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Sink Rate: Like all Roman Made baits, the Trick is made of wood and very carefully weighted so as to sink at a controlled two feet per second. When I say controlled, I mean, the bait sinks almost perfectly parallel to the surface of the water. We've seen this from the Negotiator and Mother baits as well and it is quite astonishing to witness.

The Trick is made of wood and very carefully weighted so as to sink at a controlled two feet per second.

However, unlike the Negotiator and Mother, which are two piece baits and hold an almost straight body position as they descend, the Trick has a tendency curl up when on a deadstick decent. This is caused by the flexibility in the bait's tail piece. Otherwise, if allowed to sink all the way to the bottom, the Trick will stand up on its hooks and give the appearance of a fish resting at or very near the bottom.

Hard to imagine each bait is carved by hand.

Retrieve: Click your spool over, begin your retrieve, and the Trick swims in traditional three-piece fashion snaking its way back to the boat. The great thing about this bait is that at no matter what speed your retrieve, it stays true and does not spin out in the water or track to one side or the other.

Here's a look at how the Trick spec'd out in our lab.

If you're into making your bait dance, the Trick has those up its sleeve as well and will do the coveted 180 and even 360 degree turn. The issue here of course is this is a great way for your line to foul the hooks and if a fish strikes while your line and hooks are wrapped up, your chances of losing not only the fish, but your bait go up.

Word within the industry is that Roman Made is going to cut back distribution to North America, so they can keep up with demand in Japan, but then they go and offer US exclusive colors like these.

Durability: The only issue I can find with this bait is typical of the majority of big baits and that's its tail. The trick's tail is made of some type of flexible, soft plastic that's glued into the last section of the bait. It's held within a deep cut slot so the tail stays secure, but if anything is going to fail on this bait, it will be the tail section and given the glued installation, working in a replacement might be difficult.

Roman Made proves they have more than one pony in their stable.

Availability: Word out in the marketplace is Roman Made is going to be cutting back on exports of this bait because they cannot keep up with demand in Japan, so if you've been delaying purchase of any Roman Made products for any reason whatsoever, you better act quick or your opportunity to own one of these works of art will have passed.


Roman Made Trick Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Among the finest made baits we've seen. This bait is built like a functional piece of art 9
Performance Incredibly consistent for a wood bait. It is said that it takes up to 12 hours to create each bait and it shows each time you retrieve this bait and see it come to life in the water 9
Price Considering the quality and the fact it's hand made out of wood, quite the bargain, but in the grand scheme of things, it's still an $80+ bait 6
Features If the bait's completely neutral position on decent can be considered a feature, that's basically the difference maker right there 8
Design (Ergonomics) At only 2.5 ounces, this 7" bait is a breeze to fish all day long 8
Application Looking to be inspired or even re-inspired into the big bait craze? You could do a lot worse than this bait 9

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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


+ I have an affinity for wood baits... couple that with a big bait and boy, what a plus - Availability may soon become very limited to non-existent
+ Very easy bait to throw and fish  
+ It descends in such a neutral position it's crazy  


Conclusion: It had been my opinion for a very long time that if you wanted a quality big bait, your best bet was to stick to some of the small shop manufacturers here in the States. I had taken a look at products from overseas several years ago and come to the conclusion the majority of baits just weren't ready and/or they just weren't worth the hassle to try and procure given the quality and diversity of baits you can get locally. All that has changed.

It's quite the "trick" when a manufacturer can restore our enthusiasm for a specific line of products.. thanks Roman Made!

Traditional manufacturers like DEPS and GanCraft have stepped up their game making their baits both larger and more available, and now with Roman Made offering two and three piece baits in traditional big bait sizes, the landscape is quietly shifting. The good news is these manufacturers have also managed to shift our enthusiasm for big baits back to the positive side of the scale, and that's quite the Trick.



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