Daiwa Dead or Alive
& 2 3/16oz
||$34.99 & 39.99
Team Daiwa lures are now
available from many online e-tailers and in some local tackle shops. These
premium lures were designed to go head to head with other premium Japanese lures
including Yozuri and Lucky Craft. To help widen the brands appeal to all types
of anglers the company is differentiating their lure lineup with the more
mainstream positioned “Daiwa Lures.” Most of these lures will retail for 10
dollars and under, representing excellent value for the money.
The Dead or Alive is a unique
The DOA doesn’t fall into
this price range, retailing for 39.99 for the 6 inch size, but it is designed to
offer more bang for the buck than other Japanese designed full size surface
lures. The DOA is constructed out of wood and is double jointed, and features a
bill positioned on the side of the bait’s head.
The DOA retail packaging. Each
hookpoint is protected with a rubber gasket
We had to do a double take
when we first saw the bait at ICAST. There is a bill on the bait, but the entire
profile of the bait has been rotated so that the DOA rests on the side of the
fish’s profile. The whole lure is actually curved and the hooks rest inside the
inverted “U” shape. The DOA even features a bleeding eye on the submerged side,
and comes in four patterns (Rainbow Trout, Fire Tiger Perch, Ayu, and Baby
The DOA is not straight like most
swimbaits, it is curved in its natural position
Real World Test: To
test the DOA we targeted bass and stripers in the California Delta. We were
blessed with some respectable striper runs, so we really had the opportunity to
see if the fish would respond aggressively to the DOA. At the same time we could
also witness just how well these lures would hold up to brutal topwater strikes.
Is the lip installed in the wrong
place? Not on this lure...
Casting: Getting this
bait out really isn’t much of a problem with the right setup. The DOA is
available in two sizes, 5 and 6 inches, with a weight of 1 3/8oz and 2 3/16oz
respectively. The DOA comes with a heavy duty snap which makes it easier to tie
on with heavy line, as well as benefit’s the lure’s action in the water.
The DOA features a dual jointed
Heavy line is a must with
this lure, and in our tests we used 20lb mono. This allows you to not only cast
with confidence, but also helps absorb plenty of shock without having to worry
about losing a fish or your lure when you muscle them in.
The joints are connected with
Most important to casting
control and cast distance with a lure like the DOA is using a stick with plenty
of backbone. The DOA isn’t nearly as heavy as many of the latest generation
swimbaits, but it will still do a number on your arms and your rod. Anglers can
get away with using their flipping sticks to throw the DOA, just make sure to
load up a reel with a decent capacity, in view of the fact that 20lb mono will
eat up spool real estate real quick.
The DOA features a bleeding eye on
its submerged side