Introducing Reaction Innovation's latest trailer bait, the
Impressions: The Twerk is a chunk trailer style bait available in two sizes - four and three inches (4" & 3"). It has a small, main body section and that almost looks like it's hollow but it's not. This section is solid soft plastic and complimented by two very large, oversized appendages that serve as the bait's tail or loosely interpreted claws.
is a chunk style bait modeled after the old pork rinds we used to put on the
end of our jigs
Just like the Sweet Beaver, these claws are attached out of the package, but easily split to form two independent flaps. The flaps do have ridges along the surface for added vibration and movement when you're bouncing the bait off the bottom.
because it's soft plastic instead of pork, the appendages can be a bit more
Performance: I fished the Twerk two ways - most commonly as a trailer bait tipped onto the back of a jig, but also tipped on the back of a shakey head to see if I could get any bites.
The 3" Twerk
makes a nice trailer for smaller, finesse style jigs
Movement of the Reaction Innovations Twerk in the water is as you might expect, very good. It undulates up and down as you lift and drop your jig very elegantly and thanks to that solid, soft plastic body, stays attached to your hook very well.
I've personally yet to resolve the puzzle of whether or not to break the legs apart on the Sweet Beaver let alone the Twerk, but continue to fish it both ways to see if the fish will bite any more or less frequently.
Zander prefers to separate the appendages apart always, as he believes it
maximizes independent motion when the bait drops. Either way the bait has
proven to be effective at drawing strikes.
The two sizes
side by side...
Design/Ergonomics: The Twerk, as mentioned earlier, comes in two sizes both of which are presented in the typical Reaction Innovations resealable plastic bag. There is no hard plastic clamshell or other additional packaging within the bag to help the baits maintain their shape, but the baits are packaged very carefully head down and flaps up achieving a similar effect without all the added packaging.
... and one
on top of the other so you can get a better sense of the scale of each bait
in comparison to the other
They are available in fourteen (14) different colors all with the typical Reaction Innovations nomenclature - some with sensible names, others that are more abstract. Of course, they all look very good. Reaction Innovations has a very good soft plastics color palette.
are best when kept in motion
Price & Applications: Broken down on a per bait cost, the 3" runs roughly sixty three cents ($0.63) per bait while the 4" Twerk runs roughly seventy two cents ($0.72) per bait. These prices are pretty much inline with the upper tier soft plastic bait manufacturers out there today.
with the bait fished as a trailer...
As for applications, I had best success with the Twerk tipped at the end of a jig. My experiments fishing it on a bare shakey head were ok, but the fish seemed to bite plastic worms better than the bare Twerk - at least during the one day I conducted this experiment. Durability of the bait, by the way, is very good. The appendages will get ripped off from time to time, but that's to be expected with baits like this.