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Beyond Spybaiting: DUO Realis Jerkbait 100SP (continued)

Ok, this IS a jerkbait, so how does it act when fished in the customary way? First off, its action kicks in with little effort. Whether you want to crawl the bait on a steady retrieve or fish it with the typical jerk-jerk-pause type of cadence, it performs. The action is similar to other jerkbaits, with an erratic darting action that's easy to achieve. While it definitely looks appealing underwater, it doesn't seem to cut or dart quite as sharply as some competing offerings.

Realistic eyes and head detailing draw in predators.

Durability: Structurally, the 100SP held up just fine, but that's to be expected when fishing for bass. While the body can take some punishment, it will scratch and chafe when it makes contact with hard or abrasive surfaces. The finish of the few other jerkbaits in my box exhibited the same durability, so I'd certainly classify the DUO as average in this department.

The Owner treble hooks are VERY sharp!

Price & Applications: At an MSRP of $12.99, the 100SP costs less than other heavy-hitting jerkbaits from Jackall, Lucky Craft, Megabass, and the like. This is a refreshing value considering the beautiful finish, great hooks, and lifelike action that these baits offer.

These baits come in at a lower price than other premium jerkbaits.

Jerkbaits are somewhat specialized offerings that will work best for shallow or suspended bass. Occasionally in very clear water situations, they will also draw up fish from much deeper water. Beyond its capability as a bass bait, this jerkbait should also be a solid performer for saltwater species as well.

A head-on look at the small diving bill of the 100SP.

If targeting meaner quarry, I would recommend upgrading the hooks to beefier models, as the stock ones are plenty sharp, but lack the strength needed for rougher applications.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

DUO Realis Jerkbait 100SP Ratings  (?/10)

Construction/Quality Beautiful baits that exhibit some sweet attention to detail. 9
Performance The 100SP performs very well, but it seems to not dart quite as sharply as some other jerkbaits. 8
Price An attractive value since it comes in at less than several other offerings. 8.5
Features You'll find internal rattles and fixed weights as well as sticky-sharp hooks. 8
Design (Ergonomics) The bait is a nice all-around size and sports an accurate shape. 8
Application Somewhat of a specialized bait, but it can also be used for a bunch of saltwater species. If you like to troll, it will work for that as well. 7

Total Score

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

+ Gorgeous finish - Darting action not super sharp
+ Excellent stock hooks  
+ Solid performance  
+ Attractive value  


Another fun pond bass taken on the DUO!


Conclusion: Fishing the Realis Jerkbait 100SP has been my first experience with DUO baits, and as you can see it has been a good one. These are quality made-in-Japan jerkbaits that perform well at a price that's less than several competitors. What's not to love about that? When you have a combination of quality, performance, and price, it makes for a very tempting product. While DUO isn't the first name that will pop into many anglers' minds when thinking about jerkbaits, if they keep making baits like this the DUO name will surely continue to gain notoriety!


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