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MS Slammer Lure Review

Blog by: Scott Brands , Colorado 8/16/2017
I wanted to do a quick review on a new bait Iíve been throwing this summer. This bait is called the Mike Shaw (MS) Slammer. I have written reviews on similar wakebaits in the past and wanted to share this one with you all as well after using it for about a month. The MS Slammer comes in a few different sizes as well as patterns. Although I have heard really good things about the MS Mini Slammer I have only fished with the 9 inch single jointed slammer in ďBlack BeautyĒ. 

I have only been using this bait in low light periods taking advantage of the cooler weather and when larger bass are most active. The way I have been catching most fish is casting parallel to the bank where shallow water starts to drop into deeper water and with a slow and steady retrieve. Some nights I will pause the bait and twitch my rod tip to get a ďwalk the dogĒ motion out of the bait which can attract a few bites. However, I usually use this technique after a fish blows up on the lure without getting hold of it. Twitch it a few times in place and they will often come back up and blast it!

The 9 inch slammer weighs in at 2.4 oz. I throw it on a heavy power moderate action rod. After talking to a few people who know a lot more about trophy bass fishing than me, I have actually gone with throwing this bait on 50 pound braid with a 15 pound fluorocarbon leader. Traditionally fluorocarbon with a top water is a no no, but with the size of this bait it will not be affected by the fluorocarbon and you may end up picking up a couple extra hits or get that bigger more finicky fish to strike. However, fishing is all about confidence so choose whichever line you prefer as they will all work with this lure.

The MS Slammer is not a cheap lure by any means costing $64.99 for the 9 inch model, but if you are interested in night fishing for large bass then itís worth the price tag. They are available on Tackle Warehouse or you can contact Mike Shaw directly through his website at

Tight Lines!

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Blog Comments
esoxrocks, CO   8/16/2017 2:45:20 PM
Well at least itís not one of those stupid-expensive Roman Made lures that cost $400. Still $64 is 2-3 times more expensive than a well made Big Fork, Drifter or Bucher lure..but I guess if it gives the angler confidence then, hey, itís not my money!
JKaboom, CO   8/16/2017 5:27:59 PM
Nice review, thank you :)
pikeNcolorado, CO   8/17/2017 7:40:39 AM
Sounds like one hell of a good time.... Big topwater baits getting smashed, count me in.
LastKast2010, CO   8/21/2017 11:07:42 AM
nice review. MS Slammers have been a main stay for swimbait guys for years. There was another... i would call the original, called a TNT out of Lake Casitas.