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Creature Fever : Huddleston's Huddlebug (continued)

When rigged properly on its jighead, the Huddlebug is mostly weedless. The hook point is exposed, but rests along the top edge of the bait and pops out easily when a fish bites. Given the more finesse presentation of this bait, I fished it mostly on 6 - 10lb fluorocarbon line and quite often on spinning gear.


These jigheads are sold separately but designed by Huddleston to match with the Huddlebug.


Design/Ergonomics: The Huddlebug comes in very simple, plastic bag packaging of three baits. The plastic bag is not resealable. The bait is available in seven (7) standard colors and nine (9) hand painted colors distinguished by more realistic black spots or spots in complimentary colors. Thanks to the compact nature of this bait, it has very good durability.


Fully rigged, the bait is mostly weedless.

Price & Applications: Pricing of the Huddlebug is either $2.89 per 3 pack of standard colors or $3.49 per 3 pack of hand painted colors. The jigheads are available in either brown, black or green and in either 3/16 or 1/4 ounce for $4.49 per 3 pack. This brings the per bait rigged cost to somewhere between $2.13 - $2.66 per bait.

From this angle, you can see how closely the hook point rests against the top of the bait.


That may seem like a lot for a soft plastic bait initially, but remember, we're talking about the fully rigged price here and given the style of the bait, it's really more comparable to a jig. There are a lot of jigs out there that cost more on a per bait basis than the Huddlebug.


They come 3 to a pack.



Huddleston Huddlebug Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Baits from Huddleston are always top notch quality 9
Performance A do nothing, crawl slowly along the bottom bait that catches fish 8
Price Pricey for a soft plastic, but when taken to account it's more of a jig/soft plastic hybrid, not bad at all 7.5
Features Other than being super realistic, there are no real features of which to speak 5
Design (Ergonomics) Color selection is outstanding 9
Application More of a finesse bait than something with which you'd go flipping 7

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:


+ Super realistic - These baits can be difficult to find in stock
+ Color selection is really really good - You have to hunt around a bit for the jig heads


This is a good little bait!


Conclusion: Huddleston continues to manufacture their baits in their small factory in the US. As a result, these, as well as all their other products can be difficult to source at times. When the baits are in stock, they sell out quick. The Huddlebug is a great little bait - especially if you can get it in the hand painted colors. It takes a little patience to fish, but if you slow down and stick with it, you will be rewarded handsomely.


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