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Fish Quietly and Throw a Big Stik (continued)

Durability: Once you are hooked up, thanks to the wire through construction Zander showed us in this bait’s autopsy report, there’s little fear of the bait falling apart and having the hooks pull out. This bait is built for serious duty and held up extremely well through several crazed peacock bass.


These baits hold up to abuse, but the finishes, as with any other baits, are prone to hook tracks.

 

The quality finishes on this bait will eventually rub off though most of our paint damage was from friction caused by the hooks, but we experienced nothing out of the ordinary in this regard. Use any bait enough and you will wear its finish. The key is how quickly that finish wears and the Big Stik is pretty average in this regard, that’s a good thing.

 

 


Pringle recommends a medium heavy and up powered stick to throw the Big Stik.

Gear Recommendations: Because the Big Stik is larger than your average pencil popper, gear recommendations are worth repeating. We fished the Big Stik with 55-65 pound braid while down in the Amazon, and with 16lb Sunline Super Natural mono back here in the States. As mentioned above, all our rods were in the heavy to extra heavy classification. This all seemed to suit the Big Stik well.


His reel of choice is also a Revo Toro, but with the big, boat handle attached. Line choices depends on time of year, species, and action he wants to impart.

Randy Pringle’s recommendations fall right in line with how we fished the bait. Randy suggests a seven foot rod rated “medium heavy” or better, and his choice in line depends upon the season, how he wants the bait to walk, and what species he’s pursuing with the bait.


ima's Big Stik is built for prime time topwater action.

When he’s after stripers in the Delta, Randy will use 65 pound braid (Spiderwire). The braid allows for a more aggressive side to side movement, and the zero line stretch gives him more leverage when battling linesides that are known to break off on nylon monofilament.


From black bass ...

 

When it’s time to switch back to largemouth in the spring, Randy prefers twenty to twenty five pound nylon monofilament, but suggests anything rated fifteen pounds and up will do. The larger diameter monofilament floats better than the thin stuff letting you work the bait more slowly from side to side which in turn lets you keep the bait in the strike zone for longer periods of time.

 

Ratings:

ima Big Stik Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality You saw Zander's autopsy report didn't you? They don't come much more solid than this 10
Performance Really easy bait to throw and walk (with the right gear) 9
Price For a bait of this size, actually really good 8
Features Through wire construction, Owner ST-66 hooks... solid... 8
Design (Ergonomics) A pencil popper with a little flare at the mouth 8.5
Application If topwater species are your game, the Big Stik can deliver 9

Total Score

8.75
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Extremely easy to cast - The large size might be intimidating for some anglers
+ Really easy to work  
+ Sharp, quality hooks  
+ Through wire construction  

  

Conclusion: There is no more thrilling an experience in all of fishing than an explosive topwater strike. The visual excitement of seeing a relatively calm surface turn into a frothy explosion of water, fishing line, hooks, teeth, and fins followed shortly by the strong pull at the end of your line is nothing short of addicting. This is why anglers spend thousands upon thousands of dollars to head to the Amazon and fish for Peacock Bass. This is why, in our local waters, striper are kings on the Delta during the winter months. This is why topwater baits attract our attention as consumers because any bait that can renew that explosion of adrenaline in our system deserves strong consideration.

 


... to peacock bass, this bait is Amazon Certified!

The Big Stik from ima is one such bait. It's solidly built, sized appropriately for larger than average sized fish, easy to cast, easy to work, and yes, it catches fish. Keep in mind, it's not a magical cure all bait. Case in point, I tried to hook up with a striper for this review for a rare, triple species crown, but was unable to do so. No bait is that magical. The fish still have to be in the mood to strike. But when conditions are right and you know the fish are there, I like my chances with ima's Big Stik.

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