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Lure Review



Squeak, Squawk, Clank - Picasso's Din-R-Bell


Date: 10/15/17
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Picasso
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.83 - EDITOR'S CHOICE AWARD

In an earlier review, we took a look at Picasso's Buzz Saw double bladed buzzbait. The product scored very well and I had good success with it, but in the words of wise Yoda, there is another. Picasso double dips their double bladed buzzsaw offering with a second product built to cause a little more commotion. Here's our look at the company's Din-R-Bell Double Buzzbait.


Picasso Din-R-Bell Buzzbait Specifications

Type Double Buzzbait
Depth Topwater
Skirt Material Silicone
Weight 3/8oz, 1/2oz, 3/4oz
Colors/Patterns 4
Hook Mustad Ultra Point
Additional Features Tungsten Knocking Plate, Pre-bent wire
MSRP $7.79

Introducing Picasso's Din-R-Bell Double Buzzbait.

Impressions: Picasso's Din-R-Bell Buzzbait is actually offered in a single and double blade configuration. We only fished the double bladed bait. What makes this buzzbait interesting is the tungsten knocking plate strategically placed in the way of the counter rotating blades so as they turn, they hit the plate causing even more noise and commotion. Additionally, this buzzbait features a bent wire lowering the position of the bait's head, and the trailing hook, theoretically making it easier for a fish to find and strike the hook.


The secret to this bait is that tungsten sleeve over the main wire provided as a noise maker for the bait.

Real World Tests: There's an ideal place to test a buzzbait with this much to offer, unfortunately, the record rains we received here in California this past winter resulted in closures all around the CA Delta, so instead we took to some of our local lakes to test this bait.

Rigged and ready to go.


Castability : I fished the half ounce version of this bait and while it is a big and unwieldy due to those double blades, it casts very easily despite the unwieldy bulk. However, it does feel as though the double blades impact distance, and if there's a cross wind of any kind, they definitely affect accuracy. The blades catch the wind pretty easily on a cast.


As the baits counter-rotate, they hit that tungsten sleeve and cause all kinds of commotion.


Ease of Actuation : I fished this bait on a 7.1:1 casting reel and would recommend something in the neighborhood of 8:1 because it takes a little bit of time for this bait to reach the surface. To compensate for this, I found myself clicking my reel over about a half second before the bait touched down so that I could begin my retrieve almost before the bait hit the water. Be careful when doing this though as you can grind the gears on your reel and cause premature wear.


This bait has the traditional Picasso buzzbait/spinnerbait head. If it had a flatter head, the bait might come the surface more easily.


Quality of Movement : Once you do have the bait to the surface, the Din-R-Bell makes all kinds of commotion squeaking, squawking, and clanking all the way back to the boat. This buzzbait is super loud and annoying and really, just what the Maitre-D ordered. This bait creates all kinds of anticipation that you're going to get a hit at any moment because it is so incredibly noisy.


The skirts are fastened on with a rubber band.

Design & Ergonomics: The Din-R-Bell Buzzbait comes in four basic color patterns and in three sizes, and of course what sets this bait apart from the others is that very effective tungsten knocking plate. What I like most about this bait is that it comes with the wire pre-bent so the bait sits lower in the water than normal. It's a modification I make to all my buzzbaits so it's always a bonus when a product comes pre-bent.

There's a clamp just behind the line tie holding the bait together but this creates a closed loop tie so your knot can't move around.

Price & Applications: Picasso's Din-R-Bell carries with it a price tag of $7.79. That's right, it's actually less expensive than the BuzzSaw and I find it a more intriguing product. That extra noise this bait creates is a really good option in dirty water, low light conditions, or even at night when you want to give the fish something extra to hone in on.

Most anglers take this little bend in the wire for granted on their buzzbaits but it's the first thing I look for.


Picasso Din-R-Bell Buzzbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Nice detailing on the head, but the skirt is fastened by a rubber band 7.5
Performance A little difficult to get up on the surface after a cast sometimes, but when you do, wow this thing is noisy! 9
Price Less expensive than the BuzzSaw but still a little up there in comparison to the competition 7.5
Features Tungsten Knocking Plate, pre-bent wire 8
Design (Ergonomics) 4 color patterns and 3 sizes 7
Application When you need to make some extra noise, this is the buzzbait to choose 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:


+ Bait has good heft to it for casting distance - Can be slow to come to the top after a cast
+ Super loud and annoying - Casting for accuracy can prove challenging if there's wind
+ Wire is pre-bent for the swimming head to sit lower in the water  


It's almost impossible to think that if any bass is within a five foot radius of this bait that it wouldn't come out to annihilate it just to keep the stupid thing quiet.


Conclusion: I'm not certain why more buzzbaits don't come with the wire pre-bent to allow the bait's weighted head and hook to sit a little lower in the water.


This pre-bend increases your hook up ratio. Picasso's Din-R-Bell not only comes with this pre-bent wire, but that tungsten plate against which the blades hit during retrieve makes a tremendous difference in the amount of noise this bait can create! It's almost impossible to think that if any bass is within a five foot radius of this bait that it wouldn't come out to annihilate it just to keep the stupid thing quiet!


The Din-R-Bell easily wins this Editor's Choice Award - congratulations Picasso!


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