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Lure Review

The Pointer on a diet, Lucky Craft’s “Slender” Jerkbait

Date: 8/08/07
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Lucky Craft
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 7.66

Lucky Craft’s top selling Pointer series has expanded throughout the seasons, and the Slender Pointer offers anglers a slightly smaller bait with a different action. Is the Slender Pointer simply a miniaturized version of a fan favorite, or is it useful for another variety of applications?

Lucky Craft Slender Pointer MR Specifications

Type Jerkbait
Size 3 available 4", 4 1/2", 5"
Colors/Patterns 56+ available
Weight 97MR (3/8oz), 112MR (1/2oz), 127MR 3/4oz
MSRP $17.99-$18.99

There is no doubt that Lucky Craft makes some of the best jerkbaits on the market, if not the best. The Pointer series offers anglers an ultra realistic lure coupled with a outstanding action that has proven to work on so many different species. The addition of new deep diving models helped increase the usable range of this series, and the Slender Pointer (SP) now offers anglers a slightly smaller bait with a modified action

Meet the Slender Pointer MR, and addition to the Lucky Craft Pointer series


All pointers are not created equal however and while I recognize the innovation behind the “live pointer” it isn’t one of my favorites, as several lures haven’t swam right after fishing them for some time, and they don’t seem to create that same quality action as the rigid models.


The Slender Pointer has a overall thinner profile than the original


On top of that the Live Pointer’s didn’t seem to catch any more fish than the standard versions in our long term tests. After the novelty of the live pointer wore off I started to become more critical about fancy jerkbaits, and have found some of the very best, like Megabass’s Vision 110 or Daiwa’s TD Minnow, to be straightforward rigid models with slightly varying lip profiles.


Side by side with the Pointer 100


Casting: The SP doesn’t cast nearly as good as the standard pointer, but certainly better than the live pointer. Like its larger siblings the SP makes use of a weight transfer system in order to increase casting ease and distance. The weights shift when the lure is suspended downwards or cast, and also play into the action of the lure during the retrieve. The standard pointer benefits from having more sheer mass than the SP, and the larger profile can also house bigger weights.


The lure has a thinner overall diameter as well


Retrieving: Crankbaits and Jerkbaits are my go to fish searching lures. It is also easy to gauge how aggressive the fish are within a few casts with these baits. The Slender Pointer is designed to entice hard to bite fish, and catch fish when other jerkbaits may not attract enough attention. The original Pointer Series has a lively, powerful action with a side-to-side slide that is also ideal for striper fishing. The Pointer 100 is still my favorite for its unique rolling action, and if I could only fish one jerkbait for the rest of my life this would probably be it. So where does the SP fit in?


The Slender Pointer continues Lucky Craft's tradition of fantastic finishes


The SP gets down pretty quickly to its maximum diving depth in between 3 to 4 feet and the first thing I noticed with the bait was a slightly wider action during the retrieve. Pop the rod tip and this action expands to the side greatly, and if worked in quick pops the action can be downright erratic, which in some cases can be a very good thing. This erratic motion draws more attention to the bait than a standard pointer, making it less of a lurch forward like the other Pointers, and instead more akin to a side to side panicking baitfish.


The Slender Pointer comes armed with three razor sharp Daiichi hooks


This action is good for spotted bass and even smallmouth, but is also good for working around largemouth holding structure. During the pre season spawn the SP is also a good option as it can be moved back and forth aggressively close to or right on top of nests longer than a standard Pointer.


labeled on the underbelly

The SP is a suspending lure, and boy does it suspend nicely. Unlike many cheaper suspending jerkbaits the SP’s we tested in the test tank teetered on near perfect 50-50 suspension.

The scale pattern on the shad version is incredibly realistic


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