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Unfair Lures "Rip-n-Slash"

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Unfair Lures Rip-n-Slash

Lure Make & Model

Use:
Saltwater
Lure type:
MSRP ($):
8.99

Kayak anglers looking for the perfect search bait need look no further than the Unfair Lures "Rip-n-Slash". With 3D Gill's and carefully selected holographic tones the Rip-n-Slash will cause any saltwater or freshwater species to crush it. Eagle Claw Lazer Sharp hooks and swivel will keep that trophy fish pinned to your lure.

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3 reviews

Overall rating 
 
4.8
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0  (3)
Durability 
 
5.0  (3)
Versatility 
 
4.7  (3)
Value 
 
4.7  (3)
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Rip N everything up!

Is there anyone who doesn't know I'm a huge fan of the Rip N' Slash? This has become my absolute go-to bait if i can at all throw a plug. The whole Unfair line carries a handful of patents including the ones that are my favorites--the horizontal line loop, and the PvR hooks. The horizontal line loop (with the swivel), keeps the lure from running right or left. No more 'tuning' a lure to run straight. The reverse barb PvR hooks are also patented, and stick like velcro to anything they touch. I prefer the 70mm in pearl white or gold, but I've had great success with nearly every color i've tied on. The color that looks like a baby peacock bass (orange belly) is a KILLER at the spillways for snook. The 90mm is a great choice for throwing at big redfish or snook.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Innovations, value
Cons:
Too many people know the secret now!
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0

Truly Unfair

Florida is no stranger to Paul van Reenen's Unfair Lures but folks around the country are starting to discover these baits. Paul's Rip N Slash is perhaps his most popular. Demand is greater than supply so I had to wait almost a month for a new production to come off of the line. That might have been lucky. It could have been longer.

Last week I was able to put the lures to the test in some less than ideal conditions (wind, muddy water and a temperature drop) on the Texas Coastal Bend. Here is the verdict.

THE GOOD

The Rip N Slash comes in several colors to meet the conditions. I chose a black and gold, chartreuse pearl and black backed color schemes to try to give as wide of an array as possible without having to buy each color. At around $8 each, the bait is priced right with other slash baits on the market and has better finish out detailing. The red frilled gills and large eye stands out on these baits. Add in the rattles inside and you can definitely get their attention. The Suspending Rip N Slash pulls through grass like a champ and didn't hug the shell bottoms like some other baits. Even in three feet of water it suspended like it is supposed to. I could cover a lot of water very quickly with the bait and the flash was pretty good even in the stained water.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

The supply for this bait needs to be ramped up. Demand is growing as people across the country are finding the bait and what it can do for them. The Rip N Slash is currently made overseas. I would love to see production moved back to the United States. Currently it is available in the 70 model. A 90 is in the works (90mm) which will be nice for some variety for when conditions call for something else. Expansion into Texas would be nice as well. Tackle Town in Rockport would be a good start.

Florida is no stranger to Paul van Reenen's Unfair Lures but folks around the country are starting to discover these baits. Paul's Rip N Slash is perhaps his most popular. Demand is greater than supply so I had to wait almost a month for a new production to come off of the line. That might have been lucky. It could have been longer.

Last week I was able to put the lures to the test in some less than ideal conditions (wind, muddy water and a temperature drop) on the Texas Coastal Bend. Here is the verdict.

THE GOOD

The Rip N Slash comes in several colors to meet the conditions. I chose a black and gold, chartreuse pearl and black backed color schemes to try to give as wide of an array as possible without having to buy each color. At around $8 each, the bait is priced right with other slash baits on the market and has better finish out detailing. The red frilled gills and large eye stands out on these baits. Add in the rattles inside and you can definitely get their attention. The Suspending Rip N Slash pulls through grass like a champ and didn't hug the shell bottoms like some other baits. Even in three feet of water it suspended like it is supposed to. I could cover a lot of water very quickly with the bait and the flash was pretty good even in the stained water.

NEEDS IMPROVEMENT

The supply for this bait needs to be ramped up. Demand is growing as people across the country are finding the bait and what it can do for them. The Rip N Slash is currently made overseas. I would love to see production moved back to the United States. Currently it is available in the 70 model. A 90 is in the works (90mm) which will be nice for some variety for when conditions call for something else. Expansion into Texas would be nice as well. Tackle Town in Rockport would be a good start.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you are fishing along the Gulf Coast this summer, the Unfair Lures Rip N Slash is an additional bait that will put fish in the boat. If you'd like to check them out or order some see the folks at Treasure Coast Tackle. Online orders (when the bait is in stock) are processed very quickly and ship out without delays. Their site also tells you when something is unavailable so you don't waste your time. If you'd like to save a little money, Treasure Coast Tackle gave me a code you can use as well. Enter TEXAS7 at checkout.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
works in many conditions
Cons:
limited supply
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Overall rating 
 
5.0
Craftsmanship 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Versatility 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Unfair is OK with me !!!

I am impressed with all the Unfair Lures I have and this one is no exception. I have caught Mackerel, Trout, Redfish, Bluefish and even some Flounder on it. I use the 70mm size in Pear/Black. I like casting near the Grass line and retrieving at a medium speed. I also like casting over a hole at the mouth of a feeder creek and retrieving a little slower. Both methods produce hits. The hooks are sharp so you don't need to overset the lire on a strike. I find the finish is lifelike and has handled repeated hits from toothy fish.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Well made, Runs true, Life like appearance and action
Cons:
None
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