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Lure Review

Looks Can Be Deceiving: the Deps Realiser (continued)

Action: The Deps Realiser has a predictable action which is simply to wobble or roll back and forth in the water as you employ a steady retrieve. It really is a big crankbait. Mix in some jerks and pauses and the bait shows a degree of erratic behavior but nothing extraordinary. It can also be burned and stays true under speed.

This bait is great fun in and around weedy areas

The finish looks better in the water

What is surprising about this bait is the depth at which it runs. Fished on fluorocarbon, the bait can really get down to about five, maybe even six feet if you're retrieving really slowly. With such a shallow bill, I didn't expect the bait to get down to more than three or four feet max. It really has some bite in the water.

Each bait features a dressed rear treble

A look at the scale pattern on the Blue Back Shad color

Components: The stock hooks, though sharp, are sort of reminiscent of those on saltwater baits. We'd recommend switching the front hooks out to some of the stouter aftermarket hooks by Owner. The rear treble is dressed to match or compliment the color of the bait, so unless you're handy at tying these yourself, you might want to leave the back hook stock for presentation's sake.

The Realiser in Silver Shad

This unique bill together with the bait's slender profile give the Realiser its rolling action on a steady retrieve

Durability: The upside to the Realiser's almost unfinished finish is that it is more durable than that of a standard paint job. Countless purposeful and not so purposeful tosses of these baits up in to the rip rap shores of the California Delta produced only a few scratches and no chipped finishes or cracked baits.

Just how slender is this bait? Judge for yourself.


Availability: Optimum Baits has the North American distribution rights to Deps and this is a very good thing for it makes available pracitically all of Deps's impressive product line. As such, the Realiser is easily available in many local tackle shops and certainly online. 



Deps Realiser Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A solidly built product 7.5
Performance Simple and effective 7.5
Price If thought of as a crankbait, quite pricey, if thought of as a "big bait", about average. 6.5
Features The photo-realistic finish is the baits primary, uniqueness 7
Design (Ergonomics) Not quite what I expect from a +$30 lure made in Japan, but in this case, looks can be deceiving 7.5
Application Very good in and around weedlines but best on a steady retrieve with pauses mixed in 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J A fun, no nonsense bait L Stock hooks are a little questionable
J A great bait to with which to build confidence in big baits L Just a hair pricey
J The photo-realistic finishes grow on you


It doesn't look like much, but this bait triggers some ferocious strikes!


Conclusion: While I'm not about to dump all of my high dollar, hand made big baits, the Deps Realiser has certainly won me over from that very first time I held it in my hands. It is a very easy, no-nonsense bait to throw and a great way to build confidence in tossing big baits without killing yourself acquiring not only the bait, but the gear with which to throw it! It can be fished on conventional, heavy powered cranking sticks and brought back in the water just like a big, shallow crank. Pause it right next to a patch of weeds and hold on! The strikes are unmistakable. The two baits shown here are going straight into my striper box and I can't wait to try these things out against some monster linesides!


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