13 Glidesdale Glide Fishing Bait Review

Sliding bait fishing has made a big push in recent years to become a more mainstream technique. A bait that many of us across the country for decades relegated to just the West Coast, now seems to be popping up more and more in the Midwest, Southeast and even north of the Mason-Dixon.

There have been two main contributors to this rise in popularity, in my opinion. The first is the intentional effort made by tournament anglers like Brandon Palaniuk, Carl Jocumsen and Chris Zaldain to incorporate these bigger baits into their arsenal when competing in tournaments on some of the sport’s biggest stages.

Second, the increased availability of high-quality, mass-produced gliding baits sold at reasonable prices. Today we are going to review one of these quality gliding lures, the 13 Glidesdale Glide Fishing Baits.

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A great gliding bait for your money

Just a few years ago, a quality gliding lure cost several hundred dollars; there were no mass-produced gliding baits. Even when a few companies started toying with the idea of ​​mass-producing slip bait, the first to hit the market paled in performance compared to those old, blood-blue wooden plugs.

But now there are several quality gliding baits available at reasonable prices. That’s definitely the demographic I’d say the Glidesdale falls into. For just under $20, 13 Fishing has put together a very solid overall product with great action and solid components. A solid bait to try if you are interested in getting into the drag bait game and one that I would challenge some of the wooden handmade drag bait aficionados to put to the test.

bass fishing gliding bait in water

For starters, let’s talk about the Glidesdale action. On a simple retrieve, you can easily keep this bait just below the surface to create a wake, or let it slide in the water column from a few inches to a few feet if desired. During this slow and steady retrieve, the bait will swim back and forth in a fairly tight S-pattern.

If you start adding a bit of stop-and-go to your retrieve, you’ll generate those wider drifts that a dragged bait is known for. You can add this action by jerking the tip of your rod, but it’s much easier to do this by simply starting and stopping your reel handle. When you pause your retrieve, the bait sails left or right and when you restart it, the jerky motion of your line starting to move again will send the bait sliding in the opposite direction, creating a dog-walking action. .

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Hooks and split rings

gliding bait for bass fishing

The gear that 13 Fishing used for the Glidesdale is top notch. With sturdy hook hangers, thick split rings and large #1 round bend trebles, the Glidesdale has everything it needs to haul a big one to the boat. Round bend hooks are a good choice for this bait because the round bend provides a wider space between the hook tip and the hook shank compared to other trebles. This is important because most fish swing on a slid bait and don’t really eat the whole thing. Round-bend hooks give you the best chance of connecting with a bass that glides like this.

I really like the oval split ring on the front of the bait. Adding a split ring here gives the bait an extra point of articulation to allow for maximum action versus tying a knot directly to the eye. The oval shape of this particular split ring is really nice; Oval split rings are better than round rings because your knot stays in the bend of the split ring and won’t run into the sharp end of the ring wire. With round split rings, the knot often makes its way to where the ring joins and the sharp end of the thread can damage a knot.

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Profile and tail

bass eats dragged bait

The Glidesdale has an exceptional size and profile. At 6.6 inches long and 2 1/2 ounces, this bait is a big bait you can bombard but not a massive bait. It is large enough to attract the attention of a bass but still small enough to represent a wide range of baitfish and not pose a threat to a bass. The top and bottom fin really break up the otherwise streamlined design of the Glidesdale and make it look good in the water.

I was particularly impressed with the tail end of the Glidesdale. With many gliding baits, even expensive ones, tails can be easily torn, lost, bent, or otherwise damaged. This has a big impact on the overall appearance and action of the bait and usually requires a replacement tail to make the bait effective again. The 13 Fishing material went with this tail is flexible yet super durable. Although I stored this bait incorrectly several times and took it out to find the tail was bent incorrectly, after setting the bait for a little while I found that the tail had regained its shape. ‘origin. Everytime.

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Color selection and final reflections

glide bait colors

There are four color choices in the Glidesdale: Rusty Bream (seen here), Rainbow Trout, Goldilocks and Clear Perch. These options give anglers a choice of colors to mimic many of the large prey that bass frequently prey on, sunfish, trout, golden minnow and perch respectively. This covers a fairly wide range and the one color I would like to see added in particular would be a paler shad mimic for Tennessee River type fisheries which would work well to mimic big shad in stained water.

But overall the 13 Fishing Glidesdale Glide Bait is a fantastic lure that I had a lot of fun testing. The bait gives the angler a lot for their money at just $19.99. There is a small but solid supply of color choices and the quality components used to make this bait have created a durable lure that can carry the big ones to the boat or the bank for years to come. I’m really impressed with this one.

The 13 Fishing Glidesdale Glide Bait is available at TackleWarehouse.com.