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
Company: Hinkle Lure Co.
Bait: Hinkle 11″ Glide Trout
Color: Rainbow Trout
Weight: 9.5 Ounces
Hook: Owner 2/0 Stingers
R.O.F.: Slow Sink
Lure Type: Hard Resin
Ordering Info: http://hinklelures.com
MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5
When 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.
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.
This is a glide bait so a cadenced reel retrieve is suggested, or the bait will roll if continuously reeled back in
The 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