Lure Testing Trip: Rapala Twitching Minnow vs. Exude Soft Plastic
By: Luke Simonds on May 31, 2017
In preparation for some making some product review videos, I went out on Tampa Bay and forced myself to try out a couple new lures that I’ve never used before.
The day I was able to get out on the water had strong winds from the East (10 to 20 mph), so I chose some wind-protected shorelines to fish in hopes that I could get some fun sight-fishing in.
Here are the lures that I was testing:
- Rapala X-Rap Twitching Minnow: hard-plastic twitch bait
- Exude: Soft plastic jerk bait rigged on a weighted hook
And I thought it would be fun to bring my dog Otis along for the fun. He’s a year and a few months old now. Although he still has a LOT of energy, he is actually calm when in the boat while fishing.
However, his calm completely goes away as soon as he hears the drag going out at which point he is completely out of control.
This brings an added challenge to landing fish since his 100lb body is going all over the place… including overboard as you’ll see in the video below:
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Given that this trip was just a quick morning excursion from around 8:00 in the morning until noon, the action was pretty good considering that I was on day 1 of testing out the new lures.
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