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Warriors Tackle Supply Monthly Fishing Subscription: Is it Worth It?

I found to new service that seemed right up my alley about a month ago. It’s monthly goody box geared towards people who love to fish. The company that offers this service is named Warriors Tackle Supply.

Today, we are going to take a look at what I received in my first box, check the value and see if it is worth the monthly auto purchase. But before we go over all of that, let’s take a look at the company itself to learn more of who is behind this awesome idea.

A Business With a True Cause

I’ll be truthful here, I do not know much about this company. What I do know is that they have a mission, and that mission is what really caught my eye and pushed me over the edge to give them a try.

The founder of Warriors Tackle Supply has a passion for helping children. Adopting a son who needed a home, they also support others in the adventure.

They work directly with organizations that meet the immediate needs of children that live on the streets. They also do what they can to bring kids living on the street visible to government, help influence policy and work directly with organizations to help build orphanages.

Feel good story right? How can a company doing such good for children in need not have anything but a great product! Well, we are about to find out. Yes, they have a good heart, but do they have a good product? Let’s find out…

The Choices

You have two choices to select from in different price ranges. As of when I signed up, you could select the regular size box costing $16.99 and a larger XL box for $26.99. This is by the month and said they membership can be cancelled at anytime by sending them a quick email.

I went with the XL subscription, so lets’s take a look at what showed up in my surprise box.

The Contents of the Mystery Box

So the time came when I got my Warriors Supply Tackle Mystery box, and I was pretty excited. The mystery of not knowing what your getting is like Christmas.

When I received the box, I decided to take some photo’s what I got for an article. In the above photo is how the monthly fishing subscription showed up. They have a pretty cool design, I’m hoping they are not all marketing!

The box came stuffed with fishing gear and even a couple swag items which every man would be happy with. In the above photo is everything pulled out. I’ll go over each item below with value to get a feel of if this fishing gift box is worth it.

And finally, in the above photo you see a little closer shot of the included lures that was in the box. So, let’s take a closer look at each item.

Each Item by name

The Warriors Tackle Supply Monthly Fishing Subscriptions would obviously come with different gear in it each month. Here is a list of what came in this month’s box:

  • Warriors Deep Diver Crankbait
  • Six Section Shad Dark by Warrior Tackle Supply
  • Warriors Tackle Face Shield
  • Warriors Tourney Special Minnow 3
  • Rapala Original Floater Purpledescent
  • Storm by Rapala 360GT Mangrove Minnow
  • Strike King KVD Perfect plastics Caffeine Shad
  • Strike King Tour Grade Swinging Swim Jig
  • Warriors Tackle Hat

That’s a lot of stuff! It all sounds good, but is it really worth the $26.99 paid for it? My thinking is yes but let’s dive in and see.

The Value

So, also inside the box was a packing slip with each pieces value. I want of course do my own research and see what type of value I as a consumer think.

Strike King Tour Grade Swinging Swim Jig

Warriors Tackle has the Strike King Tour Grade Swinging Swim Jig marked down as costing $6.29. My research shows that they are spot on. Doing a quick Google search, that is exactly what I’m finding them for online. Some places are a little lower and some higher.

Here is a screen shot of prices I found

Strike King KVD Perfect plastics Caffeine Shad

The Strike King KVD Perfect plastics Caffeine Shad ranges in price depending on where you get it. Warriors had a price of $5.99 which is the priced to match Bass Pro and Cabala’s. I agree with this price. You can see Bass Pro price here.

This lure is close to my all time go-to plastic fishing lure the Zoom Fluke. I’m really looking forward to giving this one a try.

Storm by Rapala 360GT Mangrove Minnow

Also being priced by Warriors Tackle at $5.99 each is the Storm by Rapala 360GT Mangrove Minnow. Another plastic that I’m looking forward to using. Looking this lure up, it is priced at $5.99 at Bass Pro and just a tad cheaper at Walmart and Amazon. Being that the outdoor stores are the same as Warriors price, I can agree with this one as well. Also, Walmart and Amazon are not that much cheaper to take them into account.

Rapala Original Floater Purpledescent

Warriors has the value of the Rapala Original Floater a little high at $9.29 for me. Their price does match Bass Pro pricing which is even cheaper than Amazon, but higher then Cabala’s and which are about $2 cheaper. On this one, I will be using $7.40 when adding up final value.

Regardless, this can be a deadly lure out on the water. I have used them in the past and glad I now have another. It is similar to this HD trout lure here. Fishing creeks, I loose lures and always feel sick getting caught up on something underwater with a lure over $3.

Warriors Tourney Special Minnow 3

Priced at $4.99, the Warriors Tourney Special Minnow 3 is another I’m looking forward to trying out on the lake. I don’t know much about it so I will update this article once I play with it. The one thing I will say is that other branded similar lures are about $1 cheaper. I will be using $3.99 for the final value evaluation.

Warriors Six Section Shad Dark

The unique six section flex shad lure is priced at $7.99 at Warriors Tackle. This is actually cheaper than many other lures of the same type. This lure gives great actions and cheaper than others like it. Bass Pro is pushing $18 for simular while other places online are around $10. I will use the Warrior Tackle price on this one.

Warriors Deep Diver Crankbait

This deep diver just looks like it is out to cause some trouble with any fish that dares to go around with it. Priced at $7.99, I feel this is a good price point and will go with it.

Being that I’m not a huge crankbait guy, this is probably the most undesirable lure in the box. Only because I tend to loose them. With that being said, I know just the guy who will enjoy it. If I actually give it up that is!

Warriors Tackle Face Shield

The price on the last two items are pretty subjective. This branded face shield sports the Warriors Tackle logo which I find pretty good. I’m not sure that I will be using it while fishing, but I will be breaking it out during hunting season. Well, that’s if my son doesn’t steal it for skiing…

Warriors has this price at $14.99 which I’m torn on. Doing a search for face shields, the price ranges a lot. I found them (after shipping) between $7.99 and $20. Amazon has them in the $8-$15 range. I’m going to go with $11 for the value here.

Warriors Tackle Hat

Again, hats can range in value depending on a lot of things. The Warrior Tackle hat with a cool looking logo, is a win in my book. Being that the price of this hat is not listed in the gear layout, I will need to come up with a price. Doing research of other logo hats, I feel $12 is fair and in the range of fishing logo hats at Walmart.

Prices Compared

Okay, so we went over everything in the box, what Warriors had each piece priced at and what I think they should be priced at compared to similar lures. So let’s take a look at the numbers.

  • Price for this month’s box: $26.99
  • Warriors Tackle Supply suggested prices: $63.52 (without hat price)
  • What I think this box is worth: $56.64 (with no hat like above, or $68.64 including the hat)
  • New lures to try monthly: Priceless

Okay, so looking at everything added up, this is a very good deal if you were going to purchase everything separate. I mean, let’s say the hat is a freebie and, you use my lower pricing. You are still saving $30, your saving more money than your paying. And again, that’s real price, not inflated prices…

The Bottom Line

So, I want to be clear, this is worth the money in goods for sure. But, it also depends on if you will actually use what they send every month. For me, so far so good. I will use everything in this box besides maybe the crankbait. But then again, I may give it a try just because I have it. If I loose it, so be it. If I don’t, I know my brother in-law will.

This monthly fishing goody box would make for a great gift for someone who fishes a lot. I don’t know any fisherman that wouldn’t be thrilled to get this every month.

This subscription may not be best for someone who doesn’t fish enough where the lures would just pile up, though getting for a few months to stock up may be a good idea.

For me, I’m all in for now. We will see what future boxes bring, I’m already excited for next month!

Catch More Fish With My Favorite Plastic, The Zoom Fluke

Every fisherman has their favorite go to fishing lure. Mine is the Zoom Salty Super Fluke. I have been using the Zoom fluke for years and wanted to show how to set the rig up.

My with a catch using the Zoom Super Salty Fluke

Me with a bass caught with a Fluke

The Zoom Salty Super Fluke

Like I mentioned above, the Zoom Salty Super Fluke is my go to plastic. But, in my experience, color matters. I have tried all color options but only have consistent success with the Watermelon Seed color. I’m sure this has to do with the part of the country I live in. I have tried the shad color on creeks and rivers but I always end up going back to the Watermelon Seed.

Zoom Salty Super Fluke Watermelon Seed Package

Above is a photo of the Flukes that I personally use. They can be hard to find, especially in the spring. I either get them from Walmart, Amazon or you can usually find them at most other fishing lure online store.

They come in a resealable bag which you will want to use. These Zoom Salty Super Flukes, will dry out on you.

What Type of Fish Will Hit The Zoom Fluke

When I introduce this lure to friends, the first question is usually, what hits it? Though the Zoom Salty Super Fluke is sold as a large mouth bass lure, I can tell you that many other fish do hit it. If you think about what the bait resembles, any predatorial fish will go after this lure.

I catch 90% large mouth with the Zoom Fluke but have also caught small mouth, hybrid bass, sauger, and even small catfish. I would only target large mouth, small mouth and possibly hybrid bass using the Fluke.

The Hook

Gamakatsu weighted bass hook

Fishing the Zoom Fluke takes a specific rig to make it swim alive attracting feeding fish. Many will recommend using a regular worm hook but I like to use a weighted wide gap worm hook. When you tap the tip of your pole, your fluke jump up and then shimmers down quite nice. Depending on weight of your hook, the heavier, the faster action it will be.

I like to use a medium weighted hook so it gives plenty of action as the fluke drops, but also doesn’t dive. You want bass to see your lure as an injured bait fish that is flopping around a little.

You have a few choices when it comes to the brand you use. You can find reviews at places like Gear Lobo to help you with choices, but I prefer Gamakatsu for all my hooks (I love their circle hooks). Though a little more expensive, I find them to be thicker hold the sharpness. Your other option is Eagle Claw which is also easily found locally. I would stay away from the generic hooks.

How to Rig a Fluke

There may be other ways to rig a Zoom Salty Super Fluke, but I only do it one way. Below we are going to go over how to hook the fluke to give you wildly live action that will draw in large bass.

Zoom Salty Super Fluke in hand

Take out a fluke and make sure it is usable condition. I find myself throwing old ones back into the bag when I don’t have a trash bag near by. Nothing is worse than being out and finding you have all heavily used lures!

Fluke with hook through mouth area

Insert your hook through what would be the mouth of the fish going downwards. You should insert the hook as deep as the hook eye to the first corner. You want the tip of the hook on the lower part of the body.

Hook inserted and in place

Next, you want to pull the hook all the way through to the hook eye. At that time you will tun the hook so the point is going up into the fluke body. Photoed above, we have not put the hook back through the body yet, it is just resting inside the groves.

Note, when pulling the weighted part of the hook through the fluke, you can tear the body. It is recommended on wetting the weight lead (I spit on it) before going through the body.

fluke rig complete and ready

Next, you will want to pull the head of the fluke up to the eye and insert the hook into the belly of the fluke and come out the top. Once the tip of the hook is coming out the top, you tuck it in the back slightly to cover the tip. You tuck the tip to make it weedless and so it will not get hooked up on a rock or piece of wood.

Note: make sure not to sink the hook tip too far into the back of the fluke. When a fish hits, it has to be able to come out easily to set. Your just looking for enough so it will not get caught on something.

Photoed above is a fluke ready to cast. On the one above, it could be tighter up on the hook eye, I was in a hurry…

How to fish a Zoom Super Fluke

This subject is a little harder to explain than to show. I will give it a shot but check back later this spring, I will be creating a video.

I have best luck fishing this fluke in cover. Either along the bank, in grass or any heavy cover.

Once you cast, let the fluke drop to the bottom. Once it has bottomed out, you tap your tip forward. You don’t need much and depending on where your fishing will depend on the size of bump. When fishing is shallow water, I bump forward slightly (6 inches or so). In deep large water, I bump up.

Once you bump, you will let the fluke drop the the bottom again, then do it again. Keep it in action only letting it sit for a second or two before bumping again.

Conclusion

I hope you give the Zoom Super Fluke a chance. With a little practice, you will find that it can catch you some big bass.

So I’m sure you have a favorite/secret plastic or spinner, I mean everyone thinks they have the best fishing lures. So, share with us your go to lure and how you fish it!