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Date: 8/26/13
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Damiki
Reviewer: Wolbugger

It seems that Damiki has been getting very serious about expanding their lineup recently, with particular emphasis on the hard and soft bait segments. We covered a plethora of new offerings from them at ICAST in Orlando last year, and things were no different this year in Vegas. From surface baits to finesse plastics, pros Brian Thrift and Chad Pipkens helped walk us through the new goods!




Ghost Shad: The Ghost Shad is a 4 soft plastic bait that is perfect for drop shot or shaky head fishing. A long, slender tail provides ample action while a holographic insert reflects light naturally. The internal air pocket promotes buoyancy, making it even more effective on a variety of rigs. These will be offered in 6 colors, and will carry an MSRP of $6.99 for a pack of 5.


Damiki's new finesse bait, the Ghost Shad


Nose rigged for a drop shot presentation


Gizzard Shad: This 5.5 soft jerkbait features a flat tail, internal air chamber for better buoyancy, and a holographic insert. The small cutouts on each side helps promote a very natural and erratic dying action. The Gizzard Shad will arrive in 6 different colors, and will come in packs of 7 for an MSRP of $6.99.


Designed to be erratic, the new Gizzard Shad swimbait


Rambler 120: The Rambler 120 is a hard plastic topwater walking bait. It's 4.7 long body sports a single knocker in the rear, with four glass beads in the head, producing a very unique sound. A fatter head design promotes more commotion, while the triple treble hooks keeps your hookup percentage high. You'll find these in 6 colors at an MSRP of $11.99.


Walk the dog with the Rambler


Vortex 75: This heavy blade bait weighs 3/4 of an ounce, making it perfect for long casts or deep water vertical jigging presentations. It touts dual line ties on the top; the front tie produces a tighter wobble, while the rear makes for a wider wobbling action. At 3 in length, this bait will arrive in 6 colors for an MSRP of $8.99.


The Vortex 75 is a detailed heavy blade for jigging


Watercrawler: The 5.5 Damiki Watercrawler is a finesse soft plastic that is perfect for rigging several different ways. It's body is very soft, giving it ample action underwater. Two small, chubby air pockets in the body promote increased action and buoyancy, and are also situated perfectly to be hooked for easy neko rigging. These will be available in 6 colors, and come in packs of 15 for an MSRP of $5.99.




Air Frog: The new topwater frog from Damiki utilizes an air pocket on each side to ensure the frog stays buoyant. Another great aspect is that these air pockets make certain that the frog always stays upright, and it will even turn over by itself if it land upside down. At rest, the frog sits at about a 45 degree angle with its head right on the surface. This bait should work great whether twitched or buzzed across the top of the water. Air Frogs are 4 long, come in 6 colors, and will arrive in packs of 4 for an MSRP of $7.99.


The Air Frog uses air pockets to stay totally buoyant


Bryan Thrift shows us the new Air Frog


Brute 70: With a weight of 3/8 oz, this new square-bill crank features an internal weight transfer system that allows for effortless casting. The design of the bait allows it to come through and deflect off cover easily, drawing in the attention of nearby Bass. The Brute 70 has a length of 2.8, and comes in 6 color choices at an MSRP of $11.99.


The Brute is a new squarebill from Damiki which is designed to deflect easily


Conclusion: In my past experience with Damiki baits, they have always been extremely satisfying in terms of design, quality, and pricing. They are one of the more underrated brands on the market, despite having such a strong lineup. With the variety of products growing every year, hopefully more anglers discover the brand and give them a shot. All of the brand new baits should be available in early fall.










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