Savage Value, the Pulse Tail RTF
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BEST VALUE AWARD
Introduction: Savage Gear had a strong showing this year at the virtual ICAST
show with a number of introductions in their soft plastics and swimbaits for
both fresh and saltwater applications. The swimbait offerings built on the momentum of
the Pulse Tail RTF Bluegill, the most realistic looking bluegill swimbait that
the company had introduced to date, and is designed to be easy for anglers to
simply tie on and start fishing effectively right out of the package.
Savage Scan: Savage Gear has been putting
their 3D scanners to use for years and the Pulse Tail RTF Bluegill continues the
practice of creating molds from the scan of actual prey. This process is
designed to more closely mimic the dimensions and characteristics of the forage. The company then goes in and integrates elements to improve swimming
action, like the split kicker tail design and foam rattles, in the case of this particular swimbait.
Savage Gear's bite sized bluegill, the Pulse Tail
The Pulse Tail RTF Bluegill kicks things up a
notch from previous Savage Gear bluegills by improving the surface of the baits
with a photo-realistic finish. The difference from previous generation bluegills
like the original 3D Bluegill and 3D T-Tail is significant, and while those
baits featured more abstract patterns.
The previous generation
Savage Gear bluegills look painted while the new RTF baits are printed and
finished with paint for added detail to create an even more lifelike looking
The RTF stands for "Ready to Fish" and all you
need to do to start fishing this bait is simply tie it on and make a cast
These bluegills represent bite sized bass snacks
measuring only 4" in length. Savage Gear also offers a weedless version
called the Loose Body (LB) that has a rapid interchange hook system which allows
anglers to thread a hook through the slotted belly portion.
The RTF Bluegill is available in an array of
realistic patterns that mimic various gills
What makes the Pulse Tails
Ready to Fish (RTF) is that they are designed to be fished right out of the
package. No rigging, no tuning, simply take the bait out of the package, tie it
on, and cast away.
Each bait comes armed with a single heavy-duty
Real World Tests: Playing with...er, I mean
testing, swimbaits is my favorite thing to do. The pure excitement of tying on
that new swimbait and seeing how the fish will react to it is enough to keep me
awake all night. Admittedly my favorite swimbaits are hard-bodies but there is
certainly a time and a place for soft-bodied swimbaits, especially during the
Fall and Winter months where the reaction bite starts to cool down and the
ability to throw a smaller, deeper diving, soft-bodied swimbait becomes key to
targeting those deeper holding fish.
Time to see how fish react to this bite sized
Castability: Weighing in at exactly
1oz. the RTF Bluegills are easy to cast with any lighter swimbait rod and can
just as easily be fished on most medium-heavy to heavy casting rods. It is an
easy bait to sling far, and all day, and I had no problem casting it as far as I
needed to with both mono and braided lines. Unlike very expensive, or hard to
find, swimbaits that I traditionally fish solely with straight braid or a heavy
top shot I felt comfortable fishing the RTF bluegills with straight mono most of
the time, which helped maximize casting distance and aided in the presentation during retrieves.
The RTF Bluegill is easy to cast with just about
any medium-heavy to heavy setup as it weighs in at only 1oz.
Rate of Fall: Unlike hard bodied swimbaits that
often rely on their plastic lips to effectively dive to target depths, the
advantage of soft-bodied swimbaits like the RTF bluegill are they are weighted
to sink. You can use this to your advantage when targeting fish in the shallows,
placing the bluegill directly in the fish's line of sight, or territory. This
also makes the bait a good option when fish are holding off points and
structure, and I was able to fish uphill, getting fish to follow the bait and
smash it as it neared the shallower water.
The white gill is a cool pattern and as close to
we get for a tiny crappie
There are other times when the weather, and water,
are cooler and fish just seem more sluggish and many swimbaits that draw strikes
by moving in the upper section of the water column either are too fast to get
sluggish bass to chase or simply are not presenting themselves near the fish
that are hunkered down near structure on the bottom. It is in these situations
that the RTF Bluegill offers additional flexibility by being able to be fished
deep, slow, and even bounced like a jig.
Key to the baits tight tail vibrating action is
the split rear fin design
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