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One Fisherman's Trash is Another's Hot New Bait (continued)

Rod: As mentioned earlier, the All American Trash fish is a six inch bait. Unweighted, out of the package, the bait tips our scale at about one full ounce. While you do not necessarily need a full blown swimbait rod to toss this bait, a heavy, to extra heavy rod should be used for best casting performance. My weapon of choice was a F6-69XRC Racing Condition Super Destroyer by Megabass. We did find that these lighter action, not necessarily swimbait rods, allowed us to get a better hookset since the fish were really able to eat the bait instead of ripping it out of their mouths prematurely.

If you fish the bait stock, we recommend pushing the hook eye through the chin of the bait and out between the bait's lips to avoid tearing up the head too much.

Line: From there, I matched my Racing Condition Super Destroyer up with the Megabass Bespoke Racing Condition reel spooled with 55lb Daiwa Samurai Braid topped off with a twelve foot leader of 14lb YGK DARM Fluorocarbon.

Trouble is, this bait in stock configuration doesn't leave much room for the hook to come through on a set.

Action: Like most paddletail baits, there's no subtle rate of fall variations in this bait. Everything is controlled by the weight of the hook you choose to rig on the Trash Fish and be sure to use some kind of weight. This bait swims best with weighted hook to act as a keel keeping the bait right side up as you swim it back to your position.

I fished this bait on a Megabass Racing Condition Super Destroyer.

As advertised, fast or slow, the Trash Fish's tail swims very easily even with that top fin attached. Cut that top fin off and it moves a bit more frantically at all speeds, but then you lose the more realistic tail profile. Does it make a difference? Tough to say, but it certainly does not hurt to experiment after all, you do get two baits per package. Through all of this, the body of the Trash Fish remains steady.

Another rigging option is to go with the bait holders like those found on Owner's Beast Hooks.

We fished it primarily off the bottom or really, right on the bottom dragging it slowly, but this bait is equally at home in the middle of the water column, and, if fished with the rod tip held up, the Trash Fish can be waked as well though it takes some effort to keep this bait at or near the surface.

But the best way is to cut a slit in the belly of the bait and make a passage for the hook to travel within when you set the hook.

Durability: We didn't manage a lot of fish during our brief time with this bait so it's tough to say how it holds up long term. We can say it responds well to soft bait glues such as MendIt should you need to repair the bait in anyway during fishing or even during rigging.

Then the hook point is free to move out of the bait like this.

Hook up ratios vary from fisherman to fisherman and are dependent upon many different factors, but we managed to land five fish out of five solid bites on this bait including a chunky eight pounder! This was while fishing the bait with a slit down its belly and smearing the bait with Smelly Jelly to help ensure the fish held onto the bait just a bit longer.

Yet you can still keep it weedless by skin hooking the tip of the hook back into the bait.

Availability: Little Creeper baits is straight out of California and available at most stores out this way that are in the know including Monster Fishing Tackle, Hi's Tackle Box, and Tackle Warehouse. Make no mistake about it, this is a current hot bait and stock tends to evaporate almost as soon as the baits show up online and on store peg boards, so if you see it available and you've been wanting to try them, order at least one pack right away or run the risk of having to wait another month or two as Little Creeper catches up with demand.

Little Creeper's All American Trash Fish is available in close to 20 different colors and is a really fun bait to throw.


Little Creeper All American Trash Fish Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality You can tell great care goes into the pouring and packaging of each bait (that scent you smell when you open the bag is grape oil which helps lubricate the bait and keep them protected both when they come in and out of the package... now that's attention to detail) 9
Performance Wonderful at all speeds... the tail has a lot of action and the body stays still... hookups are tough though, if you fish the bait stock, but with a little modification this can be easily addressed. Swimbait anglers can increase the lure's hook up ratio with a little scent, Zander was all over the Smelly Jelly on this one 8
Price On the pricey side for a paddletail 6
Features Could use a stock hook slot in the center of the body 7
Design (Ergonomics) Very realistic, whether or not you like the ornate tail you have the option to very easily modify it 9
Application Fast, slow, top, middle, bottom 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Really good looking generic fish - Needs some tweaks out of the package to optimize hook up ratio
+ Really good action in the water  
+ Good selection of colors/patterns  
+ Don't need dedicated swimbait gear  


Finesse is fun, but when you need a kicker, it's tough to beat the thrill of a swimbait bite and the All American Trash Fish delivers.


Conclusion: It's pretty interesting when a relatively new company can take a proven bait design, offer their own unique twists, and make a splash in a market that is already inundated with similar baits. This is common place for Benno Heune who's made creature and lizard baits for local fishermen and met with similar success in the past. He just happened to hit upon a continuing hot trend in the bass fishing market with a tournament sized soft plastic swimbait and deliver his own interpretation with more flare and really good fish catching action. While this review might be finished, we're not quite done with this bait just yet and look forward to fishing it later this year for that Fall run of striper in the Delta.


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