Berkley Havoc Skeet's Sick Fish Swimbait - $2.49
Bassmaster Elite Series veteran pro and 2009 Bassmaster Classic Champion, Skeet Reese, spent a considerable amount of time designing and perfecting the new Berkley Havoc Skeet's Sick Fish Swimbait. Featuring anatomically correct fins and a profile designed to mimic any number of forage fish, the soft, full bodied Havoc Sick Fish has an incredibly lifelike swimming action at both fast and slow retrieves thanks to its unique tail design. Rig it weedless on a weighted or unweighted EWG hook, on a jig head, or even on an umbrella rig, the Berkley Havoc Skeet's Sick Fish is destined to be a classic.
Comments: The trash fish is softer yes, but let me fill yall in on a secret!!! Boil so water, stick this bait in up to the dorsal fish for about 75 seconds!! $$$ folks
From: Chris: Oregon
Comments: threw em out.. Im sure they catch fish, I just dont like them; too stiff for me, not too versatile in terms of wanting to burn of slow roll only an in between.
From: Brett: NY
Comments: Kind of disappointed with this bait. The action is pretty good but the quality is garbage. Its so cheap for a reason. i was rigging it with a owners belly waited hook and while i was twisting the head, both eyes came out and the paint started fallling off. in my mind, not really worth it
From: Jeremy: bay area, CA
Comments: Pike love um. And I have caught as many as 5 of the toothy jerks on one bait........that's durability. They swim at slow speeds fine for me, I can't wait to see how bass like them when the water warms up.
From: Basswipe: Meatwads pond
Comments: Why the hate, this bait is cool for the price, some people can't buy the high end baits fish with what you can.. Know the bait is great swims good cast like a rock and can cover alot of water a depths, caught 3bass 4lbs swimming around a bridge 10- 15feet...
From: M: Fresno, CA
Comments: Thrown this bait enough to come up with applications I like it for. A-rigs and on a weighted EWG fished fast. If you try to slow roll it like the Trash Fish, it will barely kick and the head wobble is almost nothing. Didnt swim on a swimjig worth a damn, and its OK on a bigger chatterbait. I love the price, the colors are somewhat decent, but the bait needs to be about twice at soft. As is, its durability is the same reason it cant swim.
Comments: Disclaimer: ACTUAL REVIEW. Not complaining about a knockoff. Anyway, is it really a knockoff if all things considered (price) it's a better value?
Good Bait. Don't know how people can say they have a bad action, try a different hook or something. Not a trash fish, but also not $16 a pack. I'll take the hit on action and softness for the price difference. They seem more durable too. I've had a few take a decent pike hit and a few drops of glue later be back in the action. For the money, they can't be beat. Swamp Gas is my favorite color, but it looks nothing like the picture here. The actual bait reminds me of a pale, sick, washed out rainbow trout, which is perfect for where I use them. Give them a chance. If you're on here buying, whats $3 to try them? You'll be back for more next time. Then maybe we can get a few more actual reviews.
From: Joe: NY
Comments: Better hook ups if you slit the belly on this bait. EWG weighted hooks or, Owner weighted twistlocks can then be easily rigged to the bait with the belly of the bait opened up. Fishing it as a jerk bait has been most effective for me.
From: Johnny: TX
Comments: This is my 1st experience with this bait, haven't use the other (Original) so I have nothing to compare it to. I rigged this bait on a 4/0 vmc swimbait hook. There wasn't much space for hook point exposure but I've found out that didn't matter. I haven't lost any fish yet. Caught my 1st fish within 20 casts. Caught fish everyday Ive used it and I haven't used it that much but Ive caught 6 total. My biggest fish so far was 4lbs 4oz. The bait doesn't have much body movement, slight wobble but the tail does move quite a bit. I haven't cut the top fin off yet as they said to in the vids, I will soon. The bait has been extremely durable and still looks almost new. I'll buy some other colors and buy a few packs to try on my Yumbrella. Overall Im satisfied with the purchase, it was cheap and it seems it would give me a pretty decent bag limit on a good lake.
From: William: South Florida
Comments: 3" is small hard to find a way to rig took a small wacky worm weighted hook and nose hooked it and also rigged it on a drop shot and caught fish, any other way it either tore it up or swam sideways.
From: Chad: GALLION, AL, US
Comments: this thing is beastly nuff said
Comments: Not a good swimbait in my mind, terrible action. I throw the Yum $ Minnow alot and guess I tend to compare everything else to it but was not happy at all with this bait. Save your $ and look elsewhere.
From: Jeret: FWB, FL, US
Comments: I was looking for a review not a bunch of bashing!!!!
From: Chad: IN
Comments: Ok bait. Not comparable with the Trash Fish but you get what you pay for. Mines smell a mix of plastic and glue. Awful. Will keep them in garlic salts to disperse the bad odor.
From: Pat: Montreal, Canada
Comments: caught my first bass on this sucker today. small but it did the job. fish for about 15-20 min and hooked on a lmb. had it chase a few time and as I let it sit the bass just looked at it. it took it when I popped it.
Comments: Bait sucks skin color peeled off before even hitting the water. Waste of money.
Comments: "Andy" from Houma, Loooziana is correct...the "Swamp Gas" colorway doesn't have red eyes and rly looks nothing like pic. It's actually a great color. A light white/offwhite/cream w/ a few multi-colored glitter specs and a very light subtle green on top...a good rainbow trout imitation for sure. A nice color for clear water.
From: Tanner: MA
Comments: Hook sizes and rigging: Owner Beast 4/0 for 4.5 inch Berkley Sick Fish and Owner Beast 6/0 for 5.5 inch Berkley Sick Fish. Also works great rigged on Chatterbait, Spinner bait, Swim Jig, Alabama Rig.
Comments: Not sure what to think yet, only fished them in cold water and action is sub par at best. Have not caught anything yet, they seem durable and I am sure you can catch a handful of fish on them. If you like to slow roll a swim bait this is probably not the one to do it with. Threw on a keitech right after and there is just no comparison in action.
From: Brett: KY
Comments: These things blow. Don't waste your money.
From: Derek: CA
Comments: The Creeper Trash Fish are no doubt great baits but the MASSIVE price difference makes these an easy choice. Not QUITE as a soft as trash fish but still very soft by Berkley/machine standards. Arguably better detailing, better colors. Better durability...2.99 is a very fair price. The 3" are tiny, they'd be great little drop shot baits but there's a huge jump from 4" to the 3"...looks like less than half the size. The 4" seem a lil bigger too like 4.5". Fish these things just about any way you can think of...even try nose-hooking them and using them as a much more realistic, more enticing, action-packed, weightless soft jerkbait. The 4" is a GREAT size for A-Rigs, Chatterbaits for big fish, swim jigs, or just on a swimbait hook alone. I'd definitely treble rig it along w/ a monster weighted swimbait hook because there is no belly slit and u'd need one SERIOUSLY WIIIDE gap hook to have a good hook-up ratio.
From: Tanner: Southeastern, Massachusetts
Comments: No Red Eyes like in pic of the swamp gas color
From: Andy: Houma, LA
Comments: Picked up a few packs to test out. It wont replace a trash fish. The plastic is too hard to slllloooooowwww roll like you can the trash fish. Where it does well is applications where the bait isnt the stand alone. Swim jigs, chatterbaits, and A rigs are a good fit here. Things you dont want to burn $6 a trailer on.
Comments: Gave the Sick Fish it's first test run last week. Fishing them on a belly weighted swimbait hook with a stinger treble on the belly. I landed over a dozen largemouth, 2 white bass, and a channel cat, all on the same bait. The only damage was a few scratches and both eyes are gone but the bait is still very functional. This was without using any Mend It or glue. Bait had great swimming action at the slowest retrieve speed. Very excited that they're coming out with bigger sizes.
From: Clayton: Gardner, KS
Comments: for 2.99 and all these great color, they are so worth it.
From: B: NC
Comments: Just got these baits. Awesome action and i love the colors. I would like to see more colors. EWG Weighted hooks work best. Nice to see Benno from Little Creeper Bait clarify the haters. Too many reviews on TW with people u have never wet a line.
From: Kev: Keystone State
Comments: These sick fishes are really sick. This things work just like the trash fish and they are amazingly cheap. People can hate all they want but they'll still secretly buy this fish because its cheaper
From: Master Yoshi: Beijing, China
Comments: i was lucky enough to get my hands on these before they were released they are nothing like what you guys say they are no where near the little creepers!!!!!! little creepers are alot better but these are decent i have found them better on jig heads then anything else but its alot of tail and no body preetty decent good for storking swimbaits!!!!!!!!!!
Comments: I don't see the problem, when Berkley provides more cheaper lures for guys and same action, the other creepers sells them but twice as much and looked stocked up which tells me that they are over expensive for just plastic lure. I bought many different plastics lures and spent a lot of money but the price of these is awesome and don't really care if they are knock off to other baits. If they made this design in glup sick fish then guys and girls would kiss skeet for winning lure every guy would love. Just little improvements would go alone way for making this lure better.
From: Alex: KS
Comments: Typical Berkley knock off. Not soft enough to swim at crawling speeds, crappy colors, and the gall to claim it as their own. Buy the original, support a local company that makes a superior product. Good swimbaits aren't for those with lint pockets. $8 a bait is miniscule in comparison to what many guy will spend for a Roman Made or custom hard bait. Like the beaver, fish the Trash Fish and support innovators not copiers.
Comments: I aquired some of these from the berkley rep and all I can say is they might not be quite the hand poured colors but they last a lot longer/more fish per bait and are affordable. I can stock my box with enough baits to not have to worry about running out during a tournament
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