Realistic in profile and action
And when the sun hits it just right, look out!
Rigging: If I had one frustration with this bait, it was the fact that the ROF 0 and ROF 5 models do not come with hooks. The ROF 12 and ROF 16 models feature a single hook protruding from the top of the bait, but the ROF 0 and ROF 5 models feature only a simple loop at the bottom of the bait to allow the angler to attach their hook of choice. This may not be a problem for those proficient with customizing their swimbaits with the stinger hook of choice, but for those new to this
technique, there are no instructions or suggestions for the rigging of this hook. My advice? Be sure to purchase the ROF 0 and ROF 5 from your local tackle shop where you can gain the necessary rigging advice and purchase the extra tackle needed to make these baits fishable.
The ROF 0 and ROF 5 do not come with hooks so you must purchase and install these yourself. One popular method is to use a heavy duty split ring, aftermarket stinger hook, and a cut paper clip to hold the hook in place
Failing that, there are two popular methods for attaching the hook to the bottom of the Huddleston Deluxe. One simply requires the purchase of a two-pronged stinger hook and heavy duty split ring (you can also use a SmartLink Ultimate Saver Split Ring), and is shown in the pictures here. The other involves using a short, stainless steel leader attached to a treble hook stinger, and attaching the hook further back on the bait. You can even do both or a variation of each if you so choose.
Pushed into the bait's soft body,
the halved paper clip acts as a retainer for the hook until a fish hits. Be sure
to carry spares of these clips for re-rigging after a catch! Note: another
popular method is to use a steel leader and treble hook stinger so that the hook
stays further back on the bait
Weedlessness: Fish these baits long enough and in the right places and you're bound to lose one or two. While the ROF 12 and 16 are easier to fish through weeds thanks to their upright hooks, the bottom rigged hooks on the ROF 0 and ROF 5 make them a little more susceptible to
hang-ups. Just the same, it is very easy to hang one of these baits simply by getting the head caught in the branches of a submerged fall down or bush.
Another look at the ROF's realistic paint job
Ken Huddleston doesn't miss a step, right down to the mouth lines and realistic eyes and nostrils
Durability: Constructed of soft plastic, the Huddleston Deluxe ROF will break down. The finish is the first to go and has the tendency to begin rubbing off after a few fish. That having been said, they hold up much better than the jointed soft plastic swimbaits simply because there is more substance to them. Funny thing is, the more beat up these baits get, the more effective they seem to be sometimes because they look like an abused trout!
The ROF 12 and ROF 16 feature a single jig hook protruding from the top of the bait as well as provisions on the bottom of the bait for attachment of a stinger hook