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Creature Fever : Strike King's Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub


Date: 11/5/17
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Strike King
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.75 - Good

With today's seemingly unlimited choices in specialized plastic baits, one old staple seems to have fallen by the wayside. How many of you still fish the old staple single or double tail grubs? Maybe they've fallen out of popular discussion because there's really not much to them. Well, Strike King introduced a new interpretation a little while back and we're here to take a closer look. Introducing Strike King's Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub.


Strike King Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub Specifications

Type Twin Tail Grub
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 18
Sizes 4"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Coffee Scent
# per package 8
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $5.29

Introducing Strike King's Twin Tail Menace Grub.

Impressions: Strike King's Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub measures four inches (4") in length and looks like a cross between a grub and a beaver bait. The bait's body is a traditional grub form, but the tails are not designed with the traditional curl and taper. Rather, the tails on this bait are more like a beaver bait but with a tapered ridge at the end to enable a swimming action in the water.


The re-sealable bag houses a clear, hard plastic clamshell that in turn holds the baits.

Strike King says the bait features a new, high-grade soft plastic material and the bait actually feels every bit of that. The Twin Tail Menace Grub is very soft, pliable, yet doesn't feel excessively fragile. It's a very interesting texture.

This packaging ensures your eight baits keep their shape.

Real World Tests: Rigging doesn't get much simpler than when fishing a grub. I tend to stick to traditional methods fishing them on a weighted jig head or tipped at the end of a jig, but you can certainly Texas rig this bait and using in a pitching presentation, or bulk up and use it as a finesse punch rig. I know, sounds like an oxymoron, right?

Rigged and ready to go aboard an old school hair jig.

Most of my success with this bait was as a jig trailer and that has to do with the fact it works really well as a jig trailer! The bait's body holds onto the hook shank very securely and the tail has a really nice swimming motion. The arms on the tail come out of the package ever so slightly attached. If you fish them this way, they'll stay attached for a little bit but if you have any short biters (and I always seem to get these), the tail will split forming two separate appendages.

The Menace Grub is a 4" bait.

Design & Ergonomics: Each resealable bag contains eight (8) baits that are housed in a clear, hard plastic clamshell inside this plastic bag to help the baits maintain their shape. The bait's plastic is infused with a coffee scent which I found quite interesting.

The two arms of the tail are actually attached by the smallest strip of plastic.

This bait's scent is certainly a welcome reprieve from some of the other more "natural" scents used in other soft plastics today, but it makes me curious to know its true intent. Does that coffee scent really attract strikes? Or is it provided as more of a mask to our human and other unnatural scents we may have on our fingers like sunblock?

These ridges are what make up the Rage Tail.

Price & Applications: The Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub by Strike King is available in up to eighteen (18) different colors and sells for $5.29 per package. They are readily available today at sources like TackleWarehouse.

It doesn't get much simpler than a grub.


Strike King Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Very consistent bait to bait 8
Performance It doesn't get much simpler than a grub - or much more versatile either 8
Price Comes down to roughly $0.66 per grub... 7
Features Coffee scent is a nice change of pace 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Packaging that's easy to open and easy to re-use 8
Application As versatile a soft plastic as there is 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:


+ New plastic formula is very soft and holds up well - Tail attachment could be a bit more robust for those who want to fish it as a single tail bait
+ Tail has nice swimming action when in motion  
+ Pleasant coffee scent  


Sometimes, simple is what you need.


Conclusion: With all the different creature baits out there today, I'm as guilty as the next person for neglecting simple, effective, soft plastic baits like a grub. The Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub by Strike King just may have brought me back. It's less bulky than a beaver style bait, but has a similar tail and is so simple to rig and use. A lot of times, the simpler approach is what we need out on the water.


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