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Retrieving: Retrieve the Yamamoto PsychoDad just like you would a jig or worm. When casting on a Carolina or Texas rig, you can drag, crawl, or hop the bait. If you are flipping, pitching, or punching, let the bait fall, then quiver it on the bottom or yo-yo it up and down. The arms and legs are quite thin and allow for some nice action with just light rod tip movements.

The long legs face towards the rear and offer great action on the drop.

One unique aspect of this bait is the action it displays as it sinks. As the PsychoDad plummets to the bottom, the four legs come alive and fiercely kick with a ton of fluttering movement. The movement is extremely frantic in appearance, and is something that likely drives bass nuts!

These are some sweet looking arms and claws.

The chubby claws wave around on the fall and float up a bit when the bait is on the bottom. The thin, limber arms accentuate the movement of the claws so that they are allowed to move with increased freedom when you twitch and hop the PsychoDad.

Ouch! The thin arms make for some nice action, but are also torn off rather easily both by fish and cover.

Durability: Unfortunately, the biggest downfall of the PsychoDad is its durability. The real issue here is with the softness of the plastic. There's no debating that a bait made with softer plastic will produce better action and generate more bites. What's a bit perplexing is why would a bait designed with an emphasis on punching be made so brittle? Both flipping and punching are techniques that demand the most out of the angler and his or her equipment, and in my opinion the PsychoDad is simply too weak to hold up to both the techniques and the fish. The bait tears easily, even in the tail section where the plastic is the most dense. It's not uncommon to only get one or two fish out of a single bait before it's too tattered to be fished properly.

Skin hooking the point anywhere on the bait should only be done in very light-duty situations,  as you can see how pliable the plastic is when a bit of pressure is applied.

It was sometimes a challenge keeping the PsychoDad weedless, especially when fishing really thick cover. Regardless of hook style, I found it best to use one with a shorter distance from the eye (or bait-keeping barb) to the point. This allowed the point to be inserted into the solid portion of the body ahead of the rattle chamber. Though this worked best for me, in rougher situations the soft plastic still didn't hold and protect hook points like I had hoped. If you use a larger hook and rig it so the point is inside the hollow rattle cavity, the point will wear through this thin plastic in short order. After several frustrating experiences, I found myself using the PsychoDad by itself only in open waters or areas with light cover where I could fish it Texas rigged on a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG offset-shank worm hook. I simply do not recommend this bait for anything heavy-duty.

The PsychoDad pairs up quite well with a jig.

Price & Applications: TackleWarehouse.com sells a pack of five Yamamoto PsychoDads for $5.19. Do the math on that, and you'll see that these baits aren't exactly a stellar value. If you factor in the mediocre durability, you'll easily find yourself flying through a pack or more per day during a good bite.

Application-wise, the PsychoDad has a variety of uses. It can be Texas or Carolina rigged, fished as a jig or chatterbait trailer, or used alone on a jig head. You can punch, flip, pitch, or cast it from the bank out to however deep you please. I personally favored this bait as a jig trailer since it's sized perfectly for this application and the buoyant claws always add some unique action behind the skirt. Each bait also experienced a longer lifespan when fished as a trailer, however they still got beat up pretty quickly once the fish started chomping.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

Yamamoto PsychoDad Ratings  (?/10)

Construction/Quality I found three individual baits (out of three packages) that had sizable dents in them. Otherwise, the good ones exude quality but the plastic is too soft for fishing thick cover. 6.5
Performance The PsychoDad exhibits decent action underwater—especially the legs. The softness of the plastic unfortunately causes problems in regards to the bait staying rigged properly in some circumstances. 6.5
Price When you break the pricing down these cost just over a buck a piece! 5.5
Features The combination of features makes for a very realistic offering, however the placement of the rattle chamber can make weedless rigging more of a problem with some bigger hook sizes. 7
Design (Ergonomics) The PsychoDad is small enough to effectively get through cover and sink quickly if needed. The overall shape and detailing makes it look realistic underwater. 7.5
Application Durability aside, this is a bait that can be used for many applications. I favored it as a trailer on a football jig. Try putting it on a football head down deep if you want to give the fish something different to look at. 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!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Lifelike appearance - Not durable enough
+ Awesome kicking action - Expensive
+ Good detailing  
+ Can be used for various applications  


There's no doubt bass do love the PsychoDad!


Conclusion: At first, I was caught up in the hype of these baits and nearly placed an order for several packages right after their release. Like any new item that comes on the market, it's best not to get caught up in all the buzz because sometimes the product simply isn't what you envisioned. The Yamamoto PsychoDad is a sweet looking bait, but unfortunately it left me a bit disappointed out on the water. While I have baits I favor more for punching, flipping, and pitching, I can see myself keeping a couple packs around for jig trailer use or lighter-duty situations. We think the Yamamoto PsychoDad has a ton of potential and we'd like to see it redesigned to increase overall durability.


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