Monday, June 12, 2017

Strike King Rage Twin Tail Menace Grub - Swims like Phelps, Punches like Tyson

I don't know about you, but I don't throw an awful lot of grub baits, and thus I think the Menace Grub flew under my radar for a few seasons before I truly realized it's potential.

Pun fully intended, the Menace grub offers anglers a 1-2-3 Punch perfect for Jig Fishing,  swim-jig fishing and of course punching. It's twin tail action offers a fast, subtle but noticeable flap and will make even the drowsiest fish take notice

lets break this bait down...

Jig Fishing

Unlike standard grubs that you often find slipped in behind a ball-head jig, the Menace performs better on a classic football jig and or a swim jig.

When paired with a football jig the Menace offers an incredible fall  and its thin profile is a big help when flipping timber or target specific areas in which there is little room for error. Once on the bottom it's twin tails will stand tall on the pause and offer a nice soft waver almost saying "come here" to any fish paying attention. Like with any football jig application you need to work the rage tail with long slow drags and the occasional quick hop when you bump into any substantial structure.

If you have been reading this blog for any length of time of if you follow my tackle junkie addiction on instagram, then you know for the most part when jig fishing I'm throwing black/blue jigs, and keep it simple with my trailers.. black/blue and of course variations on pumpkin... yes, you can fish a black jig with a pumpkin trailer, there are no rules against it, and you just might surprise yourself

Swim Jig Fishing

The Menace grub steps up its game when fished on a swim jig, the tails have a brilliant kicking motion that could give Michael Phelps a run for his money. Perfect for fishing around docks or just in times when you need to cover a lot of water, the menace grub/swim jig combo is a great replacement for a spinnerbait in those times you really want the ability to slow things down and even hop or pound the bottom.

I'd really recommend experimenting with speed, the goal is to find where the fish are in the water column and fish as slow or as fast as you need to in order to keep your jig there.. lets be honest we've all seen the KVD Strike King commercial where he fishes a white menace grub behind a Sexy Shad Swim jig, if that didn't sell you on it's ability, I'm not sure anything I can say will!

Pitching and Punching

I spend a good deal of my time on the water with a flipping stick in my hand punching mats and pads, so when it comes to baits that Ill let get a peak under my skirt I'm kinda picky.

Depending on the situation and cover thickness I'm often left choosing between wider profile baits and skinnier or slender baits. The Menace grub falls into this second category and it mostly sees use in the heaviest, sloppiest cover when I'm in  need of a bait that can slip on in (no lube required) and hit the bottom without me having to work hard it. As mentioned above the Menace Grub excels on the fall giving off a short tight kicking motion that is easily seen and rarely the victim of the dreaded short strike. We all know that those longer leg baits often fall victim to fish with poor aim.

As the cover thickens I may also loose the skirt and fish this bait naked, again the goal here is to punch through the cover with little to no drag hoping to surprise the fish (a little bit).

Weigh size isn't an issue here, just find the best weight for the job, again experimenting with the rate of fall the fish like the best on any given day.

There you have it, the low down on Strike Kings Twin Tail Menace Grub.. this ain't your Granddads grub bait


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