The 8″ Huddleston Deluxe is absolutely legendary in the world of trophy bass fishing, perhaps responsible for more bass over 15 pounds than any other swimbait ever made. Introduced in 2003, the Huddleston Deluxe ushered trophy bass angling into the modern craze we see today, paving the way for technique specific rods and reels that revolutionized bass fishing — especially in California.
The Huddleston was so important to the cultivation of modern swimbait fishing that we ranked it #2 on our list of the “top 12 most iconic swimbaits of all time” behind only the AC Plug, which was the first trout imitating swimbait ever sold.
Everyone knows the Huddleston is a flat out trophy producer, but the most important question for anything related to fishing is “why?” Good fishermen constantly ask themselves “why?” “Why did I catch this bass?” “Why am I not catching bass?” “Why does this bait work?” “Why does this bait not get bit?”
So, aside from the obvious lifelike aesthetics of the 8″ Huddleston Deluxe, why is the Huddleston perhaps the best swimbait ever produced?
Many point to its “swimming” motion, which compared to a lot of baits on the market, can appear subtle and maybe even underwhelming. But that was by design, creator Ken Huddleston studied the actual movements of a rainbow trouts tail and designed a bait and tail design that most closely mimics the trout as closely as possible.
And now, that endeavor has been backed by science. A group of students at Penn State University have studied the movement of the Huddleston Deluxe, comparing it to the natural swimming motion of the tail of real rainbow trout and concluded that, “the behavior of the tail frequency of the Huddleston relative to freestream velocity closely mimics that of a live trout. In fact, the 8” Huddleston Deluxe closer represents the tail frequency of a 12” live trout at slightly slower freestream velocities.”
The above video summarizes the study and the conclusion drawn. To see the entire report, click here.
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