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TackleTour's 2010 Spinnerbait Shootout! (continued)

Megastrike Strike Back: Megastrike has been hard at work developing and marketing products that offer each angler something unique. Their Strike Back spinnerbait is no different, but you really have to take this bait out of its package to appreciate what Megastrike has accomplished.
 


Introducing the Megastrike Strike Back Spinnerbait.

The Blades: Something we don’t see too often anymore, for whatever reason are faceted blades on spinnerbaits. The Strike Back brings this feature back in their willow leaf blades with multifaceted blades for added flash and brilliance at multiple angles. Each blade is also custom painted for a half silver, half custom color (complimenting the bait’s skirt color) finish. The tandem Colorado blade is silver or gold depending upon the overall bait color.


The Strike Back features a hinge right at the back of the head ...

The Skirt: The Strike Back features a relatively standard silicone skirt attached to the body of the bait with a thick rubber band. They are available in five different color combinations: shad, chartreuse, white, chartreuse white, and black.


... than enables the hook to pivot from on side ...

The Hook: Megastrike leverages one of the other, mainstream hook manufacturers to produce the business end of their Strike Back Spinnerbaits. Each bait features a 5/0 Mustad Ultra Point hook.


... to the other in response to a fish's strike.

The Head: The story with the Strike Back, of course, is in the head – or really, the skirt and hook section of the bait. This bait features a joint right at the back of the head enabling the skirt and hook to swivel left or right responding to the direction from which a fish is inhaling the bait.


As an added attractant, faceted willow leaf blades are two toned.

In other words, if a fish is attacking from the bait’s left side, as soon as that fish opens its mouth and attempts to suck the bait in, the rear portion of the bait will swivel in the direction of the fish putting the hook in perfect position for a set when you swing. If a fish is attacking from the right side, simply reverse that picture in your head.


The Strike Back has a mostly premium feel to it except for the choice in spacers.

What’s more, when a fish is hooked and heads to the surface where it will attempt to gain the leverage necessary to throw your bait, thanks to the moving joint at this bait’s head, it’s actually more difficult for a fish to gain that leverage and throw the bait!

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Megastrike Strike Back Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very sound bait even with that hinge 7.5
Performance Behaves like a normal spinnerbait. helps keep fish pinned 7.5
Price Very affordable despite innovative design 8
Features Pivoting hook.. how often can you say that? 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) Otherwise a very conventional looking spinnerbait 8
Application As versatile as they come 8

Total Score

7.92
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
J Innovative Design L The plastic beads along the spinnerbait arm detract from the bait's appeal when speaking of quality components
J If you're into faceted blades, the only one in our group that has them  
J Affordable despite the head design  

 


The Strike Back Spinnerbait's innovative pivoting hook makes one wonder why it hasn't been done before

Effectiveness: The head design of the Strike Back is another one of those “why didn’t I think of that” moments. When you see it, it makes so much sense and you just wonder why no one else had thought of it or produced it before. Then again, in this industry where we find nothing is really new, maybe someone had thought of this before, but Megastrike is certainly making the best of it now.


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Pepper Jigs: Pepper Jigs is the second of three custom bait manufacturers represented in this year’s Spinnerbait Shootout and similar to Gann’s Performance Tackle discussed earlier, Pepper Jigs is all about quality. Their double willow “Pepper Hawg” spinnerbait is a nicely crafted bait right exhibiting quality components and construction right out of the package.


Introducing Pepper Jig's take on the spinnerbait.

The Blades: The standard Pepper Hawg double willow leaf bladed spinnerbait features quality blades in either nickel, gold, or a combination there of depending upon the color combination selected. The “Elite” version of this very same bait features a smaller profile and smaller blades for a more finesse profile and the company also offers a single Colorado and a tandem willow leaf and Colorado blade combination option.


There are a couple of different blade configurations available for this bait. Show here is the double willow.

The Skirt: The Pepper Hawg spinnerbaits feature quality silicone skirts fastened to the bait with a thick rubber band and available in seven different color combinations including chartreuse/white, gilley, hawk’s secret, money maker, sexy shad, shad, and snowy white.


These spinners feature thick rubber ties to secure the skirt.

The Hook: Pepper Jigs features 6/0 Gamakatsu hooks on their spinnerbaits and as previously discussed, we have no issues with the Gamakatsu product actually having a slight preference if anything, for this brand than others when it comes to a spinnerbait.


Most premium spinnerbaits feature spacers similar to these.

The Head: The head on the Pepper Hawg spinner is simple, yet upon closer inspection, carefully sculpted on each side with a very subtle bulge giving the head extra depth and refinement. Each bait features lifelike, 3D eyes securely inserted into the head not glued on top. The finish on these heads is touted as a chip resistant paint.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Pepper Jigs Spinnerbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Among the most impressive in our group 8.5
Performance A top notch performer 8.5
Price The most affordable bait in the group 8.5
Features Quality components throughout 8.5
Design (Ergonomics) A simple, yet not plain head design 8
Application A very good double willow option 8

Total Score

8.33
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
J This bait screams of quality L Ummm, were still looking. Too affordable for this degree of quality ;)
J Top notch components  
J A good number of color options  

 


Quality spinnerbaits from small manufacturers really inspire confidence.

 

Effectiveness: I really enjoy the spinnerbait products from the small but well known skirted bait manufacturers like Pepper Jigs. The care that goes into the construction of each bait is evident as are the quality in components chosen for the bait’s assembly. There’s just no substitute for the confidence baits such as this inspire.

 

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