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Finally got to field test one of the Rago Glideator Trout on a clear water reservoir and I’ve got to say this is one of Rago Baits best looking lures to date. I tested a 9″ Rainbow Trout color which looked just incredible in the water.

BannerCompany: Rago Baits

Lure: Glideator Trout

Size: 9″

P1012866 - ©MikeLongOutdoorsWeight: 4.5 Ounces

Color: Rainbow Trout

Hooks: Owner 2/0 Trebles

Composite: Hard Resin

R.O.F.: Slow Sink

Style: Glide Bait

MSRP: $95.00

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5



Glideator Trout

Glideator Trout

I have been fishing Rago Baits for a long time and this is truly one of the cleanest looking well put together baits Rago has built so far. One of the first things you’ll notice is there is no dorsal, anal, or adipose fin and the pelvic, and pectoral fins are built on the bait to help give this lure a smooth glide motion through the water.

You might be asking “what’s a glide bait?” it is a bait built to glide left, or right by just turning the reel handle slightly between glides. So after you cast the bait out and let it sink to your desired depth you simply reel up the slack till you feel some resistance while keeping the rod tip down and pointed towards the bait, while giving the reel handle a 1/2 to 3/4 turn depending on your gear ratio. A pause between each turn of the reel handle allows the bait to glide in the opposite direction.

Glideator Trout

Glideator Trout

In the picture above you can see the detail put into the Glideator Trout especially around the head area. The gills are slightly flared along with the mouth partially open really gives this bait a very realistic look of a Rainbow Trout just gliding through the water.

Belly Shot

Belly Shot

The belly shot above shows how the pectoral, and pelvic fins are in a laid-back position and built into the bait which helps in not being able to break them off, or get in the way of the hooks setting.

Single Joint

Single Joint

The Glideator is a single jointed bait which is key in helping the bait glide left and right. Rago Baits used two heavy duty screw eyes and a steel drop pin to secure the joint which should be strong enough to land any largemouth bass.

Replaceable Tail

Replaceable Tail

Rago Baits used a super strong lexan material to make an indestructible tail which can be easily replaced for a different size, style, or color by just removing one screw.


Below is a video showing the Glideator in action as well as rod position and reel cadience.


Pros: Very clean bait. All baits are factory balanced and tested. Incredible paint job. Tail easy to replace. Fins can’t break.


Cons: As always I’m a fan of the eyes sticking out a little farther.


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.

2 comments on “Rago Glideator Trout

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Joe Balistreri on January 26, 2013 9:46 pm

The bait looks real nice, just like a real trout. It seems as more people are using these big swim baits the manufactures are raising the prices. $95 for a bait seems a bit steep. I lost a hud today and I was bumbed out. If I lost a $95 bait I might go into a full blown panic attack, LOL just kidding. I guess if you want quality looking baits you have to pay the price.

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Mike Long on January 27, 2013 8:19 am

Your right Joe, some of these swimbaits are very high priced and make it a tough decision to buy one and possibly have it snag on the bottom of the lake. There are some good swimbaits on the market that are much less expensive and work really well. I really like the Megabait for the price.

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