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Lucky Craft Snap Kick International Series

Overall score - 83% = (Great)

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Reviewer: Don

First let me say that I'm a HUGE fan of Lucky Craft's baits. After seeing a negative review from another tackle review website on one of Lucky Craft's swimbaits, I felt a little apprehensive about buying this little swimbait. We give every product an equal chance to prove itself and we aren't going to let one potentially bad swimbait deter us from giving the Snap Kick a fair and honest review. There are two versions of the Snap Kick; a sinking version that's available in Japan and the floating version that we have. I know that we're in the midst of a swimbait craze right now but I have to admit I'm not a big fan of them. I have used swimbaits a few times over the years with some success but I have used Lucky Craft's lures with great success. I am very interested to see how the Snap Kick, one of Lucky Craft's newest swimbait offerings, is going to stack up. This review should be interesting.

Specs

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Size(s):

- 4-1/2" (115mm) - 5/8 oz

Design features:

- Compact
- Natural "S" pattern swimming motion
- Floating
- Sharp edged tail
- Lipless
- Detailed eyes and body

Color(s):

- Aurora Black
- Aurora Green Perch
- MS American Shad
- Ghost Minnow
- Chartreuse Shad *

* Color(s) used during this review.

Made in:

- Japan

Price when Reviewed:

- $21.99


Background

In a deluge of tournament wins all across the country, Lucky Craft has become many Pro angler's #1 choice in lures. Now anglers of all skill levels are developing a preference for these lures for one reason... they can help you catch more fish. Lucky Craft's lures are a result of many years of research and development. Their lures are made with the finest materials, are assembled with a patented manufacturing process, and as a result have superior quality.

"As soon as you pick up our lure, you immediately see the quality that's apparent in our product. And we're proud to say, that's just the beginning... wait until you feel the irresistible action on the water!" - Lucky Craft

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Before I removed this bait from its box, I was very pleased to see that the hooks have been secured with a white twist tie to prevent premature damage to the lure during shipment.


(The Lucky Craft Snap Kick still in the box)

This bait has the same great look that we're used to seeing from Lucky Craft. I initially liked the overall design of this pint-sized swimbait. The jointed body fits together with great precision. Very little vertical play was felt in the joints.

I did not like the fact that only 5 colors can be found with the floating version at this time. I also didn't like that a smaller hook was used for the rear section of this bait. I also felt that this bait may be a tad over-priced.

Overall, I would have to say that my first impressions of this bait were a above average, but not great.

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As with most of Lucky Crafts baits, this lure looks very realistic and is made with a great amount of detail. This floating swimbait has no lip and relies on the shape of its body to produce that much sought after natural "S" pattern swimming motion.


(The Lucky Craft Snap Kick out of the box)

The head section of the Snap Kick is very nicely detailed. The raised gills and detailed eyes look great on this bait. The scale pattern is your typical cross pattern of engraved lines and it looks good on this bait.

I really like the removable snap that Lucky Craft put on this bait. Some anglers (including this angler) use snaps for a bit of their fishing. Some people believe that the use of a snap at the end of your line can give the bait a more life-like action. You can easily remove this snap if you prefer to tie the Snap Kick on.


(The head section looks great and we like the removable snap)


(A look at the fast taper of the Lucky Craft Snap Kick's head)

The Snap Kick's jointed body fits together with great precision. We found the connections to be quite strong and we found very little vertical play between the joints. The joints move freely and smoothly without any hindrance.


(These connections appear to be very strong and smooth. We don't foresee any problems)

The Snap Kick's tail is very unique looking. We have never seen a tail design quite like this. This bait's sharp-edged tail is designed to displace more water when retrieved. This tail's shape will help the angler make a more life-like presentation during the retrieve.


(I like this bait's unique tail design. I can't wait to put it to use!)

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Rod - St. Croix Avid - AVS66MF
Reel - Shimano Sustain 2500FE
Line - Spiderwire Stealth 15 lb.

Swimbaits are typically the domain of largemouth bass and striper fishing but I decided I wanted to try something a little different for this review. Don't get me wrong, I could easily take a drive to a few ponds I know of for some of the best largemouth bass fishing in western PA but that would almost be too easy. I really want to challenge myself during this review and find out what other species are susceptible to the Lucky Craft Snap Kick's charm (the results may surprise you).


(I love the look of Lucky Craft's chartreuse shad color)

Anyone who uses Lucky Craft's lures knows that they are quite expensive. Not everyone can afford to buy all of the colors one could possibly need. That's why it's important to buy colors that work well in many different conditions. In my opinion, Lucky Craft's ghost minnow, misty shad, and chartreuse shad are colors that you can't go wrong with when purchasing a new Lucky Craft bait.


(A side view of the Lucky Craft Snap Kick before the first cast)

At over half an ounce, this thing casts like a bullet! I really like the way the Snap Kick casts because it doesn't really feel clunky like some swimbaits do. It almost feels like I'm casting a regular jerkbait. I'm really starting to like this little swimbait!


(It casts like a bullet I tell you!)

Since I'm not using a proper swimbait rod it's going to take a few strikes for me to get used to setting the hook with this swimbait, but I'll get the hang of it. I haven't used a swimbait in a while, so bear with me!


(A candid picture of me missing another strike. Thanks Chris!)

I can't say enough good things about how great the Lucky Craft Snap Kick looks and feels during the retrieve. The Snap Kick has a very wide "S" shaped swimming pattern. I also found that this swimbait seems to want to hold its position when paused during my retrieve which I feel gives this swimbait a more life-like appeal. If you own a high-modulus graphite rod, you will be able to feel every movement the Lucky Craft Snap Kick makes. With my St. Croix Avid, I can actually feel this bait move in its exaggerated "S" shaped swimming motion from side to side.


(I don't have to see this bait to know how well it's working thanks to the St. Croix Avid)

I would often get strikes when I paused during my retrieve which brings me to my next point. This bait has some awesome jerkbait-like qualities as well! I would often give the Snap Kick a few jerk-jerk-pauses when I got it closer to shore and wow does it work well! I actually got this swimbait to walk-the-dog underwater and it drove the walleye mad three nights ago! I knew how deep the water was so I decided to retrieve this swimbait over the shallow areas next to a drop-off just before sun set. When I was able to get the Snap Kick about 6 inches or so underwater, I would slowly walk-the-dog two or three times and pause. Yes, I was the only idiot using a swimbait to catch walleye that night but in my defense, I only did it because the water was low and walleye numbers were high...


(Don't try this at home kids, it was a real pain in the #&% getting this big rear treble hook out without a pair of pliers!)

I don't think I have ever heard of anyone catching a walleye on a swimbait of any size but it works pretty well for me! Before this, the largest lure I have ever caught a walleye on was a Pointer 78. It took a while for all of the old people to stop laughing at me because I was the only one who refused to use a white jig. As soon as I caught the two largest walleye anyone had seen that night they quickly stopped laughing and a compelling conversation ensued. This is the word for word transcript:

Old Dudes - "What did you say you were using again?"

Me - "Oh, you mean this lure? The one you guys have been laughing at all night?"

Old Dudes - "Ummmmm, yeah, that one."

Me - "This is the Lucky Craft Snap Kick, it's a....."

Old Dudes - (Roaring laughter)

Me - "What the hell are you laughing at? You asked me what it was and I'm trying to tell you!"

Old Dudes - "What kind of name is 'Snap Kick'? Isn't that some kind of Kung Fu move!?"

Then I start laughing because a 'Snap Kick' is a kung fu move after all and that's kind of funny I guess. We all became good friends and I showed everyone how a swimbait works. They were initially very interested in the Lucky Craft Snap Kick but when I told them the price, they started laughing at me again...


(It was a good night for walleye and sweating my @%$ off!)

I really enjoyed fishing with the Lucky Craft Snap Kick but I did find one drawback to this swimbait. Every now and then during a retrieve I noticed that the rear treble hook would get stuck on top of this bait's body and it really dug itself in there, causing some substantial scratching! I found this to be quite disappointing because when this happens, it screws up the Snap Kick's action somewhat. I have learned to tell when this happens by feeling the subtle change in the lure's action, thanks to my St. Croix Avid. The good news is that this little mishap is quite infrequent.


(This little mishap left a really attractive gash in my Snap Kick)

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The Lucky Craft Snap Kick did sustain some damage mostly from its own hooks and/or walleye teeth. I'm happy to say that even though my Snap Kick is a little scratched up in the back, the paint is not flaking off and it's actually holding up well. I would expect no less from Lucky Craft. Please note that most of these scratches are caused by me because of the way I was retrieving it with an occasional series of jerks. The Lucky Craft Snap Kick was NOT meant to be used as jerkbait. I just couldn't resist, however; the action of this bait looks (and seems to work) so damn good when ripped a few times.


(The walleye's teeth didn't help either, I'm sure)

At no point did I feel that the Lucky Craft Snap Kick was cheaply made. The joints feel very strong and still work the way they did when I first bought this little swimbait.

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When you pay $21.99 for a single lure, you're well past the price level that I like to call "the price point of no return." My so-called "price point of no return" is anything above $15. What is the price point of no return, you ask? It's a price that, once paid, you'll never be seen exactly the same way again (which isn't necessarily a bad thing either.) You're now "the guy who spends too much money on lures" or maybe (probably) "the guy everyone wants to borrow lures off of." I have gotten a little bit of both.

I'll never forget the reaction I got from my girlfriend's grandfather when I ventured past the "price point of no return" for the first time. We were eating dinner when (for some unintelligible reason) my girlfriend decided to tell her grandfather (a serious fisherman in his own right) about how I bought a Megabass Vision 110 and that is was a $25 lure. After an intense look of utter disbelief and a bitter struggle to find the words to say for a few awkward seconds, I could clearly tell that the heinous reality of what he just heard was starting to sink in. Then as I was mentally preparing myself for how I was going to dodge the family-sized ketchup bottle that might get thrown at me, he finally responded with, "WHY!?"

Maybe we really should ask ourselves "why?" Why is this swimbait $21.99? Is it really worth it? Those are some of the questions people usually ask themselves. That's also why people read reviews in the first place. In this review I can tell you that I had a lot of fun fishing with the Lucky Craft Snap Kick! It was fun making up new retrieves and seeing what this bait could really do. If I could do it all over again would I buy the Snap Kick again? The answer is yes I would! In my opinion the Lucky Craft Snap Kick if worth the money.

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The good - Made with the same great details Lucky Craft is known for. Strong joints. Quality construction.

The Bad - I really don't care for the Snap Kick's small rear treble hook. I'll be switching it with a larger size soon.

The Score - 86 out of 100


The good - Awesome swimming action! This swimbait can walk-the-dog on or under the surface. This swimbait casts like a bullet.

The Bad - The rear treble hook can sometimes get hung-up around its body. This may result in some mild to severe scratches.

The Score - 91 out of 100


The good - The paint is still holding up pretty well despite multiple scratches. The joints are strong like bull.

The Bad - Step aside Chuck Norris because the Lucky Craft Snap Kick likes to roundhouse kick itself with its own hooks from time to time.

The Score - 81 out of 100

The good - A lot of fun to fish with. This is a well-made swimbait and I feel it's money well spent.

The Bad - Some anglers might puke at first sight of the Snap Kick's price tag so be advised and have a doggy bag or two handy. Swimbait aren't cheap so keep in mind that you get what you pay for.

The Score - 75 out of 100

Overall score - 83% = (Great)

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(At just over 13 inches, this is one of the largest white bass I have ever caught!)

I have found this swimbait to be full of surprises and the picture above is a prime example of that. Just so you know, I couldn't catch any whitebass this year for the life of me thanks in part to an explosion in numbers of walleye the likes of which I have never seen. I know walleye to be veracious predators and their appetite can help to increase the level of competition for food in the waters that contain them. Some fish's numbers will rise (walleye and smallmouth) and others will fall (whitebass) and if you're a fish, sometimes you have to take what you can get when it comes.

I have never felt a white bass hit a lure so hard in my life. He seriously must have pile drived this thing at full speed! When I was playing the fish, I was telling my friend that it was probably a striper or a wiper since I was using a swimbait. I was wrong. Truth be told, I missed more fish than I caught with the Snap Kick. The placement of the rear treble hook isn't exactly conducive to catching fish with smaller mouths except in the off chance when fish would hit this lure from the side. Once a fish was on though, I was guaranteed one heck of a fight! If you want to have some fun fishing with a smaller sized swimbait, I would certainly recommend this lure.

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