Fishbites “Fight Club” Scented Lures (Video Review: Top Pros & Cons)
By: Tony Acevedo on May 30, 2018
Fishbites Fight Club!!!
No, not the movie with Brad Pitt…
I’m talking about an up and coming scented lure called Fight Club by Fishbites.
With lure names like these below, it’s tough not to want to try them out.
- Dirty Boxer Curly Tail
- Butt Kicker Paddle Tail
- Brawler Jerkbait
- Fight’n Shrimp
Although fishing lure manufacturer “Fishbites” might be a newer name to you (unless you live in North Florida where many guides and weekend warriors swear by them), these lures are 30 years in the making (we’ve posted the video of their story below the review).
I first started testing them out after looking for some similar baits to the Berkley Gulp baits (after my love/hate relationship with Gulps leaves me wondering if they will ever bring back their original Gulp bait formula), because these Fishbites are very similar to Gulps:
- They have the same water/oil-based properties (not PVC like most soft plastic lures)
- They both release scent once it hits the water
- They both need to be kept in “secret scent juice” to avoid shrinking up like a raisin…
Let’s talk about the pros and cons of these Fighbites baits.
Pros of Fishbites Fight Club Lures
Here are the top things I really like about these Fishbite lures:
- They are tougher and firmer (and last a bit longer) than Berkley Gulp
- They have a built-in scent that automatically releases when the bait hits the water
- The Fishbites scent isn’t as pungent (smelly) as the Berkley Gulp
- A 6-pack of the Fishbites shrimp will run you $5.89 (according to the Fishbites website) vs a 6-pack of Gulp Shrimp is around $7.00 (according to this recent Amazon listing)
Cons of Fishbites Fight Club Lures
Here are the top things I didn’t like about them:
- They shrink up and become completely unusable if left out of the water or Fightclub juice for too long (they can also ruin hooks if left on too long)
- With the Buttkicker paddle tail, I found it hard to do a slow retrieve and still get a good presentation
- I had a couple deformed baits from sitting incorrectly for too long in the packaging (so make sure to check the package to make sure none of the lures have lost their form)
- They don’t have massive nationwide distribution yet so they can be tough to find in stores if you aren’t near a tackle store that sells them (but you can still buy online)
Fishbites Fight Club Review (VIDEO)
In this video, I review both the Fishbites Fight Club “Fight’n Shrimp” and the “Butt Kicker” Paddle tail.
The Fishbites Story – History
Here’s a cool video I found on their site regarding how they got started.
Family owned by Dr. William Car (avid angler and marine researcher) and his family.
Overall, I’m digging these Fight Club lures from Fishbites.
None of these scented soft plastics are perfect, but these lures from Fishbites seem to last longer than the Berkley Gulps (and look, work, and perform similarly).
One downside is that Fishbites doesn’t have the distribution of a company like Berkley/Pure Fishing yet, so unless you near a store that carries them, you have to order online (you can see their store here), but that isn’t really that big of an issue in this digital age (assuming you don’t get a pack with a bunch of deformed lures).
I’m looking forward to trying out more of these Fish Club lures.
So what are your thoughts on these Fishbite lures?
Have you used these Fight Club scented lures or any other baits from their lineup?
Let me know in the comments below.
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