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I've been checking out the mega bass jerkbaits, I've heard good things about them.  But are they truly worth the premium price? Anyone using them? If so what do you think about them?

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Using them? Yes

Worth the price? IMO, most of the time not.

I used to be a big fan of their jerkbaits but with the price of one jerkbait around $25 a piece I think there are better options. The last few years I have been using more of the Lucky Craft pointers than any other bait. Between $15-17 a piece, and unlike MB baits, they are readily available on sale for 15-20% off. At that rate I can buy 2 LC baits to just one MB bait. LC offers tons of colors, dive depths, profiles, etc to help you find the right jerkbait.

Also if you fish waters with Pike, Muskie, or Pickerel than, the odds of losing one two one of these fish is also high.

Yes, there are some days the MB 110 is a dominant bait and its success has been well documented in various tournaments across the country but to me it is a good bait but not worth the price tag IMO. While I have never had an issue with any of the baits I have owned there have been issues with the bills breaking for some folks. Will I buy another 110? Probably, but it is very far down the list of jerkbaits I would consider right now. Duo Realis 100s and Ima Flits are also good choices for great prices too.

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There's lots of knockoffs of the Megabass 110 body style that work very well. The MB bait will trigger strikes at times others won't, but sometimes the other baits will work better than the MB too. Durability is my biggest issue with them. I've never had one last a season (most don't make it but a couple trips), before the bill falls off from hitting rocks during the retrieve. To me, that's unacceptable from a $25 jerkbait. I have some Trick Darters, but I won't be buying anymore 110's unless I find a steal. 

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I think the Ito Vision 110 is an exceptional lure and collecting them is my passion. I have bought them over the years always on "special". My average cost I would guess is around $15. We have them pop up on our Flea Market occasionally, too. One of the keys for fishing the 110 is light line on spinning tackle which is how they were designed to be fished in Japan.

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X-80 Trick Darter is their best jerkbait. Stay glued to eBay for some great deals.

absolutely worth it.

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Value will always be subjective.  I like their actions and I like the patterns, but they are a bit cost prohibitive.  So is every other premium product on the planet too fwiw. 

 

Do they catch all the fish all the time?  Of course not.  They do have a great erratic action that is a nice compliment to the more rolly dart you get from say a LC 100SP though.  I will never not have Megabass jerkbaits on my tackle box.  

 

I have megabass jerks from the 1/8oz smolt all the way up to the 1oz Kanata and they are all awesome at what they do.  

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I really like Megabass baits especially the S-Crank and the Pop Max but the 110 doesn't really impress me as much. Like others have said the bill durability is aggravating for a $25 bait. If I want a jerkbait with a long slender profile such as the 110 I would prefer to use a LC Flash Pointer SP

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Lucky craft is just as good. So is anything from Rapala and/or Strike King. Lot's of northern around where I fish. Have one take a 25$ lure and you'll regret throwing it! I bought a bunch of LC's this spring from Cabela's for 4.99 and 6.99. normally they are $16. 2nd time I've seen this sale. Save your money and wait for the sale.

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I'm not spending 25 dollars on something that most likely will get bitten off by a pickeral eventually. Only time I spend that much on a lure is swimbaits. And generally the pickerel aren't able to chew through the 20lb CXX I throw them on. I'm sure they are great jerkbaits, but those and lucky craft pointers just aren't worth it to me considering the risk. I do have one pointer but that was because I got it in sale. 

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They are worth it to me.  Doesn't mean I don't also have LC's, Rapala's, Smithwicks, Duo's, etc, in my boat...But more often than not my jerkbait rods have MB baits tied on.  

I've never broken a bill on mine, but I don't bang them off rocks either.  If I'm fishing around rocks and my goal is to make contact with them, I'll use the 110 FX...The folding bill seems to take a pretty good beating (or I'll use a Pointer or X-Rap).

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give me a bomber long a any day.

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I like the X-80, but have never used a 110. I own X-Raps, Rogues and Twitch Sticks right now. I will be buying more MB/LC jerks and others.

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With the literally million other lures out there that produce and are reasonably priced unless wealthy or a collector not a chance in Lucifer's house would a guy tie $25 cash to a fishing line and throw it way out there hoping a big fish will eat it and he can safely get it back to him. Otherwise that would look to be what is commonly called koo koo. :stupid:

$25 a piece for a bass lure not a chance. As a collector of purdy lures hey what ever floats your boat. Pun intended :D

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If you have any toothy critters in your waters, absolutely not. I know the feeling of setting the hook on a Megabass only to feel slack line, trolling to where the strike happened only to watch your jerkbait/money slowly sinking out of your life forever.

I enjoy throwing jerkbaits all year round, as we have a ton of angry Smallies in Michigan and the largemouth/occasional walleye also love them. Each action has its time and place and jerksbaits have quickly become my confidence bait year round when bass are busting baitfish in open water. After far losing far to many megabass to Pike & Musky I have switched to throwing Lucky Strike RC Stx. They have the same action as the 110s and are nearly as effective and come in good variety of colors for about 1/3 the price. Once you upgrade the trebles/split rings they are killer, but the smaller size is almost to light to fish.

But I will say that the Vision 110 Jr's are a whole different bag of worms, in my opinion they are unparalleled when targeting river smallmouth. 

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I use quite a few different jerkbaits, and usually have a jerkbait tied on all year.. and man I can't resist the Vision 110. I know they are expensive, I know i'll be sad if a pike breaks me off (only has happened once) but the bait is just so awesome. They cast farther than any other jerkbait I own and they have a very unique action. They always catch fish! The pumpkinseed paint job is a killer on my bluegill filled Minnesota lakes. I have a vision 110 tied onto my jerkbait rod 95% of the time all season. 

I get a kick out of the fact that most of us don't blink at buying $200 rods and $300 reels but draw the line at a +$20 bait. I think you get what you pay for with the Vision. 

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I primarily throw 110s but as Logan said that don't mean I don't own a bunch of LC pointers, Duo's Rapala's along with a few others. I do believe they do draw more strikes then the others, but that could be just a confidence thing. I feel the action is a little more subtle then the LCs. I've personally never broken any so I cant complain at all about the durability, but I mainly fish real deep reservoirs and once your 10' off the bank your in 20FOW. I will say that I've been throwing the same 110 ITO tour premium in wakasagi for two years now and its caught hundreds of bass including a bunch of pikerals and its still going strong, the finish is looking a little worse for wear and I've swapped out the hooks a couple times now and thanks to an extendable lure retriever shes hanging in there. My buddy that I fish with pretty much every weekend absolutely hates that lure, but he cant deny it's fish catching abilities...

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