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I have used and tested quite a few swimbaits over the years and there is a few things I look for right away in a swimbait, is it durable? was it put together well enough to take hundreds of casts a day?  how well will it hold up after hooking a few bass on it? is the price affordable? I tested the Middle Fish Injured Trout Original and this is what I found out.

Company: Middlefishproducts_home

Lure: Injured Trout Original

Type: Slow SinkP1012798 - ©MikeLongOutdoors

Color: Rainbow Trout

Length: 7″

Weight: 2.8 Ounces

MSRP: $59.95

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

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The MiddleFish Injured Trout is a 7″ swimbait that weighs in at 2.8 ounces and is a S-motion swimbait.

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I was very impressed with the joint construction, it is a drop pin hinge joint system that is used in many custom swimbaits these days. The inside of the joint is painted to match the outside the bait and helps to keep this swimbait looking natural while swimming in the water.

P1012802 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsAnother thing I like about the MiddleFish Injured Trout swimbait is the flexibility of the hinges. I am a huge fan of S-motion swimbaits where the tail can almost touch the body of the bait, these baits have much more flexibilty and create more side to side motion in the water than other swimbaits with less flexibility.

P1012804 - ©MikeLongOutdoors - 2The back of the Injured Trout has a natural paint job that really stood out when the swimbait was in the water.

P1012807 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsThe tail is hard plastic and is light smoke in color. It has about 1/8″ of movement in the end joint which gives the swimbait a little extra clacking sound while the swimbait is in the water.

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MiddleFish did not cut any corners with a natural taxidermy glass eyes that really gives this swimbait some added life.

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The Injured Trout has scale textured sides that really make this swimbait look very natural.

Pros: This small 7″ swimbait looks larger in the water and with its bullet shape design is very easy to casts in the wind. When you burn the Inured trout it has an incredible super fast S-motion and if you pause and jerk the swimbait you can make it walk left and right. I would like to see this bait with a jig hook, or frog hook off the top of the first joint.

Cons: Not the best action at a very slow speed. The front hook is a little to close needs to farther back to prevent line grab.

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.