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) test Berkley 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.