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Spice Up Your Fishing with Reaction Innovation's New Beaver Variant (continued)

Forcing myself to perform my due diligence, I put the Concept Z and Warhammer combo down and picked up the Revo IKE and Braillist jig setup. First thing I did before casting the Spicy Beaver threaded onto my Hybrid Football Jig was split the tail. Even though this was a football head jig, I wanted the bait to have some swimming movement on the descent.

Tipped on the back of a Brian Schmidt hybrid (hair and silicone skirt) football jig

Three casts later, on the fall, I was rewarded with a "thunk." I reeled down, laid into the fish with the Braillist, and the battle was on. On my very next cast near the same spot, I caught another fish this time after a hop.

On the third cast up close to shore


On a separate trip, I tipped the back of an Omega Genesis Ti Spinnerbait with the Sweet Beaver and had similar success, but my favorite way to fish this bait is just by itself on that 4/0 worm hook with a smallish, pegged, tungsten weight casting and retrieving it as if it were a crankbait.


On the very next cast!


Fished in this manner, each bait would last through two to four fish, so the baits aren't super durable, but given the catch rate I experienced, I'll take the activity any day over a super durable bait.

The Spicy Beaver will last through two to four fish before having issues related to durability

Design & Ergonomics: Reaction Innovations packages the Sweet Beaver in a re-sealable plastic bag with a clear, hard plastic insert holding the baits like an old school ice tray. The insert is not a clamshell, but the soft plastic bag does its job holding the baits in place within the tray. Reaction Innovations does not include a scent treatment in the package or soft plastic formula.

As a spinnerbait trailer

Price & Applications: There are fourteen initial colors available for the Spicy Beaver and the packages of six baits retails for $4.99 giving us a per bait price of $0.83. We've determined an average price of $0.78 for baits with this same or similar profile, so the Spicy Beaver is slightly above average on a per bait cost.

The Spicy Beaver retails for $4.99 per package of 6 baits


Reaction Innovations Spicy Beaver Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very good consistency in bait and colors 8.5
Performance Outstanding in spice mode 9
Price At $0.83 per bait, just slightly above average ($0.78) for soft plastic baits with a similar profile 7
Features A skinnier Sweet Beaver that swims, the soft plastic wedge at the head helps keep the bait on the hook longer 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) 14 available colors, packaging ensures baits keep their shape 8
Application Fish it like a standard Beaver or in spicy mode, as a trailer on a jig, spinnerbait, vibrating jig, or just by itself. It's almost all you need. 9

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:


+ Really good fluttering action in spicy mode (split tail) - There are those who will want more durability
+ Wedge at head to help with rigging - Does not quite work unweighted as a topwater lure
+ So many different uses and effective in every way we tried  


Evening bite from shore


Conclusion: Sometimes a bait just hits it right with us or we test it at just the right time. Whatever the case may be, Reaction Innovation's Spicy Beaver benefited from some pretty epic moments with us out on the water. It got to the point where I was looking for different ways to use the bait and entice a bite on a different rod and reel. Yet even with all that, my favorite way to fish this bait was Texas rigged with a bullet weight and fished on its own. After a while, I abandoned the "let it sink, hop it a few times, then retrieve" it mode and just ended up casting and retrieving it like a shallow crankbait.


Reaction Innovations wins this Editor's Choice Award


Rigged in that manner, I was able to swim the Spicy Beaver through and over large expanses of weeds even stopping it at the occasional hole and letting it drop in. That experience had me experimenting with the Spicy Beaver as a topwater lure fishing it unweighted like a soft plastic toad, but the bait's body is not buoyant enough to make the bait float up to the surface. Even with that slight disappointment, Reaction Innovations wins this Editor's Choice Award.


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