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I have been waiting a fews years to do a review on a bait made by a young friend of mine Andrew Hinkle of Hinkle Lures. I can still remember when Andrew was a young teenager quite a few years back woking hard and putting in his time experimenting making swimbaits that could catch some of the giant bass that were swimming around here in some of the San Diego county lakes, he was always excited to see me and show me one of his latest creations and get my opinion on it.. And in 2013 after Hinkle Lure Co. created an incredible 11″ glide trout, field tester Mike Gilbert landed a 17lb giant bass out of Lake Otay California just one of many giant bass that were landed on the 11″ Glide Trout in 2013.

The Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout is licensed by Rago Lures

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Company: Hinkle Lure Co.

Bait: Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout

Color: Rainbow Trout

Weight: 9.5 Ounces

Length: 11″

Hook: Owner 2/0 Stingers

R.O.F.: Slow Sink

Lure Type: Hard Resin

MSRP: $175.00

Ordering Info: http://hinklelures.com

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout

P1010107 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsHinkle Lures has a really nice card board box with straw bedding in it that will work nicely to protect your bait until your ready to use it.

P1010115 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsWhen the looking at the Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout in the box it looks really big, but once you take it out of the box it looks a little bit smaller and not so intimidating. This is a heavy bait at 9.5 ounces so I broke out the Dobyns 867 Swimbait rod with 25lb line to do this review. Your going to want to use a heavy rod 8′-0″, or longer and rating of at least 20-40lb. and 25lb. minimum line.

P1010116 - ©MikeLongOutdoors Hinkle Lures payed close attention to detail from the natural head grooves and partially flared gill plates with gills added to the scales which were individually hard carved. This bait is one of the most realistic Glide Trout I have seen in the water.

P1010118 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout is a bait with one joint and after close inspection and hours of casting I found it to very strong for a bait that weighs in at 9.5 ounces.

This is a glide bait so a cadenced reel retrieve is suggested, or the bait will roll if continuously reeled back in

P1010117 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe fins on the Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout are a very durable soft plastic material that should never tear and upon very close inspection are attached in a way that they should not come off while fishing.

Pros: Very realistic looking glide bait, lots of attention to detail from the natural looking scales and fins to a very wide side to side gliding action that is perfect if your fishing near structure where a big bass is sitting in ambush, I was able to get the bait to glide almost 4-5′ on reel turn. And with the two Owner 2/0 Stinger treble hooks attached with heavy duty split rings you should have no problem landing that lunker bass of a lifetime.

Cons: I had to work hard to find a one, I did not like the eyelet being on the roof of the mouth it made it difficult at times to re-tie and did scratch my knot which made me nervous, I would suggest bending it down a bit, or using a 50lb. speed clip.

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

9 comments on “Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout

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John marino on January 13, 2014 9:50 pm

Great review Mike as always, thanks! Looks to be a great bait! Cant wait to get my hands on one. Will any video of this baits action be posted? That would be very helpful!

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Mike Long on January 14, 2014 6:22 am

John, Yes I do have a video project in the works that will show the Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout as well as many other popular baits in their underwater environment.

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Chuck Harney on January 14, 2014 7:29 am

Hey Mike,

Andrew has come a long way from that young man who I had the honor of fishing a few Tournaments with. I would see him at the lakes and he would always make suggestions on how to catch them and many times he helped me out. If you talk to him and his father give him a HI from Chuck Harney, now of Arkansas.

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Mike Long on January 14, 2014 9:17 am

Will do Chuck, Yes Andrew has come along way and honed his craft.

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Russ on January 15, 2014 9:29 am

Nice….but lets see it swim…

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Lee Eichstaedt on January 20, 2014 11:03 am

Are you using Flourocarbon when fishing the bait.

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Mike Long on January 21, 2014 6:34 pm

Lee, Yes I was using fluorocarbon.

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Mike Long on January 21, 2014 6:37 pm

Steve try hinklelures.com

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Steve on January 21, 2014 2:34 pm

Where can I buy the hinkle 11″ glide trout?

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