The Defiant 247 and 210 Swimbaits – A One Two Knockout
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Introduction: Trophy bass hunters are among the most dedicated of
anglers, and those that fish giant soft bodied swimbaits are perhaps the most
devoted of all. At least when you are fishing a hard bodied swimbait you can
see, and feel, the activity on the end of the line as the baits displace water,
which is usually not the case with the much more subtle action that soft bodied
The Defiant 210 is a smaller
version of the 247 swimbait
Fishing big soft bodied swimbaits successfully
requires a heightened state of focus and patience, and even if you do get a
strike keeping that fish pinned typically comes with a whole new set of
challenges. To help redefine what is possible with this class of baits a new
company, Defiant, entered the swimbait scene a few seasons ago and has followed
up their initial full sized Defiant 247 swimbait with the smaller, and less
intimidating, 210 series.
(210 = 8.25"
(210 = 4
$100 (210 =
Oliver Ngy introduced us to the
Defiant Swimbait Series. Here he shows us the lure rigged with a treble hook on
I was first introduced to the Defiant 247 by the man, the myth, the legend…
Oliver Ngy, tournament angler, guide, and founder of Big Bass Dreams. Oliver is
known for breaking the mold in terms of how to pursue not only bass, but species
all over the world, and he does it with an infectious passion and joy. To say
that the man loves big baits would be an understatement, and though he employs
many of the Megabass swimbaits he also can be found launching the Defiant soft
bodied swimbaits tied on his Destroyers.
The baits are available in a
variety of patterns including light and dark trout patterns
It was two
seasons ago, on Oliver’s boat (the Dream Machine), that I first started fishing
the Defiant 247 swimbaits, and when I also first tied on early prototypes of the
smaller 210 Series. In terms of profile the Defiant swimbaits both have flat
bodied profiles that are molded with checkered scales, 3D gills, 3D eyes, 3D
fins and finished with a rather substantial wedge tail design.
Oliver's favorite setup to fish
these baits includes either Megabass Destroyer or Orochi XX rods paired with
Shimano Calcutta reels
finishes on the original 247 include Light Trout, Dark Trout, and Perch that are
quite detailed. The smaller Defiant 210 is available in trout patterns as well
as some additional layouts including Baitfish (a purple shad finish) and Pearl
(a matte white pattern).
Oliver shows us the difference in
sizes between the 247 and 210
In terms of size
the Defiant 247 is the very definition of a “big bait,” and measures 9.75” and
weighs in at 6oz., which makes it even larger and heavier than the venerable
Huddleston Deluxe 8 inch, which weighs from 4.0oz. to 5.1oz., depending on the
rate of fall.
The baits feature a 3D finish
including gills, eyes, and scales
The smaller 210
Series basically looks like a smaller version of the original 247, and makes use
of the same wedge style tail paired with a more compact 8.25” long body that
weighs in at 4 ounces. These smaller baits are also available in moderate sink
and slow sink configurations.
A look at the 210 packaging that
protects each of these custom made baits
Section: Pre-rigged with a stinger and ready to roll..