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Lure Review


Falcon Lures Big Eyez Paddletail Swims True (continued)

Retrieving: Once the Big Eyez sinks down to the desired depth we fished the lure both with a constant retrieve and erratic jerks. Under just about any speed retrieve the boot tail on the Big Eyez vibrates consistently in a tight rhythmic side to side action. We found the Big Eyez drew strikes under both types of retrieves.

 
Even at high speed retrieves the bait doesn't roll over

Falcon has done an outstanding job balancing this bait and even at faster retrieve speeds the Big Eyez will not roll over like many paddletails. At first we thought this was solely the design of the bait but when we used other hooks we found the bait would roll over at times. So what was the difference? It is the combination of Falcon’s Bait Jerker Hooks. Once rigged the weight actually acts as a keel and helps keep the Big Eyez bait swimming perfectly upright. The hook matches the profile of the bait as well since the lower portion of the bait protrudes downwards.


Spotted bass were eager to attack darting Big Eyez

When fish hit the lure aggressively there was no problem sticking them with a solid hookset. The flat back design of the top of the lure allows the hook point to rest totally outside the bait while remaining weedless. Because the hook is fully exposed and only resting on the top of the bait it made it easier for lighting fast positive hooksets, and the slit underneath the stomach of the lure provides room for the hook when the Big Eyez is taken.

 
It is also possible to rig the baits with the company's screw lock swimbait hooks as well

Durability: With Falcon’s own hooks we had virtually no durability problems. The hole where the hook point comes through the top of the bait did open up a bit but because of the belly slit the hook still remains right in the center of the bait. Through all the fish we caught from the stripers to the meanmouth we didn’t have a single tail rip off the bait.


Screw in the lock into the head...

They were surprisingly durable and lasted through quite a few fish, and in an upcoming test we actually plan to weigh them down and fish them in inshore applications to target Cabazon and Ling Cod to further test the lure’s range of applications and durability.

 
...and insert the hook through the center of the bait

Price & Applications: The baits retail for $6.97 per pack direct from Falcon and can actually be found for lower prices at a number of the major e-tail sites. They do last through quite a few fish and based on their durability they are a reasonable price. Which brings us back to the competition, there are a lot of boot tail swimbaits, and while they are all a little bit different, the lines between them all seem to blur a bit.


Stripers liked the lighter colors 

What Falcon lures does have going for it is they are able to offer a complete solution. By pairing the company’s weighted hooks with their own baits you know you have a system that was designed with both components in mind, and judging from how true the baits swim there was likely a lot of parallel development.

 
Another schoolie takes the Big Eyez, the lures were surprisingly durable and no tails were ripped off

Ratings:

Falcon Big Eyez Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The Falcon Big Eyez swimbaits make use of quality materials but are not the most detailed in design, certainly not a Basstrix. Overall we rated the quality of the baits good 7
Performance Performance that is better than it looks, this bait swims true and pairs very well with the company's own weighted hook designs 8
Price A reasonable price for a pack of four paddletail swimbaits. Anglers can buy them direct or get them cheaper at the top e-tailers 7
Features A good overall design, the flat top allows hooks to rest on top and remain weedless and the slit in the belly makes hooksets easier 8
Design (Ergonomics) This bait is very easy to fish and can be jerked or straight retrieved 8
Application Good for both bass and stripers and durable enough for some inshore applications as well 8.5

Total Score

7.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Easy to fish, swims true and doesn't roll over easily L Not the most realistic looking paddletail
J Pairs nicely with the company's own hooks for a total solution  
J Good for multiple species  
J A reasonable price direct from the manufacturer, and can be found for great prices at e-tailers  

 

Conclusion: The Big Eyez swimbaits may not be the prettiest of swimbaits but they do get the job done, we found them effective for largemouth, spotted bass, and the lighter colors were excellent for pulling stripers out of schools. Falcon also offers a thinner version of the Big Eyez for those times when a more finesse paddletail are necessary, both can be employed for freshwater or inshore saltwater applications. The Big Eyez swimbaits are a no-nonsense fish catching machine, and what they lack in splendor they make up for in consistent swimming action and a well designed hook slot that pairs perfectly with the brand’s own terminal tackle solutions.

 

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