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The Myth Lives and Has Transformed : 22nd Century's Nezzuma V-Cut (continued)

Drawing Power: When the V-Cut is swimming along at the surface, it gives off a combination of that grit and grinding sound from the metal joints together with a quiet knock. It's a confidence inspiring bit of harmony that together with the size of the bait, leaves you feeling that at any moment an angry or hungry bass will want crash the party, mouth wide open in full a full throat exclamation of rampant aggression.

The tail is held in place by a counter tap screw lock

Vitality: With its circuit board lip, extra heavy duty joint hardware and swiveling hook hangars, the Nezzuma Rat V-Cut is built to handle those hits and live for another cast. The bait's tail is held on by a counter tap screw and is easily replaced should the need arise. I didn't fish the bait enough to incur any damage to the finish, but nothing about my experience handling the bait leaves me to believe the finish is any less or more durable than average. As with most baits this size, hook rash is the only real concern.

Bait Detail 01: A feature and dimension breakdown of the Nezzuma Rat V-Cut as detailed by our Swimbait SkunkWerx division

Price & Availability: This oversized rat by 22nd Century Baits retails for right around $160. It is a regular stocked item over at TackleWarehouse, so it's actually one of the easier rats to obtain. Same goes for the 2-piece Nezzuma Rat XL. The only downside might be a very limited color selection of both rats in their regularly stocked locations.

Bait Detail 02: A feature and dimension breakdown of the 2-piece Nezzuma Rat XL as detailed by our Swimbait SkunkWerx division



22nd Century Nezzuma Rat V-Cut Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality 22nd Century has been making baits for a very long time. One of the OGs in the industry, they know how to make a solid bait. 8
Performance Capable of doing all the tricks, my favorite way to fish the Nezzuma is the most simple - a straight retrieve 9
Price Considering the price many baits of similar size or resin content are going for these days, surprisingly reasonable 7.5
Features Stout hardware, swiveling hangars, circuit board lip, the list goes on 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) A large and somewhat eccentric build that is surprisingly effective 8
Application Fish it day or night, the Nezzuma rat gets bit 8

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:


+ If you like big rats... - Limited color selection on regularly stocked baits
+ Stout hardware  
+ Excellent combination of sound and swimming motion that inspires confidence  


Conclusion: Having not fished my original Nezzuma Rat XL in more than a decade, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this very eccentric looking V-Cut variant. What I discovered on that first cast and retrieve was an oversized rat bait that's surprisingly easy to fish and has a mesmerizing, confidence inspiring combination of sound and swimming action. It's difficult to explain, but the feeling you get while swimming this bait is anticipation of when a fish will strike instead of if - you get a very strong sense it's going to happen at any moment.


Don't sleep on the Nezzuma. Just because it's somewhat accessible does not mean it should be overlooked

Given the bait's regular stock availability at locations like Tackle Warehouse, I'm sure it suffers from that strange malady of being too accessible. Some big bait enthusiasts don't like it if you can easily locate a bait and often overlook a bait that's very effective because of it. It's a shame because those afflicted with this perspective are losing out. The Nezzuma Rat XL and V-Cut are legit baits and very worthy of their pedigree, and they flat out can catch fish.


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