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Lure Review


Match the Hatch with the Koppers LiveTarget Golden Shiner (continued)

Retrieve: As mentioned in the LiveTarget System, the Golden Shiner is a great tool for searching. The lipless Golden Shiner can be worked at any depth from the top all the way to the bottom as the lure sinks when not retrieved. When trying to find where the fish are holding, apply the countdown method and then retrieve, varying speed and applying additional action with pumps of the rod or stop and go retrieves.


A nice lipless profile that runs true straight out of the box


The lure can be worked near bottom or around structure, especially if you're bumping off of them, creating erratic motion that triggers strikes. When retrieved fast or slow, the lure not only has a nice consistent wobble producing a lot of flash but it also has rattles inside for audible clicks to attract fish from a distance.


Impressive realistic detail


First thing I do with a new lure when I take it on the water is to make a few cast and reel it back just to check out the lure's action and most importantly if it runs true. Lures that run "off" usually won't produce well or at all. Straight out of the package the Koppers Golden Shiner ran like a champ. No tuning was needed. Koppers recommends anglers to tie the line straight onto the split ring that's already on the lure. Adding a snap swivel or anything else might make the lipless crankbait run awkward.


A silhouette showing the profile of the Golden Shiner


Durability: When you first take the lure out of the package the finish is so attractive that it almost looks too nice to fish. The lure's finish is durable but it will show battle scars when used against aggressive fish or when knocking the lure off of the bottom. That's just normal wear and tear as you might expect with any other lipless bait. Overall, I found the durability of the components and the lure itself is quite good and had no concerns at all in this department.


Check out the belly-side details


Application & Price: When fished in the California Delta system I noticed baitfish in the water but I wasn't sure if they were Golden Shiner or not. The important thing is that the color tones were similar and the size was about the same, thus applying the match the hatch concept and since I did catch my targetted species in black bass, the LiveTarget system seems to work. Whatever waters might hold his baitfish, the Koppers LiveTarget Golden Shiner will catch Bass and other fish that feed on this bait fish. In fact, with the regions that do not have the Golden Shiner, I'm sure this lure will still catch fish even if you aren't employing Kopper's match the hatch idea.


Great lure for bass but can be used for multiple species of fish throughout the region where Golden Shiners reside


The Koppers Golden Shiner is more than just a lipless crankbait. These baits should be considered premium lures built from quality components with an excellent finish along with enhanced features within the body cavity itself. When compared to lures from top names like Megabass, Lucky Craft, Jackall, Daiwa, and others, the Koppers Golden Shiner are actually priced cheaper with quality rivalling that of these fine manufacturers. With all that in mind, the LiveTarget Golden Shiner is definitely worth the price of $11.99.


Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Koppers Golden Shiner Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Well made with good components and a killer finish 8
Performance Performs like a lipless lure but runs true out of the box and the added realistic finish can help in clear waters 8
Price Premium lure with a reasonable price 7
Features Match the hatch detailed finish is what makes this lure but has everything a lipless crankbait would 8
Design (Ergonomics) Incredible replication of the real thing 8
Application Works great on many species of fish and deadlier when used in lakes that are ultra-clear 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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Incredible finish L Because of their "match the hatch" concept anglers will only be able to get the lure in two patterns
J Resembles the real baitfish  
J Effective against multiple species  

Conclusion: An art used by fly fishermen is applied here with a hardbait. Match the hatch, in terms of Koppers' lipless crankbait resembles a real Golden Shiner. The LiveTarget Golden Shiner lure performs like a lipless crank but what makes it stand out is the realism of its finish and the care and quality that goes into each and every bait. The Golden Shiner is extremely detailed and very realistic. So much so that it can fool predator fish especially in bodies of water that are super clear where action and appearance makes a big difference.


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