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Lure Review


Megabass's DeepX 200T Proves Appearances Can Be Deceiving
 

Date: 4/04/07
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Megabass
Reviewer: Cal & Zander






Total Score: 8.5 + EDITORS CHOICE!

 

Introduction: The life of a TackleTour Editor is a mixed bag. On the one hand, it is our goal and opportunity to fish some of the latest and greatest the tackle industry has to offer. At other times, it's rediscovering old favorites, or proving and disproving perceptions. But because of all the testing and evaluating, rarely do you have a chance to go back and fish a favorite product if it's not on your list of items to review. More often than not, once we complete a review, the product in question is retired as we move on to the next, similar item to evaluate. So, it is with great reluctance I sit down to write this next review. Introducing, the Megabass DeepX 200T crankbait.
 

Megabass DeepX 200T Specifications

Type Crankbait
Depth Rated to 15 feet
Class Floating
Size 2 7/8 inches / 1/2 ounce
Colors/Patterns 20 different colors
Hook Sizes #4 front and back
MSRP $20


Impressions: The Megabass DeepX 200T crankbait certainly doesn't look like much. Absent are the aggressive styling features of the Cyclone series. Also missing are the Japanese characters of the signature, Ito-tuned baits. Certainly, the 20 different color patterns are stunning and well executed, but the bait itself has a very ordinary shape and profile. Is it an wonder the lure sat in my box for the better part of two years before I decided to actually fish with it? Boy was that a mistake!

 

Introducing the Megabass DeepX 200T Crankbait, shown here in PM Ayu

 
The Field Tests:
The DeepX 200T became my go to crankbait for the 2006 fishing season and as such, I fished it on a bunch of different setups. The two most common were my F4-610GT3 cranking stick and the 2006 SuperCast Shootout champ, the F4-610XDti Elseil. The respective reels and line are detailed in the following table.

 

Complete test rigs for Megabass DeepX 200T Field Tests

Rig One Rig Two
Rod MB F4-610GT3 Shiryu MB F4-610XDti Elseil
Reel Conquest 101DC Daiwa Custom TD-Z
Line 12lb Yozuri Hybrid 14lb Sunline Shooter FC

 

The DeepX 200T is, as described on the lure itself, a 1/2 ounce bait
 

The DeepX 200T is definitely LureSaver split ring worthy

 

Casting: Thanks to Megabass's Moving Balancer System, this half-ounce plug casts like a bait that is much heavier. As such, and with the right setup, it can be cast great distances with relative ease. As with the majority of today's baits, the internal tungsten bearing of the DeepX 200T shifts to the rear of the bait during a cast to weight the lure in the direction of travel.

 

A closeup of the head detail on this bait
 

Most baits feature a painted on scale pattern - not the DeepX 200T


Retrieving: Once the lure hits the water, this same internal bearing moves all the way to the front of the bait to give it a nose down position in the water facilitating the lure's diving action the second you begin your retrieve. Of the eight or so lures I actually used over the coarse of this past year, none of them required tuning out of the box. The DeepX 200T indeed dives down quickly and easily reached depths up to ten feet on our test rigs. Greater depths can probably be achieved with thinner diameter lines, but I never went there with this lure for fear of breakoffs.
 

The FireClaw color features a painted diving bill to mimic a crawfish's claws

 

Weedlessness: I fished the DeepX 200T in both rocky and weedy conditions and while certainly not snag-proof, I never had to pull out the lure knocker, retrieval pole, or make use of the LureSaver split rings I put on all my baits. Each snag that I encountered while fishing this lure was easily recoverable and I've yet to lose a single one of these baits. Thanks to the baits somewhat slender profile, it seems to come through weeds better than many of the wider bodied cranks as well. In fact, I found good success, on occasion, ripping free from the weeds after it had been caught. Many times, after doing this, I'd get a fish right after pulling my bait free.

 

Unlike the PM Ayu color which featured a black pupil on white eye, the FireCraw features an entirely black eye
 

The underside of our FireCraw colored DeepX 200T


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