Project Prometheus Catches
Fire with the DUO Onimasu Swimbait (continued)
World Tests: I couldn’t wait to get the Onimasu on the water just to see if
the lure would live up to all the hype, as well as the performance levels that
we have observed from previous DUO baits. I acquired three test baits and
decided to put them through the paces in both our home water of the California
Delta and Clear Lake primarily targeting largemouth bass.
head and eye are instantly recognizable as DUO
Operation: Though the
Onimasu is somewhat of a mid-sized swimbait at just under eight inches in length
it is also extremely sleek and narrow so that it weighs in at only 2-3/4oz.,
making it unexpectedly easy to cast, even with lighter action swimbait rods. The
sleek form factor of the bait helps it sail through the air and it can
stealthily enter the water whether it is bombed over long distances or underhand
lobbed strategically. I found that the ideal rod to fish this bait is 7’4” to
7’6” in length with a line weight rating up around 25lbs. and a lure weight
rating up to 2 or 3oz. maximum. These lighter action rods allow you to cast the
Onimasu easily and still have the sensitivity to discern exactly what is
happening on the other end of the line.
don't need a broomstick to fish this bait
The Onimasu’s action is driven by
the lure’s unique profile and especially the fore-region. While traditional
glide baits are able to sway a certain amount that is close the centerline of
travel the Onimasu retrieves back to the boat or shore with a wide gait when it
is cranked at normal speeds. On average I found the bait’s swing to be around
two feet wide when utilizing heavy mono line. It is really fun to fish this lure
in clearer water because it swims close to the surface, making it easy to
witness both followers and heart pounding strikes firsthand.
First fish on the Onimasu, it may not be a giant but it's a start
Unlike many glide baits I found
that the Onimasu does not roll over when retrieved quickly, and on the front of
the lure is an angled ballast which allows the lure to be twitched without
surging upward and appearing unnatural to predatory fish. On the first two days
I fished the Onimasu in the California Delta I caught a limit of fish on both
days using the Gizzard Shad and Kokanee patterns, but the largest fish I landed
was just over three pounds. I knew that I could do better but was still inspired
that even these small to mid-sized largemouth were so willing to not only chase
but commit to the Onimasu.
Evening on the Delta, time for the Stripers to come out and feed
On the second evening we head back
out to Big Break, a region of the West Delta and though I couldn’t find any more
largemouth I was marking big schools in shallow water. I tossed in the Onimasu
and it only took two casts to see schoolie stripers shadowing the bait.
the span of 30 minutes I caught nearly thirty schoolie stripers with the
Onimasu, it was nearly every cast when burning the bait
On my third cast I burned the
Onimasu back to the boat and WHAM, the bait was hammered by a 21 inch Striper.
The bait tracks extremely well under high speed and in the next minutes I fished
all the way until dark landing over twenty more Stripers, all between 15 to 30
inches in length. My arm and shoulder was sore but the Onimasu held up well and
both the hooks and split rings remained fully intact but the sides of the baits
did incur some scratches and gauges resulting from treble hook rash.
Fishing in the Onimasu in the Clear Lake algae bloom, can you spell S-K-U-N-K?
The next week Cal and I headed to
Clear Lake to try and get into some bigger largemouth. The first day we were
there proved to be an exercise in patience as the water was completely stained
with an algae bloom that took visibility down to under a foot. I fished all day
in what looked like toxic sludge and ultimately skunked while Cal was able to
manage just two fish using jigs. The next day we ran all around the lake, which
was not an easy task with the strong wind, but we were finally able to find some
clearer, though still pretty green, water. Still, no matter how slow I fished
the Onimasu I couldn’t get any fish to give chase.
gives the Onimasu Largemouth Bass pattern a shot
Cal asked me if I had another
Onimasu bait to tie on and the only thing that I had left was the Largemouth
Bass pattern. Personally I am not a big fan of largemouth bass patterns for
targeting bass. Yes, I know they can work but I just find that in most cases
other patterns, especially shad or trout, are more effective. Cal worked the
Onimasu differently, imparting more pauses and rod twitches to get the bait to
swing half way back around and create extra displacement in the water as well as
more erratic motion. Ten minutes later Cal landed a largemouth just over six
pounds, which goes to show just how much I know about largemouth patterns.
Suffice to say that bait ended up in Cal’s tackle box and I haven’t seen it
Performance Ratings for
DUO Realis Onimasu Swimbait
Ease of Actuation(1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
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