If they aren't biting, throw a uniquely lifelike new
spinner, the Tantrum!
Total Score: 8.66
Tantrum Lures produces an exciting new spinner bait that utilizes unique
materials and an exciting new shape to give anglers a new way to fool fish. The
Tantrum's Zinc Alloy body is environmentally friendly, and the unique shape does
an excellent job of mimicking baitfish.
Mustad Needle Point (5/0)|
Unique head and profile design, unique skirt placement|
About Tantrum Lures: The Tantrum story is actually the Tony
Gunderson story. Tony Gunderson has been developing the Tantrum for 47 years,
and it was actually a stroke of bad luck that led to the Tantrum's completion.
When a back problem took Tony out of the plumbing business he suddenly had a lot
of free time to develop this exciting new product. After 19 months and 150
prototypes the Tantrum was born....and has been making headline news ever since.
Impressions: The first we heard of the Tantrum was when we heard
that a company had developed a new shaped spinner bait completely fabricated
from non polluting materials. The Tantrum is a very environmentally friendly
lure thanks to it's 100% lead free construction. The lure is made of Zinc alloy,
which is not only good for the environment but gives the Tantrum some really
When I first received these exciting lures from
Tony I immediately noticed that this spinner bait had the most lifelike profile
I have ever seen. First the head of the spinner is angled like a bluegill, and
the skirt is attached to a protruding nub on the spinner's back, rather then
just inline. This gives the Tantrum a unique profile that very closely resembles
a real life baitfish. The design looked fantastic, but how well would this
radical new shape perform in real situations?
Real World Test: To put the Tantrum through
the paces we hit three local lakes (Anderson, Coyote, and Lexington) and put the
Tantrum in water that ranged from clear to murky. What we found surprised us.
The Tantrum has a
unique head and the skirt is attached to a angled protruding rib so that
the spinner appears to have a lot more volume in the water
The Shape & Design: The Tantrum's shape is
by no means conventional. It is designed to be nearly identical to a 1/2 inch
bluegill. The Tantrum's head actually lends to the profile of the spinner by
connecting seamlessly to the profile of the uniquely mounted skirt. This
combination gives the Tantrum its realistic elliptical shape. The powdered
painted body not only protects the Zinc but gives the Tantrum a realistic
texture. To top it off the head the Tantrum features 1/4 prism molded eyes. The
Tantrum's skirt has 60 strands of thin strands that are small and have a rippled
texture. This also cause the Tantrum's skirt to look larger in volume as well as
more realistic in the water then normal round or flat stranded skirt designs.
The Cast & Retrieve: The Tantrum weighs 1/2oz but has a much
bigger volume then traditional spinner baits of the same weight because of its
unique shape and use of Zinc Alloy. The Tantrum can be larger because Zinc is
less dense then lead. It is this reason that Tony was able to design a new
shape...and ultimately a new type of movement. casting the Tantrum is easy and
it sails through the air effortlessly. On the retrieve anglers will feel a
unique movement that feels slower...and looks more lifelike. The larger Zinc
head is a larger flat surface in which the water must "plane" across making the
Tantrum's movement eerily lifelike. In addition I noticed that it sinks 10-15%
slower then traditional spinners because of the increased water resistance.
Because of this slower drop the Tantrum is easier to keep in the desired strike
zone. The Tantrum's blades rotate smoothly and quickly through the water thanks
to high quality "Worth" swivels.
One thing the Tantrum does exceptionally well is
pull through structure. The triangular head bumps up and over structure like
stumps and submerged branches unlike pointed spinners that often get lodged. In
addition, in weeds the thin head pulls through easily as well.
The Tantrum comes
in 9 different color configurations, each mimicking a different baitfish
The Colors: The Tantrum comes in 9 colors that all mimic a
different type of fish, and can be used in multiple conditions. For example
Tantrum explains that their white/chartreuse resembles a sunfish while the
white/red looks like a bleeding shad. The 9 colors available are enough for
anglers to use the Tantrum in any condition of water. In the tests we had the
most success with the white Tantrum in clear to slightly stained water, and the
Chartreuse and red did best in cloudy to muddy water. The Tantrum uses two blade
shapes and a combination of blade colors (gold and silver) that added an
increased amount of flash.
tough conditions the Tantrum attracted Bass that haven't seen a blade swim
or mimic a baitfish quite like this exciting new bait
The Action: In our tests we went out on the TT bass boat and the
other editors and myself would fish the same zones at the same time, with the
same colors, with traditional spinners versus the Tantrum. What we found was the
Tantrum got just as many hits as the standard spinner baits in good conditions.
But where the tantrum really shone was in poor conditions when bass totally
ignored the more conventional spinner baits. It is in these conditions that
throwing the Tantrum proved very successful. Whether it is the more realistic
look and movement or the fact that the Tantrum is different then anything the
Bass have ever seen before, the Tantrum proved to be a real winner at scaring up
those otherwise reluctant fish.
Overall the Tantrum was an exciting lure to fish
and did exceptionally well landing bass. Another interesting thing to note was
that the Tantrum tended to land larger bass in all our tests then traditional
spinners. This may be because the larger presentation is more appealing to
larger predatory bass.
Exciting new materials and shape make the Tantrum a deadly new lure that
bass haven't encountered before.
oz. is great for casts and retrieves because it can get the distance as well
as reach the deeper water. The slower drop helps keep the Tantrum in the
right zones longer.
good price for a high quality spinner bait with unique features
unique design. materials, and high quality components make this a feature
rich spinner that stands out
variety of sizes, patterns, and blade colors allow the Tantrum to be used in
Tantrum works. This bait works when other baits fail, and attracts fish
thanks to a very lifelike presentation. great for winter through the spawn.
Pluses and Minuses:
Innovative new design
Hard to get in stores|
Lifelike shape and movement
Pulls well through structure
Conclusion: Tony Gunderson has succeeded in producing a unique
new lure that attracts fish when other blades simply are not producing. With the
combination of the Zinc alloy and a new head and skirt design the Tantrum is a
exciting new bait that big bass identify as prey. While the Tantrum may be hard
to find in local stores right now anglers can get the hand made lures direct
from Tony at TantrumLures.com. Here at TackleTour we test a lot of new lures
every week, and the Tantrum is among the most exciting lures based on its many
unique features, and the impressive action the lure received in various
conditions. The Tantrum is definitely a lure that belongs in the serious bass
Until next time...Tight Lines!