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Lure Review

Amazon Certified : KLures Peacock Ripper!


Date: 8/6/12
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: KLures
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.17 - EDITOR'S CHOICE!

Anglers who relish the topwater strike all have their favorite lures, but in the Amazon, one particular style of topwater lure is the undisputed king. It is big, awkward, and makes a commotion like no other plug on the planet. I am of course, referring to the wood chopper. Luhr Jensen made it famous yet for some inexplicable reason, these baits have disappeared from their annual master catalog.


Introducing KLures' Peacock Ripper.


But where one manufacturer drops the bait, many others are there to follow. Namely companies like High Roller, Bodega Bay Lures and others have their own, more refined versions of this big fish enticer. On my most recent trip to the Amazon, during the Fall of 2011, I packed one brand and one brand only. On the recommendation of Steve Yatomi, of Adventure Travel Alliance, I packed a variety of choppers built by Kermett Adams out of the Central Valley, California. Yes, get ready for our adventure with the KLures Peacock Ripper series


KLures Peacock Ripper (Grande & Chica) Specifications

Type Topwater Plug
Material Wood
Depth 0 feet
Sizes 6 & 7 inch
Weight 6= 1.3 - 1.5 oz : 7 = 1.6 - 1.8 oz
Hooks Owner
Colors/Patterns 8 standard, custom available
MSRP $16.95


Impressions: On our first trip to the Amazon during the Fall of 2010, I spent only a little time with wood chopper type lures. I had with me, three different varieties and had a difficult time finding the rhythm. I was following the big lures equal big fish rule and tried my best with lures from Luhr Jensen and another manufacturer but just couldn’t get them to pull properly. My TackleTour cohorts were already having success with these lures so I chalked my difficulties up to inexperience and improper technique.


The Peacock Ripper is available in 6 and 7 inch lengths.

On the second to last Day, Steve Yatomi looked into my tackle box and pulled out a chopper I had buried beneath the other lures. It was buried because it was smaller and thinner than the other lures and did not look substantial enough to be a “real” peacock bass lure. Steve smiled and instructed me to “throw this”.

They come standard with Owner Hooks and super heavy duty split rings.

I did just that during the last two days mixed in with a jig and finally discovered what the wood chopper experience was all about. I vowed that if I ever came back, I was going to load up on this manufacturer’s lure. It was in fact a KLures Peacock Ripper given to me by Jonah Li from Hi’s Tackle Box.

All hardware is stainless steel.

The Peacock Ripper comes in two sizes, the Chica and Grande. They are, exactly as you might expect, small (6 ~ 1.3-1.5 oz) and large (7” ~ 1.6-1.8 oz) respectively. But more than that, they are actually thinner and more streamlined than most other choppers on the market. Because they are thinner, they are lighter and ultimately designed to be easier to throw and pull all day long.

Keeping it simple, this was a custom order color.


Component wise, there is little to be concerned about with these lures as KLures employs all stainless hardware, super strong split rings, and Owner branded hooks.


Combos for KLures Peacock Ripper Field Tests

Megabass F6-69XRC Racing Condition
Daiwa Zillion Type R
55lb Daiwa Samurai Braid
Daiwa T3 Ballistic
55lb Daiwa Samurai Braid
Abu Garcia Revo MGX
65lb Suffix 832

Time to get to work.

Field Tests: There are three very critical tackle components to consider when throwing and working a wood chopper lure. First, your rod needs to be stout and not too long. Something between six and seven feet in length is ideal. Yes, you need to make long casts, and longer rods facilitate this effort, but when it comes time to work the lures, a longer rod just gets in the way. More on that later.

All choppers sit in the water in this way, but because the KLures Peacock Ripper is so thin, it is very easy to pull parallel and rip.

Your reel should be a high speed retrieve reel in the neighborhood of 7.1:1 retrieve ratio or thirty inches per turn of the handle. You’re working these lures fast, and you need the faster reels to take up the slack after each pull so you can be set and ready to go again and again. The abuse your reel takes under this application is relentless.

And it goes like this...

Lastly you need braided line. Something in the neighborhood of 55 to 80 pound test, whichever you can store close to 100 yards of on your reel.  The extra diameter helps with shock absorption and abrasion resistance, remember, just about all the swimming critters in the Amazon water have teeth!

The aftermath of an explosion.

Casting: Once you have all that figured out it comes down to making your casts. Distance and accuracy play a vital roll. Wooden lures in general, are not easy to cast for distance and accuracy together. Wind currents and breezes easily affect these lures laying waste to what you might think was the perfect cast. The KLures Peacock Rippers are at a slight disadvantage here because of their lighter weights, so they’re more vulnerable to the stray wind currents.




Technique plays a vital roll here as your casts need to be low in trajectory and forceful in direction. Again, the shorter, stouter rods play a vital roll in this type of presentation. I was throwing these baits on two different 68-69 sticks, a Kistler ZBone ZBLE-5H and a Megabass Racing Condition Super Destroyer (F6-69XRC). Both were ideal for these baits.

The stock hooks by Owner make a difference.

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