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#11793958 - 08/24/16 07:15 AM H2O lures and gear
CoyAintNoGoldFish Offline
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Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 173
Loc: The Colony, TX
I've bought a few things from Academy. Mostly just their rods. Have yall found any of their lures or other gear that is worth buying over name brand stuff? How do their lures run?
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#11793960 - 08/24/16 07:17 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
TBassYates Offline
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Registered: 12/21/01
Posts: 6113
Loc: Scurry, Tx - S/E of Dallas
I know their H20 small frog baits are really good.
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#11793971 - 08/24/16 07:24 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
dreamweaver96 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/16
Posts: 96
I bought a few of their crankbaits both square bill and the 7-8 ft divers. They seem to be okay but I can't bring myself throw them when I have better ones right next to them.

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#11793975 - 08/24/16 07:25 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
Lucky Al Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/17/04
Posts: 2362
Loc: Rio Grande Valley
The squarebill crankbaits are good. I hate to buy any Shina stuff, but they are up to speed, and a lot cheaper than the highly promoted stuff by the pros.(but I have some of that too!)

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#11793976 - 08/24/16 07:25 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
bassmanrudy Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/30/15
Posts: 390
Loc: Bossier City, LA
The H2O cranks/topwaters are Great!! Paint jobs, split rings look like any high dollar lure(they use the oval shaped one in front which is almost a Strike King exclusive or used to be). Hooks are sharp, have heard others swap em out. They run straight and I haven't had any issues with them. Best part is they go on sale like all the time so nothing like getting a lure for $2 that I can't tell a difference from the $12 lure in the box! They have the "8.0" but cheaper and it catches fish. Just saw their version of the "live target sunfish walking bait" for $6!! Threw it yesterday and it looked just like the LT bait in the water!

Picked up some braided line a few days ago but haven't spooled it on yet. Cheaper than other brands for sure. I dunno give em a try!
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#11794002 - 08/24/16 07:45 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
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Registered: 11/06/14
Posts: 5607
Loc: Benbrook, TX
I like their stuff. Their reels are great, and if you swap the rings and hooks on their hard-baits they work better. Although they will catch fish as is.
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#11794020 - 08/24/16 07:58 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
cephusjoe Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 967
I love the square bills and other hard baits. They run true and have good paint on them. I like the hooks, some of the topwater baits have really light hooks but ive never had a fish straighten one out. I change out all the split rings, they seem ok but every knot I tie the kine wants to go in between the split ring. It may not be a big deal some but that drive me insane. Other than the split rings I love the baits.
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#11794114 - 08/24/16 08:47 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
bassmanrudy Offline
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Registered: 01/30/15
Posts: 390
Loc: Bossier City, LA
cephusjoe- man I love the oval ones! almost impossible to tie "in the split". what knot do you use? I try to change out my other lures that have circle ones to the ones with ovals!!
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#11794122 - 08/24/16 08:49 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
bassmanrudy Offline
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Registered: 01/30/15
Posts: 390
Loc: Bossier City, LA
cephusjoe- man I love the oval ones! almost impossible to tie "in the split". what knot do you use? I try to change out my other lures that have circle ones to the ones with ovals!!
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#11794146 - 08/24/16 08:58 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
cephusjoe Offline
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Registered: 04/02/13
Posts: 967
I use a polomar and uni, I like the oval shape. Its just the some of the split rings have gaps in them allowing the knot into the ring.
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#11794325 - 08/24/16 10:38 AM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
Fishingking Offline
Angler

Registered: 12/11/13
Posts: 369
Only use one color of their crankbait. Tremendous success with it. They have stopped making it so I have found some from another source and bought as many as I could.

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#11794466 - 08/24/16 12:10 PM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
Big Swimbait Online   content
Angler

Registered: 02/01/14
Posts: 381
Loc: Irving
The small sunfish swimbaits work well also. They come with VMC hooks but I change them to Gammy's.

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#11794552 - 08/24/16 01:08 PM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
starclan Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 09/02/14
Posts: 125
Loc: Granbury, TX
I use the H2O square bills, crank baits and lipless crank baits. They run true and are reasonably prices. Try the diamond dust which is an all around great color.

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#11794754 - 08/24/16 02:49 PM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
Insurance man Offline
Angler

Registered: 03/12/14
Posts: 396
Loc: Texas
Rods and baits are great. Heck the pop r looking model kicks my Yellow majics butt every time I compare them for a 1/4 of the price.

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#11795038 - 08/24/16 04:45 PM Re: H2O lures and gear [Re: CoyAintNoGoldFish]
Bassalong Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 02/08/05
Posts: 767
Loc: Iowa
I like the CRS+, CRM, and CRS.....But Wait, their stupid web site changed a bunch of their names OR discontinued them. I questioned them about this but I haven't quite sorted it out from their answers yet.

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