Live Pointer 95SP
Modified Jerk Bait
available now (10 in total lineup)
Belly #4, Tail #6
Impressions: Last month at ICAST 2004 in Las
Vegas Lucky Craft took home top honors as the Live Pointer was voted the "Best New
Hard Bait" by the retail buyers. Lucky Craft has always been known for their
premium lineup of fish producing lures. Most famous for their extensive line-up
of jerk baits, the Pointer lures have proven themselves time and again for
ripping and underwater "Walk the Dog" techniques. With their exceptional paint and
holographic finishes the Pointers have long been my favorite lure for covering
shallow water for Largemouth, or while ripping for Stripers.
Introducing the innovative
segmented Live Pointer
Broken back minnows like those in Rapala's lineup
have been employed by anglers looking for more tail action. In stark contrast to
the Rapala's single joint the Live Pointer actually has 12 segmented sections,
allowing for a larger range of motion and more realistic tail side to side
action. I was surprised to see the same high quality finish on every single
segment of the Live Pointer's body. The transition in segments is seamless, no
matter what pattern you choose.
While the lures looked fantastic I had to wonder
how durable they would be? After all I usually use the Pointer 100 for
Striper fishing, and have seen Stripers rip the treble hooks clear off the split
rings, or damage intricately painted lures within just hours of fishing. How
well would a lure with so many segments handle this type of ill-treatment?
The Live Pointer's segmented tail
and reinforced stainless steel wires bring an unprecedented range of motion
for Live Pointer 95SP
lb. Sufix DNA|
Field Tests: To test the new Live Pointer I decided to fish local largemouth
bass ponds as well as target some aggressive land locked Striped Bass. All tests
were conducted on board a Nitro bass boat.
Lucky craft doesn't sacrifice an
ounce of detail with the new design, even the transparent Ghost Minnow design
Casting: While the Live Pointer does have a ball bearing
rattle it doesn't have the same weighting as most of the other Lucky Craft
Pointers. Casting distance was good, but not as effortless as with the
traditional Pointers. While I usually fish the Pointer 75 and 100 with 12lb
line, it makes sense to run the Live Pointer with 10lb test line to get more
casting distance and accuracy. Once I adjusted to the lighter weight of the lure
it wasn't difficult to position the lure parallel to weedy pockets. Currently
the Live Pointer only comes in a 4" size. While the same length as the Pointer
100, the lure is physically smaller. After casting the lure for an hour the
entire team agreed that it would be very nice if Lucky Craft released a 5"
version, weighing about 5/8oz, this would allow anglers to more quickly cover
water in search of larger fish.
A feather tail is added on the
rear treble hook to add yet another element to reaction bait fishing
Retrieving: Fishing jerkbaits are among the most entertaining
techniques anglers can employ, partly because you are always moving, actively
attempting to incite reaction strikes. When the fish hit the lure the battle
almost always immediately ensues since your jerking motion has likely already
set on the unsuspecting fish. Once the Live Pointer is in the water the
merriment begins. While the Live Pointer's head motion is near identical to the
traditional Pointers, the multi-segmented tail delivers a very distinctive set
of actions. The best way to describe the side to side action of the segmented
tail is fluid, and realistic. If you jerk the bait the Live Pointer will surge
forward, with the tail whipping side to side, creating quite a commotion right
below the surface. But if you slow down and make a constant retrieve the Live
Pointer will appear to swim like a live minnow.
While I can get the Lucky Craft Pointer 100's to a
depth of around 5 feet, I could only bring the Live Pointer down 3-4 feet.
Because of this anglers will often see the actual chase and strike of the fish
when water visibility is decent. During our tests bass would often chase the
lure, fascinated by the tail whip, but choose to strike the lure while at rest
during pauses. The Live Pointer is so effective because it combines a number of
elements to entice fish, this includes extreme motion, flashy yet realistic
appearance of the body and feather tail, and the added component of sound.
A constant retrieve will cause the
tail to swim side to side in a very realistic motion, generating a very nice
fish attracting disturbance in the water
Durability: When fish comparable to Stripers are deep it is often a
good idea to send a jig or rat trap down to the strike zone. The Live Pointer
wasn't able to get down deep enough to enter the deeply schooled strike zones,
but it didn't have to. The aggressive fish calling action of the tail combined
with the clicking sound chamber was enough to entice a number of fish close
enough to the surface to strike the lure.
Once the fish is set the Live Pointer has another
unique benefit. When fishing rigid hardbaits fish can sometime successfully
shake the lure with quick rolls or dives, not the case with the Live Pointer.
The segmented tail actually absorbs the shock of the fleeing fish and actually
flexes in the direction the fish runs. During our test I hooked into a 19 inch
striper that put up a fight so great that I could of swore he was over the 20lb
class. Though he twisted, dived, and rolled away from me the Live Pointer
retained a solid hookset. The segments were never damaged, and the fish was
successfully landed. Once landed I noticed that the rear treble hook had been
pretty badly mangled from the ordeal, but the lure itself remained in top
condition. Unlike jointed lures that use a single metal linkage the Live Pointer
utilizes 2 reinforced steel wires under the laminated protection of the plastic
segmented tail. This not only allows for a much more free range of motion, but
proved to be exceptionally resilient.
While good for largemouth the Live
Pointer was devastating to Striped bass which simply could not resist the
aggressive tail whipping action
Price: This is not a cheap lure, and you
can be sure that you will feel the hurt if you ever lose one of these 16.99
dollar lures to a large fish or structure. Paying 16.99 for a lure is pure
motivation to make sure your line is in top condition and knick free. Is it
worth the money? Absolutely. There is no other lure on the market that delivers
the exact same action or design. While anglers probably shouldn't go out and buy
a tackle box full of Live Pointers, it is a good idea to have one or two when
you need that extra edge.