Components: The Highsider comes with good hardware. Though we’re not certain the brand, the hooks, including the rear dressed treble, are stout and sharp. The one area of questionable durability comes with the snap that is provided with the lure. The snap seems suitable if you’re using fifteen pound test or less line, but if you’re using line rated at twenty pounds or more, or do something like me, throwing this bait on braid for striped bass, then you’re going to want to upgrade this snap or install a split ring so you can tie direct. I would not recommend tying to this bait direct as I think it needs the flexibility in the connection to your line for maximum swimming motion.
On the upside, the Highsider comes with good, stout hooks including this dressed rear treble.
Effectiveness: For those not quite sold on the big bait campaign, the Deps Highsider is a good introductory bait to the craze. It has the profile and some of the action of these oversized baits, yet it’s light enough to toss on a big cranking stick. What’s more, you can work it like a shallow running crank because it dives the second you begin a moderately paced retrieve.
The Highsider is a good choice for those not quite sold on the Big Bait craze just yet. It has the size of a big bait but fishes almost just like a big shallow running crankbait.
For traditional big baiters, the Highsider might be a bit of a disappointment. Because it’s lighter than other baits of its size, it’s a little more difficult to get way out there on a cast. Though it certainly catches fish, its swimming motion is more subtle than I prefer in a bait of this size, so it takes time to build confidence with this lure