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O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick Is Anything But Basic

 

Date: 3/11/19
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: O.S.P.
Reviewer: Cal






Total Score: 7.67 - GOOD

Introduction:
Enthusiast fishing products are certainly not limited to rods and reels. The popularity of brands such as Roman Made, Duo Realis, Deps, among others have proven that fact. Part of the lore of fishing and enthusiast category bait is the low likelihood fish have seen the offering in your local waters. O.S.P. is a JDM brand best known for their squarebill Blitz crankbait and Rudra jerkbait, but did you know they also make soft plastics? We managed to get our hands on some to check out. Here's our look at O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick.

 

O.S.P. DoLive Stick Specifications

Type Stick Bait
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 50
Sizes 3", 3.5", 4.5", 6"
Scent/Plastic Treatment Shrimp & Squid Scent + Salt
# per package 10 (3"), 8 (3.5"), 7 (4.5"), 6 (6")
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $9 - $13 per pack


Introducing O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick

Impressions: O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick comes in several sizes and actually two body types - a standard and a fat. We fished the four and a half inch fat and standard DoLive Stick. Both versions feature a main body section that makes up about two thirds of the bait's length. This section is part stick bait, part shad profile. It's kind of rounded on the top and bottom, but flat on the sides. This shape is more pronounced in the fat version. The back part of the bait tapers quickly to a tail that's skinny at first, but then fattens up at the end like a bull's tail.

 


Pictured here is the DoLive Stick Fat

Real World Tests: I fished O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick on a few different combos but most recently on my Megabass of America Orochi XX Enforcer paired with my Megabass LIN256 spinning reel spooled with ten pound Berkley Ultra8 Fireline.

Both the standard and Fat share the same basic body. The Fat is just taller

 

Talk about flexibility! There are several ways to rig the DoLive Stick and the bait has a belly slit to accommodate Texas rigging with large worm hooks and even a channel at the top of the bait to conceal the hook's point.

 

Naturally, you can just nose hook the bait in a drop-shot like presentation, and there are suggested nose-hook placements on the bait for different actions.

 


Both have tails that get fatter at the end like a bull's tail

 

A close inspection of the bottom side of the bait at its imaginary chin reveals three indentations. These are suggested hook placements supposedly change the action of the DoLive Stick as it descends in the water affecting body roll and tail action. The differences are pretty subtle but sometimes, that's all that's needed to trigger a fish from looking at a bait to hitting it.

 


The standard DoLive Stick is just a hair less tall

 

My favorite way to fish the bait was to nose hook it at the first indentation. I felt this gave the bait the most freedom to move around as it descended in the water column, and also at rest on tight line while drop-shotting. Any little shake of the rod tip with the bait hooked in this position was enough to activate the bait's tail to dance around.

 


The bait quickly tapers down to the tail

 

Conversely, Texas rigging this bait really limits body movement, but still allows that tail to swing around and dance. If you're looking for a more subtle, almost finesse-style punch bait, the DoLive Stick would work very well in this capacity.


This slit is along the belly and the top of the bait for TX rigging

Design & Ergonomics: From what we can discern, the DoLive Stick is available in upwards of fifty different colors. There is no messy oil in the resealable packaging for scent, but the plastic itself is infused with shrimp and squid powder to encourage fish to hold onto the bait. Additionally, O.S.P. carefully infuses salt into strategic areas along the bait's body to control the bait's posture as it sits in the water column.


The three dimples, above, are found on the underside of the bait and are there as suggested rigging points for different actions from the bait

Price & Applications: Now for the bad news, O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick and DoLive Stick Fat are both JDM products. They are not available, at least not yet, in North American Tackle Stores, but of course can be found for sale through outlets that will ship to anywhere in the world with a little time behind the keyboard. Retail seems to range somewhere between $9 - $13 a package depending on the size and not including shipping.


Retail seems to range somewhere between $9 - $13 a package

Ratings

O.S.P. DoLive Stick Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Everything we've seen from O.S.P. screams quality and the DoLive Stick is just the latest example 8
Performance Casts well, tail has really good action, so many different ways to rig and fish this bait 8
Price First you have to find it. After that, you might as well just bite the bullet 6
Features Infused with scent and salt, belly slit for TX rigging, dimples on top for DS rigging, this is a very technical bait! 8
Design (Ergonomics) A variety of sizes and colors from which to choose 8
Application A deceivingly versatile soft plastic stick bait 8

Total Score

7.67
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
+ Unique and very effective profile - Difficult to find
+ Prepped with many ways to rig  
+ Available in a host of colors  
+ Available in four sizes  

 

Conclusion: Somewhere out there, someone is reading this bemoaning the fact this article has just been published outing their secret, go to bait. O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick is that type of product. The fact that it's not easily acquired together with the fact it works, makes it all the more attractive to anglers looking for that extra edge over their friends and rivals. Assuming you do find it for sale somewhere, you'll be hard pressed to narrow down your choice to one size and a handful of colors, so be careful. Before you know it, your shopping cart will be overflowing.

 


O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick is the most technical soft plastic stick bait I've fished.

 

O.S.P.'s DoLive Stick and DoLive Stick Fat could be the most technical soft plastic stick bait I've seen to date. In fact, with the three dimples in its head for suggested nose rigging, the belly slit for TX rigging, the strategically placed salt, infused scent plastic, carefully shaped tail, this is the most technical soft plastic stick bait I've fished. My only surprise with this bait is that it's not in our local tackle store shelves. Hopefully this article changes that fact, because this bait is definitely worth having in your arsenal.


 

 

   

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