The completely versatile Victory Tail utilizes the same technologically advanced design principles, but possesses an elongated minnow style body and tapered forked tail section. This streamlined swimmer has an incredibly realistic slithering action that is perfectly suited for literally unlimited applications in both fresh and salt water.

Again, like the Opti Shad, Optimum’s trade mark extra sensitive tail design functions in unison with the body for unrestricted fluid motion. This translates into the body and tail moving simultaneously emulating the exact characteristics of a live baitfish.

In addition to being a fresh water anglers dream come true, the Victory Tail will also prove an invaluable asset for salt water anglers as a “go to” teaser for striped bass as well as other sought after marine predators. Simply rig the Victory Tail on a standard weightless or weighted J hook and tie 12 to 16 inches ahead of any sub-surface swimming plug and hold on as this presentation accounts for countless fish particularly stripers year after year.

The Victory Tail is offered in 3 or 8-inch sizes and both versions are superb for matching narrow bodied forage such as minnows, creek chubs, dace, eels, suckers and shiners in fresh water or anchovies, sardines, killies, spearing, rain fish, pipe fish, baby weak fish and especially sand eels in salt water.
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With their noticeably slimmer bodies and long slender tails all four models and sizes of the Mad Scientist lures are in a class of their own in that they do not share the typical thicker, bulkier bodies of the soft swim baits and jerk baits saturated within today’s market place. We are confident that one will agree that this dynamic joint effort has rendered some of the most remarkable and life-like designs ever created.

Perhaps one of the most noteworthy qualities of this exclusive line is that while a finesse bait; each model was specially developed to be fished using lighter class tackle by any angler regardless of lure fishing experience. Whether using a constant slow crawl retrieve or an intermittent twitch/ pause method the subtle and ever present action is integrated within the lures design so there really isn’t a technique that won’t produce.

Available Sizes : 3”(6/PK), 5”(5/PK),6″(TBA/PK),7″(TBA/PK)& 8”(2/PK)
Price: $5.50 MSRP

Target Species/ Rigging Suggestions

Target species for both the Opti Shad and Victory Tail include all varieties of bass and trout as well as pan fish, walleye, pickerel, pike and musky in fresh water or fluke, halibut, bay bass, calico bass, striped bass, red fish, weak fish, speckled sea trout and grey trout in saltwater.

Effective rigging options include: offset hook (weightless or weighted), light jig heads (1/16 to 3/8 ounce) , Carolina rig, Texas rig, Neko rig (head inserted nail weight), split shot, spinner bait trailer, chatter bait trailer, metal jig/spoon trailer and of course Alabama rig/umbrella rig trailers.

offset hook

offset hook

jighead rig

jighead rig

Double Victory

Double Victory

 

The Mad Scientist Series will be available in the top universal color patterns and distributed by Lucky Craft USA in their packaging. Optimum Bait Co will offer the series in 8 natural fish catching colors in the Optimum bags. #500 Shad, #505 Sunfish, #510 Pearl white, #532 Green pumpkin/chartreuse tail, #551 Golden shiner, #557 Ghost shad, #559 Jackson trout and #561 Ghost rider.