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Lure Review

Return of the Vixen by Reaction Innovations (continued)

Quality of Movement : The Vixen's dance is a very easy, and predictable side to side swivel. The bait doesn't travel much from side to side but more realistically, it sort of pivots in place kicking out maybe one half to one full body's length as it does move forward.

The bait sometimes kicks out of the water but subtly.

Position at Rest : .The Vixen sits in the water with a slight tail down angle which explains why, at least in part, how the bait is able to stay in the strike zone longer than usual. Twitch your rod tip and the bait darts, but if you pause half a second to one full second, you can see the bait does not continue to slide but actually stops quickly after its kick.

What it does do is leave a big wake when it swims.

Design/Ergonomics: Reaction Innovation's Vixen measures just under five inches in length and weighs right around three quarters of an ounce. It comes in at least ten different colors and is supplied with three, sharp, treble hooks spaced far enough from one another to avoid tangling - at least with the stock hooks.

The bait's internal knocking system emits a very familiar and tantalizing sound that we can't help but think is part of the bait's appeal to fish.

The Vixen features horizontal hook ties giving the hooks greater lateral flexibility for increased hook ups.

Price & Application: Priced at $14.99, the Vixen is in that intermediary market segment where it's not quite pricey enough to be considered an Enthusiast bait, but is definitely priced too high to be considered a good budget priced alternative.

We're glad to see this bait back on store shelves.


Reaction Innovations Vixen Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Resurrected from the dead and discontinued in very fine form 9
Performance Super easy to cast and work 9
Price Not quite Enthusiast level but also not a bargain 7
Features Sharp hooks, internal rattles 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Good, typical sized walking bait 7.5
Application Good for a variety of species 8

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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ A popular bait is available again - Comparisons to the original are inevitable but somewhat meaningless considering the original is no longer available
+ Very loud and distinct knockers  
+ Good, sharp hooks  
+ Super easy to cast and work  

The Vixen may be reincarnated but it feels like the same bait to me.

Conclusion: Unfortunately, I could not locate any of my original Vixen baits to compare against this replacement bait but honestly, considering the original version is no longer available, comparisons are a bit moot. Either you like the new version or you don't, and if you don't like the new lure then just move along to a competitors bait. Life is too short to dwell on the inconsequential. The good news is the new Vixen 2.0 bait does catch a lot fish and that's all that matters, and why it ranks so high up on our picks across all walkers on the market today.


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