After seeing the lifelike action of the Rose Kuli Multi-Jointed Swimbait on a Facebook test video, I decided to investigate the lure a little more.
I ordered the 3.8-inch, bronze bait from Amazon and it soon arrived in the mail. The results of my experiments so far have been fairly mixed, but so far not spectacular.
The first time I threw the lure out, I was fishing on a cold, overcast day in early April with sprinkle of rain dotting the surface of the water. Since the temperature was only about 50 degrees, I figured the larger fish would be spread out and less likely to chase a lure, so I had to fish the bait much slower than I would have preferred. I also targeted very close to the shoreline, where I knew there would be some smaller, more aggressive fish. I did catch a few bass in this area, with the bill on the front of the lure helping it dive into the muddy bottom and look like a foraging baitfish, but I mostly was just getting reaction bites out of the bass as I reeled it near their bedding areas.
After I switched to the Storm 360GT Searchbait, I had much more luck doing the same basic strategy. Despite the fact that the Rose Kuli looked more realistic to me in the water, the much more rigid 360GT drew in a lot more attention from hungry bass. I chalked it up to the cool temperature and it being overcast, thinking that a warmer day would produce much more strikes.
During my next test of the Rose Kuli, which took place in much warmer water with pond scum providing a good hiding place for pass, I tried tossing the lure along the edges of cover and running parallel to the cover, but I had even less success this time.
Part of the dilemma I kept encountering was the the back treble hook kept getting caught on the top of the lure during the cast, so the swimming action was thrown off and the lure would pop up to the top and run in an unnatural, diagonal angle. The two hooks were also put a little too close together, so that they would become tangled up during casts, as well. I had this happen on five or six casts in a row and eventually got fed up and switched to the Z-Man TRD, which again produced outstanding results.
My conclusion is that the lure is built to look good to anglers who watch videos of it snaking its way through swimming pools, but is not quite as appealing to bass as a meal. The manufacturer would be smart to drop the back treble hook, as one is more than enough to hook a fish. I still think it could work if the conditions were right, especially in late-July or early-July when the bite really heats up, but the lure clearly isn’t as well thought out as some of the other swimbaits on the market. Offering a smaller version of the lure also also might be a good idea.