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Skinny Bear Shadeye: Skinny Bear has been making tackle products out of Southern California for nearly twenty years. Specializing in jigs, the company has also ventured into the swimbait market. Of course, coming out of Southern California, how could they not? Today we take a look at their rather unique take on the fully rigged soft bodied swimbait, their Shad Eye Swimbait.


Introducing the Skinny Bear Shad Eye Swimbait.


Skinny Bear Shad Eye Swimbait Specifications

Type Soft Bodied Swimbait
Depth Mid-Water to bottom
Class Sinker
Size (Weight) 5" & 6"
Colors/Patterns 8 Colors
MSRP $5.49


Action: The Shad Eye gets its action from a unique, inverted tail design that in the end, swims as expected at all retrieve speeds. The tail is designed to be especially effective at slow speeds, but really, what this bait seems built to do is hop or rather, be hopped along the bottom. It features a flat bottom custom tailed for standup presentations.

The scale pattern on these baits is a nice feature


Fall Rate: Skinny Bear's Shad Eye swimbait falls to the bottom abruptly just like the majority of other baits in this article so it's effective at depths down to twenty to thirty feet as long as there aren't strong currents or winds.


A closeup of the baits inverted tail. 


Application: As mentioned earlier, the Shad Eye really seems best suited for bottom hugging presentations and that would seem true to Skinny Bear's roots as a jig tying manufacturer. We found this bait best in situations where the weeds weren't overgrown otherwise you spend the majority of your time pulling weeds off the bait and not really fishing. Otherwise in rock piles, around docks, and amongst sparse weeds, the bait is easily fished.


The tail may be inverted, but it's of a standard shape.


Features: The Shad Eye features a large, single jig style hook a the top of the bait with no extra rigging hoops for stingers, and is available in at least 8 different color patterns in two different sizes. True to its name, the bait also features realistic, 3d eyes.


The Skinny Bear Shadeye features a flat bottom to facilitate standup fishing.



Skinny Bear Shad Eye Swimbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Quality built bait 7.5
Performance Fished on a hop the bait performs well 7
Price Very affordable bait 8.5
Features Interesting standup design 8
Design (Ergonomics) Not the most realistic profile but good detailing and color patterns 7
Application Fish it like a jig for best results 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

Pluses and Minuses:


J Good bottom bouncing bait L Better than some but still not the most realistic of baits in terms of profile
J Swims well out of the box  
J Lots of colors to choose from  
J Not hard to find  

Fished like a jig, the Skinny Bear Shad Eye swimbait is rather effective.

Conclusion: Our review cycle of the Skinny Bear Shad Eye swimbait got cut a little short as our baits were lost in the Pacific Ocean in the middle of durability tests against the coastal rockfish of California. Our take on these baits is if you're a jig fisherman looking to sample the swimbait phenomenon, the Shad Eye swimbait from Skinny Bear should sit right in your comfort zone presentation wise and is probably an excellent place to start your journey into the big bait craze.


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