Revisit an old friend, the Kastmaster, perhaps the most versatile lure ever
Total Score: 8.83
Introduction: The Kastmaster has been around for
decades, and for good reason, its a proven fish catcher. Its simple, yet
deadly design has not been modified since its conception in the '50s. Its
basic function, to mimic the actions of an injured baitfish, make it equally
effective for both fresh and saltwater fish, and can be cast, trolled, or
vertically jigged. The ability to cast the Kastmaster long distances and
cover large areas of water continues to make the Kastmaster the lure of choice in many
situations for trout.
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closeup of a 1/8 oz. gold Kastmaster
Impressions: The Kastmaster's solid brass construction and
aerodynamic design definitely make it live up to its name as a true distance
caster. Its solid brass construction also ensures that it will never
corrode, bend, or break. It also retains its luster even after repeated
exposures to salt water. The only qualm I really have about the Kastmaster
is its hooks. They usually are not very sharp out of the package, but that
can easily be remedied by a hook sharpener, or by replacing the hook with a
similar sized Gamakatsu treble hook.
Kastmaster stock treble hook
World Tests: The Kastmaster can be used to attract a variety of fresh and
saltwater fish, but it is probably used most commonly while fishing for
trout. The 1/12 oz. and 1/8 oz. sized gold versions should be found in any
trout fisherman's tackle box. The 1/12 oz. is especially effective for
backcountry trout fishing, and wild trout will often attack this lure with a
vengeance. The sheer flash and realistic swim pattern of this traditional
lure has been copied, modified, and re-invented by many...but the Kastmaster
continues to demonstrate its staying power.
Kastmaster comes in a variety of patterns and sizes
Casting: The single greatest advantage of the Kastmaster is
its ability to be casted great distances. When fishing for trout, a 1/12
oz. Kastmaster paired with 2 lb. test line and a flexible rod can easily be cast
50 feet or more. When using the 1/8 oz. Kastmaster, 4 lb. test is usually
a perfect match for in terms of castability and durability. Unlike with
spinners, the Kastmaster's action does not induce line twist, which is a
refreshing change for those who frequently get bird's nests in their reels from
Retrieving: There are several ways to retrieve a Kastmaster, and depending on the conditions and type of water you are fishing,
different strategies may be used. The standard retrieve is a slow, steady
retrieve, with the rod tip pointed down towards the lure. When fish are
aggressive or in a large school, they will usually eagerly strike this tempting
offering. When fish are more finicky or less active, an erratic, jigging
retrieve is often effective. This involves holding the rod tip high, and
retrieving at a steady pace, periodically jerking the rod tip back to induce a
"death spasm" to the supposedly injured baitfish (Kastmaster). Fish will often strike right after this jerk, while the spoon is dropping.
side profile of the Kastmaster, a shape which gives it its deadly
addition to presentation, it is important to present the lure at the right
depth/speed. Another advantage of the dense design of the Kastmaster is
that it sinks rapidly, and can be effectively fished at deep depths. It is also important to vary the speed of the retrieve
until you start eliciting strikes.
The solid brass construction, and dearth of complicated moving parts make
the Kastmaster virtually indestructible. I have managed to break one, by
casting it under a bridge (and having it hit the bridge), but that was more due
to human error than to poor design. If you can manage to keep your Kastmasters away from snags, these lures can easily serve you for a
Kastmaster Ratings (?/10)
of solid brass and retains luster even after many trips, although is not
an injured baitfish better than any other spoon on the market.
with other similar spoons, though the larger ones can get
in a multitide of sizes and colors.
proven design for the past 50 years.
the most versatile lure ever created.
Pluses and Minuses:
Conclusion: A proven design that is still as effective
now as it was 50 years ago. Its simple, yet efficient design makes this
lure extremely versatile, and it can be used for almost any type of fish.
Its solid construction ensures that you'll be able to use it for many years of
hard fishing, unlike many other lures where you need to worry about the paint
chipping or the blades rusting. This is my personal favorite lure, and
probably will be for many years to come. It has caught me more fish than
probably all the other lures I have combined, and is the first one I usually
pull out of my extensive tackle box. A few of these proven lures belong in every
fisherman's tackle box.