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Lure Review

Attack both Fresh and Saltwater Species with the Slayer Swim Jig from Warbaits (continued)


Durability: The Slayer Jig is extremely durable when it comes to freshwater fishing and contact with structure does little more than scratch the paint on these jigs. In inshore applications when targeting bottom species the jig does take damage but holds up as good as if not better than most premium jigs. The smaller mass of the jig prevents it from hitting the ground like a rock and allows it to slip in and out of the nastiest structure without taking much damage.


The "Sexy Dine" pattern paired with a Basstrix paddletail was very good for targeting largemouth bass...


The Mustad UltraPoint hooks also held up very well in inshore applications, just make sure to rinse off the jigs after fishing in saltwater to prevent any rust build up on the exposed areas. The skirts also proved to be a strong point for these jigs as they held up well both in salt and freshwater, we did have some broken strands after landing a few fish but this did little to change the overall flare of the skirts in the water or their effectiveness.


...don't be afraid to mix it up to meet your application


Price & Applications: Warbaits is a relatively new company and while most bass e-tailers don’t have the jigs a number of shops that offer saltwater tackle do. The jigs can also be purchased directly from the manufacturer and the company does have an edgy looking informative website that is certainly worth a look.


A look at the jig in the water


Slayer swim jigs come one per pack and while not cheap are also not the most expensive jigs out there either. A ¾ oz. jig retails for $5.49, a 1oz. jig for $5.79, a 1.5oz. jig for $6.79 and the heaviest 2oz. jig is $7.49 each. In terms of freshwater jigs this is slightly higher than most premium jigs but compared to other inshore rockfish jigs this is significantly lower in price than competing premium jigs.


A Falcon Lake largemouth takes the Warbait Slayer Swim Jig as it is pulled through the submerged treetops


At the end of the day I think the price is reasonable, especially if you can use the jigs for both applications. If you only plan to target Lings Warbaits does offer another jig aptly named the “Ling Slayer” which is very similar to the original Slayer Swim Jig only it comes in only 1.5 and 2oz. weights and each jig comes with two rattles and have glow in the dark elements designed to draw more attention to the jigs in deeper water.


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Warbaits Slayer Swim Jig Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent build quality, this lure has numerous features that help make it durable enough to stand up to saltwater species 9
Performance This swimming jig works for rockfish, largemouth and stripers. It only gains effectiveness when paired with swimbait tails from Bass Hammer, Roboworm or Basstrix 9
Price Not the cheapest nor the most expensive... overall a reasonable price especially for anglers that dabble in both fresh and saltwater 7
Features Great features including a quality hook and flaring skirt. Excellent head design that stands up to abuse. I only wish the company offered their own swimbait tails to pair perfectly with the jigs 8
Design (Ergonomics) Great well thought out design. While more traditional than new fangled jigs like the Shimano Lucanus or Daiwa Conch this jig is just as deadly when paired with the right tail 8.5
Application Great for multiple species. Would love a 3oz. version to fish deeper water in strong currents for Cabs and Lings 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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Great quality, designed and built to exacting standards, very consistant L Would love a 3oz. version to get really deep quick
J Flexible applications - good for both inshore and freshwater species  
J Ability to customize with different tails and even scents  
J Durable, it can take a beating and still remain effective  


The Warbait Slayer Swim Jig is a great weapon for both inshore and freshwater fishing and the company offers plenty of patterns to make it possible to match the hatch


Conclusion: Warbaits is a relatively new company to the tackle scene but the team is doing things right by introducing products that are designed for a wide range of applications and are built with quality components capable of  surviving those harsher saltwater environments. The design and build quality on the Slayer Swim jigs is excellent and I definitely recommend investing in some swimbait tails which only add to the lure’s overall effectiveness for targeting trophy largemouth and big bottom dwelling inshore species. Whether you enjoy targeting lingcod and Calicos or freshwater largemouth and stripers the Slayer Jig is a deadly weapon in the hands of anglers that enjoy tossing swim jigs and are absolutely worth tying on the next time you go to "war" against trophy fish.


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