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Creature Feature : The Alien Meets Doctor Octopus! (continued)

Durability: Even with all the crazy appendages on the Monster Miki, you can actually punch with this bait. The only time durability really comes into question is when you hook a fish. This bait is made of a very soft plastic so as you can imagine, one to two fish is about the limit - at least that was the case for us.

This bait worked on El Salto!

I'm thankful for the soft plastic in this bait because this is what allows it to have its crazy undulating and swimming action. Additionally hooksets were not a problem, but those counting their baits might think otherwise.

But so much for the big bait equals big fish theory.

Packaging: The Monster Miki is available in three different sizes each coming in a resealable plastic bag. The six inch bait comes in packs of 8, the four and a half inch bait comes in packs of 10, and the two and half inch bait comes in packs of 12. These are all pretty generously sized packs retailing for right around $5.99 each.

Want big fish? Clear Lake is where it's been lately!

Secret Sauce: What I also enjoy about these baits? They're old school in that Damiki does not employ any squid oil or extract of crawfish or other similar secret sauce. No, the Monster Miki is poured from good old fashioned salt impregnated plastic, but make no mistake about it, because they are packed in an oil, these are slimy little critters!


Damiki Monster Miki Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Colors and appendages are consistent 8
Performance Lots of action in the water 8
Price Reasonable considering the number and complexity of baits 7.5
Features 12 moving appendages and ten colors to choose from 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Quite possibly the ultimate creature bait 8
Application Very versatile considering all the size options. From traditional TX rigs to punching to drop shot applications 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Quite possibly the ultimate creature bait - Not as many color choices as some competitors
+ Plenty of appendages for fish attracting action  
+ With 3 size choices, can be used in any application  


Conclusion: As with most baits, their effectiveness has in large part to do with how much time you take to really learn how to use them. On our trip to El Salto Lake earlier this year with Okuma, I spent an entire afternoon rigging and re-rigging the Monster Miki practicing different retrieves and ways to fish it. When it came down to business, the good old Texas rig accented with a Paycheck Baits Punch Skirt pitched to the base of the trees and bounced slowly off the bottom did the trick.


Once you find confidence in a bait, anything is possible and the Monster Miki is a really fun bait to fish!


Back home on Clear Lake, California, fishing this same rig in place of a jig, I dragged the Monster Miki over rock piles and flipped it Punch Skirt-less into the tules. All it took was a little conviction, a little confidence, a properly themed review year, and it all came together. If you want to tie on a bait that is as likely to intimidate the fish as it is to trigger them to strike, the Monster Miki might be the ticket!


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