|Bertox Popper||150||very good: stable in the water and easy to pop||unreliable: very good finish, yet terrible wiring that breaks after multiple fish||I loved it but after two consecutive wire breaks I couldn't trust it anymore|
|Orion T-Rex||150||good: easy to pop but not perfectly stable in the water||good: finish damages quickly, otherwise no problems whatsoever||since maneuverability is the most important factor for me, I preferred other lures|
|Orion Cono Cono||180||very good: easy to pop but and stable in the water||good: finish damages quickly, otherwise no problems whatsoever||this lure is so short that belly and tail hook easily get tangled, which is annoying when you need big hooks|
|Heru Cubera||150 and 180||very good: easy to pop but and stable in the water||reliable: stickers go off quickly, paint is ok, strong wiring, wooden body may soak water||my preferred lure: easy to animate, reliable and affordable|
|Heru Tuna||100||good: easy to pop but but not perfectly stable in the water||reliable: stickers go off quickly, paint is ok, strong wiring, wooden body may soak water||it doesn't make a big splash, so it might be less effective when fish are far away|
I have a clear winner: the Heru Cubera! It's ugly! But it works perfectly. The Orion lures both had specific limitations. The Bertox popper is beautiful and works very well but unfortunately it's not trustworthy! Apparently, a new version of it exists now (with a different shape). Let's hope they fixed the wiring on that one. And the Heru Tuna, well, it's a little small and it's limited to calm water, otherwise good.
The most important take away for me was: all these lures work well once you have figured out their animation. Some are less stable in rough water though. But the most important thing is that the lure is reliable. For me this means: don't buy cheap quality BUT you also don't need high end lures for catching fish.