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Double Trouble: River2Sea Twin Vibe 65 (continued)

Retrieve:  Upon retrieve, these baits feel pretty consistent with most other lipless cranks out there.  The vibration is easily detectable, and just an average cranking effort is needed to retrieve them back to you.  Whether cranking slow or fast, the test baits tracked straight and true.

Utilizing the different line ties does have an effect on running depth as advertised.  The front tie keeps the nose of the bait up and therefore allows it to stay shallower. The rear tie keeps the crank at a nose-down attitude and allows you to keep the bait down a bit easier.  The cranking torque while reeling is also increased with the rear tie, though it is not physically demanding by any means.

Hey, that's not a Bass!

The bait sinks fairly quickly, but unfortunately does so by spiraling to the bottom.  Many other lipless rattle baits sink vertically with a “Senko-like” wobble.  Bass will often smash them during this pause as the bait suddenly stops and shimmies vertically downward.  Some of these other baits will also sit totally upright on the bottom, another trait the Twin Vibe 65 lacks.  While the Twin Vibe 65 is indeed a fish catching bait, it lacks some of the all around performance of other lipless offerings.

This bait became blind after only a few fish.

Durability & Cost:  Like most other hard baits the Twin Vibe 65 showed normal, light battle scarring from average use around hard cover and structure.  The most noticeable durability issue arose with the eyes, which came off after catching just a few 12-14” Bass.

I found the Twin Vibe 65 ranging in price from $6.49-$9.99 at different stores.  For the overall quality and performance combined this represents a  fair price value range.

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):

River2Sea Twin Vibe Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Beautiful finishes, but the eyes are a weak point. 7.5
Performance The baits perform as advertised but lack some of the added appeal of other lipless crankbaits on the market. 7
Price Hard to judge this one since a surprising price range was found for these baits.  Based solely on the $9.99 price we paid, it's a "fair" value. 6
Features Solid features, but the rear hook is too small. 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Nicely shaped and detailed. 8.5
Application Good for shallow to medium depth presentations. 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:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Lifelike design and finish - Too small of a rear hook
+ Dual line ties - Doesn't sit upright or fall like other baits
+ Runs true at all speeds - Eyes are a weak point
+ Convenient packaging  


Conclusion: Despite a few shortcomings, overall the Twin Vibe 65 is a good bait.  With a quality build and lifelike features, it not only looks pretty on the shelf but catches the attention of fish as well.  While not my favorite bait in the box, I found myself reaching for it if I needed a smaller offering, or wanted to slow roll the bait through deeper territory. 

Slow reeling the Twin Vibe tight to shoreline rip rap yielded this chunk.

River2Sea's product lineup continues to expand with help from world renowned anglers like John Murray, Scott Martin, Ish Monroe, and Larry Dahlberg.  Lipless crankbaits are one of the most productive hard baits out there and have been a long time favorite of mine since I started using them on San Francisco Bay for Striped Bass as a teenager.  I'd like to see a few of the shortcomings worked out of the Twin Vibe to make it even more competitive.  With the strong design and finish, a tweak in performance would make it an outstanding bait and one I'd be more apt to reach for every time.

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