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I would like to say I’m always on the latest train when it comes to swimbaits, but when it comes to the glide-bait style swimbaits, which have been around awhile, I have missed this train quite a few times and even when I get on it I’m a little lost. I’m just an old school guy who loves to bump a swimbait off the bottom, or structure targets and the glide style swimbait is just a totally different style. Jerry Rago made me a few glide baits well over ten years ago and I fished them hard, but always fell back on my strength bottom bumping a swimmer. But bites change and you have to change with them or you will be left behind and the glide style swimbait is getting real hot again. So this time I hope I got on the train at the right time to get to lunkerville.

Company: Rago Baits

Lure: GlideGill

Weight: 4 oz.

Length: 7 1/2″

R.O.F.: Slow-Medium

Composite: Resin

Lure Type:  S-motion

Hinge Style: Single Joint, Drop Pin

Color: Bluegill

MSRP:  About $75.00

MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5

I’ve got to say Rago Baits is once again setting the bar with the new handcrafted Rago GlideGill lure. It is a very durable bait made out of resin and weighted perfectly for the glide motion style of fishing. I found that if you retrieved the Rago GlideGill at a slow to medium retrieve that the Gill would do a slow steady 1′ wide S-motion and when you pumped the reel handle at different intervals you could make the Rago GlideGill glide left an right as far as 3′ and sometimes even farther.

Rago GlideGill

At a length of 71/2″ and a weight of 4 ounces this is a medium-size bait that you’re gonna need a light swimbait rod or a medium-heavy 7′-6″ rod and at least 15 pound line. You’ll want to spool up with fluorocarbon line when working the GlideGill back in. The glide motion is best worked from the reel handle, not so much in the rod so you want zero line stretch. You’ll find when using this reel handle technique that the length of the glide will depend on when you turn the reel handle to stop it and turn the bait to its next glide direction. It glides while your not turning the handle.

GlideGill Top View

The top of the Rago GlideGill has the Rago scale pattern painted on the bait which gave the bait a very realistic look in the water.

GlideGill Bottom Vie

GlideGill Front View

The bottom of the Rago GlideGill has an orange breast paint job, while the belly has a pearl-white skin. On the front view of the Rago GlideGill you can see the pectoral fins as well as the grooved gill plate which really gives this Gill some definition and life.

Rago GlideGill Custom Joint

Most glide baits are single jointed baits and the GlideGill has a new patented V-joint hinge system that works really well and is extremely strong. I have quite a few glide-baits that I have been field testing and this new V-hinge style glides just a bit better than them all.

Rago GlideGill Removable Tail

Rago Baits made it very easy to replace the tail with the removal of one screw. This is very convenient if you break a tail, want to try another color or different tail size.

The following link is a cool video of the Rago GlideGill in action with Oliver Ngy and Ryan Crandall:



Pros: It’s very durable, casts great, and has the Rago Baits new hinge which gives this bait incredible glide action. It’s a very stable glide bait.

Cons: I would like to see the eyes placed farther off the bait and I want to see some more colors.


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 “Review: Rago GlideGill

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Tim on October 13, 2012 7:02 am

Great review Mike!

What, no fish? LOL

Interesting hinge on that baby. The hinge arrangement on your bait must have been a proto I take it? Oliver’s and the others I’ve seen have a standard straight vertical arrangement … Apparently no difference in action?

Keep up the great work! Feedin’ the need!



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Mike Long on October 13, 2012 7:43 am

Thanks Tim, yes the V-Hinge is the new production hinge, not sure if Rago is gonna sell the other style, but will ask.

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