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Okay, to the spinner. The grasshopper works great with a slow retrieval for bass and at times that ever so spunky crappie. could not be happier with a spinner that is priced appropriately. I do not tie it off as suggested but rather use a snap swivel where it is suggested you tie it off.
This lure is pond magic, at least on some days. When I go to a pond I will usually throw this or a plastic worm depending on the mood the bass are in. You can catch a lot of fish on this lure, especially when its windy, but some days it wont catch any, usually those are calm clear days. I love to fish this lure, especially when the bass bite is hot, however I find it not as reliable as a plastic worm, or similar finesse bait, therefore I find myself using those more often. If you are thinking about buying this lure, go for it! The lure is a solid producer, just don't expect it to catch fish every time you go to the pond, but if its windy or the bass are really aggressive this is the first lure I throw.
I've had other BPM spinnerbaits before and they've pretty much always came through for me with the suskie smallies here and even with the walleye and pike, but I realized I didn't have an "in-between" pattern so this junebug one fills that role in no problem. it pairs up magnificently with a junebug Zoom Z-craw Jr that was trimmed a couple millimeters before the hook slots and rigged sideways for that fatter panfish side profile while still being a nice'n'compact presentation, a real power-finesse bait. Hell, it was so pretty I even bothered to fotosketch the pic into a watercolor painting image just to show you it's beauty! Even the blades are really well made, sure, they're not of Hildebrandt-level exquisiteness but look at the bead's reflection on the colorado blade, definitely well-made! The only "problem" spot it had was a bald spot in the skirt but it was nothing that I couldn't easily fix with a but of tuggin'n'shiftin' with the strands for a couple of seconds, besides that it is pretty minty!
Absolutely love it! My best hitter last summer for Pike and Bass! Apparently it’s been working for everyone because they were really hard to find for awhile there! I ended up finding a pack of ten and jumped on it. Must have for the smaller slower lakes. It’s the first and last lure I’ll throw up at camp every day. It’s a hardy lure that survives well against bass, but some of the hard pike hits will twist it up quick. I was fishing this past summer and had reeled it in to the side of the boat and was lifting it out of the water when a monster pike came straight up from the reeds and crushed it! Took me by surprise! I looked down to see the flash of the tail dragging it back down into the vegetation and it was a bear getting it back out. When I finally did land the fish and check the lure it was twisted a good 180 degrees and while I twisted it back, it didn’t quite swim right after that. I’m very glad I have spares!
My go to now for bass! Consistently has great hits even when it's not feeding time for the fish. Fished the same pond for years and these landed the biggest bass I've caught in this pond. Sunnies will strike it but the hook is too big to catch them which is nice to not have to mess with sunnies and bluegills. Easy to remove. Paint is flecking off one of the teasers already but still works. Definitely recommend anyone fishing for large mouth bass.