- We currently offer five products from Ignite Baits
- Hand Poured Rattling Swimbait
- 5″ ; 3 Pack / $11.99
- 7″ ; 2 Pack / $13.99
- 9″ ; 1 Pack / $15.99
- Hand Poured Frenzy Shad Swimbait
- 5″ ; 3 Pack / $9.99
- 6″ ; 2 Pack / $9.99
- Hand Poured Non-Rattling Swimbait
- 3.5″ ; 5 Pack / $9.99
- Hand Poured Trailer Shad
- 4″ ; 5 Pack / $9.99
- Frenzy Head Swimbait Jig Heads
- 1/2 oz. 6/0 ; 2 Pack / $5.49
- 1 oz. 6/0 ; 2 Pack / $5.49
- 1 oz. 7/0 ; 2 Pack / $5.49
- Hand Poured Rattling Swimbait
General Overview & First Impressions:
- This is a rare case where we wanted to spotlight an entire brand, rather than just a singular product. Ignite Baits is a brand near and dear to our hearts, as they are poured in Owensboro, KY which is no more than 35 miles from our shop.
- There are a few things that set Ignite Baits apart from other hand poured brands on the market. Not the least of which are the impressive color ways they offer. These colors really come to life in the water, akin to some of the multilayered paint jobs you would expect from a Megabass hard bait.
Another noteworthy feature of these baits is the consistency and durability of the the pours. Most of my experience with these baits has been on Lake Michigan, where I’ve used them to target Prespawn Smallmouth Bass in the Spring. I’ve always said that there are no better testing grounds for gear than the great lakes. Not only is Lake Michigan a massive body of water that presents some nasty conditions, but it is absolutely full of pissed off Smallmouth ready to wreck anything that swims past them.
- Smallmouth have much rougher “Teeth” than Largemouth Bass do, so It is commonplace to only get 1-2 fish out of a traditional swimbait/soft plastic before you have to switch out baits. That is hardly the case with Ignite Baits, as I have come to expect something closer to 5-10 fish out of each bait. This is obviously something that your wallet will appreciate, but it is also important if you are on a school of fish and need to get your bait back in the water as soon as possible rather than spend time re-rigging your bait.
- The action on the Rattling and Non-Rattling Hand Poured Swimbait is that of a slow “Rocking” motion, whereas the action of the Frenzy Shad is much tighter like a lipless crank bait. The shape of the Frenzy Shad may look familiar to you, as it is modeled after the original “Fringe” swimbait that has been a Tennessee River staple for years.
- The Hand Poured Trailer Shad is an excellent choice for trailering your favorite spinnerbait or bladed jig. You can leave the tail as is to get a wide action on the back of a spinnerbait or trim the sides down to get a tighter action that closely matches a vibrating jig, such as the Z-Man Jackhammer.
- The Frenzy Jig Head plays a large part in the durability of these baits. The spring lock on the shank of the hook keeps the swimbait locked onto the head and makes it virtually impossible for fish to throw it off.
Applications & Recommended Gear:
- As previously stated, most of my experience with these baits has been on Lake Michigan in the Spring. The Smallmouth I’ve targeted in the past have either had the feedbag strapped on or are setting up shop in their spawning areas and are extremely territorial. The 5″ Rattling Swimbait has been an excellent choice because it presents itself as an easy meal or is big enough that it elicits a territorial “Get the F#%k out of here!” type strike.
- The most popular application on bodies of water closer to home has to be offshore ledge fishing. Local guys love to toss these swimbaits around on a heavy jighead to target deep schools of bass. You can slow roll it, burn it, or violently stroke it like you would a flutter spoon to trigger strikes from these fish.
- Another slept on technique is rigging one of these baits on an Owner Beast Flashy Swimmer or Regular Beast Hook and throwing it around shallow laydowns/grass as you would a spinnerbait.
These baits are the real deal. They look fantastic, are durable, and catch big fish. Give them a try.
Staff Member Brian Dolne with a Chunky Brewster caught on a 5″ Ignite Frenzy Shad
Quint Conlin says
Nice review ! I have been looking at these for a while now , but your review just sealed the deal . Going to try them on the river for Walleye .