be a 3/8 ounce? Also, I only used this bait for 10 minutes and after this time the paint was worn off the head on both sides. I was perplexed at this as I didn't catch any fish on it. I thought could the grass that I was ripping this bait out of have done this? Then it dawned on me that the blade must hit the sides of the lead head on each end when it wobbles which in turn rubs the paint off. This might be why Rad lures version uses gold or Silver heads (Metallic as opposed to painted?)

In any event, I would like to see this issue resolved as I have 2 spots on the jig head that are missing paint. The bright side is that this is an indication of how much this bait vibrates
OK My answer to this one is, on the package it came in, it states why the paint was chipped off. Here is a quote from the Home Page of my website.
Tired of Missing Fish? GotstaFish Tackle's VibraShock may be the answer!!!


Like many people out there, I just had to try the "Chatter type baits" when they came out. I seemed to get a lot of hits but few hook-ups. After playing around with different designs, I came up with a solution. I created the VibraShock SwimBlade, it may look similar to the others on the market, but do not be fooled by the similar looks, it's not! It was designed to get the fish to strike the front of the bait instead of the trailer. This is accomplished by creating more vibration and sound from the jig head and not the trailer. Not only does the blade vibrate wildly, but it is also designed to strike the jig head with every undulation. This causes the head to take on the appearance of having "Alien Eyes" and is a normal effect of the lures performance. Try one for yourself and feel the difference! This lure is a real Head Banger!!!
Now, as far as not being able to cast a 3/8 ounce head into the wind. Some of us can and some of us can't, I don't know your skill level or your equipment but I personally have no trouble with a 3/8oz. I do offer 1/2, 3/4 and 1 ounce models but the 3/8 is by far my biggest seller outselling all other 100 to 1. That is why I give the 3/8 ounce as prizes.

I ordered the blades and other parts, made some up, and was disappointed. They rattled like a Rad Lure, but the head gets stripped of paint after a couple of casts. I don't know how Rad Lures overcame that problem, wish I knew.

Mary, the blade swings back & forth sideways cutting into the head pretty violently. If it doesn't contact the head like that it won't make the wild noise, but will vibrate. Soft lead and commercially available paints won't hold up.

Jim
Same deal, its suppose to strike the head, this is why the hook-up ratios are higher with the VibraShock compared to others. Its all on the package and my website. I appreciate your opinions but this is not a design flaw, it was meant to be. I use only cured powder paint which in my opinion is the most durable finish available. Not many finishes can take a beating like this head produces, none to be exact. ;D

I'd like to thank you all for your comments and believe me, if a finish ever comes out that can handle the beating that this bad boy puts out I will definitely change the painting process. ;)
 

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How do I go about getting one of these try on Rayburn next week?
They will eat that Chatterbait over there, I think I will like the noisey one! :thumbup01:
 

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CHADWLY said:
How do I go about getting one of these try on Rayburn next week?
They will eat that Chatterbait over there, I think I will like the noisey one! :thumbup01:
Contact me in a PM and I'll give you a discount ;)
 
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I'd like to thank you all for your comments and believe me, if a finish ever comes out that can handle the beating that this bad boy puts out I will defiantly change the painting process. Wink
Have you tried epoxy on the jig head? Or maybe glue a piece of thin metal to each spot where the blade hits thus increasing the noise yet making it not look as bad. That was my concern was that the paint was rubbed off.
 

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I'd like to thank you all for your comments and believe me, if a finish ever comes out that can handle the beating that this bad boy puts out I will defiantly change the painting process. Wink
Have you tried epoxy on the jig head? Or maybe glue a piece of thin metal to each spot where the blade hits thus increasing the noise yet making it not look as bad. That was my concern was that the paint was rubbed off.
Gluing metal to the head would be a tedious process and increase the production cost considerably. The eye like effect adds more flash to the already attention getting effects of the noise and vibration. It was my intention for this to happen so there will be no change in the process. Thanks for your input though. All comments are welcome. :D
 

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Also, I think gluing metal to the head would give the line something to catch or rub on, increasin the chances of the line being damaged.
 

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I am not trying to sound like a you know what but honestly, do you think that the fish cares that two spots are worn off? If you are going for something that just catches your eye than get a chatterbait. If you want something that catches fish try the vibrashock. Once again I will say this and the # is probaly different everytime I say it 80% of lures are to catch the angler only 20% will catch the fish.
 

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80% of lures are to catch the angler only 20% will catch the fish.
definitely true

damn the bait monkey! lol
 

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I think two worn off spots on the head of the bait that look like eyes can mak a big difference. Bass key in and strike the eyes of what they are eating. thus having eyes at the front o the bait along with the sound the bait makes from the front and the vibration from the front of the boat it will increase hookups, because the bass will be focusing and striking the front of the bait.
 

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Buzbait88 said:
I think two worn off spots on the head of the bait that look like eyes can mak a big difference. Bass key in and strike the eyes of what they are eating. thus having eyes at the front o the bait along with the sound the bait makes from the front and the vibration from the front of the boat it will increase hookups, because the bass will be focusing and striking the front of the bait.
Do you believe the bass target eyes or did read somewhere that bass target eyes? It's true that some bait fish, like shad, have developed false eyes or a dark dot on the back end. How this is makes a predator target the dark spot in lieu of the bright real eyes at the head is questionable. We have 3D holographic eyes on some lures today that really look good to fisherman, do they catch more bass or fisherman?
I paint my own home made jigs with testers model enamel to keep the lead from oxidizing and give the head some color. I do not use hard baked enamels because they chip. You could not sell my jigs because they are ugly, no metal flakes, no eyes and plain paint. Not only do these homely jigs catch bass, they catch the most weary of all bass...giant bass in clear water. It's all in the eye of the beholder, not the bass.
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First and foremost I am a fisherman. My passion for the sport is what drove me to make this bait. The bait sells itself and it catches fish. If you prefer to have a nice shiny head on your lure then my product was not meant for you, but, if you enjoy catching fish then try to ignore the "faults" and just fish ;D My bait was never designed to catch the fishermen, only the fish.
 

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GotstaFish said:
First and foremost I am a fisherman. My passion for the sport is what drove me to make this bait. The bait sells itself and it catches fish. If you prefer to have a nice shiny head on your lure then my product was not meant for you, but, if you enjoy catching fish then try to ignore the "faults" and just fish ;D My bait was never designed to catch the fishermen, only the fish.
very well said.
 

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davidva said:
What are those most popular colors right now with these lures?

David :angelwings:
It depends on the area and the type of water but I would say Fogy Green is my hottest seller by a margin of 2-1.
 
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