Megabass Bumpee Hog, strong to a fault?
Retrieving: The profile of
the Bumpee Hog is a cross between a worm and a crawdad and can be fished like
either. I started fishing the bait on a Texas rig with a slow dragging retrieve.
I didn’t seem to get much interest from fish so I went to a more aggressive
popping retrieve down the bank back to the boat. It was using this more
antagonistic retrieve that I finally drew strikes. Perhaps it was the
imitation of a retreating crawdad or the extra movement of the appendages, but
whatever it was fish were now taking notice. The only problem was I wasn’t
sticking any of them.
Out of the package the lure is
infused with scent, and is slick to the touch
Tick, Tick, Strike,
Set….nothing, that was the routine, and I quickly got sick of it. When I
retrieved the bait back to the boat I noticed that the lure would return hunched
over but the hook point was still buried in the interior of the bait each time.
It appeared as if fish were either short striking the lure or the VIOS material
was so resilient that the hook was not able to penetrate the surface of the lure
enough to properly stick the fish. I kept moving the hook point further and
further up until it was barely skin hooked, and when I say barely I mean just a
few millimeters of the actual hook point itself.
Time to see what this bait can do
When retrieving through
structure I found that this was enough to keep the lure weedless, and sure
enough the next few fish that hit the lure stayed pinned on. The Bumpee Hog is
so durable and elastic that I had to change the way that I rig weedless to
accommodate the attributes of the VIOS plastic.
Rigged weedless like normal baits
I was losing fish
I also tested the lure with
various jigheads and found the bait to catch fish as well, in our test tank we
sunk the bait with a jighead and witnessed the bait rise up realistically in a
defensive position with claws reaching outwards. The VIOS material offers unique
buoyancy that helps deliver presentations not normally seen with traditional
plastics. Rigged with a tungsten weight I also pitched the lure into tules and
weed patches and found the lure to be effective as well.
The plastic is so tough that a
buried hookpoint has trouble breaking through on some strikes, it is best to go
to a very subtle skin hook rigging
One final benefit of the VIOS
plastic is that there is a lot less adjustment necessary on your lure. Unlike
other plastics the bait will not work itself down the hook, once the bait is
rigged it pretty much stays in place until a fish strikes the bait. Less time
wasted making adjustments means more time in the strike zone. This also makes
the bait a good choice for use as a jig trailer (the 3” length is better for
this) as the bait will stay on even punching jigs.
Pitching the Bumpee Hog into
wrecks on the Delta
Durability: It goes without
saying that this lure is durable, as far as plastics go this is as hard-wearing
as they come. No fish ever ripped an appendage off this lure, repeat rigging did
almost nothing to mar the surface of the bait, and perhaps most impressive was
the Bumpee Hog survived plenty of tugging on from our staff trying to see just
how far the bait could stretch. After fishing the lure for about an hour at a
time the slick oily feel of the lure goes away, but there is still some scent
infused into the lure itself. I found by putting the Bumpee Hog back into the
packet it actually does pick the oil back up and within a day the lure once
again looked as good as new. Over the course of the tests these baits held up
well, and the only baits I lost were to nasty structure where the weight or hook
became so snagged and the lures were lost when the line snapped during attempts
to free the lures.
We tested buoyancy in our test
tank, and the Bumpee Hog gets into defensive position quickly
Price & Applications: The Megabass Bumpee Hog retails for $9.99 per pack, and because there are only three
baits per pack this works out to $3.33 per bait making each Bumpee Hog cost
roughly about the same price as a mainstream crankbait. If you think back to the
SnapBack plastics which made use of similar material they retailed for about 4-5
dollars per pack and there were five baits in each pack, this is only one third
of the cost. The concept of a premium plastic is still somewhat of a tough pill
to swallow as plastics usually are not good for as many fish, and are more
easily lost to snags as they are designed to be contact baits.
The Bumpee Hog catches fish, but
not any better than many cheaper competitors
The Bumpee Hog can certainly
catch fish (once you have the appropriate rigging down) and the excellent
durability makes it a good choice as a jig trailer as well. Still for more than
three dollars per bait this is one plastic that will likely find a home mostly
among fans of the Megabass brand.
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):
Megabass Bumpee Hog Ratings (?/10)
||Good construction that makes use of quality materials with distinct characteristics
||Fair performance on par with other creature and crawdad baits, no better, no worse, but certainly more durable
||Ouch, at over 3 dollars to bait this is one expensive plastic. Is it worth the premium for the enhanced durability? I don't think so.
||The big feature on this bait is durability but this same attribute affects the rigging method and unless skin hooked it is possible to lose fish. The bait floats nicely but this is not always desirable either. As durable as the plastic is it still can be lost to a snag like any other plastic
||Overall the durability and the performance is a wash for me on this bait, and I didn't find the bait easier to fish than other plastics. Sure it lasted longer, but I also lost fish when not skin rigged carefully
||The Bumpee Hog scored good in this category as it can be rigged various ways and is durable enough to be used as a trailer as well
|Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
Pluses and Minuses:
prevents hook from
exiting easily on
Expensive for a
Can be rigged
different ways or
used as a trailer
any more effective than cheaper plastics in drawing strikes
Conclusion: There are many products that Megabass produces that I really have
become fond of, but the Bumpee Hog is not one of them. While the bait catches
fish it didn’t improve my numbers or quality and performed about the same as other proven
baits like Zoom Brush Hogs or Yamamoto Kreatures. While the bait looks good,
performs on par with competitive offerings, and is more durable than just about
anything out there the VIOS material is a little tricky to rig at times and is
very expensive. It is a valid point that the lures are somewhat worth the
expenditure because they last so much longer than traditional plastics,
especially those infused with a lot of salt like Yamamoto Kreatures, but the
fact remains that no matter how well-built a plastic it still can be lost to an
unfortunate snag as plastics more than any other lure are put into snag packed
structure. At over three dollars per bait I’ll stick with my traditional
plastics for now, or save that money and load up on some more Deep X and Vision
110 hardbaits that are worth the premium.
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