2007 ICAST Lures Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 4 (Lures) - Swimbaits Reign Supreme
Meeting us at the Optimum
Baits booth was Matthew Paino, V.P. of Marketing and Sales who was anxious to
share with us all the new and exciting things happening with the company.
Certainly when we hear the name “Optimum Baits”, the first thing that comes to
mind are their premium swimbait offerings. But there is more to the company than
that. Matthew has been busy flying back and forth from Japan searching for
premium bait offerings to import under their name. The most exciting of these
products? The baits from IMA Japan.
The Flit 120
is sure to make it into our 2008 lineup of jerkbait reviews
For the jerkbait fanatic, the Flit 120 looks to be a must have. A cross between
the Megabass Vision 110 and the Lucky Craft Slender Pointer, this bait suspends
at about six to eight feet and will retail for $18. Our staff found it difficult
to hand the display models back to Matthew with the chance to tie one on and
test its action.
promises to create quite the stir with wake crankers
Wake Crank aficionados are going to want to take a spin with the IMA Roumba
that, by appearances, promises to dance with the best of them. This wide bodied
bait will retail for $17 and looks to be very promising.
The IMA Shaker
has the look and feel of a wood crank...
Last but not least in the IMA lineup is a shallow running crank that looks every
bit like a wood crank in terms of finish, but sports the modern advantages of a
plastic bait like an internal, magnetized weight system to make sure the bait
swims and casts properly. The IMA Shaker will retail for $17.
features the consistency and internal weight system of a plastic bodied bait
Titan will enable swimbait anglers to attract some big bites in nasty cover
Weedless Titan Series:
Under Optimum’s own name is the new Weedless Titan Series, a variation on their
classic soft plastic swimbait featuring a weedless wire guard enabling you to
swim this bait through just about any type of structure you want. This bait will
be available in sizes from 5 to 10 inches and weigh anywhere from 3/4 of an
ounce all the way up to 10 ounces
Paino and his crew at the Optimum/IMA booth
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