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Every now and then I get to do a review on a bait I am very familiar with and the MS Slammer is one of those baits. It is the working mans swimbait, each swimbait is handmade with high quality cedar and some of the largest screw eyes put in a swimbait. The MS Slammer is simply a workhorse swimbait.

Company: M.S. Slammer Hand Crafted Lures

Bait: MS Slammer

Length: 9″

Weight: 2.9 ounce

Color: Rainbow Trout

Composite: Cedar

Hooks: VMC

Depth: 0-4′

MSRP: $41.99

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5

MS Slammer 9″ Rainbow Trout

The MS Slammer is no longer a secret West coast swimbait, it has become well known throughout the swimbait world. Being handmade out of high quality cedar you get a very durable swimbait that was made to go out and fish hard without the worry of breaking the swimbait if it hits a rock, or the bank on a cast.

Rainbow Trout Color

The 9″ MS Slammer has a top notch durable paint job that will stand up to hundreds of hours of fishing and the tail of the Slammer is soft plastic and very easy to replace if needed. As for hooks they are size 2/0 VMC that will get the job done. Every bait comes with a large quick release snap that helps give the Slammer more freedom while swimming and easy to change out baits to different colors, or sizes when needed.

Strong Swim Joint

Every Slammer is initialed and dated what month and year it was made at the rear of the first section. All MS Slammers are put together with the largest and strongest screw eyes of any bait made of its size and you will never have to worry about a fish twisting these bad boys free. The mid section o the Slammer is the motor of the bait and puts out a thumping sound of wood hitting wood as well as the squeaking sound of the screw eyes a true fish calling swimbait.

Floating Bait

The Slammer is built to be a floating swimbait that has an incredible V-wake swimming action especially on calm water, but this lure can be twitched as well as burned at a faster speed to get it down to 4′-0″ I have found times where ripping and pausing the bait to be an incredible way to get a bass to bite. Bottom line the Slammer seems like a topwater only bait, but you can test its limits.

Front Buoyant Bait

The picture above shows how buoyant the front section of the bait is. Once you start reeling the Slammer the diving bill of the bait pulls the front section just under the surface of the water while the rear section kicks and rolls side to side.

V-Wake Bait

As you can see by the picture above the MS Slammer reeled at a slow-medium retrieve wakes the surface  nicely and is an incredible bait up in shallow water around sticks and grass where some wake and noise is what you need to call the big bass out.


Pros: Very durable bait, very buoyant and comes handbuilt with some of the strongest screws in a bait its size.


Cons: Would like to see the eyes come out 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.