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Lure Review


Chuck and Cover with Megabass of America's Grenade (continued)

The Grenade is only rated to about a three foot (3') diving depth, so it's meant to cause a ruckus in shallow water situations or over the top of submerged structure. The bait has a very strong side to side wobble that you can feel through the rod all the way to the reel seat even with a fiberglass rod.

The Grenade's internal weights are held in place and do not slide front to back during a cast.

If you manage to get the Grenade deep enough to hit the bottom or other piece of structure, it easily bounces off especially if you pause your retrieve. The bait has a very high buoyancy and comes to the surface quickly at any pause in your retrieve.

The Grenade
reminded me a bit of Specialty Tackle's Big Bite initially, but look at the difference in size between the two baits!

Comparing the Grenade to Lucky Craft's SKT MR... The SKT MR looks bigger, right?

Design/Ergonomics: The Grenade reminds me a lot of one of my old favorites from the now debunked Specialty Tackle. They had a big, squarebill crank called the Big Bite made by Zenith Tackle in Japan. That bait was about two and half inches (2.5") and was considered a large crank at that time. The Grenade dwarfs that lure too though it does have a slightly smaller body thank the Lucky Craft SKT MR. The Grenade's body measures an even four inches (4") while the SKT MR's body measures four and a quarter inches (4.25"). However, the Grenade is about an eighth of an inch wider than the SKT MR. Bottom line, they're both lures of unusual size!

... but actually, the two baits are really close in size.

Not a huge fish by any means, but great fun nonetheless.

Price & Application: There have been a couple of Megabass of America bait introductions making their debut at under the twenty dollar ($20) threshold. It appears the manufacturer is making a conscious effort to make some of their product more amenable to the everyday angler's budget. The Grenade is not one of these products. It's retail price is currently set at $24.99. Although if you take into consideration the bait's size, the price tag is not that far out of line. The afore mentioned SKT MR retails for right $20.

Taking aim with a different combo... my 2014 Shimano Conquest on board my Megabass Orochi X4 Destruction.


Megabass Grenade Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Megabass seldom disappoints in QC 9
Performance An agile swimmer and quick diver 8
Price Considering the bait's size, not too bad at all really 7
Features Nice big hooks with good gauge wire 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) It's all about that L.O.U.S. movement though we wish there were more colors available 7
Application Want to blow things up in shallow water situations? The Grenade is ready. 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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Gets down quick - Limited selection of colors
+ Creates a lot of disturbance that you can feel through just about any rod  
+ Big profile baits usually equate to better quality fish  

You can chuck and cover a lot of water with Megabass's Grenade.

Conclusion: The L.O.U.S. movement is real and we're happy to see Megabass join in on the fun. There's nothing more thrilling than chucking an oversized bait of any variety, covering water, and getting that first big "thump" at the end of the line. Then the next one, and the next one after that. The expectation is your catch is going to be a monster, but then you come to find out even an average sized fish will hit a bait of this size and your mind opens up to the possibilities. It just may spoil you from ever throwing a tiny little quarter ounce bait ever again.


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