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Hi all,

Just a fun review of the Reef Runner Cicada lures. https://www.cabelas.com/product/Reef-Runner-Cicada/739634.uts .

I picked up a 1/4 oz one of these in Silver a few months ago and have been loving it! I have caught a few white bass, and lots of Rainbow trout on it. My favorite thing about the lure is the way it fishes. It has such a unique action and feel that you immediately know when you are dragging weeds, or something else is off. It works well on a strait retrieve, stop and go, and I have even had some luck vertical jigging them. One thing is for this lure you should use a snap swivel.

The only con I have with this lure is my hook-up ratio. I have been getting a ton of strikes, but the damn fish seem to get off the hook more than when they hit other metal I chuck at them.

Still I think it is a fun lure, and I will be trying some this Ice season as well.

Tight lines!
 

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Blades are almost all I throw anymore for anything. braid or Nano on a medium rod really helps hook up ratio.
 

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The cicadia comes with double hooks-change them out for split rings and trebles and you will hook more fish-you will also snag more often.
 

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Blades are almost all I throw anymore for anything. braid or Nano on a medium rod really helps hook up ratio.
Thanks for the advice about Braid. I have a 7 foot medium action Ugly Stick spooled up with 20 pound braid. I set that up with the intention of Laker fishing this fall. Will try tossing the Cicada on it.
 

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nope there strictly an open water bait, not really meant for vertical jigging,youd be better off with a spoon designed for that. am I right mike?
 

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somebody forgot to tell various colorado gamefish that vertical jigging blades doesnt work for them...
 

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The cicadia comes with double hooks-change them out for split rings and trebles and you will hook more fish-you will also snag more often.
Thank you so much for the note.
Have a nice day all !
 

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The cicadia comes with double hooks-change them out for split rings and trebles and you will hook more fish-you will also snag more often.
Why not buy blade baits with trebles already on them?:eek:
 

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a couple downfalls of most blade baits are the trebles and the snaps. Real cheap hooks. Real cheap snaps. Most people can confirm that when you hook a large fish the trebles get trashed and I've also had the snaps break. Another problem is the size of the trebles. They like to hang up on themselves..especially when dropped on too slack of line or when allowed to set on the bottom.

Solution...downsize the hooks by one size with better hooks. They are split leg trebles ..so it's very easy to do. They won't hook each other anymore. And while you're at it, it's cheap to upgrade the snap. I've had the snaps completely pull apart.
 

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I tried the BfishN blades because they were $1.20 cheaper than the BPS Lazer:

https://customjigs.com/products/b3-blade-bait.html

I decided they weren't worth the savings. The only bennie is the "built in" treble tends to get caught less on itself than Lazers and a lot less than Thinfishers.

The downside is they are not as shiny as Lazers or Thinfishers and you can't change or replace the hook if you break one.

I have one comment to the original poster: how can Cicadas be one of your new favorite baits if it doesn't keep them hooked for you?? I have fished Cicadas in the past and they snag less on themselves but I haven't had the success with them as I have with other blades.

Hopefully Slayers and Hobies tips will help your hook up rate. Solid advice and maybe a little tighter drag.
 
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