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Lure Review

Glide Week : Riding the S-Wave! (continued)

Movement from side to side (or Degree of Glide) on this bait is very good though we'd like to see just a little more. Quality of movement is about average. There are some odd hiccups every now and then and the turn from one side to the other does not appear as natural as some of the other baits we've used.

The pattern in the bait's body varies with the color pattern chosen.

Let the bait sink and it will sit on the bottom perfectly upright like a fish resting on its belly. Then you can play with how to pull it up off the bottom to trigger the bite of a potential fish checking it out down in the depths.


Performance Ratings for River2Sea S-Waver

Fall Attitude (1-5)
Degree of Glide (1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)


Here's how we broke down the SWaver 178S in the lab.

Features: Most glide baits these days come with spare tails. The S-Waver falls in line with this practice. Otherwise, the bait is available in only one rate of fall ("sinking") but a pretty wide array of finishes. There are no out of the norm miscellaneous features with this bait.


Features Ratings for River2Sea S-Waver

Spare Parts (1-5)
Rates of Fall (1-3)
No. Finishes (1-5)
Miscellaneous (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)


Each bait comes with one spare tail. They're held in place with wooden pegs.

Design/Ergonomics: If there's one knock on this bait, it's the consistency of performance from bait to bait. Though they are all plastic baits and the action from copy to copy should be consistent because of this, it's simply not the case. For whatever reason not every bait swims right out of the package. Otherwise, the weight of these baits make them incredibly easy to throw, the realism is very good and you now have three sizes to choose from.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for River2Sea S-Waver

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)


Bottom line, the SWaver works!.

Application: Glide baits are a somewhat specialized, mostly open water type of bait. You can certainly work them in and around patches of weeds, in and around dock pilings, rock piles, etc., but it's usually with that same, lazy, wide gliding retrieve. Because of this, they make good search baits and are good baits to work over or through concentrations of hungry fish.


River2Sea S-Waver Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Out of the package, the S-Waver is as impressive a bait we've seen from this manufacturer but it could use better hardware 8.0
Performance Use a series of half turns on your reel during retrieve and watch this bait kick from side to side 8.2
Price Hard to beat in a bait this size 9
Features Pretty average for a glide bait in terms of features 6.25
Design (Ergonomics) Nice array of colors, good realism and weight, but could use more consistency action wise out of the package 7.78
Application This is a tough category for baits, but you can fish this bait near the top, a few feet under the surface, and even on the bottom if you're patient enough to let it sink. Given it's relatively low cost, it's not a difficult proposition throwing this bait in places it doesn't belong either! 7

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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ Easy cost of entry - Better consistency bait to bait would be nice
+ Nice array of colors - Upgrade that hardware if you can
+ Usually not difficult to source  
+ Easy to throw  


Affordable and effective, is it a wonder the SWaver is the glide bait of choice amongst tournament anglers?.


Conclusion: River2Sea's S-Waver is not as exotic or glamorous as some of the other glide baits out on the market today, but it is certainly the easiest one to purchase at the store, tie to the end of your line, and cast for a sample of these types of baits can do. The selection of colors, and now new, available 200 size together with affordability make this bait a no brainer for cost conscious anglers who simply want a bait that works. The only frustrating thing about this bait? Not all of them run the same out of the package, but at under $20 a pop for the most popular 168 size, the cost savings can be worth the hassle. River2Sea's S-Waver is a no brainer for our Best Value Award!


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