A Diamante in the Rough? Megabass's Latest STW Achievement
||Megabass of America
Total Score: 8.17 -
In January, we shared with you the first official bait from Megabass's Support to Win (STW) initiative, the S-Crank. Today, we take a look at another bait from this program that the company's prostaff was very adamant about during our factory tour back in 2013. It's taken that long for this bait to make its way to market, but here now is our look at Megabass of America's Dog-X Diamante topwater bait.
Megabass Dog-X Diamante Specifications
||Topwater Cigar Bait
||3x #5 Gamakatsu SP-MH trebles
Introducing Megabass's Dog-X Diamante.
Megabass's Dog-X Diamante is a four and three quarter inch (4 3/4") long bait weighing approximately three quarters of an ounce (3/4oz). It has a classic topwater cigar bait overall shape but with a tapered back section and of course, the prototypical Megabass detailing at the head and gills.
Much like their rods the
Dog-X exhibits excellent detail in design and features styling that is more
aggressive and edgy than many competing walking baits that share traditional
cigar shaped profiles.
The Diamante is available in 8 colors, but we're kind of partial to this one, we call it "HT TackleTour Shad".
Real World Test:
I threw this bait on a variety of combos with braided line, fluorocarbon, and mono, but the most extensive tests were run with a Fenwick HMG seven foot, two inch (7'-2") medium powered casting rod matched with a Shimano Scorpion 71, spooled with Lucky Craft's Iron Athlete topwater
Detailing at the head is always pretty intense.
Castability : The Dog-X Diamante is
weighted internally with two fixed bearings at the back of the bait. This gives
the bait the proper weight forward momentum during a cast and helps you launch
the bait good distances with minimal effort. This weighting strategy also keeps
the bait from tumbling in the air.
Including the cut outs beneath the gills.
Ease of Actuation : Once the bait splashes down, whether you choose to pause and wait for the ripples to disappear or not, just a simple twitch of your rod tip gets the bait moving. Continue your cadence and the Diamante walks really easily even with fluorocarbon line.
The rear of the bait has an extreme taper to the end.
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