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Tim Horton's Bomber Switchback Shad Clicks On and Off (continued)

To engage the rattle tilt the bait of the tail up with the belly still facing up. Rotate the bait to an upright position and you can determine if the rattle is engaged or turned off simply by shaking the lure. The audible rattle is good in conditions where the water is more stained or you simply need more commotion to incite strikes.


The thinner bill was easy to cut through


When switching the rattle to the off position lock the rattle in place by holding the belly of the lure and tapping the lip on a hard firm surface. It all sounds rather complicated but a couple tries and the entire process becomes second nature. 


A look at all the components that make up the Switchback Shad


Cutting this lure open was relatively easy and underneath the outer plastic shell the entire system is visible. Inside the lure are two steel bearings, the larger one is isolated in the front of the lure and serves as a weight while the smaller one acts as the rattle.  


The smaller rattle bearing moves inside this channel when switching modes


The rattle resides in a plastic track which is shaped like a horseshoe. On one end is a large cavity which allows the rattle to move back and forth. On the other end is an area that holds the rattle securely in the off position.


A closer look shows both ends of the system


The system depends on gravity to move the rattle bearing, that is why it is necessary to hold lure upside down (belly up) when tapping the bait to dislodge the rattle.


A larger bearing acts as weight for the lure


The Switchback's rattle system is simple yet quite ingenious as it is easy to learn and gives anglers the ability to modify their lure on the fly to adjust conditions. No need to change out lures and retie if a more subtle presentation is required. The single rattle doesn't put out a whole lot of noise but the side to side movement is enough to put out a perceptible "click-click" during retrieves. 


Though the switchback system is the star of this lure this Bomber also features a quality finish that is able to resist plenty of abrasion


Even though the lure's exterior plastic shell was not as thick as some competing crankbaits we found the bait reasonably durable. The lure's finish also held up well to abrasion, and like other Bomber lures these baits are very reasonably priced and retail for only $5.99 each. If your looking to "switch" it up the next time you go cranking then this particular Fat Free Shad has your name all over it.


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