MINNETONKA, Minn. — Pop quiz: What can move more water, a cup or a blade? Does the answer seem obvious? Keep that in mind when considering the new Terminator® Shudder Bait and its unique cupped swimming lip.
“There is no other vibrating swim jig on the market that moves nearly as much water as the Terminator Shudder Bait does,” says Bassmaster Elite Pro Series Angler Ott DeFoe. “The amount of vibration this jig puts off is second to none among bladed jigs.”
While a Shudder Bait resembles a bladed jig, Terminator has innovated far beyond that conventional template.
“Most bladed jigs have a really thin, flat metal blade,” DeFoe says. “The Shudder Bait’s ‘blade’ is very different. It’s actually a cupped plastic swimming lip that catches and displaces water ahead of it.”
That innovation imbues the entire bait — including blade, jig head, skirt and soft-plastic trailer — with a unique side-to-side shimmy. The resulting vibrations emulate feeding baitfish, triggering big strikes. “That’s really important when those bass are feeding heavy,” DeFoe says.
The Terminator Shudder Bait’s impressive shimmy and vibration are also important when fishing stained or muddy waters, says Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Angler Dave LeFebre.
“There’s a lot of different bladed jigs, a lot of different styles, but no brand has had one that I felt worked really well in the muddiest of water until I got my hands on these,” LeFebre says. “It’s just got a really, really good thump to it.”
The Terminator Shudder Bait comes in two sizes: 3/8 ounce and 1/2 ounce. “They’re heavy enough that I can make very targeted, low underhand casts with them,” DeFoe says. “It’s not just an open-water, chunk-and-wind bait.”
Armed for heavy combat with big bass, each Terminator Shudder Bait comes equipped with a sticky-sharp premium 5/0 VMC® hook.
“We’ve designed this bait to handle big fish,” DeFoe says. “It’s got really strong components. From its snap to the split ring that attaches the blade to the head, every piece of it is geared toward catching big fish.”
The Shudder Bait features lifelike interchangeable silicone skirts available in nine baitfish patterns, paired with six blade colors: Chartreuse and White Shad (gold blade); Silver Shiner (silver blade); Crawdad (brown blade); Green Pumpkin (green pumpkin blade); Glimmer Blue Shad (clear blade); Nest Robber (brown blade); Dirty Chartreuse Shad (clear blade); Black Blue Purple (black blade) and Texas Craw (black blade).
“The ability to match the blade to the bait is something that you just don’t have with most bladed jigs,” DeFoe says. “And you can have a matte-finish blade that doesn’t have the flash when you don’t want it.”
A stainless-steel soft-plastic keeper ensures an angler’s favorite soft-plastic trailer stays in place, cast after cast. “Having a trailer keeper on the hook extends the life of that trailer and makes more of your casts productive,” DeFoe says. “That stainless-steel keeper ensures the trailer’s going to stay in place where it needs to be.”
Shudder Bait jig heads are purpose-built for bass fishing as well. “It’s got a great head design – it comes through cover extremely well,” DeFoe says. The jigheads – pre-rigged with skirts – come in five colors: white/chartreuse, white black shadow, black, green pumpkin, brown, brown/orange, white/sparkle and chartreuse/black fleck.
“When you think you just can’t get a bite — this is one of those baits that will get you a bite,” LeFebre says.