VPR-PRO LBM spinnerbait with Titanium Nitenol
Total Score: 8.25
Introduction: Once again the Little Big Man makes a big
move! At the end of January 2001 Competitive Edge Fishing introduced the
new VPR Pro LBM spinnerbait with surgical grade Titanium Nitenol wire. See
how the new LBM compares to the original LBM.
VPR Pro LBM
Titanium Spinnerbait, Double Willow Specifications
available with Double Willow|
and Nickel combinations|
||Anti-roll head, long shank wide gap hook, STAY-ON skirt keeper,
chip resistant paint, stainless steel ball bearing swivel, Titanium
Impressions: Some people say that the replacement of the metal
wire with Titanium on the spinnerbait is like graphite taking the place of
fiberglass rods. Others say that it is just a hype. I have been
fishing spinnerbaits for a long time now, but this is the first time I will be
taking a close look at the Titanium wire spinnerbait. I compared the
1/2oz. LBM Titanium Nitenol spinnerbait to its sibling, the original 1/2oz. LBM
in double willow. Aside from the Titanium wire there really isn't any
major physical differences.
The surgical grade
Titanium Nitenol wire improves the durability and life of the
Being a spinnerbait that
took after it's sibling with all the same features except the material of the
wire, how does the VPR Pro Little Big Man Titanium perform? The first
thing I did once I received the spinnerbait was to tie it into a knot and see if
the Titanium Nitenol wire was durable enough, AND would the wire bounce right
back to the original form. The answer is yes, the wire is strong enough
for me to bend it in many different ways, and the spinnerbait kept it's shape
after all the punishment.
distort the Titanium Nitenol wire, but not successful...after letting go the
wire returned to its natural shape instantly!
Complete Rig for
the LBM Titanium Nitenol
||Competitive Edge RR6S7|
||Shimano Chronarch 100A|
Stren Easy Cast|
After stressing the Titanium wire you might think that it has been weaken
and might even break when used. My next test takes me to the waters.
I fished the LBM Titanium the same way I did to the original LBM. The
performance is very similar, but there are some noticeable differences.
The LBM Titanium vibrates harder compared to the thin metal wire. Also
when fishing in heavy cover the spinnerbait does not flow through as smoothly as
the metal wire LBM due to the flexibility of the Titanium wire.
I ran similar tests with the original LBM, where I would throw the
spinnerbait on-shore or at structure such as rocks or submerged trees, hit that hard surface, and let the spinnerbait drop into the
water. If you recall from that test the thin metal wire on the LBM bent
out of shape. Well, that problem has been fixed by the Titanium Nitenol
wire. I tossed and tossed many more times, but the new LBM Titanium just
wouldn't bend out of shape. This is one big bonus by using Titanium
Nitenol wire. No tuning is require and it's durable!
After a few more days of fishing and landing a few good size largemouth
bass with the same spinnerbait there were almost no damage caused except the
slight chips on the paint which is considered good for the beating it took from
my tests trying to kill the Titanium Nitenol wire. After more fishing
stress, I again took the spinnerbait and tied it into a knot. Same result
as before... no change in shape.
Double Willow Ratings (?/10)
tough with good material and the Titanium Nitenol wire is
||Blades always run true and vibrates loud. Great for open
water and little structure, but not good in heavy cover
addition of Titanium Nitenol increases the price, but this spinnerbait
will last longer
silky smooth ball bearing swivel and Titanium Nitenol wire
||Created like it's sibling with one improvement
like a true spinnerbait without tuning
Pluses and Minuses:
Not good in heavy cover|
No more tuning!
Sampo ball bearing swivel
Conclusion: To sum up the results the VPR Pro Little Big Man
Titanium is a little bigger than it's original. After many hours of stress
and punishment, the LBM Titanium still ran true and held it's shape. This
spinnerbait might not perform well in heavy cover, but it excels in open
water. Some say that Titanium spinnerbaits break easily, but not the
surgical grade Titanium Nitenol wire. This is what makes the VPR Pro
Titanium spinnerbaits unique and it's a "must see it, to believe it" product.
and keep on fishin!