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Caught Up In The Rapture That Is Omega Custom Tackle's Vibrating Jig

 

Date: 4/10/19
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Omega Custom Tackle
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.83 - GOOD

Introduction:
If there's one bait-type that's been on a steady rise if popularity over recent years, it's the vibrating jig. Popularized and patented by Z-Man, the Chatterbait, is the bait of choice when the weeds get high. Other manufacturers have been clever and innovative to present their own interpretations. At ICAST 2018, we were introduced to Omega Custom Tackle by long time reader and discussion forum member, Trey Harpel, and shown their take on this popular bait-type. Here now is our look at Omega Custom Tackle's Rapture Vibrating Jig.

 

Omega Custom Tackle Rapture Vibrating Jig Specifications

Type Vibrating Jig
Skirt Material Silicone
Weight 3/8 & 3/4 oz
Colors/Patterns 6
Hook 5/0 Mustad
Additional Features Sampo Ball Bearing Swivel connection between blade and jighead
MSRP $8.99


Introducing Omega Custom Tackle's Rapture Vibrating Jig

Impressions: First things first, Omega Custom Tackle's Rapture Vibrating Jig is different by the way the bait's blade is attached to the head. Instead of a direct connection, Omega relies on a Sampo ball bearing swivel as the go between. This connection supposedly creates a more erratic swimming action in the bait.

 


This vibrating jig features a ball bearing swivel between the blade and the jighead

 

Otherwise, the Rapture Jig features a typical swimming head that's painted to match the skirt including dabs of red paint where the eyes would be. The bait's blade is rounded instead of angular, and the silicone skirt is held onto the head with a very thick plastic band.


Rigged and ready for some action

Real World Tests: Omega Custom Tackle's Rapture Vibrating Jig was one of my go-to baits this past Fall and I fished it on a number of combos including my ARK Rods Randall Tharp B-Hittay matched with an Abu Garcia Revo4 Rocket and a G.Loomis Conquest MBR842C matched with an Abu Garcia Revo4 IKE.


The skirt is held on with this thick plastic band


The bait comes with a standard fiber weedguard

The line I had on each reel while fishing this bait varied more as a product of what I wanted to fish on that particular combo rather than what I wanted to use with the bait. Given the choice, I prefer to fish braid with these types of baits because I feel it's easier to bring them through the grass - especially on long casts. With that in mind, the ARK Rods and Revo4 Rocket combo suited this bait the best because I had the Rocket spooled with Finatic's 6-Strand Pro-Braid early in the fall and later with Phenix's HydraBraid.


The Rapture Vibrating Jig was one of my go-to baits this past Fall

The Rapture Vibrating Jig has an interesting behavior. You can definitely feel it vibrating through the line when swimming it back after a long cast, but when observed next to the boat, it's more streamlined than I would have thought. By that I mean it doesn't have a wide wobble.

 

I'm sure the swivel serves to smooth some of that out. But because of that sort of hinged connection, every now and then the bait will dart off to one side or the other before falling back in line.


Showing evidence of abuse but holds up well over time

This doesn't happen on a consistent basis and that's actually a good thing. It reminds me of the former Persuader Pro Assassinator Clacker Spinnerbait - one of my favorites from yesteryear that would foul itself creating just the right inconsistency to trigger a strike. By occasionally falling out of line with your retrieve, the Rapture Vibrating Jig essentially does the same thing which would explain the very good success I had with this bait.


I really like the bait's inconsistent swimming motion


Each bait features a 5/0 Mustad hook

Design & Ergonomics: There are six standard colors from which to choose but every now and then, the company makes available limited edition, custom painted versions by the afore mentioned Trey Harpel. These baits feature a much more intricate paint scheme on the head and of course, a skirt to match those color patterns. There is a $2.00 surcharge for these custom colors so instead of $8.99, the special editions run $10.99.


Long time reader and participant on our T3 forum, Trey Harpel, custom paints the heads on limited edition Rapture Vibrating Jigs


This bait worked best for me on super long casts where I knew patches of grass were present

Price & Applications: This bait worked best for me on super long casts where I knew patches of grass were present. Let the bait sink a bit before beginning your cast, snap the rod tip to get the bait aligned correctly, then just crank it back like you would a squarebill.

I know some anglers pop these baits around the grass clumps and some flip them into open holes and vertically jig. The key seems to be weeds and then it's pretty much whatever you can do to the bait to make the fish hit the bait.


Definitely caught up in the rapture that is this vibrating jig

Ratings

Omega Custom Tackle Rapture Vibrating Jig Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nicely crafted bait 8.5
Performance Easy to cast and comes through weeds easily 8
Price About average for this bait type 7.5
Features The swivel gives this bait a different action. Custom painted options from talented custom painter, Trey Harpel, provide anglers with a more unique option 8.0
Design (Ergonomics) Limited selection of standard patterns 7
Application Very good search bait through the weeds 8

Total Score

7.83

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Very good hunting action in the water - Limited Color Selection
+ Comes through weeds very well - Skirts are not as refined as some competing hand tied options
+ Big, sharp, strong hook  
+ Occasional availability of custom colors  

  


If you're looking to change things up a bit with your vibrating jig game, the Rapture belongs on your short list

 

Conclusion: Vibrating Jigs are a popular bait-type that show no signs of slowing down. As companies scramble to offer their unique take on these baits, it's important to note each interpretation has the potential to offer a different action. This difference can be good or bad, and in the case of Omega Custom Tackle's Rapture Vibrating Jig, it's definitely good. So if you're looking to change things up a bit with your vibrating jig game, you might want to check out this bait.

 

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