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Cranking it Up with 6th Sense's Speed Glide

 

Date: 2/19/20
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: 6th Sense
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

Introduction:
There are few techniques more effective than pitching a Texas rigged soft plastic up close to visible structure and soaking it for a few seconds before picking it up and starting again. This slow, methodical method is a good way to work the hot spots and put your limit in the boat. But sometimes, don't you just want to tie something on, toss it out, and feverishly work it back to you so that you can fire it back out again and again? If this is you any percentage of the time out on the water, 6th Sense has a lure you might want to consider. Here's our look at their Speed Glide 100.

 

6th Sense Speed Glide 100 Specifications

Type Two-Piece hard bait
Length 100mm (4 inches)
Weight 7/8oz
Sink Rate Fast Sink
Material Hard Plastic
Colors 13
Hooks Unspecified
MSRP $9.99 - $10.99 depending on color

 


Introducing the Speed Glide from 6th Sense Lures

 

Impressions: 6th Sense's Speed Glide 100 is a two-piece, four inch hardbait resembling an elongated lipless crank. It has a line tie at the nose, so it doesn' really dive, and a dressed, feather treble in the back. There are no rattles so the bait does run silent. It looks like a mini-glide bait with a good range of motion in that joint.


The Speed Glide has the appearance of a compact glide bait

Real World Tests: I really didn't know what to expect from this bait when ordering it from TackleWarehouse. I just liked the way it looked and the idea of having a mini glide bait intrigued me. For its initial tests, I tied it to the end of some 8lb Seaguar Tatsu fluorocarbon spooled on a Daiwa Japan Millionaire CT SV70 mounted on a Team Lew's Pro-Ti TLPT170M casting rod. Note, all of these choices are a bit under powered for this nearly one ounce lure, but it is what I had on hand at the time, so I gave it a whirl. My primary objective was just to see how the bait swam and then to make adjustments from there.


Internal weights are fixed

Castability: There are no internal moving weights in the Speed Glide, but because of its weight, it doesn't really need them. It is an easy bait to cast, but it's not really a bait that will cut through the air and enable you to achieve your personal best performance for distance.

There is no doubt that Speed Glide's two piece construction impacts casting aerodynamics. There were times I cast this bait and it was effortless, there were other times it'd tumble through the air. All this was dependent upon my casting form and how smooth I transitioned from backcast to forward cast.


Nice detailing around the head

Dive Time: 6th Sense's Speed Glide is rated as a fast sink bait and it falls relatively quickly. Thing is, as you begin your retrieve, it tends to rise to the surface, so if you want it to swim at a certain depth, it's best to really count it down and not be too fast on your retrieve. A higher speed reel turned quickly will cause this bait to rise to the surface.


The Speed Glide swims in a tight S-wave pattern

What I was most curious to find out about this bait was how wide of a glide it had if any because it's so small. What I found is the Speed Glide really swims more in an S-wave pattern and doesn't really glide. Because the bait is relatively small, the feather trailer almost behaves as a third piece giving the bait a bit more of a side to side snaking action than I had anticipated.


I replaced the rear treble with a standard hook to see if the action would change. There was no effect

I experimented by replacing the back, feathered trailer with a standard treble hook and to my surprise, it didn't make that much of a difference. That snakey swim pattern is just inherent with the bait, which is fine, I just had to adjust the circumstances in which I intended to use the bait and use it as more of a search tool.


Stock hooks are unspecified but sticky

Design/Ergonomics: 6th Sense offers their Speed Glide in thirteen (13) different colors. It comes with hooks of an unspecified brand, but do their job well. The bait's line tie is vertical and I fished it both tied directly to the tie and also connected via a snap. I was a little surprised the Speed Glide was unaffected by either choice but most of today's baits seem to be that way.


The Speed Glide retails for only $9.99

Price & Application: One of the best things about this bait is it retails for only $9.99 ( or $10.99 for one special color ). One of the other really good things about this bait is it turns out to be a great search tool retrieved over masses of weed beds or through really shallow water. You can fish it fast enough to stay just under the surface, but above the grass in search of active fish.

Ratings:

6th Sense Speed Glide 100 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A nice, compact, well built bait 8
Performance Casts well and swims with a snakey motion 8
Price Really affordable bait to use as a larger than normal search tool 8
Features Sharp hooks, good colors, feather trailer 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) 13 available colors, nice, compact size that's easy to cast and fish 7.5
Application I found this bait useful as a search tool to over weed beds and in the backs of coves in shallow water 7.5

Total Score

7.75

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
+ Easy to cast - Doesn't really glide
+ Lives up to its name and can be retrieve quickly without blowing out of the water - Unbranded hooks
+ Feather back hook is a nice touch and gives the bait an extra bit of dimension  


6th Sense's Speed Glide feels more like a hybrid bait of sorts than a traditional glide bait

Conclusion: 6th Sense's Speed Glide feels more like a hybrid bait of sorts than a traditional glide bait. It's not quite as snakey as a 3-piece bait when retrieved in the water, but it doesn't really glide from side to side like most of its 2-piece brethren.

 

What I like about the Speed Glide is its ability to swim in skinny water right above the grass. This is where this two piece bait really excels!

 

You can literally cast this bait up on shore, drag it into the water, and if you begin your retrieve right away, swim it over that rock, stump, or clump of grass that's covered with about six inches of water to see if there's a predator hiding in the shadow.

 

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