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Not a Way to Livestream Your Fishing, Doomsday's Roku is Something Else

 

Date: 2/13/22
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Doomsday Tackle Co.
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.50 - GOOD

Introduction:
Versatility is a key ingredient to finding success while fishing. You need to be able and adapt to what and how the fish may be biting not just on any particular day, but any particular part of the day. Having baits you can rig in different configurations in response to changing conditions helps to keep your tackle box free from mind numbing clutter. Doomsday Tackle Company recognizes the dilemma of having too much tackle in your bag to think straight and designed the subject of today's review with versatility in mind. Here's our look at Doomsday Tackle Company's Roku soft plastic bait.

 

Doomsday Tackle Co. Roku Specifications

Type Stick Bait
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 8
Sizes 5.4"
Scent/Plastic Treatment None
# per package 8
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $5.99


Introducing Doomsday Tackle Company's Roku

Impressions: Doomsday Tackle Company's Roku soft plastic bait is just under five and a half inches in length and has an hexagonal cross section rather than round. It is ribbed up and down its length and is otherwise what you'd expect from a soft plastic stick bait though it is thinner than a traditional bait in this space.

 


The Roku is like a finesse soft plastic stick bait

Real World Tests: Because this bait is so thin, and very much on the finesse side of these types of baits, my primary setup while fishing it was spinning gear. My combo often varied but lately, I've been relying upon my combo of Megabass's Orochi XX F4.5-74XXS Enforcer paired with my Megabass LIN258 HM spooled with ten pound (10lb) testBerkley Fireline Ultra 8 in smoke.


It can be fished many different ways, but found a home for me as a wacky rigged bait

 

I tried this bait in many different configurations including weighted and unweighted TX rigged, nose hooked on a drop shot, unweighted and nose hooked, but my favorite way to fish it was weighted or unweighted wacky rigged. It seems to have just the right fall rate and wiggle when rigged in this fashion.

 


Roku in Japanese means six. This bait has six straight sides instead of a round cross section

 

One of the best ways I found to rig it unweighted in wacky configuration is with the aid of Frenzy Bait's Wacky Saddle. This double o-ring device has a tough piece of plastic connecting the O-rings that looks just like a saddle. The Roku slides right through the large size of this device (I only tried it with the large size) just a tad loose, but holds in there perfectly fine while fishing. I use a Gamakatsu Aaron Martens TGW Drop Shot Hook piercing just the plastic saddle and fish away.

 


The tail end actually bulges out slightly explaining why the bait is so effective in wacky configuration

 

Due to the thin nature of the Roku, without a device like Frenzy's Wacky Saddle, the bait gets torn up pretty quickly when wacky rigged. Really, any bait does. You can also use a standard O-ring, but it always annoys me how the hook is oriented in the wrong direction using that method.


Wacky rigging with the aid of a tool like Frenzy Baits's Wacky Saddle is recommended

Design & Ergonomics: For such a simple, standard bait, Doomsday goes all out with the Roku's packaging placing it in a resealable plastic bag with a hard plastic carrier to keep the Rokus straight and free from bunching up together. They come eight to a package and in eight standard colors.


The Roku has really good soft plastic consistency

Price & Applications: Cost of the Roku is $5.99 per package so that works out to about $0.75 per worm - on the higher side of average for baits of this sort, but of course, the Roku is a tiny bit more versatile too.

Ratings

Doomsday Tackle Co. Roku Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nice packaging and good consistency between baits 8
Performance More than just a soft plastic stick bait, but I did like it best fished like a traditional stick bait in wacky configuration 8
Price A little on the high side per bait but not outrageous 7
Features The hexagonal cross section gives the bait a little more dimension though there are no additives to the plastic for scent or otherwise. 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Nice packaging although only 8 colors 7
Application Can be rigged and fished any number of ways 7.5

Total Score

7.50
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here

 

Pluses and Minuses:

Plus

Minus
+ Finesse option in a stick bait - More colors would be nice
+ Good soft plastic consistency  
+ More than just a stick bait  

  


If you're looking for a stick bait option that gives you a little more utility, you need to check out Doomsday Tackle's Roku

 

Conclusion: Doomsday Tackle Co continues to impress with their well thought out designs all the way through the product packaging. The Roku is a really nice stick bait option that can be used for more than just the standard stick bait presentations. It's a really nice bubba-shot (heavier tackle drop shot) alternative. My only wish is that it were available in more colors than just the standard eight. I think that'd really open up the bait's utility in different situations but of course, that's easy for me to say. It's a slippery slope when trying to make colors in response to different regions and applications. If you're looking for a stick bait option that gives you a little more utility, you need to check out Doomsday Tackle's Roku.


 

   

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