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Breaking News : Lucky Craft's Real California Supreme 200 (continued)

Durability: Unfortunately, this is where the party ends. After less than a dozen casts on our very first trip with the bait, it broke. There is something seriously lacking in the joint design of this bait. I did not throw it up against any rocks, nor did I receive any bone jarring hits, or even bumps into submerged structure. I simply cast it out, retrieved it, and when I pulled it out of the water, the rear section of the bait was missing.

After no more than a dozen casts, look what happened.


The only cause I can surmise is the force of impact from the bait hitting the water and the inherent play in the joints eventually causing the rear section to separate from the rest of the bait. The in and out movement of the joint is simply bad news.


No fish strike, no bump into structure, just a missing rear section from the impact of the bait hitting the water?

Looking into what remained of the bait, at the point of failure, we could see no cracking of the body or any other signs of failure. The joint hardware simply pulled out - just like that. Totally unacceptable no matter the cost of the bait, but even more disheartening considering this is Lucky Craft we're talking about. I had hoped and expected much more.

No visible cracks or other broken pieces. The rear section just pulled straight out.

Warranty: Customer service information is not easily accessible for Lucky Craft. We contacted customer support but received no response on our inquiry regarding this bait and whether or not they are 1) aware or the issue and 2) taking steps to correct it. Disappointing to say the least considering our general high regard for this company.

We inspected what was left of our bait and found it was quite easy to separate the sections by taking a pair of needlenose pliers and crimping the spring clips that hold the bait together. The section we lost was connected to the rest of the bait with only one of these spring clips.


If you already have one of these baits, and the same thing happens to you, assuming you purchased the bait from a reputable dealer, we're certain that that vendor could help you obtain a replacement bait quite easily. Trouble is, will you want one? My confidence in this bait has been shattered.



Real California Supreme 200 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Great detail, but absolutely no structural integrity 1
Performance Swimming action is superb, but it broke on a cast! 2
Price On the premium side 4
Features The in and out sliding joint is unnecessary 2
Design (Ergonomics) Fantastic detailing 8
Application Best on display 1

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Good detailing L Absolutely no structural integrity
J Very good swimming motion L Limited colors


The Real California Supreme 200 is not ready for Prime Time


Conclusion: Oh what could have been. Everything from the fit, finish, to action of this bait is superb, but Lucky Craft needs to take a serious look at the construction of this bait and go back to the drawing board with those joints. These baits will get crushed not only by big largemouth bass, but by big striper and other species of fish that are entirely unforgiving of a poorly made product. I had some very high hopes for the Lucky Craft California Supreme 200, but in the end, it was nothing more than a supreme disappointment in Lucky Craft's foray into the big bait marketplace. There's simply too much competition in this hotly contested segment to come out of the doors with an inferior product and expect to make up lost ground.












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