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What Inexpensive Lure Do You Use That Exceeds Your Expectation And Price Point?

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So what inexpensive lures do you use that maybe look and/or perform better than you originally thought they would or that the price point indicated? I have a couple, but the first one that sticks with me and I have the same reaction every time I use it, the Storm Twitch Stick. This jerkbait is fast becoming a favorite, but it was only $5 bucks, so I got one because I liked the look of it online but when I got it I was really impressed with how nice it was for the price, it even has decent hooks which is almost unheard of at that price point. I have to say that after my first one I now have 6 of them, four in the size 10 and two in the size 8, the size 8 takes a single suspend dot to make it suspend but the larger size 10 has been good, in high water temps at or near 50 degrees it needs 1/2 of a suspend dot to make it suspend but even without it rises very slowly. I can add the Rouges to this list at only $1 dollar more or $2 dollars more for the upgraded models like the Cabela's G-Finish rogues and my last one is the Bomber Square A, that little square bill bangs off rocks and comes through cover with the best of them and like every bait I talked about, it just flat out catches fish. Because they are inexpensive I wasn't expecting a lot when I got my first one and it was given to me as a gift and years later it is a staple in my box, and even though I throw a lot of different square bills, the square A is only one I have every time I'm out.

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Havoc soft plastics. $2.99 for a a bag of 8-10 baits (on average some have less, some have more), and I have yet to find one that's a dud. I have replaced all my higher priced plastics with Havoc baits, and have not looked back. Some , like the Pit Boss for example are almost as good as it gets for that style of bait. And I was..............WAS............a big fan of the R.I. Beavers, until I switched to the Pit Boss's.

 

Boss jig making materials are about as good as it gets for jigs (for me) I can make my own head skirt combos with quality heads/skirts for on average $1 or more less than the jigs sold by the big names (SK. Booyah, etc....) or the custom jig makers.

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Some of BPS 2" wake baits....think they were less then $4 and have caught more fish on that wakebait then the more expensive ones I have. And although not really inexpensive, but in the world of swimbait fishing, the Savage Gear's 8" line thru's have have really impressed me and is about half the price of most swimbaits in that size range.

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Probably for me would be NetBait Paca Craws.....rigged weightless. 

 

Much like a senko, they just seem to catch lethargic bass on hot summer days.

 

And they're cheap!

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Wiggle Warts.  Who knew?!??  Some aren't even inexpensive anymore!  It never ceases to amaze me that when something stands out and just flat out works, the public will adjust the demand and price accordingly.    

 

 

Also, this silly little SnagProof leech I have.  I pulled the tiny frog style hook they put in it for a bigger sharper one and all of a sudden this ridiculous looking cheapo bait crushes 'em left and right.   

 

 

Oh, and Lunker City plastics.  They last FOREVER (probably the most durable plastic I'm aware of) and they give you a lot per package.  Their Slug-Go SS is probably my favorite sexy finesse T-rig worm and they take a BEATING even with the fine whip tail.  Really nice guys too.       

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All of the Bass Pro Shops XPS lures at fairly good quality. On par w/much more expensive baits. Big Bite Baits soft Plastics are also a good value that perform very well.

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I still like to toss a fluke in the springtime.

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It hasn't been mentioned yet, but I know a lot of guys here like them.....if I hear/read about one more person saying how good the Academy H20 line of hard baits are for the $$, I am going to have to break down and buy some. LOL

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Gamblers Flappy Daddy craws, there web site has them in bulk (50) for $20 and they work great as trailers. Just enough arm movement as a trailer to cause strikes. They have a fairly strong garlic smell that last. With segmented bodies you have 3 sizes to use per bait. Going to try them with MegaStrikes pro shakey head.

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I've had a lot of luck with the bps smaller jerks.

My only compliant is the extremely terrible hook quality on them...

Of course that can be fixed!

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Zoom finnese worm cheap compared to how many fish I catch .

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Strike King Premier spinnerbaits with the DSG label.  A great rock and bottom contact spinnerbait.

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Ive had pretty good luck with alot of the h20 products. The spinnerbaits and squarebills definately exceeded my expectations

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None of your "budget" cranks can compete with 2 bucks a piece Rapala lures from BPS´ clearance bin, Only problem is that you gotta be there when that happens, unfortunately those clearances only take place at the stores and never on-line.

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BPS XPS cranks and jerks

Academy's Hardbaits

 

Don't know why but I find zoom soft plastics all the time for $1.99 so i'll add them here.

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probably my top 3 favorites are the Berkley havoc pit bosses($3),strike king kvd 1.5(got it on sale for $4)& the original wal--mart cheap arkie jigs(can get them for a little under $2).all have worked very well for me.so much so that they've become 3 of my all time favorites.

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Strike king crankbaits. I know Ike and jared lintner use them (to name a couple) and they're not even sponsored! Ive even heard aaron martens talk about them. Definitely one of the better buys in hardbaits.

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Rapala shad raps and strike king squarbills can't beat either of them on the price..

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Walmart spinnerbaits and buzzbaits. One buck. Customize the blade(s) and skirt to the conditions at the lake and get bit by todes. The buzzbaits need to be tweaked a little but they are a perfect size for smallies.

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H20 Express Square Bills -  Always seem to work. 

 

Berkley Havoc Pit Boss - Great colors and designs for a great price.

 

Zoom Finesse Worms - A large bag 'o worms that flat out catch fish. 

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All of the Bass Pro Shops XPS lures at fairly good quality. On par w/much more expensive baits. Big Bite Baits soft Plastics are also a good value that perform very well.

 

 

Bomber square A's are cheap, they flat out catch fish!

I'll x2 these and add in Xcalibur crankbaits and rebel wee R's

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Cabela's Go-To DT Skirt

 

 

Just flat catches fish for me.  Usually T-rig them weightless and do a slow stop and go twitchy retrieve.

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Havoc soft plastics. $2.99 for a a bag of 8-10 baits (on average some have less, some have more), and I have yet to find one that's a dud. I have replaced all my higher priced plastics with Havoc baits, and have not looked back. Some , like the Pit Boss for example are almost as good as it gets for that style of bait. And I was..............WAS............a big fan of the R.I. Beavers, until I switched to the Pit Boss's.

 

Boss jig making materials are about as good as it gets for jigs (for me) I can make my own head skirt combos with quality heads/skirts for on average $1 or more less than the jigs sold by the big names (SK. Booyah, etc....) or the custom jig makers.

Nailed it right on the head when it comes to soft plastics and jigs. I do the same aswell.

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