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Lure Review


Topwater Action with the Live Target Sunfish

Date: 9/11/16
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: Live Target
Reviewer: Wolbugger

Total Score: 7.87 - GOOD

Topwater fishing is undoubtedly one of the most fun ways to catch any species of fish. The visual excitement of seeing a fish smash a surface lure is pretty darn tough to beat! What makes topwater fishing even more awesome? For me, a bait that can be effectively fished in both open water as well as cover really heightens the experience. As someone who loves throwing frog-style baits, the Live Target Sunfish series of baits really caught my attention. Although these are topwater sunfish imitators, they can be used just like one of my favorite offerings—the hollow-body frog. That's a great thing! 


Live Target Sunfish Specifications

Type Soft Hollow Body
Length 3-inch and 3 1/2-inch
Weight 7/16-ounce and 5/8-ounce
Depth Surface
Pieces 1
Hooks Double Trokar Hook
Colors 12
Origin China
MSRP $12.99

Even in the packaging these baits look fishy!

Quality/Construction: The Live Target Sunfish could almost pass for a small hard-plastic swimbait at first glance. Once removed from the cozy packaging, however, the softness of the body becomes apparent. The vibrant, realistic coloration of the hollow body is really quite impressive. You'll also find a great amount of detailing on the fins, scales, and gills, as well as subtle color shifts and accents. A strong and super-sharp Trokar hook along with a vertically-oriented line tie rounds out a top-notch package.

Quality Ratings for Live Target Sunfish

Finish (1-5)
Detailing (1-5)
Hardware (1-5)
Craftsmanship (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

It's an impressive-looking bait, that's for sure.

Performance: It doesn't take a ton of concentration to master the necessary cadence that makes this lure dance. All that's needed are small twitches of the rod tip and it easily walks. The bait's walking action can range from short pops back and forth to full 180-degree swings to either side. The Sunfish may also be manipulated over and through vegetation, and a quick snap of the rod can also be used to make the bait jump out of the water. Most of my fishing was with the smallest Sunfish, and for that I found my insanely-versatile MBR843C NRX to be a sweet matchup with this little bait.

Notice the slight curve to the body of the Sunfish.

The Live Target Sunfish can be launched a long distance thanks to the weight and compact body. I was also able to skip it decently on a backhanded cast, but admittedly I'm not the best at skipping with a baitcaster. I didn't experience any solid hangups while pulling the bait over moss mats and through light to medium aquatic weed clumps. The only little annoyance was that the hook points would collect thin tendrils of grass or moss from time to time which was to be expected. A bit of water would get inside the body here and there, but it never seemed to hurt the action.

A look at the sharp Trokar hooks which expose on strike

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