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Be­cause the Long A wasn’t de­signed to be a wake bait, it re­quires care­ful tech­nique to get it to per­form prop­erly. Com­pa­nies such as Buck­eye Lures and Ra­pala cre­ated mod­ern wake baits with a sim­i­lar pro­file that are a lit­tle more for­giv­ing. Buck­eye’s ver­sion, called the Wake Up, is now made by PH Cus­tom Lures. It’s a balsa bait with a cir­cuit board lip and three tre­ble hooks. The Ra­pala BX Wak­ing Min­now has a balsa core wrapped in a copoly­mer shell.

Koby Kreiger, one of the FLW Tour pros who’s had the most suc­cess with wake baits, says the tight-rolling ac­tion of the Long A makes it the supreme lure choice, but fel­low Tour pro Anthony Gagliardi is more open-minded. He sees op­por­tu­ni­ties to use both the Long A and mod­ern spinoffs – mostly the orig­i­nal Buck­eye Wake Up.

“I don’t know that those are ab­so­lutely the two best, but I don’t think it much mat­ters, to be hon­est,” Gagliardi says. “But there is a dif­fer­ence in the Buck­eye and the Long A. the big­gest dif­fer­ence is the ‘ca­dence.’

“In this in­stance, the Buck­eye has a faster ca­dence. It has the ap­pear­ance of mov­ing faster even though it’s mov­ing the same speed,” Gagliardi says.

He cap­i­tal­izes on the dif­fer­ence by us­ing the Long A in colder con­di­tions and the Buck­eye when fish are more ag­gres­sive, such as in a school­ing sce­nario or dur­ing a warm­ing trend in spring, when its wider wob­ble bet­ter suits the con­di­tions.

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