Lil Hustler

Lil’ Hustler Husslin’ the Panfish – The Hookup

Lil’ Hustler from Southern Pro

It’s been a while since I did a Hookup review, and this one is all about that Hustle. Specifically, the Lil’ Hustler from Southern Pro Tackle. I received this in a box early in my Mystery Tackle Box subscription, and just this winter finally tried them out. Although this was my first real season going after panfish, I was very happy for the chance to try new lures. New lures, new targets, whats not to like?

Taking it Out

My target this winter was primarily Cisco, or as they are known around here, Tulibee. Cisco is something I had never fished for, and I was excited to see my first one. Despite being a larger sized fish, up to 19 inches long, they have tiny mouths. Small mouths means small baits are needed. Enter the Lil’ Hustler.


We set up in the Whiteshell Provincial Park for the most part. The water was clear and so was the ice, allowing us to see the shiny silver flash of the Cisco from 15 feet below us. As for the Ball Tail Grubs, they had a great twitchy action in the water that drew fish in nicely. The Lil’ Hustlers do a great job of mimicking a wriggling little water worm or bug, providing a tempting opportunity to our targets.

Southern Pro has a huge variety of colors for the Lil’ Hustler, around 40 when I looked. This plastic attracted Cisco like crazy, and I have no doubt it will also work well on Crappie and Trout when I actually target them. Any fish that eats insect larva, worms, and other small bits should be attracted to these lures, and anyone interested in an effective plastic would do well to grab a pack or two.

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Lil’ Hustler showing off

To see the full review, with a more in depth look at the Lil’ Hustler Crappie Tube, see the video below.  For more reviews, unboxings, and outdoor adventures, check out True North Wild’s Youtube channel. If you like the video, don’t forget to hit the like and subscribe buttons! If you have a fishing, hunting, or outdoor product that you would like reviewed, feel free to contact me.  

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