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Lure Review

Glide Week : ABT Lures Squeezes In With the Suicide


Date: 4/8/14
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: ABTLure Company
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.1 - GOOD

A week dedicated to Glide Baits would not be complete without the announcement of a new, up and coming bait. Add that together with the knowledge that the bait we're talking about today is built in California and you have the makings of some good 'ole California Big Bait magic. Introducing ABT Lures's Suicide Glide.


Introducing ABT Lure's Suicide Glide!


ABT Lures Suicide Glide Specifications

Type Glide Bait
Length 9"
Weight 4.5 ounces
Depth Any
Rate(s) of Fall Slow Sink
Pieces 2
Available Colors 3 for now, 3 more on the way
Hooks 2/0 Owner
Origin Made in USA
MSRP $139.99


Quality/Construction: ABT's Suicide Glide is a nine inch bait made of resin. Finishes are rather modest compared to the baits we've already discussed but typical of what we call "garage bait" manufacturers. Colors and the bait does have some good detailing, but the intricacies overseas manufactures are somehow able to employ are not present in this bait.


Here's a look at ABT's Suicide Glide in action.


On the other hand, because this bait is more or less home grown here in the States, ABT understands the importance of stout hardware and this bait comes with Owner hooks and hyper wire split rings. Craftsmanship of the bait is also very clean.


Quality Ratings for ABT Lures Suicide Glide

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Performance: One trip is all I had with this bait before writing it up to include with Glide Bait Week so my experience with it is somewhat limited. I fished it with 20lb Sunline SuperNatural on spooled on a Revo Winch mounted on an Edge Rods 8' extra heavy powered cranking stick. If you like Sunline SuperNatural as much as I, I'd recommend 25 or even 30lb test when throwing this bait.

The Suicide Glide is a 9" bait.

The Suicide Glide slow sink descends with a slight nose down attitude at a rate of approximately one foot per two seconds. When it hits the bottom, the bait sits upright on its hooks and is poised for action. Begin your retrieve and the bait has a modest amount of movement side to side on a constant retrieve, but pause your retrieve and the bait glides off to the side nicely.

The finish on this bait is good, but not as detailed as many other baits we've seen.

The bait has a nice swimming motion in the water and swims true at all speeds, but the head does seem to bob up and down a little at the change of direction or when you pause your retrieve. Unlike some baits, it does not need to be twitched or jerked at the start of your retrieve to get it moving from side to side.

Detailing is also modest, with nice shadow lines at the gill and side fins.


Performance Ratings for ABT Lures Suicide Glide

Fall Attitude (1-5)
Degree of Glide (1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Here's how we broke down the Suicide Glide in the lab.

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