Gear Review: LiveTarget Commotion Shad

WHAT IS IT?
LiveTarget Commotion Shad

WHAT SETS IT APART?
If a topwater plug and a spinnerbait — two sure-enough big bass baits — had a baby, it might look like the LiveTarget Commotion Shad. Indeed, this innovative design combines the best of both categories with surface dancing and lots of flashy, attention-grabbing racket. Notably, this bait maintains the familiar profile of a shad and adds in the illusion of an injured baitfish thrashing and splashing at the surface.

HOW DO I USE IT?
The Commotion Shad boasts three-dimensional, anatomically accurate features including scales, pectoral fins, gill plates and eyes. The tail end sports a Colorado spinner blade connected to the body with a durable swivel. When the attraction triggers a bite, the soft hollow body effortlessly collapses to expose the twin hooks that are angled slightly outward for maximum efficiency. The Commotion Shad comes in two sizes: 2 1/2-inch model that weighs 1/2 ounce and the 3 1/2-inch, 5/8-ounce bait.

HOW MUCH?
$14.49

MORE INFORMATION:
LiveTargetLures.com

ANGLER’S INSIGHT:
The Commotion Shad’s design affords anglers the ability to work it with a twitches and jerks that yield an erratic plunking sound from the tail blade, or reel it in a straight retrieve that produces a trackable bubble trail. Seems like a good option for spicing up your topwater game in any scenario, but I’m seeing a real winner for shad spawns and the fall feeding frenzy when schooling activity is off the charts. And come spawning season, dancing this intrusive bait around the perimeter of the bedding areas will likely draw the ire of a big territorial fish with bad intentions.