This is the popular 10" version of the Smash Bait known as the Infant Smash Bait.
The Infant Smash Bait has been a very difficult lure to find although an extremely in-demand size of Erik's most famous lure. These will be great on a variety of Billfish species and more applicable for all fisheries, especially where smaller baits are more heavily utilized.
Here is Erik Rusnak on his legendary Smash Bait lure:
"The Smash Bait is the largest of the legendary Kona tube style lure design. Shaped with a steep angled or bevel face with softened rails and slight taper, this design creates some serious distress behind the boat. The heads are belly weighted and inclusions of large polished mirrors make it impossible to resist. The Smash Bait earned it’s name in the blue waters of Hawaii and gained a reputation for big fish around the world. This design is responsible for countless giant billfish captures and has become a standard choice for tournament and heavy tackle experts world wide. Aggressive, turbulent and wounded best describe the swimming action of this trolling head. A fantastic teaser or hook rigged trolling lure for heavy tackle and big fish.
Fishes best from a corner position and prefers moderate to calm conditions.
Trust the Smash Bait to light up your spread!"
While Tube shapes are traditionally best in calm waters due to their flat face, the slight taper that exists on the Smash Bait actually allows the lure to hold in way better than other tube shaped lures that blow out in rougher seas. They have been extremely productive in some of the roughest waters you can find such as the Australian reef where they are targeting big Blacks.
Here is Capt. Chris Donato of Grandermarlin Sportfishing with his personal review and tips on the Smash Bait:
Here is the full explanation behind our category rankings on the Smash Bait:
BOM Skirt Size 502
Head Weight: 5oz
Head Length: 2.6"
**This is the non-rattle version.**
Insert: Mirrored-Purple Rainbow Back
Resin Color: Purple
Eye Pattern: Red Eyes