Cold Water Cranking Weapon -
River2Sea's Tactical Bassin' DD Crankbait
smaller bait also means that this bait doesn't require a low speed reel with
massive torque to wind this bait back. While I could feel the bait vibrating at
the end of the line I found fishing the Tactical DD with a 7:1, or even 8:1,
ratio reel was not only possible, it was effortless with 12lb. fluorocarbon
line. I did find it a bit challenging to get the bait down to the maximum 18
foot depth which the lure is rated at, and definitely recommend fishing with
fluorocarbon line, which sinks, and cranking down aggressively the second the
lure hits the water. In most cases where we tried to graph the bait it would
fish between the 10-12 feet range. It is possible to go deeper with a long
enough cast and the right reel and line setup. My personal favorite reels for
this bait are the
Shimano Bantam MGL HG (7.1:1) and the more affordable Daiwa
Tatula SV TW SV103HS (7.1:1). Both of these reels cast
the bait plenty far, provide enough cranking power, and line capacity to fish
mid sized deep divers like the Tactical DD.
This bait works in deep water and
I started cranking up fish in the middle of the lake by mixing up retrieves
After fishing the bait is some very cold days I
can attest to the effectiveness of the lure. Contrary to what many anglers do in
the winter, fish slow, the Tactical DD seems to draw more strikes when the bait
is fished fast. I don't necessarily burn it but I found the most success fishing
with higher speed reels and varying my retrieves, and mixing in pauses.
Sometimes the fish would hit the bait on the pause, and often times fish would
hit the bait during a straight retrieve, or even when the lure was diving
seconds after hitting the water.
I also found that the
Tactical DD did seem to draw more strikes than other larger deep diving
crankbaits. While action and sound certainly have a lot to do with it I agree
with the Tactical Bassin' crew in regards to the effectiveness of the more
moderately sized bait.
I personally think the smaller size represents
easier prey, and fish that are holding deep don't always want to exert the
energy required to take on what they perceive as a risky meal. The Tactical DD
represents an easy bite-size meal, and I found it effective for targeting fish
of all sizes year round.
The bane of any deep diver...
Price & Applications: While there are a
number of patterns to pick from, and even a few foil patterns, most of the
colors look pretty muted and very similar. This was intended as the team wanted
to create patterns that didn't scream for attention, they believe that a more
realistic pattern is critical in cold water where that last second decision by
the fish is key.
The team at River2Sea and Tactical
Bassin' have created an effective weapon for targeting bass in cold water, but
don't reserve this bait just for the winter months it works wherever there is
baitfish present... in this case bluegill
While the Tactical DD is designed for cold water I
found that it was also very effective in warm water conditions, and even during
the hot middle of summer months. You can easily employ this bait year round if
the water you are fishing is inhabited by baitfish of similar size. The best
thing about this crank is that it draws strikes during the winter, when many
other crankbaits are simply ineffective.
Most of the patterns are pretty
muted, and this was intentional as the team wanted to create baits that looked
realistic as the fish drew close
The Tactical DD retails for $15.99 each, making it
the most expensive R2S crank to date, but still reasonably priced when you
consider the uniqueness of the bait, and competing lures from other premium
hardbait manufacturers. The black nickel R2S hooks are decent, and have held up
well, as has the finishes of the baits themselves. My personal favorite patterns
are the Natural Gill, DD Minnow, and Ghost Minnow which I found effective in
both ultra-clear and stained water.