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Lure Review


Topwater Action with the Live Target Sunfish (continued)

Performance cont'd: Two questions with baits like this has to do with the hookup ratio and durability. For me, the hookup ratio was fair. The Sunfish got bit a ton and I hooked into a good number of fish, but also missed a modest amount as well. Durability could be rated fair to average, as the paint became faded/worn after a good bit of usage but the plastic held together nicely.

Performance Ratings for Live Target Sunfish

Castability (1-5)
Ease of Actuation(1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
4
4
5
4
3
20
25
8


The Sunfish lays flat on the water's surface.

Features: Live Target was pretty generous with the number of color choices available in this series. With a whopping twelve different patterns available, it can make choosing one a bit tough. They are all extremely life-like representations of sunfish.

Features Ratings for Live Target Sunfish


Internal Harness(1–3)


Weedlessness (1–3)

 


No. Finishes (1–3)


Misc
(1–3)


Total


Possible


Rating(= Tot/Pos *10)

N/A

3

3

2

8

9

8.88


A small, unpainted weight diminishes the realism a bit on the bait's bottom side.

Design and Ergonomics: My two test baits had the same impressive finish and build quality. The weight and compact nature of these baits allows them to be cast accurately and quite a great distance. There's two sizes available (3 and 3 1/2-inch) so they aren't huge by any means. It would be interesting to see a big size of, say, 5-inches.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Live Target Sunfish

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
4
2
16
18
8.88


The smaller bait was by far the most used and definitely showed some battle scarring.
 

Application: As a topwater lure, the Live Target Sunfish is quite versatile since it works so well in both vegetation and open water. I was pleased with how it was both easy-to-use and received lots of attention from the bass. While I wasn't fortunate enough to get a real big bite on the Sunfish, the number of bass that showed interest made me want to throw it often.


Fishing the Sunfish around some shoreline weeds and slop.

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):

Live Target Sunfish Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Impressive detail and coloration...these are quality baits! 8.5
Performance A very easy bait to cast and walk. 8
Price At $12.99 these don't come cheap but the quality is certainly there. 6
Features I'm a big fan of the twelve awesome colors to choose from. 8.88
Design (Ergonomics) Great proportions and consistency. 8.88
Application Versatile as far as topwater baits go. 7

Total Score

7.87
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

+ Natural colors/detailing - Hookup ratio
+ Castability - Cost
+ Sharp and strong stock hooks  
+ Can fish in cover or open water  
+ Great action  


This fish was HUNGRY!

Conclusion: The Live Target Sunfish is a bait that I find myself constantly wanting to throw. Not only is it a blast to fish because it's so easy to use and can be tossed in so many areas, but I always love fishing with a bait that's just different. I can see why it took home the 2015 ICAST Best Soft Lure award. Want to add something new and exciting to your topwater box? Give one of these a shot!

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