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The xvy swimbait has been one of my favories for many years. I love this bait for its subtle action and the fact that it can be retrieved at super slow speeds. My favorite technique with this bait is to wind is slowly over grass beds and wait for the bass to pop out and drill it! I fish xyz swimbait on 25lb with the Shimano Crucial X-Heavy. That rod has worked really well for me when it comes to putting fish in the boat.
The only thing I don't really like about xyz swimbait is the hook positioning. The belly hook is too far back, so I rig a 1/0 Owner stinger from the nose of the bait and then insert that hook right below the chin of the lure. Other than that, this bait is awesome.
I disagree with Rob's review of the xyz rat lure. The xyz rat lure hasn't produced much for me at all. When I did get bit on the xyz rat, I had a terrible time hooking and landing the fish. Rob says he's hooked a lot of bass and landed them no problem on the xyz rat but I sure haven't. It seems like the bass really only want to nip at the tail and they won't commit to swallowing the whole lure. I'm ready to hang it up with this bait and try something else.
i cought seven big ones on this bait and my brother also cought a 6 pounder. the only problem wuz when the damn tail fell off and i couldent get any more
dude this bait fully sucks. anyone who buys this bait is an idiot