Why are there so many different Road Runner heads from which to choose?

We are anglers too so we are constantly seeking ways to adapt to different situations on the water. Here is a list of the Road Runner heads and the conditions and species they fit best.

Original Road Runner Head

The original Road Runner head with the Indiana blade is available in these sizes. 1/32nd oz. with a #6 hook that is great for trout and panfish. The 1/16th oz. with a #4 hook that is good for larger trout, panfish, and crappie. (However, this size has bagged bass over 16 pounds too.) The 1/8th oz. size features a size 1 hook and is a favorite with bass, crappie, and walleye anglers. The 1/4 oz. size features a 1/0 size hook for Bass, Walleye, and larger crappie.

The next Road Runner head is the original barbed series. This head features a barb to hold plastics and our Bleeding Bait hook. Sizes include the 1/16th and the 1/8th oz. weights and the same hook sizes as the original Road Runner. The original Indiana blade is best for slower presentations in shallower waters.

Barbed Road Runner

Original Barbed Head

The Pro Series, Road Runner head features a barb to hold plastics and a willow blade that gets down deeper, especially in current. The brass blade is also favored in deeper darker waters. The 1/16th oz. size features a #2 Bleeding Bait hook instead of a smaller #4. (It is our favorite head for Spotted Bass and deep Crappie.)

Pro Series Road Runner Head

The most important thing to remember about the previous three heads is; the hooks are light and designed to be straightened when hung up. These specially tempered hooks can be reshaped with pliers so you can keep fishing. You can re-bend as many as eight times before the hook gets too weak to continue. (We designed these to fish this way, especially in timber.)

Glow head Road Runners are available in six glow colors and in two sizes. Both the 1/8th

Road Runner Glow Head features a willow-blade and Bleeding Bait Hook

 and 1/4 oz. feature Bleeding Bait hooks and a nickel willow blade for deeper, darker waters. They are a favorite with both crappie and Walleye anglers.

The Natural Science Road Runners are available in 1/16th,

Natural Science Road Runner Head

 1/8th oz. sizes and 1/4 oz. sizes. The 1/16th oz. size features a #2 hook while the 1/8th has a #1 The new 1/4 oz. size sports a 2/0 hook. This series features a barb large enough for tubes but can be cut or mashed down for smaller profile plastics. The natural finish combined with the willow blade has been a killer on larger game like crappie, walleye, and bass.

While not offered yet as “Head Only”, the Natural Science-Trout & Panfish Road Runner features special hooks. The 1/32nd oz. features a #8 hook while the 1/16th oz. size features

Natural Science Road Runner for Trout and Panfish

 a size #6. The 1/8th oz. has a size #2 hook. These downsized hooks are perfect for bluegill, perch, and trout.

Both the Aaron Martens and Randy Howell Rollin’s Runner heads feature a flat-eye hook. These larger heads are great for larger game fish like Spots, Smallies, and Largemouth Bass. Randy’s lure sports a 3/0 Bleeding Bait Hook while Aaron’s features a black nickel hook.

Randy's Rollin Runner

We have introduced six new heads in the last seven years. While we have been busy with new products, we also replaced seven  molds to ensure product quality for years to come.

Road Runner founder, Bert Hall used to say, “Road Runners catch fish”. We hope we honor him by making Road Runners as best we can and offer more choices so you can catch more fish.

Blessings, -TJ

Road Runner is a registered trademark of TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group. Road Runners are applicable to configuration trademark #1577913

About TJ Stallings

45-year tackle industry veteran Marketing and Crazy Ideas at TTI-Blakemore Fishing Group (Home of Road Runner Lures and six hook brands including Tru-Turn, Daiichi, XPoint, Team Catfish, Mr. Crappie and StandOUT Hooks.) Home of Gun Protect. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of TJ Stallings and not necessarily those of TTI-Blakemore.
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