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Respect YoDaddy, Big Bite Bait's Surprising Little Creature Bait

 

Date: 3/23/17
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Big Bite Baits
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

Introduction:
BASS Elite Series pro Russ Lane is a veteran of the tour and knows, as any other veteran does, that you have to have a solid flipping, pitching, punching game if you're going to survive. Today, we take a look at his signature series flipping, pitching, punching bait by Big Bite Baits, the YoDaddy.

 


Introducing Big Bite Bait's Russ Lane YoDaddy.

 

Big Bite Baits Russ Lane YoDaddy Specifications

Type Craw/Trailer Bait
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 11
Sizes 3-1/4"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Big Bite Baits Bite Juice
# per package 8
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $3.49


Russ Lane himself shows us one of the many ways he likes to rig this bait.

Impressions: Big Bite Bait's Yo Daddy is a compact little bait that resembles a grub more than it does a crawdad. What distinguishes this bait from a grub are the two paddle shaped legs on either side of the bait, antennae, and the two chopped off claws instead of twin tails at the end. But the bait's body is all grub.

 

Big Bite Bait's Yo Daddy is a compact little bait that resembles a grub more than it does a crawdad.

 

The Yo Daddy looks like it's designed to be worked in tight spaces and those seemingly do nothing paddle-claws at the end of the bait actually have some very subtle ridges that are designed to keep those flaps moving when you swim the bait.


Shown here on a 3/0 Gamakatsu straight shank flipping hook. The bait is designed to be fished on a 5/0 hook. Rigged properly, the hook point will sit right at the back of the bait's head concealed between its eyes and that back plate above my thumb.

Real World Tests: Big Bite Bait's Yo Daddy is not molded with rigging slits to guide you on where to place the hook, but it's a pretty straight forward process. The bait is pretty compact but is designed to be used with a 5/0 Gamakatsu straight shank heavy duty flipping hook. Having said that, I was able to fish it on a 3/0 Gamakatsu straight shank flipping hook with good success.


The body of this bait is basically a grub.

 

Whether you fish this bait on its own or as a jig trailer, the interesting bit about this bait is its claws. They're shaped like square paddles and don't really look like much until you get the bait moving. On the fall, the arms stay motionless, but once you begin hopping the bait or swimming it in the water, those paddle arms begin flapping up and down frantically.

 


But grubs don't have two legs on either side.

 

In fact, the Yo Daddy reminds me of one of those inflatable tube men but with its arms cut off. The action of this bait is really surprising and that streamlined body just makes the bait all the more interesting in the water. Additionally, because it is so compact, it's a really good flipping, pitching and punching bait. You can get it into and out of tight spaces and since the arms are so short, they rarely get caught and ripped off between presentations.


Nor do they usually come with eyes and antennae.

Design & Ergonomics: Big Bite Bait's Yo Daddy comes in a resealable bag of eight (8) baits and is available in eleven (11) different colors. Each color is very well detailed with some having a different, solid colored bottom giving the bait a more distinctive, realistic look. Like all Big Bite Baits soft plastics, the Yo Daddy is infused with the company's Bite Juice straight out of the package.


You call those claws?

Price & Applications: At $3.49 per pack of 8, the Yo Daddy breaks down to forty four cents ($0.44) per bait - a really good price when it comes to soft plastic trailer baits. Unfortunately it is only available in the one size. It might actually make a nice drop shot bait if it were available in a slightly smaller size.


Note the ridge at the end of the bait's paddle arms - that's what helps them flap when the bait is in motion.

As it stands, the Yo Daddy is already quite versatile effective if fished alone on a Texas Rig or as a trailer on your flipping or swimming jig, spinnerbait, buzzbait - basically any single hook moving bait where you might need a little extra flair at the back end of your bait.

 


Russ Lane with a nice Lake Lanier bass demonstrating this bait to us a couple years back.

 

Ratings

Big Bite Baits Russ Lane YoDaddy Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Really intricate colors and good consistency in shape bait to bait 8
Performance Compact body gets through tight spaces well but also good as a trailer bait 8
Price A really good priced soft plastic bait 8
Features Big Bite Bait's Bite Juice and resealable bag 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) 11 different colors 7
Application A good bait in tight quarters 8

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
+ Good compact design - A smaller size option would make a nice finesse bait
+ Vibrant color selection  
+ A good bait in tight quarters  

  


Big Bite Bait's Russ Lane Yo Daddy is a surprising little bait. It even took me a while to try it but I'm glad I finally did.

 

Conclusion: Big Bite Bait's Russ Lane Yo Daddy is a surprising little bait. When Zander saw me rigging the bait, he asked with a little skepticism in his voice, "what's that?". When I told him its name, he half thought I was being sarcastic and throwing a veiled insult at him, but then he quickly realized it was one of Big Bite Bait's funny names when I simultaneously showed him the package. After I caught a couple fish, he asked to try it! This is just another demonstration that in the fishing world, it pays to approach all products with an open mind and to not pass judgment until you've had a chance to flip, pitch, or cast that product out on the water. Big Bite Bait's Yo Daddy is definitely worth getting to know over an afternoon of fishing.

 

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