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TWB : Molix's Hollow Bodied Walker (continued)

Ease of Actuation : The real difference with this bait comes when you click your reel over and begin working the bait. If you twitch this bait and work it like a traditional frog, it will walk from side to side and spit water up similar to, but not the same as a popper. Those mandibles catch the water and throw it around like a baitfish struggling on the surface.

Each hook point has a subtle little channel in the bait's body.

Where the Supernato Beetle sets itself apart is on a slow and steady retrieve. The bait wobbles on the surface like a jitter bug type bait leaving a nice little wake in its path. For those uncoordinated anglers (like me when fishing a right hand retrieve reel and trying to work a topwater bait with my left hand), the Supernato makes it easier to fish this genre of bait.

That channel gives you just a split second advantage in exposing these hook points during a set.

Hook up Ratio : On a strike, I'd say the hook up ratio with this bait is pretty much on par with other baits of this style. If there's one downfall of most hollow bodied baits, it's that the fish have to really take the baits into their mouth for you to have a good chance at setting the hook. A lot of times, the fish will boil and since these baits are so buoyant, they will flow with that current of water and sometimes get pushed away from the strike zone. Or the fish will just flat out miss the bait and bump it with their face or body instead of swallowing it.

The bait's swimming motion on the crawl is made possible by the depth of the bait's wings

Design/Ergonomics: The plastic used in the body of the SuperNato Beetle is soft and compliant enough if the fish hits it in the right way, the body will compress easily and expose the hook points for a set. It's just one of those things you have to accept with this style of bait. Otherwise the non-name brand hooks of this bait are pretty sharp and are certainly strong enough to hold up over a season or two of fishing.

The wings catch enough water that this bait can also work as a popper

Price & Application: There are now actually two sizes to the SuperNato Beetle. The original bait is three inches in length and weighs 5/8oz while the Beetle Baby measures right around two inches in length and weighs 3/16oz. Price on both sizes is $13.99 and there are about 9 different colors from which to choose.

The SuperNato Beetle retails for $13.99 per bait.


Molix Supernato Beetle Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Quality soft plastic body and hook 8
Performance Casts well and super easy to work 9
Price On the pricier side of topwater hollow bodied offerings 6.5
Features Sharp, strong no-name hook, supple soft plastic body 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) A unique and effective variant in the hollow body bait genre 8
Application Walk it, pop it, let it swim... a pretty versatile topwater hollow bodied bait 8

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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Versatile in the different ways you can work this bait - Just a tad pricey
+ Casts really well  
+ Unique action  

Molix does it again with just a little out of the tackle-box thinking to create a bait that is effective, but most of all fun to fish.

Conclusion: It was only a matter of time until someone figured out a way to get yet another action out of a topwater hollow bodied bait. Molix's solution is so obvious, it's a wonder how we haven't seen this variant before from someone else. What I particularly enjoy about this bait is it does not require any degree of coordination to fish. If you want, you can just cast it and retrieve it similar to how you would a buzzbait only a little more slowly. Only, because it's a hollow bodied bait, you can work the Beetle over matted vegetation and have no worries of tangling the buzz-blade up in grass or algae. Molix does it again with just a little out of the tackle-box thinking to create a bait that is effective, but most of all fun to fish.


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