Product Review : Musky Innovations Shallow Invader

Product Review : Musky Innovations Shallow Invader
Date: 10/23/2015
Product type: Shallow Invader
Manufacturer: Musky Innovations
Reviewer: Alex Meletis



Shallow Invader

Shallow Invader




When I am guiding for Northern Pike in North Western Ontario or back in my home waters in southern Ontario chasing Muskies I have one rule, there is no way I’m leaving my cabin or house without a Musky Innovations Shallow Invader and big brother the 13 inch Magnum Shallow Invader in my arsenal. The hard plastic body and soft plastic tail design paired with the UV Reflex creates a realistic look and swimming action that is unmatched. I have been chasing Essox for many years and have yet to come across a bait that out fishes the Shallow Invader. Not only do they catch fish after fish but the quality is fantastic. The best part is once the tail has been completely destroyed and is past repairing, Musky innovations sales replacement tails. Trolling or casting the Shallow Invader produced results in all conditions. With an assortment of colors available including custom colors, UV colors and regular colors there shortage of finding a color or colors that will be superior on the system you are fishing. Truly a must have lure in your tackle box.




(insert Product name) Specifications
Type Shallow Invader
Length 9”
Weight 2oz
Material Soft plasic tail hard body
Hooks Mustad 3/0 Wide Gap
Colors UV White Fish
Origin Cleveland,WI
MSRP  18.99 USD



Quality Ratings for (Shallow Invader)
Finish(1-5) Level of Detail(1-5) Hardware(1-5) Craftsmanship(1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 4 5 19 20 9


Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis


The performance of the Musky Innovations Shallow Invader is unmatched. With its low profile body and swim action, these baits tend to drawn in more fish than any other bait I have used. The jerk pause or straight retrieve when casting allows the bait to swim naturally and not tangle which results in more well-presented and naturally presented casts over fowl ups. Trolling while long lining 60-70 ft of line at 2-3 MPH or 10-15ft of line out in the prop wash behind the boat at 4-6 MPH, I have never experienced any blow outs. The balance of the bait is perfect. After multiple fish the bait keeps the original swim action with no altercations to the bill, tail, body or through wire eyelets.



Performance Ratings (Shallow Invader)
Castability(1-5) Ease of Use(1-5) Quality of Action (1-5) Position at Rest (1-5) Durability (1-5) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 5 4 24 25 6



Key features of the Muskie Innovations Shallow Invader are its performance in the water and its ability to have tail repairers multiple times and still keep its original action. This is crucial when on the water because you may have only a few of the key patterns that seem to draw the big girls to the boat that with you. There are tons of baits that once they have cracked etc.. Loose their ability to perform the same action as previous to their destruction. The through wire features gives you durability and confidence that by eliminating screw eyes nothing can get loose resulting in loss of fish. The UV design which Musky Innovations has also carried through most of their line of lures, allows the bait to be presented more naturally in the water. We cannot see UV light but fish can. Penetrating the water bait fish naturally reflects UV light and when added to a bait the lures attracts more fish to commit rather than just follow.



Feature /Design   Ratings (insert product name)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 5 5 3 18 18 10




I use Shallow Invaders from season open to season close. Because these baits can be casted or trolled you can speed or slow your retrieve depending on the energy level of the game fish and while “matching the hatch”. Early season to mid-season I tend to have a faster retrieve (less pauses faster figure eights) then later in the season where my retrieve slows down adding more pauses when casting the Shallow Invader results in more fish netted. When trolling a weed edge in slow water (6-12ft) I find these baits are most effective when speed trolling 4-6 MPH with 10-15 FT of line out. When fishing a deep rock pile or point (12-30ft) I find these baits do best when long lining trolling.



(Shallow Invader) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality 8
Performance 10
Price 8
Features 10
Design (Ergonomics) 10
Application 10
Total Score 56
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  



All Musky Innovations baits are amazing! Definitely a go to bait when targeting Northern Pike in North Western Ontario Also a deadly bait when targeting Muskie from early season into late. The Mag and regular Shallow Invader has a multi-use feature, by this I mean it can be casted or trolled. One of the best features of this bait is the swimming action. When casting it can be straight retrieved or used as a jerk bait. Because of the profile/weight ratio the bait will stay up right when paused in the water column allowing a hang time for a Essox predator to take advantage of the moment. Trolling this bait can be right in the prop wash or long lined with no blow outs. The UV Reflex colors allow fish to see this bait naturally as bait fish reflect UV light which fish can see. I would recommend this bait to all anglers starting out or who have not yet tried Shallow Invaders.


Exist To Fish Canada Author: Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Writer Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Writer Alex Meletis


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