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Havoc Sick Fish - Any New Reports?

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Guys,

 

There is more about the Sick Fish vs the Trash Fish on this forum than there is anything about catching fish on the Havoc Sick Fish.  Has anyone had any experience fishing this thing?  How to best rig it? etc.

 

I am heading to Texas this weekend and would like some ideas on successful they have been for others.

 

Thanks

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I bought two packs, but have yet to fish them. I have one rigged up on a 1/2oz chatterbait just waiting though.

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My only report is that I have too many packs of these (27) to have never fished them yet.

You've won this round bait monkey/marketing/cool packaging.

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My only report is that I have too many packs of these (27) to have never fished them yet.

You've won this round bait monkey/marketing/cool packaging.

 

That's quite the collection there!  Better get to fishing them.   :eyebrows:

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My only report is that I have too many packs of these (27) to have never fished them yet.

You've won this round bait monkey/marketing/cool packaging.

 

bait monkey got me too. At the bps spring sale i picked up 15 packs. They better catch fish lol

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I got a bad feeling ya'll got took!

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They fish well.  They're different than the trash fish, really.  They're similar but harder plastic and don't have the same "thump."

The entire key to the bait is using the right hook.  My preference is the Owner Beast 4/0 on the 4.5" version and the 6/0 on the 5.5".  Using a standard swimbait hook places the hook too far back in the body because you have to use such a large hook to get the clearance.

I DO NOT like them on a jig head at all.  Some will say it works fine, but the action is dead and you lose the horizontal glide of the bait.

 

I've caught a few fish on them at Table Rock and on Beaver with them this spring.

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I haven't caught a bass on one yet but I have thrown the 4" a few times. I think it has good action and I fully expect to catch plenty of fish on them once the water warms up. They have a more subtle action than a Basstrix type bait which is good IMO. The water in the lake I normally fish is a lot more stained right now than normal due to lots of rain so I don't think this is a great choice due to the more subtle tail action but I will be right back fishing them as soon as the water clears.

 

I've only rigged one so far and it's on the same hook already suggested, Beast 4/0. It has good action rigged this way and I have a lot of faith in these hooks so I'm happy as of now.

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I have been fishing the 3" on a drop shot with good success

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Still catching fish on mine on a belly weighted swimbait hook. Still impressed with how many fish I can catch on a single bait. Quickly becoming my favorite non prerigged soft swimbait. Going to take some of the 3" ones to the White River in Arkansas the first week of April to toss at some big brown trout hopefully  :eyebrows:

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I wanted to buy one but you all are a bunch of sick fish hogs. My bass pro didnt have a single one on the wall... not one. Do you really need 100 packs before even seeing if they work?

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I bought two packs, but have yet to fish them. I have one rigged up on a 1/2oz chatterbait just waiting though.

Ooh that sounds like a good combo.  I've been trying to figure out how I'm going to rig them considering they have a more definitive fish shape than most plastics.

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I bought 2 packs to test them out in the Texas waters this weekend.  I rigged them on a 3/0 weighted EWG hook.  Seemed to fit just right in the slot.

 

I also added a treble hook trailer to it based on some reviews on other sites.  We shall see how it works out.

 

:-)

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I haven't caught a bass on one yet but I have thrown the 4" a few times. I think it has good action and I fully expect to catch plenty of fish on them once the water warms up. They have a more subtle action than a Basstrix type bait which is good IMO. The water in the lake I normally fish is a lot more stained right now than normal due to lots of rain so I don't think this is a great choice due to the more subtle tail action but I will be right back fishing them as soon as the water clears.

 

I've only rigged one so far and it's on the same hook already suggested, Beast 4/0. It has good action rigged this way and I have a lot of faith in these hooks so I'm happy as of now.

sickfish40_zps78132d62.jpg

Is that the standard split ring that comes with those hooks?  It looks pretty beefy.

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I bought two packs, but have yet to fish them. I have one rigged up on a 1/2oz chatterbait just waiting though.

Great idea!

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I wanted to buy one but you all are a bunch of sick fish hogs. My bass pro didnt have a single one on the wall... not one. Do you really need 100 packs before even seeing if they work?

yes, I got 15 packs, thats 30 baits. Once i rig up an umbrella rig, rig em as trailers on swim jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits. That doesnt leave much left over.  I do the same with Shadalicious swimbaits, when i see them on sale i grab as much as my wallet will allow.

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Is that the standard split ring that comes with those hooks?  It looks pretty beefy.

 

No, these hooks do not come with split rings. I read somewhere a long time ago about putting one through the eye on hooks that are going to be used for "swimming" type baits because it lets the bait have a little extra movement in the water as opposed to tying directly to the hook eye.  

 

The split ring is a Bass Pro brand split ring, fairly cheap and easy to get. They've performed pretty good for me though, nothing bad to report.

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I haven't caught a bass on one yet but I have thrown the 4" a few times. I think it has good action and I fully expect to catch plenty of fish on them once the water warms up. They have a more subtle action than a Basstrix type bait which is good IMO. The water in the lake I normally fish is a lot more stained right now than normal due to lots of rain so I don't think this is a great choice due to the more subtle tail action but I will be right back fishing them as soon as the water clears.

 

I've only rigged one so far and it's on the same hook already suggested, Beast 4/0. It has good action rigged this way and I have a lot of faith in these hooks so I'm happy as of now.

sickfish40_zps78132d62.jpg

 

 

does the split ring on front give it better action?

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I believe it does. It lets the bait rock side to side more than if you tie direct.

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I bought 2 packs to test them out in the Texas waters this weekend.  I rigged them on a 3/0 weighted EWG hook.  Seemed to fit just right in the slot.

 

I also added a treble hook trailer to it based on some reviews on other sites.  We shall see how it works out.

 

:-)

 

Whereabouts in Texas will you be fishing? I'm wiling to bet you will enjoy the climate just a little bit better than up north, lol!

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Whereabouts in Texas will you be fishing? I'm wiling to bet you will enjoy the climate just a little bit better than up north, lol!

I will be in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I am so excited to be in warmer climates. Hope I catch a lunker to post online!

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I got a chance to see them in action this weekend and I must say that I am extremely disappointed in them. The tail had no action at slow retrieves. I found I needed to retrieve it pretty fast to get action out of the lure.

I bought them under the pretenses that it would be an effective slow roll swimbait. I'm sure when the faster bite is on it will work well but for slow presentations this is NOT your bait.

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A guy I know from another forum caught a 8# in Oregon (2/3rd of state record)... but it was on a Trash Fish, not the Berkely bait.

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I got a chance to see them in action this weekend and I must say that I am extremely disappointed in them. The tail had no action at slow retrieves. I found I needed to retrieve it pretty fast to get action out of the lure.

I bought them under the pretenses that it would be an effective slow roll swimbait. I'm sure when the faster bite is on it will work well but for slow presentations this is NOT your bait.

 

This is where you will see the difference in price and craftsmanship.

 

Definitely one of the places you will see what "hand poured" and "mass produced" really means.

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I got a chance to see them in action this weekend and I must say that I am extremely disappointed in them. The tail had no action at slow retrieves. I found I needed to retrieve it pretty fast to get action out of the lure.

I bought them under the pretenses that it would be an effective slow roll swimbait. I'm sure when the faster bite is on it will work well but for slow presentations this is NOT your bait.

 

You can use a razor to remove some of the plastic where the tail should bend.  Just start with small subtractions, since once cut, you can't go back.

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