- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 31, 2005


The first time I cast Berkley’s new Power Bait Blade Dancer across the narrow end of a friend’s farm pond, closed the reel, and began to retrieve line, the new lure effortlessly rose to the top, zig-zagged enticingly and spread its enticing aroma. It didn’t travel more than 15 feet before a largemouth bass tore into the artificial lure and the fight was on.

The same thing happened on subsequent casts at the pond, and it also delivered the goods last week on the tidal Potomac River.

“The new Power Bait Blade Dancer is like nothing any fish has ever seen before and yet resembles baitfish better than anything previous designers had developed,” says a Berkley press tout. Sure, they all say that, but perhaps Berkley, a division of Pure Fishing in Spirit Lake, Iowa, has something there.

It took the lifelike action and fish-attracting features of favorite artificials — soft plastics, spoons, crankbaits and jigs — rolled them into one and — voila! — the Blade Dancer.

The lure consists of a dished spoon with a hook that rides up, away from snags. Fed onto the hook is a soft plastic body with eyes, fins and detailed markings made of scent-filled Power Bait. It squirms, wiggles and looks very much alive.

You can use it as a topwater lure across the densest milfoil or hydrilla or allow it to drop into openings in spatterdock where it will wobble and undulate during the retrieve, worming its way through stalks and sunken wood. Or you can jig it straight up and down.

My one complaint was hook sharpness. Why can’t tackle companies hire people to ma

ke sure the hooks are sharp? I had to use a small flat-file to hone hook points to razor sharpness. The 3/8-ounce Blade Dancer I used out of the box lost a few fish before I figured out why, but the file provided an easy remedy.

Blade Dancers with spare Power Bait bodies are available in 1/16-ounce, 3/16-ounce, 5/16-ounce and 3/8-ounce weights. When matched to proper line, it casts like a rocket. It’s available in a variety of colors, with a suggested retail price of $4.99.

For more information, visit berkley-fishing.com or call 800/237-5539.

— Gene Mueller

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