Dr. Spinnerbait introduces new Ko-Man-Chi blades
and they are flexible
Introduction: Spinnerbaits are back and a number of manufacturers are
adding innovation to these proven fish catching blades. Ko-Man-Chi had one of
the most interesting designs with a hybrid hard bend and flexible wire design.
We sat down with Dr. Spinnerbait to learn more...
The Ko-Man-Chi spinnerbait in
retail packaging, from far away this blade may look like any other but look
Robert Osler, AKA Doctor Spinnerbait has taken
spinnerbait design to a new level and addressed some of the main problems with
traditional spinnerbait design including short strikes and using the wire's
leverage to throw blades after being hooked.
A hollow tube holds the wire blade
in position, this flexible wire allows the bait to compress based on speed
Using a combination of a hard metal bend on the
front of the wire and a flexible wire housed inside this blade will move and
compress depending on speed. The faster the spinnerbait is retrieved the more
compact it becomes and it is able to stay straight without rolling side to side.
A look at the Lead/Tin Ko-Man-Chi
When slow rolling the spinnerbait the arms stay
more open with plenty of vibration. The soft wire allows this blade to put out
more vibration because both the top and bottom are flexible. This vibration is
also designed to make the bait more detectable in low light, dirty water and
night conditions. For these conditions Dr. Spinnerbait pairs the blades with a
Colorado and Tear Drop "Wide Willowleaf."
A closer look at the wire exiting
Then comes the strike, once fish hit this blade it
has the ability to swing 360 degrees. When the fish bumps the spinnerbait the
hook is free to go right, left, over or under making for an easy hook set. When the fish
gets hooked it will have a hard time shaking this bait off as the wire is
flexible and can move in the direction of the jump or head shake.
Blades are attached to the wire
There are a few different models ranging from the
Classic, Pro Tournament model, and Platinum Edition. The difference between these models is
the level and quality of the components like the swivels and hooks.
A keeper holds bundled trailer
hooks in place, and we were exited to see the use of TroKar hooks
The head design is features a mix of 63%
tin and 37% lead and 3D blood red eyes.
The skirt is 80 strand
and Ko-Man-Chi has over 70 colors/patterns to choose from. The Classic model
features VMC 4/0 Barbarian hooks and a VMC 3/0 6250 needle cone trailer hook,
while the Pro Tournament model makes use of Lazer Sharp
4/0 hooks and a Lazer Sharp L261M
3/0 trailer hook while the Platinum versions are armed to the teeth with Lazer
TroKar ”Surgically Sharpened
Technology” 4/0 hooks and even
come with a Lazer Sharp L261M
3/0 trailer hook.
Dr. Spinnerbait shows us his
latest Ko-Man-Chi spinnerbaits, a little operation on the local bass lake is in
order with these exciting new blades
Dr. Spinnerbait knows his stuff and walked us through the intricacies between
the designs of his new baits. The hard tube and soft wire combination gives
anglers the best of both worlds and the blades themselves are all hand built
with exceptional attention to detail. This is one blade that has design features
specifically to help anglers bring more fish into the boat from the initial
strike to landing.