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TackleTour Autopsy: Making Hudd Fillets


Date: 10/27/10
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Huddleston
Reviewer: Zander

When it comes to soft bodied swimbaits the Huddleston Deluxe is high up on the list of the most famous and widely used baits by both big bass hunters and professional anglers, and with good reason… this bait is arguably not only the most realistic but has accounted for some of the biggest trophy bass catches out there. You asked for it, in the latest installment of the TT Autopsy we prepare to fillet a Hudd to see just what makes this big bait so deadly.  


Huddeleston Swimbaits are available in a variety of different sizes and patterns

Huddleston Deluxe: The team at Huddleston have a "Big Bait Theory" that “mature largemouth will consume the most calories per calorie expended.  In other words, the wiser, heavier Largemouth, consumes the largest, fattest, high-calorie meal while burning the least amount of calories.” Knowing this they designed a bait that targeted the bass’s local forage.

So which pattern will we cut open, the popular Trout pattern of course


While some anglers contend that the 8” Huddleston is simply too big for bass to eat before Huddleston designed the lure they examined studies which showed that largemouth can eat up to one third of their own body weight in a single gulp. We now know that Huddleston was right as those of us that have fished the Hudd have witnessed a complete range of fish, even some not much bigger than the bait itself, will try and take on this lure.


First a dunk in the tank, notice how the tail section floats up making it look like the bait is feeding

The biggest mistake most anglers make when fishing the 8” version is they sling it out and start their retrieve cranking the Hudd in quickly to see the tail wagging back and forth. Patience Daniel-san, as much as we all like seeing this ultra realistic bait swimming through the water the Hudd is usually best fished slow…and I mean slooooooooooow.

A look at the Phantom Trout and you can see a substructure in the head


Why is that? Huddleston believes it is because these massive fish don’t want to aggressively pursue a fast and agile one pound trout instead they will opt to ambush a slow swimming or feeding trout. Huddleston states “this would get the most calories for the least calories expended.”


Under bright lighting this structure is more visible, also notice what looks like a pocket of air under the dorsal fin (more on that later)

To call the Huddleston realistic looking would be an understatement, this bait looks great right out of the package but in the water the bait looks even more realistic from just about every angle.

Checking all the specifications prior to operating


Huddleston did a great job on the paint finish on these baits and there are a wide range of patterns to choose from. When deciding which pattern to cut open the choice was an easy one, we had to go with the extremely popular Rainbow Trout pattern which is responsible for so many lunkers caught here on the West Coast.


The Hudd can collapse in the fish's mouth

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