Product Review: River Run Tackle Original Manta

Product Review: River Run Tackle Original Manta
Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

Date: 12/4/2015
Product type: Jerk bait (Manta)
Manufacturer: River Run Tackle
Reviewer: Alex Meletis

 

 

River Run Tackles Original Manta

River Run Tackles Original Manta

 

 

Introduction:

One of the best glide bait action jerk baits I have used. With its symmetrically side to side action all big essox cannot resist the Manta. Its profile and plastic bill like tail allows the bait to preform like an injured bait fish subsurface. The realistic patterns available through River Run Tackle are no basement paint job. Adding the realistic patterns and action of the Manta I would highly recommend this bait to all essox anglers. When casted you can straight retrieve this bait giving it a swim side to side action or a jerk pause retrieve giving a more injured fish profile. Well-constructed, these baits do not give up and will endure tons of action.

 

river run tackle

river run tackle

(The Original Manta) Specifications
Type Jerk bait-manta
Length 8”
Weight 3.5oz
Material Wood
Hooks Mustad
Colors Lac Seul Perch
Origin  USA
MSRP  21.99 USD

 

 

Quality/Construction:

Overall quality of the Manta is good. Well-constructed to take on any fish that dares to chew it, these baits last. The only thing I would change is a wire through construction of its eyelets rather than screw eyes. I also up grade my hooks to VMC or Gorilla 4X because I find Mustad’s tend to snap and bend.

Quality Ratings for (The Original Manta)
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 7

 

 

Performance:

The performance of the River Run Manta is excellent. Because it’s well design the bait stays up right when paused in its side to side action showing that it is properly balanced and adding to the realistic factor.

 

 

Performance Ratings (The Original Manta)
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 4 5 4 23 25 6

 

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis

Features/Design:

Key features of this bait would be its well-constructed and durable profile, creating a fantastic side to side action when used as a jerk bait. The design aspect of this bait goes to its profile shape and well balanced body also adding to the jerk bait aspect but also to its realistic presentation in the water column.

 

Feature /Design   Ratings (The Original Manta)
  Consistency(1-5) Weight(1-5) Realism (1-5) Range of sizes (1-3) Total Possible Rating (10 being highest )
5 4 4 2 15 18 7

 

 

Application: 

I use jerk baits all season long. I find the Manta from River Run Tackle is most effective later in the season when you need to slow things down. Lakes and River systems are both idea setting for this bait. When fishing in current waters, the Manta can be straight retrieved and in slower water or none current water fishing a rock bet or weed edge in a lake system I like to use this bait as a jerk bait with a side to side presentation.

 

 

(The Original Manta) Collective Final Rating
Construction/Quality   10
Performance   7
Price   5
Features   6
Design (Ergonomics)   6
Application   7
Total Score 41
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = MUST HAVE  

 

Conclusion:

 Great Bait! This glide bait has a great side to side action that is irresistible. Well-constructed and durable enough that multiple fish will not drastically alter the action of the bait.

 

 

Exist To Fish Canada Writer Alex Meletis

Exist To Fish Canada Author Alex Meletis

 

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