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What lure has given you the biggest positive surprise and biggest disappointment?

Surprise - Eakins Finesse Jig

Disappointment - Cavitron Buzz Bait - black with red blade

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Hmm, great question.

Surprise= BBZ-1 8" swimbait

Disappointment= too tough to recall but will go with go with manns jelly worm-chartreuse green.

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Surprise: this goes back a while, and now I am not surprised because they are my go to hard baits, but Strike King cranks, any of them. They, for me, out produce much more expensive stuff on a regular basis, I have very few QC issues with there mass produced stuff, and when you loss a bunch of them every year to things with teeth, $6 a pop hurts alot less than $15.

Dissapointment: any and every thing with the Rapala name on it. It's all over priced junk. From DT's that break bills off left and right, X-raps that sink and take on water, the list goes on and on. Cherish your Rapala baits made in the 80's because the new ones are garbage. And there customer service, or should I say lack of, is laughable.

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Surprise: 1/8th oz weights....I caught so many more fish when I down-sized weights on my soft plastics especially when I got used to casting the lighter weight, will never go back

Disappointment: Snag Proof Frogs (besides Ish's Phat Frog...different hooks)

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Biggest surprise= Academy H20 Square bill's. I broke off my last KVD 1.5 Sunday on a tree and tied on an H20 squarebill I have had for a while that was unused. Flat out tore em up. I was VERY surprised at the "hunting" action this crank has much like the KVD series I'm in love with. Durable paint and a nice rattle. The hooks are so so. But for a few bucks I have no complaints!

Biggest disappointment= Not really a disapointment since I sort of expected them to be crap- BPS cranks of any kind. I cant really think of many baits I have been disappointed in because I don't buy all kinds of makes and models. I stick with SK for the most part and am a happy camper.

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My biggest surprise was the rebirth of a spinnerbait as my numbers bait. It just flat out produced all year.

My biggest disappointment was a jig. I completly lost confidence it what has been my confidence bait. My fishing log proves that I wasn't mistaken. Less than 30 fish caught on jigs this year. I actually caught more fish on tubes which I rarely use.

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Surprise: jigging live (oversize) bluegull. 30" and 31" bass in two days!!

Disappointment: All crankbaits, have yet to land a largemouth bass on one, though I have caught stripers and saltwater trout on them.

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Biggest surprise: Original Slug go. I couldn't believe how bass would annihilate this shapeless piece of plastic whatever. Disappointment Sebile Magic swimmer. I ordered 1 after watching an Elite series event and still have to catch a keeper on it.

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Surprise would be Vibe worms, When I got them I didn't think they would produce like they have this year for me.

Dissappointment would be Mag Trick Worm Wat Red. Fished trick worms with great success this yr but haven't gotten anything worth a hoot on these. Dunno if it is the color or a different action.

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Surprise: 1/8th oz weights....I caught so many more fish when I down-sized weights on my soft plastics especially when I got used to casting the lighter weight, will never go back

Disappointment: Snag Proof Frogs (besides Ish's Phat Frog...different hooks)

Same here. Back before our lakes were overfished I used heavier weights. This day and age , light weights rule.

Biggest disappointment . A homemade buzzbait I purchased last summer. It would not squeak . I left it in a rental boat for someone else to use.

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Surprise: Fat Ika. Looking at it, I thought there's no way it would catch fish. Now, it's my #1 producer by far.

Disappointment: Red Eye Shad. I know you guys slay with them, but I have literally never caught a single fish with one. I do however, kill with the old school rattle trap.

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Surprise - The size of fish that will eat a Bite-It! Baits Double x being it is a reletivly small bait.

Dissapointment- That SK plastics are not more competivly priced per bait. I have really taken a liking to caffiene shads and rage craws but hard to justify the cost if you go through a lot of baits. I think a lot of the cost comes from marketing packaging etc when imo the baits would sell them selves without all the hype if they were priced close to zoom,netbait,berkley etc. I like the Rodents also but hard to justify paying the same price as the original RI Sweet Beaver and getting 4 less baits in a pack.

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Surprise: this goes back a while, and now I am not surprised because they are my go to hard baits, but Strike King cranks, any of them. They, for me, out produce much more expensive stuff on a regular basis, I have very few QC issues with there mass produced stuff, and when you loss a bunch of them every year to things with teeth, $6 a pop hurts alot less than $15.

Dissapointment: any and every thing with the Rapala name on it. It's all over priced junk. From DT's that break bills off left and right, X-raps that sink and take on water, the list goes on and on. Cherish your Rapala baits made in the 80's because the new ones are garbage. And there customer service, or should I say lack of, is laughable.

I'm with you ww2. The DT bill issue has been ridiculous. I can't fish them the way I want to because the bills break so easily. I have contacted Rapala about it and didn't get any response. With many of us on here complaining about the broken lips its amazing that they don't try to fix the problem. Apparently they have made enough money on them that they don't care.

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That does seem like a pretty common issue, bad service and poor quality will catch up with them.

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Surprise: Berkley Shaky Worm, 5" in red shad. Tied these on with a red 4/0 ewg hook one rainy day and i spent the rest of the day cussing up a storm over line breaks due to big fish.

Disappointment: Zoom Super Flukes. I don't know if it's the way i'm fishing them or the color or what, but i've never had a single tap on these lures.

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Surprise: Gambler Big EZ (I catch 1 lbers on them too, lol)

Disappointment: Chatterbaits.

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Surprise: Luck-E-Strike Rick Clunn Squarebills

Disappointment: BPS plastic lizards/any BPS plastic.

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Surprise- Spro baby popper frog

dissappointment- ?

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Surprise would be a tie between h2o square bills on the lake and yum mighty bugs on the river. Both has produced well

Disappointment--- Alabama rig. Can't catch a thing with that stupid thing.

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Surprise buzz baits

Disappointment Dancin Eel

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Surprise: the yozuri pins minnow 2-3/4 jerkbait. The variety of fish from decent size bass, to chunky crappie, perch and pickerel, i love this bait, definitely my favorite jerkbait.

Disappointment: Pretty much all live target crankbaits, ive had no luck with the perch, pumpkinseed, bluegills, crayfish and smallmouth bass. I ended selling them all on ebay, lol. I do better with r2s, rick clunn, sk cranks.

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surprise-15" inch worm fished a night tournament this year with a guy that drug some of those out. i laughed at him until he started catching fish......then sheepishly asked to borrow one.

disappointment- beaver style baits, i have fished with different styles a couple of times and have yet to catch a fish. probably just a matter of time though. i haven't given up on them yet.

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Surprise: 1/16 rooster tail. For years I have thrown the larger sizes without any luck. Last year I bought a 1/16 size that was on sale at the local bait shop. I have caught everything on that from LM bass to small sunfish.

Disappointment: Bought a couple of chatterbaits when they first came out. I have used them pretty regular over the years and have never gotten a single strike on them.

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Biggest surprise bait for me is the Yum F2 ribbon tail. I stuck one of them on a Luck E Strike football jig head, and I catch bass like no other. Biggest disappointment bait is the Rage Tail Smokin' Rooster. I've fished it quite a few times, and haven't caught anything. It looks amazing in the water, but maybe it's too "loud" for the sissy bass in our lake?

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