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Lure Review


The Difficult to Rip Spro McStick 110


Date: 5/22/17
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Spro
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.75 - BEST VALUE AWARD

If BASS Elite Series Pro Mike McClelland has a signature technique it has to be the rip bait, and naturally a pro of his stature must have a signature bait to match his signature technique. For McClelland it all goes back to the original Spro McStick now referred to as the McStick 110. Let's take a look at the bait that started it all for Mike McCelland and see how it stacks up.


Spro McStick 110 Specifications

Type Rip/Jerk Bait (Suspending)
Length 4 1/3" (110mm)
Weight 1/2oz
Depth 3-5ft
Material Hard Plastic
Colors 20
Hooks 3x #5 Gamakatsu Round Bend
MSRP $11.49


Impressions: The McStick 110, is as you might have guessed, a rip bait measuring a cool 110 millimeters. What is it about that length in a rip bait? In standard imperial units that equates to right around four and third inches (4 1/3"). The bait weighs half an ounce and comes equipped with three #5 Gamakatsu round bend hooks.

Introducing Spro's Mike McClelland McStick 110.

Real World Tests: For the purposes of its on the water tests, I fished the Spro McStick 110 on my G.Loomis MBR842C GLX and Shimano Chronarch MGL combo. The reel was spooled with 10lb Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon.

The McStick 110 is a half ounce jerkbait measuring just over four and a quarter inches in length.

Castability: The McStick 110 benefits from an internal weight transfer system like most stick baits and this helps with getting the bait's momentum moving in the right direction during a cast. This bait is pretty easy to cast even with unpredictable cross winds that often blow rip baits off course or cause them to roll while in flight.

The McStick 110 benefits from an internal weight transfer system to aid during casts.

Dive Time: With just a few quick twitches of your rod tip, the McStick 110 dives down quickly darting from one side to the next on some twitches, darting forward a few feet on others. It has a rather unpredictable pattern which is what you want in a bait like this. On a straight retrieve, the McStick 110 has a relatively tight wiggle.

Detailing on the McStick 110 is very good.

Suspending Action: Pause your retrieve for a bit and the McStick 110 will glide to a stop, head down and depending on the water temperature either sit still or slowly rise. Spro mentions this bait is built to suspend in lower water temperatures so maybe with some heavier hooks, or suspend dots, the bait will sit more still when the water warms, but for me, it sat perfectly still.

The McStick 110 comes with three #5 Gamakatsu treble hooks.

Design/Ergonomics: Spro's McStick 110 is available in twenty different colors and as mentioned earlier comes with three #5 Gamakatsu round bend hooks. This is important because many feel the need to upgrade the stock trebles on their baits, but the McStick is ready to go out of the package with quality, name brand hooks. Of course, there are upgrades available even within the Gamakatsu treble hook lineup, and if you do choose to go the upgrade route, just try to stay within the same weight range with your new hooks because this can affect the action of the lure. This is true with any bait of this style. That balance is critical to a rip bait's performance.

The McStick 110 retails for $11.49 per bait.

Price & Application: Mike McClelland's signature rip bait, the McStick 110 by Spro retails for $11.49 which, when compared to some of the other premium baits out there is quite reasonable.


Spro McStick 110 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good bait to bait consistency 8
Performance Easy to cast and work 8
Price Reasonably priced especially when compared to LC and MB 7.5
Features Gamakatsu hooks, internal weight transfer system, rattles 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Available in 20 different colors 8
Application Good option in a tightly contested bait space 7.5

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:


+ Casts really well - It's difficult to find anything to rip about this bait
+ Easy bait to work  
+ A host of different colors  
+ Gamakatsu hooks  

Just tie it on, toss it out, and rip it back. The McStick 110 wins our Best Value Award!

Conclusion: What do you say about a bait that casts well, is easy to work, has a nice erratic action, is available in twenty different colors, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg? Spro's McStick 110 hits all the check boxes including coming stock with quality Gamakatsu hooks. When you're accustomed to tossing a bait that's similar but costs over twice the price, the McStick 110 comes out smelling like a bargain. Just tie it on, toss it out, and rip it back. The McStick 110 wins our Best Value Award!

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