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Lure Review

Hunting for a Big Bite with the Lunkerhunt Swim Bento


Date: 4/8/15
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: Lunkerhunt
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Total Score: 8.12 - GREAT

Paddle-tail swimbaits are awesome baits, period! Versatile and productive, I find myself rigging one up for a huge number of fishing outings. Since they are available in such a huge variety of sizes, shapes, and colors, I've been able to nab everything from tarpon to spotted bass while throwing them. Joining the ever-growing population of paddle-tail swimbaits is Lunkerhunt's Swim Bento, which delivers a unique construction and promises tantalizing action.


Lunkerhunt Swim Bento Specifications

Type Paddle-tail swim bait
Length 3-inch, 4.5-inch, 5.5-inch
Material Plastic
Colors 5
Origin Made in China
MSRP $7.59

Swim Bentos come packaged in a plastic tray to ensure they don't lose shape

Quality/Construction: A paddle-tailed swimming version of the straight-tailed Bento Minnow, the Swim Bento sports a very trim profile and plastic that's of modest firmness. The solid plastic body boasts a glossy appearance and is built around a holographic insert that emits a decent amount of flash that's easily visible from the exterior. The test baits were all put together nicely with quality coloration and had impressive appearances overall—especially for soft baits.

Quality Ratings for Lunkerhunt Swim Bento

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Here's a Swim Bento shown in the color “Sassy”

Performance: Nobody will be disappointed with the way this bait swims. I fish the 4.5-inch Swim Bento almost exclusively on my favorite Damiki D-Hold 3/0, 1/8-ounce swimbait hook and find it to be a great match. On this setup the bait exhibits a tighter, more nervous shimmy and swimming action than average, but nonetheless looks awesome in the water and catches gobs of fish. On this rig it also falls to the bottom with a pronounced action, so watch your line for bites as this bait sinks!

The tail features a keel that provides reinforcement yet allows for plenty of action at low speed

With the Swim Bento rigged on a 3/0 hook with a smaller 1/16-ounce weight, it displays the same tight swimming action when reeled, however with the lighter weight the action is not that great on the fall.

The almost worm-like profile keeps the bait down and enables it to get through cover easily

Durability-wise, Swim Bentos seem to be about average. The very first bass I caught on one tore both eyes off and ripped the body, thus rendering the bait useless. This worried me a bit, but I have since been able to get more average lifespans out of the remaining baits.

The first Swim Bento I tied on had its head obliterated by a bass. Thankfully, this seemed to not be the exception rather than the rule

Performance Ratings for Lunkerhunt Swim Bento

Castability (1-5)
Ease of Actuation(1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

Though not on the same scale as the past autopsy performed by Zander and Cal on an exotic Roman Made Mother bait, I sliced a Swim Bento open to get a better peek at the holographic insert

Next Section: Plenty of features in this tiny swimbait









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