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Lure Review

 

Megabass's MagDraft Soft Bodied Swimbait (continued)

 

Durability : I didn't fish these baits often enough in the right conditions to get a lot of bites so It's difficult to really assess durability. The MagDraft's plastic is soft, but not too soft so if I had to take an educated guess I'd say durability is slightly above average, but since I wasn't able to really see how many fish it takes to beat this bait up, I'm going to score it conservatively as average.


A close up of the MagDraft's 3D eyes.

Features: The MagDraft comes pre-rigged with a bottom hook attached to a swivel. There are no spare parts in the package. The swivel is an interesting addition and helps mitigate against the fish gaining leverage with the bait to toss it during a fight. There's a slot in the bait's belly to help stow one of the treble hook's points and tuck the bait neatly against the fish's belly. There is indeed a magnet between the hook harness and this slit that aids in keeping the hook in place, but not nearly strong enough to prevent that hook from swinging free on impact of a fish.


Each MagDraft bait has this swivel attached to the hook helping to increase your chances of landing any fish that hits this bait.

For now, the MagDraft is available in about 9 different colors and there are no scent or salt infusions in the bait's soft plastic body. Some of the color patterns feature very fine glitter within the body to help give the bait a more realistic shine and flash.


Difficult to see here, but there's a slit in the belly to help keep the hook tucked away during cast and retrieve.

Design/Ergonomics: As previously mentioned, the MagDraft three very fishable sizes. Weights for each size are easily managed considering each bait's length. Consistency bait to bait is very good and difficult to imagine it'd be anything short of that considering they're made from molds but of course, it does happen.


The 8" in Ayu.

Application: Baits of this size and makeup are made for and can be made to suit all sorts of applications limited only by the collective imagination of those who build them and those who throw them. The MagDraft is a very good mid-water column bait with some applications for the bottom. You can use it as a wake bait if retrieve fast enough, but it's a tricky retrieve because the tail needs enough water to keep it moving and will blow out every few feet. The bait doesn't have enough buoyancy for a traditional, erratic retrieve, but you can hop it up off the bottom repeatedly and that in and of itself is erratic. Bottom line is the MagDraft has enough built in versatility to tempt fish a number of different ways.


The MagDraft is built to coax active fish into showing themselves.

Ratings

Megabass of America MagDraft Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A simple bait by MB standards, but solid nonetheless 8.0
Performance A really good performer at medium-slow to medium-fast retrieves and a nice, tight shimmy to the bait's body 7.5
Price Prices seem to be pretty much in line with similarly sized baits 7.5
Features Use of a swivel to attach the hook to the hook harness, together with the slit in the belly to secure the hook during a cast and retrieve are nice touches 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Good size to weight ratio for easy casts 7
Application Enough built in versatility to be fished a number of different ways 7

Total Score

7.42
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
+ Effective search tool for active bass - Hard to train yourself to not fish slow if you're used to chucking these types of baits
+ Swivel hook attachment comes in handy  
+ Nice selection of colors  


Success with the MagDraft! Now time to turn our attention to its sibling, the MagSlow.

Conclusion: The MagDraft was a difficult bait to put our collective heads around because baits with this makeup are usually built to fish slowly along the bottom. Once we verified the intent of how to fish this bait with Megabass of America, our perspective changed and we discovered a bait that's pretty good at helping us locate active bass. It's a bit unconventional, but then again, that's Megabass. Now it's time to see if we can get back to a more traditional cadence while turning our attention to the MagDraft's afore mentioned sibling.

 

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