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Lure Review

It's Not Just About Rods For Upstart Damiki

Date: 10/9/09
Tackle type: Crankbait
Manufacturer: Damiki
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.58 - GOOD

Introduction: Damiki made a big splash with us at ICAST 2007 with the introduction of their exciting lineup of bass rods. What’s gotten lost in the mix since that time is this new company from Korea is not just about rods. They have a large selection of lures and terminal tackle as well. When they heard about our Year of the Crank coverage, you better bet they sent in a bunch of baits for our evaluation. Introducing our take on Damiki’s DC-100 and DC-200 crankbaits!


Introducing the Damiki DC-200 crankbait.

Damiki DC Series Crankbait Specifications

Type Floating
Rated Depth 3-4 ft (DC-100) : 6-7 ft (DC-200)
Length 2"
Weight 0.45 oz (DC-100) : 0.5 oz (DC-200)
Colors 8
MSRP $11.99

The Damiki DC cranks are compact baits measuring a mere two inches (2”) in length and weighing in at right around half an ounce. As expected, they are hard plastic lures with Damiki’s own interpretation of a weight transfer system to aid in both casting and diving. Both the DC-100 and DC-200 feature a rounded diving bill.

The DC-100 is the same as the DC-200 only with a smaller bill.

The available finishes on these lures are very neutral and natural favoring baitfish colors more so than other forage although there are at least two crawfish finishes available.

The diving bill of the DC-200 helps this bait reach depths of up to six fee on ten pound test line.

These baits traveled with us from El Novillo Lake in Mexico to Clear Lake and the California Delta and were fished on a variety of rods from our CrankBait Rod Wars.

The shallower running DC-100 is rated from two to four feet in depth.

As one might expect on a half ounce bait that’s this compact, the DC cranks cast easily and accurately on everything from braid to mono to fluorocarbon. Thanks to its really small profile, it’s easy to fire this bait into tight spaces too – especially the DC-100.

An interesting feature of Damiki's DC Series cranks are the oversized eyes.

Click over into retrieve mode and the baits swim true out of the box. The DC-100 is rated to about three to four feet and the DC-200 is rated to about six or seven all with about ten pound test monofilament. Neither are deep divers and we’re uncertain as to whether or not Damiki has any plans to introduce a deeper running version of this bait in the near future or not.

The DC Series baits are available in a host of natural looking shad and craw patterns.

Fishing this bait on small diameter, thirteen pound Sunline Defier and thirty pound Toray Bawo SuperBraid, we felt it dived competently and quickly and to within rated depths.

The scale imitating reflective strips on the Damiki DC Series cranks are embedded within the plastic providing a much more durable finish than some competitors.

Performance in flooded trees and bushes is pretty good. I managed quite a few snags with this bait in El Novillo Lake in Mexico and always managed to get the bait back by stopping my retrieve and waiting for the bait to back out by itself. The bait is only rated a “slow floater”, so I was pleasantly surprised by this outcome.

Compact, and easy to cast, the DC-200 is a worthwhile crank.

The actual action of this bait is more of a top to bottom roll than a side to side wobble so perhaps that explains its good performance in the midst of snag inducing branches and tree limbs.

The DC-100 is just as worthwhile but for skinnier water.

The finishes on the DC Series baits from Damiki are superb. The “Yellow Head” shad imitator is particularly impressive with the large, underlying reflective pieces doing a good job of mimicking a scale pattern. The “Red Craw” offers up more than just some abstract striping, but is actually painted with legs and claws – perhaps a little excessive, but a nice attention to detail nonetheless. Durability of these finishes has been very good with no flaking or peeling and the thin wire, stock hooks have held up well. Overall, these appear to be very solidly built baits.

One last look at Damiki's DC-200.


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):

Damiki DC Series Crankbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Solid if not spectacular 7.5
Performance Runs as rated, nice action 7.5
Price Decent price for a mid-tier crank 7.5
Features Sharp, lightwire hooks, casts well, runs true 8
Design (Ergonomics) Good, compact sized crank 7
Application For depths between 3 to 7 feet, a good one, two punch 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:



J A good change of pace crank L Some brighter color choices would be nice for dingy water
J Durable finishes  
J Runs true  
J Sharp hooks  

A chunky El Novillo bass falls victim to the Damiki DC-200.

Conclusion: With the number of baits we’ve had to fish over the course of the year, it’s difficult to find enough time to really get into each bait, but we’ve seen enough of the Damiki DC Series of baits to keep it in our box with the hope of getting to know it even better in the months to come. The finishes, while not flashy, are really solid baitfish imitation colors, the hooks and hardware are sound, and while the price of this bait is more expensive than some domestic offerings, it is still less costly than many of the import baits. If you’re looking for something just a little different in a small crank body, the Damiki DC series of cranks are worth a look.









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