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Quality of Movement: Where I found this bait most effective was actually with a jerkbait type retrieve after you crank it down a few turns to get the bait below the surface. Just give the bait a couple of tugs, watch it dart side to side, then stop. Count for a few seconds as you take in the slack and jerk again, pause, take in slack, etc.. The way this bait just stops dead in its tracks and suspends drives the fish crazy.

One of my baits did suffer lost antennae at some point but not sure when. Notice it's giving us the evil eye.

Durability: The X-Dad does come with very thin wire hooks so if you get into a good bite, you'll likely have to replace them at some point in time. The biggest question I had was on the antennae that extend out from the bait. They feel like some kind of wire or maybe heavy braided line. Megabass describes them as a durable feather antennae. They are in fact, pretty durable though I did lose a set on one of my six baits.

Hooks tangle while in storage, but I have yet to experience them fouling on an actual cast.

Design/Ergonomics: When the X-Dad first debuted, it was more than just a crawdad imitator witnessed by some of the colors and configurations I have that are no longer available.

Some of my baits have antennas, some do not. Some have a dual hook at the end, others have treble hooks. Megabass has since finely tuned this bait to be a crawdad or shrimp imitating bait only and that's a good move.

This color has been discontinued and the bait did not come with antennae and the rear hook is a standard treble.

Price & Application: Unlike the new, friendlier priced STW baits, the X-Dad carries with it the good ole fashioned price tag of $24.99 per bait. It's only available in five or six colors, so if you want to collect the entire series, it'll only cost you a bill and a half!

Great fun on my Hien GTC Type-S.


Megabass X-Dad Crankbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality An intricate little bait but the antennae while cool are more of a design on the legacy baits 8
Performance Crazy swimming action and really effective suspend mode 8
Price Old school Megabass pricing, good but still not cheap 6
Features It's mostly about the way the bait suspends 7
Design (Ergonomics) Designed to mimic a crayfish or shrimp right down to the antennae, the only issue is there is a limited number of patterns to choose from in an effort to match the hatch 7
Application Good anytime the fish are keying on crayfish but not as effective in bodies of water where they are not on the menu 5.8

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:


+ Super suspending action - Limited color selection
+ Really erratic swimmer - Old fashioned Megabass price point
+ Fun and easy to cast  

If you're looking for plug that's a little more literal and dives a little deeper than a squarebill, you might want to give this bait some serious consideration.

Conclusion: It's funny what you can find when you clear away piles of product and how easily a forgotten bait can quickly become a new old favorite.


Megabass's X-Dad crankbait is an eccentric little plug with a killer suspending action that is built to outlast the fish's patience. The only question is how much patience might you have while retrieving this bait given how fun it is to fire on target.


If you're looking for plug that's a little more literal and dives a little deeper than a squarebill, you might want to give this bait some serious consideration.


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