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Monday, March 31, 2008

• HTB Review: Yum Dancin' Eel

Howtobass.com has published a product review of the Yum Dancin' Eel. They gave it a 3.4 out of 5 and were able to get other anglers to try the lure out for some feedback. If you use this lure or you're thinking about using one, give the review a read.

I've seen this thing in the store and was never all that impressed. Then I became more interested in fishing swimbaits and suddenly the Dancin' Eel looked somewhat more appealing. Of course, when you think about this lure, the first thing that comes to mind is Bill Dance. Yeah. I feel your pain.

When it comes right down to it, just about any lure will catch fish. When you look at this thing, you get a sense that it should have some decent action and will likely attract a few bass. However, I would much rather fish a crankbait or a plastic swimbait/jerkbait and produce similar results. The anglers in the review pointed out that when the lure did swim right, it had great action. The deal with the Eel swimming to one side is a known issue. That tail acts like a rudder and if it's not lined up properly or gets bent funny, the lure just won't look right.

I like how you guys over at Howtobass were able to get a few anglers to test it out for you and give you feedback. I've had my eye on those things, but was never all that impressed. Thanks for figuring out how to fix the curled tail by dipping it in boiling water. I'm sure that will help out several people who use the lure.

I am still left wondering whether or not people experience missed strikes and short hits at the tail. I would also imagine that any fish with teeth could rip that tail to shreds and ruin the lure. I would be more apt to buy one if I could easily swap out plastic tails. I could add any plastic trailer I wanted. A fork-tailed trailer might do some good.

Anyway, head on over to Howtobass.com and read their review of the Dancin' Eel.