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Lure Review


Looking Lively! Live Target's Threadfin Shad Swimbait (continued)

I had a lot of bites while throwing this bait using two main retrieves. The first was simply to cast it out and slow-roll it back in just like a spinnerbait. The second one that worked well was to let it hit bottom then reel it slowly so it would tick along the bottom at least intermittently. Both retrieves benefited from an occasional speed change, rod tip direction change, and/or quick pop/twitch. Although I was catching fish in deeper water, upon experimenting I also found a really cool retrieve was to reel it with the tip high so it bulged/waked just under the surface.


Each bait features a precise internal weighting system hidden from view inside the body.

I was pretty content with the hookup ratio with the single wide-gap stock hook. Fish that actually ate the bait solidly got pinned and most stayed that way, but a couple did come off mid-fight. I'll chalk that up to those fish likely being skin-hooked in the outer mouth.

Performance Ratings for Live Target Threadfin Shad Swimbait

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

4

2

3

17

25

6.8


It looks fishy whatever the viewpoint!

Features: The stock hook felt sharp out of the package, and there's a spot on the belly for attaching a split ring and stinger hook or blade if desired. There's no spare parts included, nor is there any mention of any infused scent. One cool feature not yet mentioned is the dorsal fin design. It protrudes up from the back of the bait just enough to provide a bit of extra protection for the hook point.

Features Ratings for Live Target Threadfin Shad Swimbait

Rigging Aids (1–3)

Spare Parts (1–3)

Hooks (1–3)

Color Enhancement (1–3)

Scent (1–3)

Colors/
Patterns(1–3)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

3

1

3

2

1

2

12

18

6.66


Scoping out the top side.

Design and Ergonomics: There's a high amount of realism here, with both 3-1/2 inch and 4-1/2 inch sizes available. The bait's one-ounce weight is about what I expected from an offering of this size and allows it to be thrown a long distance and on tackle that's not too heavy. Since I only had a single bait for testing, I can't speak of the bait-to-bait consistency.

Design and Ergonomics Ratings for Live Target Threadfin Shad Swimbait

Bait to Bait Consistency(1–5)

Weight (1–5)

Realism(1–5)

Available Sizes
(1–3)

 Total

 Possible

Rating
(= Tot/Pos *10)

N/A

5

4

2

11

13

8.46


The underside is colored simply and sports some detailing.

Application: On a steady retrieve this bait produced some very pleasing results for me. It can handle a more erratic retrieve, but based on the action I think a consistent slow or medium retrieve is best. It can certainly work shallower or deeper, but I mainly fished it in depths of, say, 4–10 feet. I was able to pull it through some sparse grass without any trouble and bumped it into some larger underwater objects without getting hung up.

Application Ratings for Live Target Threadfin Shad Swimbait

Steady Retrieve (1–3)

Topwater (1–3)

Deadstick (1–3)

Ripping Retrieve (1–3)

Erratic Retrieve(1–3)

 Total

 Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

3

N/A

1

2

2

8

12

6.66


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 Threadfin Shad Swimbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Pleasingly assembled and finished except for a blob of glue/epoxy on the hook's barb. 7.6
Performance The bait casts well and has a realistic swimming action that catches fish. 6.8
Price At about ten bucks or less depending on size, it's a good price considering the bait's quality. 7.0
Features No spare parts are included and two colors are available 6.66
Design (Ergonomics) Good realism and weighting appropriate for its size. 8.46
Application Subsurface fishing and gets results on a consistent retrieval. I think it will be dynamite in saltwater, too. 6.66

Total Score

7.19
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

+ Attractive finish - Finish doesn't seem super durable
+ Lifelike shape  
+ Unique, realistic action  
+ Easy to fish and catch fish with  


This bass REALLY liked the Live Target swimbait!

Conclusion: Although testing is over with, I'm still throwing the Live Target Threadfin Shad Swimbait and still getting plenty of results on it. This bait will certainly entice some trophy bites, but its size also makes it a great choice for attracting more “average” sized quarry. The price is right, specialized tackle isn't needed to cast and fish it, and it catches lots of fish. If you're looking to start throwing swimbaits or simply want to add another to your existing arsenal, this one is a winner!

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