More Modern Options
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.