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Lure Review



Shaking it Up Always : Reaction Innovation's Twerk


Date: 1/8/21
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Reaction Innovations
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

Already producing arguably one of the most universal trailer style baits on the market, Reaction Innovations manufacturers an even more trailer specific, chunk style, plastic lure. The Reaction Innovations Twerk has a compact body section and big oversized flaps trailing off this body and is popular among anglers looking to add some flair to their jig presentations, especially during winter months when coaxing a bite can be a challenge.


Reaction Innovations Twerk Specifications

Type Trailer
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 14
Sizes 2 (3" & 4")
Scent/Plastic Treatment None
# per package 4" = 6 : 3" = 7
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $4.89/3.5"


Introducing Reaction Innovation's latest trailer bait, the Twerk


Impressions: The Twerk is a chunk trailer style bait available in two sizes - four and three inches (4" & 3"). It has a small, main body section and that almost looks like it's hollow but it's not. This section is solid soft plastic and complimented by two very large, oversized appendages that serve as the bait's tail or loosely interpreted claws.


The Twerk is a chunk style bait modeled after the old pork rinds we used to put on the end of our jigs


Just like the Sweet Beaver, these claws are attached out of the package, but easily split to form two independent flaps. The flaps do have ridges along the surface for added vibration and movement when you're bouncing the bait off the bottom.


Of course, because it's soft plastic instead of pork, the appendages can be a bit more sculpted

Performance: I fished the Twerk two ways - most commonly as a trailer bait tipped onto the back of a jig, but also tipped on the back of a shakey head to see if I could get any bites.

The 3" Twerk makes a nice trailer for smaller, finesse style jigs


Movement of the Reaction Innovations Twerk in the water is as you might expect, very good. It undulates up and down as you lift and drop your jig very elegantly and thanks to that solid, soft plastic body, stays attached to your hook very well.


I've personally yet to resolve the puzzle of whether or not to break the legs apart on the Sweet Beaver let alone the Twerk, but continue to fish it both ways to see if the fish will bite any more or less frequently. Zander prefers to separate the appendages apart always, as he believes it maximizes independent motion when the bait drops. Either way the bait has proven to be effective at drawing strikes. 


The two sizes side by side...

Design/Ergonomics: The Twerk, as mentioned earlier, comes in two sizes both of which are presented in the typical Reaction Innovations resealable plastic bag. There is no hard plastic clamshell or other additional packaging within the bag to help the baits maintain their shape, but the baits are packaged very carefully head down and flaps up achieving a similar effect without all the added packaging.

... and one on top of the other so you can get a better sense of the scale of each bait in comparison to the other


They are available in fourteen (14) different colors all with the typical Reaction Innovations nomenclature - some with sensible names, others that are more abstract. Of course, they all look very good. Reaction Innovations has a very good soft plastics color palette.


These baits are best when kept in motion

Price & Applications: Broken down on a per bait cost, the 3" runs roughly sixty three cents ($0.63) per bait while the 4" Twerk runs roughly seventy two cents ($0.72) per bait. These prices are pretty much inline with the upper tier soft plastic bait manufacturers out there today.

Success with the bait fished as a trailer...

As for applications, I had best success with the Twerk tipped at the end of a jig. My experiments fishing it on a bare shakey head were ok, but the fish seemed to bite plastic worms better than the bare Twerk - at least during the one day I conducted this experiment. Durability of the bait, by the way, is very good. The appendages will get ripped off from time to time, but that's to be expected with baits like this.


Reaction Innovations Twerk Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent bait to bait consistency from Reaction Innovations as usual 9
Performance Really good as a jig trailer 8
Price Pretty much inline but certainly not cheap for a plastic bait 7
Features Resealable bag but no scent infusion 7
Design (Ergonomics) Reaction Innovations color palette is really good 8
Application A more specialized soft plastic that does its job well 7.5

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:


+ Nice chunk style bait from Reaction Innovations - One size smaller would be nice for more finesse applications
+ Nice, refined color palette  
+ Two size options to match the bite  


...and success fished alone - though we like it best as a traditional trailer bait


Conclusion: It's tough to beat the versatility of Reaction Innovation's Sweet Beaver bait, but the Twerk fills a nice little niche for when all you really want is a chunk style bait to tip on the end of your jig. Something with not too large of a body, but good sized appendages to give your jig some undulating swimming action without the added bulk of a big, soft bodied plastic. On occasions like this, the Twerk from Reaction Innovations is a really nice choice. It's available in a good number of colors, and in two size options to match the profile you want to present.


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