Introduces New Additions to Popular Lures and Reveals Wild Prototypes
||Buyers & Press
Introduction: DUO International now has quite a few top selling baits
here in the U.S. and pretty much owns the spybait category still. The recent
partnership with Aaron Martens is already beginning to yield results as the
combination of President and Lead Designer, Mr. Adachi, and Aaron has upped the
company's design pipeline and introduced the brand to many more anglers here in
the US. This ICAST DUO didn't hold back, and launched both new patterns and
sizes in existing popular lines as well as gave anglers a peek into the future.
The iconic spybait gets some new patterns
designed for clear water applications
on: The lure that pretty much put DUO on the map here in the U.S. is the now
iconic Spinbait spybait. This lure takes hardbait finesse fishing to the next
level and has proven itself many times over to be effective in some of the
toughest clear and even coldwater conditions when targeting both largemouth and
smallmouth bass. This ICAST DUO continued to add to the series with two new
patterns, the Aqua Herring and Black Ayu that look like crystal clear water
New Aaron Martens Signature patterns
Martens G87 Signatures: Since DUO partnered with Aaron Martens the company
has been hard at work creating new signature baits. One of the first
introductions are a series of new patterns that are favorites in Aaron's
arsenal. Anglers will now have access the G87 15A/20A crankbaits in Aaron's
Citrus Shiner, Aaron Tiger, and Green Smelt patterns, all of which have been
reserved only for his personal tournament use.
The gigantic Dekashinmushi
Bigger Bug: One of the coolest cicada class baits on the market is the DUO
Realis Shinmushi, a cleverly designed bait that combines both hard and soft body
elements together to create a bait with the right silhouette and pulsing action
of a beetle touching down on the surface. The standard Shinmushi was a hit but
US anglers wanted something bigger, and DUO has answered with the massive
Dekashinmushi which basically doubles the size and is 3 inches in length. This
magnum crawler comes crashing in hard to draw those big reaction strikes and
when twitched it creates a big ripple on the surface to draw fish in, and with
the large soft wings a straight retrieve initiates the user-friendly crawl.
The DUO Spin is a blade bait with style
Spin: Also new this year is the DUO Realis Spin, a tail spin type lure that
is designed to stimulate chase instincts in fish. The compact body makes this
bait easy to cast and the classic blade spin tail creates a smooth rotation as
the body rolls to create a more natural appearance that is designed to trigger
strikes. It is loaded with a belly hook and a rear hook behind the blade to
maximize strike to hookup ratios.
B.A.S.S. Pro Angler Roy Hawk show us a prototype
swimbait/frog he has been working on with DUO Japan
David Swendseid at DUO had some exciting new prototypes to show us at the booth,
and this year some of them were still very early stage but got us excited about
possibilities of what the final versions could offer anglers.
Half swimbait and half frog
first was a cross between a swimbait, frog, and topwater walker. This entire
bait looks like it is molded out of soft plastic and is designed to be able to
retrieved over the surface with an aggressive tail kicking action as the bait
walks. Notice the tail has a cut out area, this is designed to maximize side to
side kicking action by making the tail even softer.
The Alabama Sub is a prototype topwater A-Rig
second prototype pretty much blew our minds. Designed by Mr. Adachi himself the
Alabama Sub is basically a floating A-Rig that can be retrieved at a variety of
speed right at or below the surface. The floating center portion is flanked by
blades and four jig heads for shad trailers. A unique popper at the rear creates
surface plunging and boils similar to pursuing predators. Absolutely wild! This
bait clearly is in prototype stage but what the final product might look like
and how fish will react to it has us more than curious.
Thanks to David Swendseid for the look at all the
exciting new baits from DUO. It is going to be another exciting year for the
continues to introduce great baits that are exceptionally refined and have some
of the nicest finishes in the industry. DUO's not so secret weapon is Mr. Adachi
himself, and each and every season he continues to create some very exciting new
lures. This year was no different.