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A Mix of Swimming and Gliding Actions – The Jackall Dowzswimmer (continued)


To impart the right darting action on this lure a swimbait or multi-purpose casting rod with 1-4oz. lure rating and a med-fast action is ideal, and though I did find that beefier rods rated 4oz. and up worked fine as well, as long as they had a med-fast action necessary to impart the proper rod twitches and create the Dowzswimmer’s erratic darting action. At the end of the day with the right setup the Dowzswimmer really is not a difficult, or intimidating, bait to fish all day. There are a lot of bait’s that really do a number on your gear, and your arms, but the Dowzswimmer is simply not one of them.


The Dowzswimmer casts easily and is light enough to be fished all day without straining your arms and shoulders

If you really want to get creative with your depths the Dowzswimmer also has a second eye, similar to the Gantarel, which can be used to add a drop weight and target fish deeper in the water column. While most anglers will probably not utilize this feature it is nice to have the option. I’ve caught a few fish basically drop-shotting Gantarels, but haven’t got any bass to jump on the Dowzswimmer when rigged the same way. What this second eye is good for is simply clipping on some additional weight if your goal is to simply alter your rate of fall during retrieves.


The Ghost Wakasagi pattern is probably the most subtle finish and looked great in clear water

Price & Applications: Talk to a non-angler and tell them that this bait retails for $49.99 and they will think that you are out of your mind. Discuss the same bait and price with another swimbait angler and you are likely to get a very different response. These days spending 50 dollars for a swimbait is considered par for the course, and even “affordable” as far as premium swimbaits go, and JDM handmade baits often retail for many times more.

When it comes to swimbaits Jackall is definitely known best for their popular Gantarel Series, but new baits like the Gantia and Dowzswimmer are enticing for anglers looking for trout imitators, or simply baits with longer and larger profiles. This big-bait can be effective for bass and stripers, and I found that it really performed best in bodies of water where the fish routinely prey on trout or kokanee, and will quickly key in on the Dowzswimmer’s familiar looking profile.


There is a second eyelet positioned discretely below the bait's chin to add weight and increase sink rate during retrieves

The only thing that is a bit of a pain with the Dowzswimmer is the extra care necessary to preserve the lure’s elastomeric tail. While this material is very resistant to strike damage, the polymers used in this tail can react with other traditional plastics. Keeping the Dowzswimmer away from your other swimbaits and plastics can be problematic with a bait of this size and ultimately what I ended up doing was simply keeping the plastic protective clamshell, which shipped with the bait, and clamping it back onto the lure’s tail before placing it into a box with other baits.


To protect the tail you can use the plastic cover that the bait shipped with, and as a backup the bait comes with one extra tail


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):

Jackall Dowzswimmer 220SF Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality The kind of quality and construction that we have come to expect from Jackall. Well built with finishes that hold up and the stock hardware is actually decent. The bait does look and feel more mass produced than custom, but the consistency across baits is excellent 8.5
Performance Overall great performance in lakes and river systems where the bass and stripers prey on trout. It wills till work on other bodies of water but just not as well. This bait does benefit from more rod tip movement to create the darting action and is more work than the Gantarel 8
Price Though not cheap the $49.99 dollar price tag is pretty much what we expect for a bait of this size and quality these days 8
Features Plenty of features including quality finishes, interesting joint design, extra eyelet for weight modification, and the elastomeric tail 9
Design (Ergonomics) Though relatively large in size the Dowzswimmer casts surprisingly well and will not do a number on your arms and shoulders like many other larger baits. When it comes to retrieves mixing it up tends to yield the best results 8.5
Application Great for Bass and Stripers but basically any predatory fish that feeds on trout or similarly shaped fish. When it comes to strikes and landed fish the Gantarel still has my vote as the most versatile swimbait in Jackall's lineup 8

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

+ Well built lure that brings a lot of what we like about other Jackall baits to a longer, more slender, profile - Not quite as easy to effectively fish as the Gantarels
+ Interesting hybrid swimming action that mixes traditional swimbait and glidebait action - Has that "mass produced" quality versus custom swimbait look and feel
+ Can be fished at all speeds. Does not lose action at high speeds  
+ Great for lakes and rivers where bass and striper crush the trout  
+ A reasonable price for this size/quality big-bait  


Conclusion: Personally I feel that the best swimbait that Jackall makes is their Gantarel Series, and I’ve caught more fish with the traditional Gantarel, and Gantarel Jr., baits than probably any other swimbait series on the market. When I fish the Gigantarel I feel like I am swinging for the fences, and while the Dowzswimmer is just a little longer it doesn’t have the same mass or weight of the Giganteral, making it easier to commit to all day. That being said I do feel like you have to invest more time into learning how to incite the right action into the Dowzswimmer than all the Gantarels, which are deadly fish catching machines, even during straight retrieves.

While I can get a lot of fish to get interested enough to follow the Dowzswimmer, it is usually an aggressive rod sweep, or twitch, that imparts that extra darting action that ultimately triggers followers to commit.


Fishing the Jackall Dowzswimmer takes a little more work than the Gantarel, but get creative and mix it up on retrieves to entice quality fish to strike

This is a bait that you need to spend a little time with, and requires that you adapt your rod action to find what the fish are really interested in on your particular body of water, and depending on the daily conditions. The Dowzswimmer's long slender profile makes it a good trout imitator, and is a great option for any lake where you know Rainbow stockers or Kokanee are on the menu. Don’t be afraid to be creative, and the more you mix it up, the more likely you are to get a lunker with the Dowzswimmer.


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