Tackle Reviews

Lake Fork Hyper Freak

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Lake Fork Tackle has some very innovative products including the “Live” Magic Shad, the Craw Tube, the Ring Fry and the Lake Fork Creature but their new group of baits are off the chart. The Hyper Finesse Worm, the Hyper Worm and our favorite the Hyper Freak all have more moves than a bowl of snakes.

The Hyper Freak first caught our eye when Lake Fork Kingpin Mark Pack flipped picnic tables and grills on the way to winning the Beaver Lake Open and $150,000 on the FLW trail. Pack says “I used it on the back of a jig at that tournament. It moves a ton of water and the fish would react to it better.”

We anxiously awaited its launch and are thrilled with the result.

The Hyper Freak is a slender, ribbed, flat bodied, squashed centipede looking bait with a large flapping tail that is actually as large as the body. Momma beaver would be proud of that paddle tail…that is for sure.

The bottle side is flat with symmetrical lines. Three long legs, approximately 1 inch long, start at segment 5 and give the bait balance on the fall. A narrow tapered midsection widens to the super tail that is 1 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches long. Rigged with a 3/0 or 4/0 hook this bait is killer for flipping and pitching. Because it is a thin bait hook penetration is excellent.

Our Tests

We have found this bait to be very versatile. Straight out of the package we caught bass. We have also modified the bait by making a small cut on the tail from the top to approximately 1/4 of an inch from the end of the bait to give it a vibration and flash when we swam it. A good general rule is for when to cut it and when not to is based on application. Out of the package for flipping and pitching and cut the tail for casting and swimming. We also found it worked super as a jig trailer as well.

The Gear

This is a big fish catching hombre so “heavy up” when fishing it. We tested it on 25 lb Trilene Professional Grade Fluorocarbon teamed with a Setyr Flipping stick and a Revo Premier reel. The 4/0 Gamakatsu Hook and a Tru-Tungsten 5/16 ounce weight were a perfect match as well. We flipped bushes and undercut banks and the action of the bait is amazing. On the fall it wiggles and shakes and the “flappin” tail goes nuts on the retrieve. It glides and comes alive in the water.

The Inside Scoop

The Hyper Freak comes in a six count bag and retails for $4.99.

Lake Fork has a new Baby Hyper Freak (10 per package) and it retails for $4.99.

The Hyper Freak will come in 15 colors.

You can learn more by going to TackleWarehouse.com.