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 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