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Well, I'll get straight to the point, for those of you who have used both brands, which one do you prefer and why? If price wasn't a factor either, which one would you choose? I've had great success with both, but I am wondering if SK is the way to go due to durability? I'm not here to discuss the Googan Squad because frankly I'm not a fan of them, I just like their baits and they have produced well for me. I haven't used SK since the beginning of the season and can't really tell if one is more durable than the other due to this. 

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1 hour ago, Largies4Life said:

I'm not here to discuss the Googan Squad because frankly I'm not a fan of them, I just like their baits and they have produced well for me

When I'm not a fan, I don't monetarily support. There are way too many options otherwise. While their baits may catch a fish they're not that unique. 

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56 minutes ago, Big Rick said:

When I'm not a fan, I don't monetarily support. There are way too many options otherwise. While their baits may catch a fish they're not that unique. 

That's understandable, I just had the opportunity to fish them and they worked so I'm curious if anyone else had success. My biggest complaint is the durability and since I didn't pay for the baits originally, I don't see a real reason to pay extra for them vs. other brands such as SK.

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I fish both brands. Googan baits are good at catching fish but only seem to last 2-3 fish for me. Strike King Rage Bug lasts 4-5. Say what you want about those kids, their baits are real deal fish catchers, durability just sucks.

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4 minutes ago, flywall99 said:

I fish both brands. Googan baits are good at catching fish but only seem to last 2-3 fish for me. Strike King Rage Bug lasts 4-5. Say what you want about those kids, their baits are real deal fish catchers, durability just sucks.

I agree that they do catch fish no problem, I just don't know if they are worth it seeing how they are more expensive and the durability lacks. I just felt like when I got to try them out, we were burning through packs left and right.

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I have found that the SK is more durable but the Googan is softer and has better movement for me. Kind of would you rather have better movement and lose durability and thus spend more or pay a bit more for better movement. No wrong answer, just a personal choice.

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I use a lot of hand poured soft baits that are way softer than commercial baits. They tend to have much better action and get more bites , yet are less durable. Basically what @pauldconyers said 

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33 minutes ago, Largies4Life said:

I agree that they do catch fish no problem, I just don't know if they are worth it seeing how they are more expensive and the durability lacks. I just felt like when I got to try them out, we were burning through packs left and right.

To me it comes down to the kind of bait. If your looking at their worms/stick baits, id buy another brand. Its hard to beat zoom worms lol. As for their creature baits, I really like the Trench Hawg. Awesome on a swim jig once it gets tore up, same with the bandito bug. I believe they are coming out with a paddle tail swim bait at some point. Id love to try that and see how it performs compared to keitechs or rhythm waves.

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At first I thought that Googan Baits was a gimmick, but after using their baits for some time, I actually really love you use them. The Bandito bug and Krackin craw are my favorites. I recommend the Bandito bug heavily because its really versatile and can be used in a bunch of ways (Jig trailer, Texas rig etc). After like two fish Googan baits kinda start to break though, but its worth using more baits to catch more fish. They work really well for me. 

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For me Berkeley, Strike King, Missile, Yum, Zoom, and Yamamoto cover 99% of what I ever need. So no need to delve into the new guy on the block.

 

I especially like the Craw Fatty, D Bomb, Rage Craw, and the 7” Power Worm! Those baits have caught fish consistently for me for years!

 

Edit: I forgot Reaction Innovations.

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I'm not a hater at all and I'm quite confident that the googan baits work. I already have a hard time buying rage because of the price. I'm sure not gonna spend more on the googan baits. I'm a big zoom and yum fan. They all catch fish I just dont feel nearly as violated after buying a pack of zoom or yum

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2 hours ago, flywall99 said:

I believe they are coming out with a paddle tail swim bait at some point. Id love to try that and see how it performs compared to keitechs or rhythm waves.

I love keitechs so it would be interesting to see how the googan ones compare if they do come out with a paddle tail bait!

8 minutes ago, Shimano_1 said:

I'm not a hater at all and I'm quite confident that the googan baits work. I already have a hard time buying rage because of the price. I'm sure not gonna spend more on the googan baits. I'm a big zoom and yum fan. They all catch fish I just dont feel nearly as violated after buying a pack of zoom or yum

Completely understandable. When I first tried out the Rage Series, I couldn't go back. It just seemed like I was out-fishing everyone else when I was using those baits compared to others using different brands in the same style like a craw style bait.

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Concentrating on where you fish would be more beneficial to you then worrying about your soft baits. Save your money and buy Zoom or Yum baits.

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Their affiliation with the Googan Squad makes them very unappealing to me. Nothing against them, just a personal preference.  

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1 hour ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Their affiliation with the Googan Squad makes them very unappealing to me. Nothing against them, just a personal preference.  

I agree wholeheartedly. 

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At the Googan price point - I didn't find anything unique or compelling enough to want me to buy say over a brand like Bio Spawn or similar .

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There are too many other bait companies with proven track records, with baits that have excellent designs, composition, and/or price. Strike King fits that category. Beyond that, there many more other small, under-the-rader, and or local lure-makers, who got into luremaking because they love it and are good at it, and often have something unique to offer.

 

All of those companies deserve my attention and support more than a bunch of annoying youtube celebrities.

 

 

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My wife, seeing me drenched in sweat and screaming, wakes me up and asks me if I was having another PTSD episode. "No," I said, "I was just having a nightmare about Googan Baits buying out all my favorite soft plastic companies."

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7 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Their affiliation with the Googan Squad makes them very unappealing to me. Nothing against them, just a personal preference.  

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9 hours ago, waymont said:

Concentrating on where you fish would be more beneficial to you then worrying about your soft baits. Save your money and buy Zoom or Yum baits.

At one point I would have agreed with you, but one Rage bait in particular, menace, has just crushed the bass for me the last 2 years and no other bait is close. I actually am not a fan of zoom anymore, due to consistency issues. My 2nd favorite bait being a tube fits the cheap theory, I tend to buy the brand that is cheapest in the colors I want because a tube is a tube. Same with finesse worms I go with the cheapest brand.

 

I just stock up on the menace when I find them on sale, because there isn't a cheaper bait like it out there. You could say the same about a couple of the googan baits.

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I'm an admitted plastics freak!

 

When someone puts something out on the market they've peaked my interest.

 

I throw a lot of different brands, shapes, & colors. I have a couple sacks of Bandito Bugs but that doesn't mean I wanna hang out with the Googan Squad.

 

But I really don't wanna hang with owners of Strike King either.

 

Now Big-O that's different...I wanna hang out with that Big O Texan!

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The Googans don’t make any baits.  They have them made.  Find out who makes them and you’ll find probably a lot of others baits made by the same company.  

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39 minutes ago, TOXIC said:

The Googans don’t make any baits.  They have them made.  Find out who makes them and you’ll find probably a lot of others baits made by the same company.  

Exactly, was gonna say the same thing. Pretty sure they didn't have any input on them either. 

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4 hours ago, boostr said:

Exactly, was gonna say the same thing. Pretty sure they didn't have any input on them either. 

From what I have heard about that industry is that the company ordering specifies things like salt content, plastic component ratios etc. I know Kalin’s doesn’t pour their own, and probably lots of others. 

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Here's an update after having used a pack of the trench hawgs this past weekend. I was primarily throwing brush hogs and decided to give the trench hawg a shot on Saturday morning. I was catching plenty of bass and northerns on the brush hog, but nothing of size. Switched over to the trench hawg and my biggest catches of the day were 2-32" northerns, a 36" northern, and a 21" Largemouth at 4.14 lbs. Maybe it was just a timing thing, but that bait really worked well for me that day!

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Considering they initially stole the design, I won't be trying any of them, so I'll never know.  Personally, I caught 17 LMB yesterday in 4 hours on a T-rigged Rage Craw in Bama Craw color.  Weighted with a 1/2 oz. sliding tungsten flipping weight.

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