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Opportunity is 2Knocking for Bull Shad Swimbaits (continued)

Rate of Fall: The 2Knocker swimbait falls down the water column at a rate of about one foot per second. There is no real finesse or refinement in this bait's descent. Because the joints are so free and the bait is in four pieces, it tends to curl when it hits the water and sink in that same position almost as if it were spiraling down to oblivion.

The bait is not devoid of detailing - it's just not very refined

Of course, click your reel over and you can slowly crawl the bait letting it fall in a little straighter line if you so choose. Otherwise, when you swim the bait back to your position, it moves in a typical 4-piece bait fashion, with a tight, very snake-like movement.

And that's just the way I like it - big fish like injured prey!

The difference with the Bullshad 2Knocker is the internal knockers, which are much like rattles. When held in hand with the hooks secured against the bait's body, you can shake the bait and hear the rattles that are installed in the 2Knockers head. The sound is unique, especially when it comes to multi-jointed custom swimbaits like this one.

I think these are Mustad KVD Triple Grip hooks - I think

Design/Ergonomics: There was a time all Bull Shad swimbaits came with stock Owner hooks. I know a few years back they ran into stock problems with Owner not being able to keep up with Bull Shad's needs so I'm not certain in which direction the company went. I want to say the hooks that are on my 2Knocker are Mustad KVD Triple Grip hooks, but I'm not certain. The hooks on my bait have held up but most big bait aficionados are going to want to upgrade their hooks no matter what comes with their bait anyway.

The 2Knocker is a limited production bait, so if you've been thinking about one, don't think too long.

Price & Application: As mentioned earlier, Bull Shad Swimbait's 2Knocker is a limited run product. I think less than one thousand were made. They sell for $60 a piece and the only way we are aware to acquire them is through the company's own website with a direct link provided at the end of this review.


Bull Shad 2Knocker Swimbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Typical Bull Shad quality - the bait looks beat up 8.5
Performance Casts well, but descends kind of curled up 8.5
Price Not too shabby for a bait made/poured in the US by hand 7.5
Features Swivel hook attachments, rattles in the head 8
Design (Ergonomics) One color, one size remains in the current run 7.5
Application I fish it like a spinnerbait or lipless crank 8

Total Score


Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Perfect size for numbers and size - Limited run... once they are gone, are they gone for good?
+ Easy to cast and work - Only one color
+ Sound chamber to help fish lock onto the bait even in less than clear water  
+ Swivel attachment for hooks  


Conclusion: Triton Mike Bucca continues to produce unrefined, beat up looking baits and I think that's great. Predators are always going to target the weak link, so I believe a beat up looking bait gives you a better chance at getting bit. The 2Knocker is a perfect size to throw, work, and yes, get bit by bass of just about any size. It's not a bait if all you're hunting is trophies because smaller fish will and do hit this bait. I don't need a trophy, just some hits.


If you're trophy hunting, this bait is a little small, but if you, like I, just want hits, the 2Knocker is the perfect size


The aspect that makes this bait interesting, is of course those rattles in the bait's head. You can throw this bait in water that has less than ideal visibility and still get hit because that sound coming out of the bait's head acts like a homing beacon - just like your lipless cranks - allowing the fish to zero in and slam it. If you're looking for a swimbait that's easy to throw, is effective in clear and dingy water, you might think about picking up one or two of Bull Shad's 2Knocker before they are all gone.


Looking for Bull Shad Swimbait 2Knocker Swimbaits?

Try Bull Shad's Website








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