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Just Tie It On, Toss It Out, and Crank It UP! Megabass's Deep-X LBO II (continued)

Dive Time: My guess is, those internal weights in a crankbait need to move around more freely because once that bait hits the water, the action taken by an angler to get the bait moving is a lot more subtle. Instead of giving your rod tip a snap, you simply begin your retrieve forcing the bait into a downward angle at which point the internal weights - however they are configured - need to slide forward from the tail to the belly so the bait will swim properly. That LBO II in the Deep-X slides around pretty freely thus probably precluding that clacking sound during the cast.

This fish just engulfed the bait and made it a challenge lip

Once you do click your reel over, both the 100 and 200 begin diving immediately, but I should note I'm not sure you can effectively fish these two baits on the same rod. The Deep-X 100 feels like it needs a medium powered stick or something in the shallow cranking category. It has a much more subtle dive and wiggle to it. When fishing it with my Phenix MAX73MH and RevoX combo, all I was constantly thinking about casting this on my Shimano Conquest 51 matched with my Conquest 842C MBR with 8lb line or super light braid. Though it dives deeper and behaves differently in the water, the Deep-X 100 LBO reminds me of something like the 1/4 oz sized Speed Trap (a bait that actually weighs closer to half an ounce) in the way you can just fire it around targets and bring it back.

Switching to the 100 yielded other species!

The Deep-X 200, on the other hand, felt right at home on the MAX73MH providing excellent feel both during the retrieve. Both baits have a pronounced wiggle, but the Deep-X 200 is more emphatic and really easy to feel as it ticks weeds, rocks, or anything else during its journey back to your position. I had a couple of hits where the vibration just stopped because the fish were swimming with the bait back to me. I thought they were weeds, but swung just in case and lo and behold, there was a fish at the end of the line.

The hooks that come with the Deep-X series are typical light wire trebles with in-barbs instead of the company's signature out-barbs

Design/Ergonomics: Megabass of America's Deep-X LBO cranks are available in fourteen different colors representing a blend between US and traditional JDM patterns but with mostly JDM names. The bait's eyes and gill plates are typical of the manufacturer with lifelike detail at every turn. The hooks that come with the Deep-X series are typical light wire trebles but with in-barbs instead of the company's signature out-barbs.

The Deep-X in both the 100 and 200 size retail for $17.99

Price & Application: The Deep-X in both the 100 and 200 size retail for $17.99 as opposed to the $20 price tag on the circa 2005 Deep-X 200T. Megabass of America has found a way not only to update the bait and its underlying technology, but to do so at a price that is just a bit more accessible.


Megabass Deep-X LBO Crankbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Another finely crafted bait from Megabass 9
Performance Casts well but without that audible clack in the original LBO system. Dives right away and comes through obstacles efficiently 8
Price A more affordable Megabass! 7.5
Features Unique balancing system, hydrodynamic shape, quality, thin wire hooks 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) 14 well executed colors and two sizes to choose from 7.5
Application A very good general purpose crankbait 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!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Casts extremely well - I understand it but still I miss that audible clack of the original LBO
+ The baits give good feedback through the line as you're cranking  
+ Stock hooks are sticky  

Conclusion: It's always difficult trying to replace or update an original product, or rather, trying to supplant fond memories of the original. The Deep-X 200T wasn't even the first iteration of this bait. Megabass debuted the crank without the "T" because the original bait did not have tungsten weights inside. In fact, there are those who prefer the non "T" Deep-X. I certainly have very fond memories fishing the Deep-X T-series and while the Deep-X LBO resembles the old baits, it feels to me like a different product. One that can and should stand on its own merits.

If you're looking for a new mid-depth crank to try out, Megabass's new Deep-X LBO II is certainly worthy of being tied on, tossed out, and cranked up

Megabass's LBO tech is intriguing and actually makes a lot more sense than having individual bearings moving around inside the bait. A sliding, weighted cylinder just feels inherently more reliable and consistent. Is it the game changer I originally thought it might be? So far, in the two bait series I've fished it (this and the IxI shad), not quite, though I do like its performance better in this bait than the other. It could be I just like the Deep-X bait better, and that's the real matter at hand, not just the tech, but the bait overall. If you're looking for a new mid-depth crank to try out, Megabass's new Deep-X LBO II is certainly worthy of being tied on, tossed out, and cranked up.


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