Durability and final thoughts


As I previously stated, I haven’t fished with this bait a ton. But I can already tell you that it is more durable than some of the other topwaters I’ve fished with. I like to throw a topwater into places others won’t try. That gives me a slight advantage (in my mind at least) over the competition and confidence is everything with so many people on the water these days.

The problem with going the extra mile is that it doesn’t always go smoothly. When trying to get the bait under docks or laydowns and as close to seawalls and rocks as possible, there are some inevitable collisions. With some other topwaters in the past, a slight glance off cover is typically a crack producing death sentence that leads me to throw the bait one last time, into the trash.

Furthermore, I’ve had a lot of issue with baits like this with one big bead in the chamber. The internal chamber will crack or bust and the bead will either break free into the body of the bait or get lodged in the end of the chamber and cease to roll end to end. Not only does this silence the knocking noise the bait is known for but it also throws the balance of the bait off, rendering it again good for nothing but the garbage.

So far, durability hasn’t been an issue with the Strike King Sexy Dawg Hard Knock.

I’m really impressed with my early experiences with the Sexy Dawg Hard Knock. And with the confidence that I already have with the original Sexy Dawg and Sexy Dawg Jr, I don’t see my impression of the bait changing too much over time.

A unique sound paired with a proven design, good hook placement and selection to capitalize on as many blowups as possible, lots of colors to choose from and a solid bait construction means this will be the first of many Sexy Dawg Hard Knocks I own. 

The Sexy Dawg Hard Knock is available at