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Reins Taps Into a Fish's Instinctual Memory With Their New C-Pod Creature Bait


Date: 9/9/18
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Reins
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.17 - GOOD

Most soft plastic baits built for targeting black bass are patterned after creatures we assume they feed on naturally - everything from earthworms to crawdads to grubs, lizards and so on. Of course manufacturers have taken some of the profiles of their bait products to extremes, but for the most part when we're fishing with soft plastics, we're trying to mimic something the bass see if not everyday then quite often so we can trigger their instinct to bite.


What the Finesse is that on Cal's line?


But does it really have to be something they see frequently? One manufacturer has introduced a new bait product that is offered on the theory we can tap into a bass's memory banks and offer an up-sized version of something they would have fed on in their infancy. The Reins C-Pod Creature is a monster sized version of a plankton-like creature the copepod. Is it effective? We tried some out for ourselves to find out.


Reins C-Pod Creature Bait Specifications

Type Creature Bait
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 7
Sizes 4"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Scent Infused
# per package 6
Re-sealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $6.49

It's a new creature bait by Reins.

Impressions: The Reins C-Pod is a four inch (4") little bait made with a scent infused soft plastic. It features a trailer bait kind of body with antennae and other appendages that make it look more like an oversized water bug. A real life copepod is essentially that but on a much smaller, plankton-like scale. Realistically, it's a creature bait.


Reins's new C-Pod Creature bait is modeled after a copepod.

Real World Tests: I fished the Reins C-Pod both Tex-posed and as a drop shot bait. For my Tex-posed rig, I tied a Gamakatsu G-Finesse Light Wire Worm Hook with the Tin Keeper at the end of some ten pound (10lb) test Sunline Super Natural nylon monofilament that was spooled on my Abu Garcia Revo4 X mounted on an Ark Rods Lancer LAC73MHFC. I of course, also had a small, tungsten bullet weight on the line above the hook and before that I even slipped a bobber stopper on the line to hold the bullet weight in place. I exposed the hook point on top of the bait because the hook is a straight shank and didn't have enough of a gap for the hook point to come out if rigged weedless.

I Tex-posed the C-Pod on board a Gamakatsu G-Finesse Tin Keeper Light Wire Worm Hook.

My very first cast with this rig was more about testing the capabilities of the rod and reel than it was about testing the bait. I reared back and made as long a cast as possible and while the bait was sinking, I felt a "tick." So I reared in what slack I could and flailed in my attempt at a hookset. Somehow, probably thanks to that teflon coated, thin wire, Gamakatsu hook, I managed to catch that fish and bring it in for a multi-product photo op. How very efficient!

I had the weight and hook already rigged on this rod and was looking for something new to try. The C-Pod certainly fit that bill!

I continued to have success with this same bait pitched and cast to sparse patches of weeds. The bass really keyed in on the bait as it was descending the water column. So in an effort to keep the bait in the strike zone even longer, I rigged a separate bait up on a dropshot with my Ark Rods IVK610LMLXS Invoker paired with a Quantum Smoke S3 25 spinning reel spooled with 10lb Sunline Supernatural, and of course the C-Pod is equally effective as a drop shot bait as well.

Those antennae looking appendages are actually swim fins for a copepod.

With all of its appendages, the natural question would be how durable is the C-Pod creature bait? The answer, like with any soft plastic bait is it depends. I had one bait last through several fish, I had another whose appendages were picked apart by smaller sunfish almost as if being devoured by piranha.

The bait's plastic has a nice, soft consistency, and the body suffers through about average wear from rigging, re-rigging, fish battles and so on.

The C-Pods's ribbed body is reminiscent of a trailer bait.

Design & Ergonomics: The C-Pod Creature's plastic is infused with some type of fish attractant that may be derived from crustacean and invertebrates. The wording is unclear on Reins's website. Nevertheless, there are seven available colors including staples like Watermelon, Green Pumpkin and Bluegill.

The tail end of this bait is interesting but not something that lends itself well to using the bait as a jig trailer.

Price & Applications: Reins retails their C-Pod Creature bait for $6.49 per re-sealable pack of 6 baits. That equates to over a dollar per bait, so this is a pretty pricey little soft plastic. Though it is essentially a creature bait, I think it's best fished alone or as the primary offering and not as a trailer. The appendages are a bit subtle to be used as a trailer and intuition tells us it's the bait's entire profile that triggers that instinctive strike from a fish- not the action of its appendages.

This hungry bass inhaled the C-Pod as it sank in the water column after a super long cast.


Reins C-Pod Creature Bait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A very detailed, and consistent product from bait to bait 9
Performance Given what the bait is based off of, it shouldn't surprise us that the bait is effective, yet, it does 8
Price At roughly $1.08 per bait, this is an enthusiast level soft plastic we're talking about here. 5
Features Re-sealable bag and scent infused soft plastic 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Limited color choices, but the staples nonetheless 6.5
Application Best as the primary bait 7

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:


+ Clever bait design - Per bait cost is quite high
+ A good choice in a finesse TX rig bait - Limited color palate - for now anyway
+ Scent infused soft plastic with no oils in the package itself to leak  


Reins's C-Pod Creature bait was actually one of the highlights for us coming from ICAST 2017 and we're happy to report the bait is as effective as it appears.


Conclusion: Reins's C-Pod Creature bait was actually one of the highlights for us coming from ICAST 2017. It's a very clever idea and whether or not the bait really does tap into that instinctual memory bank of a bass when it sees it, or the bass just thinks its some type of crustacean or bug to eat, the important point is they do eat this bait. What about that high cost per bait? Well, there are two ways to look at that point. One is, that's really too much to pay for a soft plastic bait that may or may not last through just one fish. The second is, the price is sure to scare off a lot of anglers thinking about the first point. This means the fish are not likely to see a lot of this bait. We've already told you fish will hit this bait, so what's it worth to you having a bait that works, but of which fish will not likely see very much?


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