Introducing Reaction Innovations's wild creation, the Man
Impressions: Reaction Innovation's Man Bear Pig is realistically more of a Beaver Hog. It has the body of their signature Beaver trailer bait with the backwards facing ridges, thinned out and elongated then combined with the appendages of a Zoom Brush Hog. It measures five inches in length and is made from the same soft plastic formulation as their other baits.
It's actually more of a Beaver Hog
Real World Tests: I fished it on both a wide gap and straight shank worm hook with a pegged tungsten weight but no punch skirt on both spinning and casting gear and mostly with fluorocarbon line.
If this bait has any swimming action at all, it's mostly in
this twin spiraling tail
As you might imagine, the Man Bear Pig is simple enough to rig Texas style and that very subtle center channel on the top and bottom of the bait allows you to tex-pose the hook point if you choose to do so (I usually do).
However, the arms on the side of the bait can be detached
providing just a touch more action when the bait is on the move
This bait is best fished in some kind of motion either hoped, dragged, or swum along the bottom. It's twin tail appendages will flutter on constant movement or flap up and down following the motion of the bait if you lift and drop your rod tip. The two arms coming out the side of the bait near the imaginary head, are attached at the ends out of the package and easily pinched free if you want a little more action in the bait as you're fishing it.
These kind of skirt flaps don't do much other than create
more disturbance when the bait is moving - they don't move themselves
An interesting way I found later, to fish this bait is unweighted. Thanks to that solid, Sweet Beaver like body, the Man Bear Pig actually has a good amount of heft. It tipped our scales at 0.36 oz which is just shy of three eighths of an ounce (3/8 = 0.375). It's super easy to cast and pitch on its own and when it hits the water unweighted, it sinks enticingly slow in a neutral position.
Another look at the twirly tails
My Man Bear Pigs typically lasted through a few fish before needing to be changed out but bear in mind fish hit this bait hard - or at least they did everytime I used it. Given the bait's length, they probably view the bait as some kind of lizard and we all know bass don't mess around when there's a lizard on hand to feast upon.
The textured body is a staple of Reaction Innovations and the
channel in the middle of the body is great for hook placement and concealing
the hook point on a TX rig
Design & Ergonomics: Reaction Innovations's Man Bear Pig is available in nineteen (19) standard colors, so it's easy to find one, or a handful of favorite colors for your local waters. Each bait is made from the same salt infused soft plastic formulation as their other baits.
Similarly to other creature baits when fish hit the bait they absolutely
Price & Applications: The bait retails for $4.79 per re-sealable bag of eight baits for a per bait cost of roughly $0.60 per bait. For a sot plastic bait of this size in today's market place, that's not too bad really.