Baitsanity’s Most Technical Glidebait Yet – The Antidote
Total Score: 8.08 -
Baitsanity’s newest glidebait, the Antidote TUG,
is also the company’s new halo swimbait and comes with a laundry list of
innovative features which also make it a highly technical bait to master.
Designed for big bait enthusiasts the TUG can achieve some remarkably diverse
glide actions but with somewhat of a steep learning curve is this a big bait for
The Antidote TUG is
the new halo product
Baitsanity went from a relative newcomer five seasons ago to becoming a major
player in the mass-produced resin swimbait game. The company’s products have a
well-earned reputation for performing higher than their price would otherwise
indicate and for offering a surprising amount of customization with innovative
features like their interchangeable Hatch Match tail system and tungsten
A look at the Antidote TUG's
The Antidote TUG is the
fourth swimbait that the company has introduced, the first was the Explorer Gen
1 and 2, then the more value-oriented Antidote Glide, and most recently the
award-winning Explorer Gill Glide. All of these baits are designed in California
and are produced overseas with ABS resin that the company sources to maintain
quality and consistency.
The TUG features elements that are
found in both the company's existing Antidote and Explorer lines
If you have read our previous
reviews of Baitsanity products, you already know that we like both the
performance and overall value of their swimbaits. Baitsanity is still a
relatively small company but includes team members on site in both America and
China. This gives them the design agility that many bigger companies often no
longer possess, and the ability to mass produce products once those designs are
locked down, making it possible to offer them to anglers globally at reasonable
there is just something special about garage build custom swimbaits there is
also something to be said about the benefits of mass-produced lures including
their excellent consistency and greater accessibility to anglers.
The carbon fiber tail is fully
enclosed in resin and hollow to aid with floatation
The crew at Baitsanity is led
by Fahad Ahmed, a talented bait designer that is constantly looking at improving
the company’s offerings. Fahad is constantly exploring contemporary designs and
integrating new materials including carbon fiber, different weight designs, and
even wire knits into the tails and fins on the company’s baits. One of his goals
is to create products that are more customizable, allowing anglers to change out
tails and actions on swimbaits to better match both their personal fishing style
and what fish in their local waters will more likely respond to.
The Baitsanity frown has become a
signature of the brand's swimbaits
The Antidote TUG is the most
feature-rich and expensive glide bait that the company has introduced to date.
The TUG leverages some familiar design features including 3D scaling and
signature Baitsanity frown, but it is what is inside that is the most
TUG is the first lure from Baitsanity to utilize a large spring-loaded sliding
internal weight that is called the “Glide-Leap System” and is designed to allow
the bait to either leap to the surface or create a more aggressive twitch action
when fished underwater with a steady retrieve.
Fish knit fins give the bait a
unique custom look and are designed to be functional as well by acting as a
surface to apply and better hold scent
Other features that set the
TUG apart from the rest of the Baitsanity lineup includes use of carbon fiber
inside the tail and pectoral fins, and soft fish knit fins that are designed to
hold scent and can be removed for washing or replacement.
The Dark Bluegill and Dark Trout
In terms of patterns the TUG
will be available in five different finishes including Metallic Trout, Dark
Trout, Dark Bluegill, Bass, and American Shad. All patterns feature a
semi-transparent head and tail design, showcasing the embedded sliding weight
and carbon fiber tail.
Next: Multiple retrieves but a steeper learning curve....