Gear Review: Yo-Zuri Knucklebait

What is it?

Yo-Zuri Knucklebait

What sets it apart?

Don’t mistake this one for a spinnerbait; quite the contrary, Yo-Zuri’s extensive R&D effort has yielded something truly unique. Taking the general spinnerbait form (lead head, vinyl skirt, stout hook and metal arm), Yo-Zuri replaces metal blades with a single flat-bottom sphere, which produces an erratic wobbling action, much like a pitcher’s knuckleball. With a more aerodynamic form than a traditional spinnerbait (single ball yields less wind drag than blades), the Knucklebait boasts great casting distance and accuracy.

How do I use it?

A painted Sound Ball model rattles for attention-getting presentations in dirty water, while the 3D Prism Ball emits enticing flash. Weighing a half ounce and sporting a proprietary round bend black nickel hook, this bait comes in seven colors. The knucklebait is ideal for ripping through underwater vegetation, slow rolling along the bottom, bumping off of structure and waking or burning across the surface. In grass or around laydowns, killing the bait lets it flutter down to the bottom, where the bait will stand up motionless in jig-like form.

How much?


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Yo-Zuri Knucklebait

Angler’s insight:

Unlike a spinnerbait, killing the knucklebait doesn’t kill the presentation. That means you can easily shift gears from a reeling presentation to a drop-and-hop kinda deal (maybe a good bet for a missed strike?). I’m thinking the Knucklebait will actually make a good followup bait for spinnerbaits — either converting lookers into biters, or mopping up a few more, once those blades wear out their welcome. Also, during shad spawns and the fall feeding fest, the prism model should prove effective at drawing attention with an eye-catching form.