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Tried out the Rage Tail Structure Bug last night, and couldn't keep them off. My elbow is sore this morning.

 

At first I had them texas rigged, but noticed that they would occasionally flip on the retrieve. They were still hauling bass but I missed a few hookups and I assumed it was because the hook was probably upside down. So I looked in my tackle box for a an alternative rig.

 

Dusted off some nice 3/0 screw-lock hooks with the tiny weight on the keel (I don't know how heavy but they were tiny - 1/16 at most, probably smaller) and tried them that way. It was awesome! They kept horizontal on the fall and the crawl. I was killing them in the shallows this way, retrieving slowly enough to tick every bit on the bottom with the occasional pause and twitch, and the lure would keep its position perfectly at all times. Skin-hooked, I was able to put the bug in the nastiest junk and see it through. Also, there was nary a missed hook up for hours. Just fish after fish after fish.

 

Anyway, this probably isn't news to most of you, but I just wanted to pass on my experience. The Structure Bug is a new favorite of mine, and rigged this way it kills them in shallow water.

 

The bag is gone (30+ fish will do that), but the memories are forever.

 

 

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Haha, so this is the post! I google searched the lure because I had no idea what it looked like and I need a spinnerbait trailer so it actually looks like a good trailer! Thank you

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X2 on the Structure Bug.  I was on vacation at Kentucky Lake last week and used a Structure Bug on a SK Jointed Structure head fishing ledges, slowly crawling it along the bottom with occasional pauses.  My group caught fish on various plastics (SK Rage Craw, SK Space Monkey, big worms, shaky head w/ finesse worm) but all of my fish were caught on the Structure Bug.  I just couldn't put it down.

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OP what you're describing is essentially a rage rig and yes, it is awesome. Pretty much makes any piece of plastic a creature swimbait.

Now go try it with a smokin' rooster, just load up on the Ibuprofen first if your elbow hurts already ;)

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yeah, they are great!  You really can not go wrong with them.  

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SteveO what color were ya using?

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SteveO what color were ya using?

 

I used PB&J color all week. Lubed up with Megastrike Original and the tips of the claws dipped in Spike-It chartreuse garlic.  SK Jointed Structure head in 1/2 ounce.

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Thanks SteveO going up for days starting Monday... Gonna be throwing some jigs, big worms, cranks and gonna throw a big scrounger..

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Good luck Memphis, I hope you whack 'em!!!!!

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I like them but I still catch more on the Rage Craw. 

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I bought some of these last night. It was the last pack they had. I can't remember the color but I also picked a structure jig head to put them on. Hopefully will get to try them out before to long. Its supposed to be up near 100 degrees next week so it maybe be the week after before I go.

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I bought some of these last night. It was the last pack they had. I can't remember the color but I also picked a structure jig head to put them on. Hopefully will get to try them out before to long. Its supposed to be up near 100 degrees next week so it maybe be the week after before I go.

100 degrees is rough. What are your water temps your fishing?

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100 degrees is rough. What are your water temps your fishing?

 

 

I'm not sure. Its been over a month since I have had the boat in the water. I would guess its in the 70s now on the main lake.

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Water temps here in south Florida are in the 90-93 range right now. Makes for some tough fishing.

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I have had the best luck with the Jika Rig with The Bug by itself,

but try it as a trailer for your Rage Blades or Chatterbaits and see

what you think. This was my #1 presentation in 2014.

 

 

 

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I absolutely love this bait. Texas Rig in the grass or using the Strike King jointed Structure Head . I stuck two 4lbers and a 6lb 2 oz kicker last Sunday at a lake by my house that has a reputation as a panfish lake . This is lake not known as a Big Bass factory by the locals :smiley:  but I fish there because it's quiet on the weekends other than a few guys fishing for panfish . Used the 3/4 oz jighead and if they didn't hit on the way down I would drag it like a football jig . The Blue Craw color was my choice last Sunday . Would love to see them add a Candy Craw color which is another color that Strike King offers in some of their other baits . 

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I really like them and so do the fish, BUT they are destroyed after landing two fish and the smaller bass\sunfish constantly rip the arms off. I'm fishing them texas rigged on a 5/0 EWG and the front gets torn to pieces quickly. I may use them for tournaments, but I think I'll stick to the cheaper/more durable beaver baits for fun fishing.

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Water temps here in south Florida are in the 90-93 range right now. Makes for some tough fishing.

Ain't that the truth!!

Mike

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The bug is awesome.  We pounded the big smallies on it in MI in late May.  One of my favorites is Bama Craw.  I generally fish them on a T rig or Sway jig.

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Two other suggestions:

 

Jika Rig

 

As a trailer on the Rage Blade.

 

 

 

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I ran out of rage craws in Black and blue the other day day and had to use a structure bug. I have used them as trailers before with not much luck but I absolutely smoked them with it this time though

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