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Lure Review


The Versatile McRip 85 by Spro


Date: 1/11/19
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Spro
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

BASS Elite Series Pro Mike McClelland is fanatical about the rip bait. Just look at how many baits of this style Spro has manufactured with his name on them. He has a rip/jerk bait to suit just about any situation you can think of and when the bass are holding a little deeper during prespawn or late fall, he relies on a tiny little bait designed to get down and inspire a feeding frenzy. Here's our look at the Spro, Mike McClelland, McRip 85.


Spro McRip 85 Specifications

Type Rip/Jerk Bait (Suspending)
Length 3 3/8"
Weight 1/2oz
Depth 8-10 ft (on 10lb fluoro)
Material Hard Plastic
Colors 8
Hooks 2x #4 Gamakatsu Round Bend
MSRP $12.59


Introducing Spro's Mike McClelland McRip 85.


Impressions: Spro's McRip 85 is a small bait measuring roughly three and three eighths of an inch (3 3/8") in length, but it carries with it a big diving bill designed to get this bait down to depths of up to ten feet (depending on the diameter of your line). It's a two hook rip bait with a torpedo like body and good detailing around the head including the signature Spro evil eyes.

The McRip 85 is rated down to a ten foot running depth on 10lb fluorocarbon.

Real World Tests: For our real world tests, I the McRip 85 to the end of the line on my Denali Kovert Lite K863JW and JDM Casitas MGL casting reel. I spooled the reel with fifty pound (50lb) Sunline FX2 Braided line.

The middle two bearings in the McRip 85 shift to the back of the bait during a cast. The remaining two stay in place.

Castability: The McRip 85 benefits from an internal weight transfer system that shifts to the back of the bait during a cast enhancing your casting motion and putting the bait's momentum in the direction of travel. The results are, of course, good casts for distance and accuracy.

Spro's detailing in their color patterns are very good.

Dive Time: It takes about four, sometimes five pulls of your rod to get the McRip 85 down to maximum depth. This will vary depending on the length of your rod and the aggressiveness of your pulls, but once there, the bait will dart forward with each successive twitch or pull, shimmying its way as it moves. The McRip 85 doesn't dart off course very often.

The McRip 85 comes with two, very good sized #4 Gamakatsu hooks.

Suspending Action: When you do stop your retrieve, the bait stops immediately and suspends with maybe a very slight head down angle. It's difficult to see for certain given how far down the bait runs but its rated depth of eight to ten feet feels accurate.

This color, Watermelon Craw, is very intriguing.

Additional Observations: Of course, braided line isn't the ideal type of line to use with a rip/jerkbait but my motivation behind using this type of line was to see how the McRip 85 behaved on a slow steady retrieve over a rocky bottom similar to a crankbait. The bait's nice, wide bill gave me the inspiration for this experiment which actually worked out really well! The bait has enough built in action even at slow speeds and with the added attraction of bumping off rocks and digging into the dirt, I managed a couple of bites with this unconventional application of the McRip 85.

There are eight colors in all.

Design/Ergonomics: Spro's McRip 85 is available in up to eight different colors and comes equipped with two #4 Gamakatsu round bend hooks. These hooks are easily sourced should you need replacements and of course, Gamakatsu has upgrade options as well with their new, nano-coated treble hooks. The McRip 85 is rated at half an ounce in weight and is a really easy bait to throw.

The McRip 85 retails for $12.59 each.

Price & Application: This bait retails for $12.59 and is recommended as an early spring, late fall bait by the man himself. Really any time the fish are holding a little deeper than normal is a good time to tie on a McRip 85 and seeing if you can get them to react.


Spro McRip 85 Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Good consistency bait to bait 8
Performance Easy bait to cast and work 8
Price Reasonably priced 7.5
Features Internal weight transfer system that doubles as a rattle, name brand hooks, deep diver 8
Design (Ergonomics) Available only 8 colors 7
Application Good deeper water rip bait option 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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Really easy bait to cast - Only 8 colors from which to choose
+ Gets down deeper than a normal rip bait  
+ Very versatile - you can even fish it like a crankbait!  
+ Gamakatsu hooks  

McRip 85 is an effective and versatile bait and another nice job by Spro and Mike McClelland.

Conclusion: As a tackle tester, nothing is more gratifying than fishing a product in an unconventional, out of the box way and being rewarded with a fish or two. More often than not, such experiments are left with zero results, but in the case of the McRip 85, we had some fun playing around with the bait as if it were a standard crankbait. Of course, be aware if you decide to try this, if you get snagged, the bait won't float back up - hence my use of 50lb braid. Just the same, whether fished conventionally or unconventionally, the McRip 85 is an effective and versatile bait and another nice job by Spro and Mike McClelland.


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