Introducing a favorite bait of Pro Anglers Cody Meyer and
Kent Brown - Strike King's Rage Bug
Impressions: In April, of 2019, Strike King came out West to hold a writer's conference at Clear Lake, CA. Each of the outdoor writers invited were afforded the opportunity to spend time with each of the pros attending the camp. One of the questions I posed to each pro was which Strike King product is their favorite, go-to bait. Ultimate Bass Radio Host and West Regional Pro Kent Brown along with Major League Fishing pro, Cody Meyer each gave me the same answer, Strike King's Rage Bug.
The Rage Bug is Strike King's take on the creature
The Rage Bug is a familiar looking trailer/creature bait with a big, thick plastic body defined by backwards facing ridges equipped with arms and legs. Both the arms and legs on this bait feature that ridge at the ends that defines Strike King's Rage products. The Rage Bug is available in its standard four inch (4") size and Strike King recently introduced a magnum version too, but only increases the bait size by half an inch to four and a half inches (4.5").
Difference being the baits appendages feature that rage
ridge enhancement for tremendous swimming action
Real World Tests: Spending time on the water with Brown and Meyers, watching them work their presentations was fun, but of course, we have to conduct our own tests in our own time. I fished Strike King's Rage Bug on board iRod's new Air series IRA710PRG-H Bub's Air Punch stick matched with a Lew's Pro-Ti SLP Speed Spool casting reel spooled with 14lb Sunline Shooter.
It is available in standard (right) and magnum (left) sizes
I didn't plan on performing any heavy duty punching, but I did have in mind some docks and rocky shorelines mixed with weeds, so I used a half ounce tungsten weight and tied on a 4/0 Gamakatsu oxymoron (Finesse Heavy Cover) hook.
The Magnum sets up nicely on a 5/0 straight shank worm hook
Strike King's Rage Bug is pretty straight forward to rig Texas style on a hook this size. I believe Kent Brown suggested a 5/0 hook and I think you can go as small as 3/0 depending on your preference. Once in the water, the Rage Bug performs predictably.
The bait's body has reverse ridges for better water
You an bounce this bait up and down off the bottom, or swim it back to you and thanks to those rage tail appendages, both the arms to the side, and claws/legs have a lot of action waving about in the water as the bait moves.
Kent Brown, host of Ultimate Bass Radio Show and seasoned
bass pro was very anxious to show us one of his favorite Strike King baits,
the Rage Bug
Strike King does an excellent job designing the ridged ends of those appendages to provide that swimming action, but they also make the Rage Bug with a very soft, pliable plastic. This soft consistency lends well to movement, bites, and hook up ratios, but the downside is durability. Some baits will need to be changed out after just one bite or missed strike because the bait is easily torn or appendages go missing.
The bait's two tails and side arms come attached and are
easily detached for maximum bait action
Design & Ergonomics: The Rage Bug is available in 21 different colors and now two different sizes. They come in a re-sealable zip lock bag with a hard plastic, clamshell insert to keep the baits in perfect, un-kinked shape for fishing. Each bait is infused with coffee scent more to mask human scents and oils than to attract bites.
A close-up of the top ridges
Price & Applications: Both the standard and magnum versions of the Rage Bug retail for $5.49 per package. The difference is the standard size comes with 7 baits per package while the magnum has 6. This equates to a per bait price of roughly $0.79 per standard sized Rage Bug which makes this bait kind of in line with other trailer baits that feature swimming appendages.
There's a little more depth to the ridges on bottom