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Lure Review



Ready for Battle : Damiki's Knock Out


Date: 12/25/17
Tackle Type: Lures
Manufacturer: Damiki
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.58 - GOOD

When it comes to throwing soft plastic baits, it's always fun to see how outrageous you can go with a creature style and still get bit. When it comes to outrageous creatures, there are few companies more creative than Damiki. Remember the Monster Miki? You could never be sure if the fish bite that bait or vice versa. Today, we take a look at one of the Monster Miki's cousins. Here's our take on Damiki's Knock Out.


Damiki Knock Out Specifications

Type Trailer
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 7
Sizes 4"
Scent/Plastic Treatment None
# per package 8
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $5.99


Introducing Damiki's Knock Out.

Impressions: Where the Monster Miki was long, thin, and crazy with appendages, Damiki's Knock Out is a much chunkier piece of soft plastic with four arms, claws, antennae and ears? It's body is similar to a beaver style bait, but the rest of it is all creature.


If there's a soft plastic company that puts the "create" in creature, it's Damiki.


It's specified at four inches (4") in length but the bait's width is two inches (2") when at rest. It's a bulky, big profile bait designed to entice, annoy, and challenge aggressive bass.


The Knock Out is effective as a trailer...

Real World Tests: The Knock Out's overall length, as discussed is 4", but the bait's flat, beaver bait-like body is only about two and a quarter inches (2.25") in length. It looks like a big bait, but you can fish it on about a 3/0 or maybe 4/0 sized hook depending on the style of hook you're using of course.

... or fished alone (sh
own here on a 3/0, straight shank hook).

It's designed to be fished Texas style, or on a jighead by itself, but of course, can also be used as a jig trailer or any other method you like. If you're one to customize your soft plastic baits, the Knock Out's various appendages can be pinched off as well, but we fished this bait pretty much straight out of the package. The bait's extra appendages are so small, it didn't seem to warrant any customizing.

There's a slit along the bottom to facilitate rigging.

Playing with the bait alongside the boat, you can see how the claws or tails wave around and swim as you move it through the water. The Knock Out has good action in the water.

These appendages have air pockets to help lift the bait's body off the bottom.

The appendages right behind the claws have a kind of oval shape to them. If you look closely, you can see they are filled with air and help lift the Knock Out's body off the bottom when the bait is at rest. The claws, however, will still fall if there's no current, so it's probably best not to leave the bait sitting for too long.

The bait is made of soft plastic that's somewhat susceptible to tearing.

Once you get a strike, setting hook with this bait is not a problem. The plastic that Damiki uses to pour the Knock Out is very soft and the hook comes through easily. The downside to this of course, is the bait is susceptible to premature death if the fish hit it violently enough. Believe me, the fish hit this bait hard!

The tear often comes at the point of hook penetration.

Design & Ergonomics: The Knock Out is available in up to seven different colors for now and as far as we know does not come with any scent natural, unnatural, or otherwise. The bait's consistency is very soft but despite that, it held up for us pretty well. The part of the bait that seems to tear up the most is the body as the hook rips through on hooksets.

Those air pockets mentioned earlier help lift the bait's body off the bottom, but the swimming arms tend to sink when not in motion.

Speaking of which, there are channels in the bait's body to facilitate rigging and minimize the amount of plastic you have to rip through in order to get a good hookset. It seem simple, but Damiki has thought through the bait's design very well.

Another look at Damiki's Knock Out soft plastic creature bait.

Price & Applications: The Knock Out sells in resealable plastic bags of eight (8) for $5.99 which equates to roughly seventy five cents ($0.75) per bait. This is on the pricier side of soft plastic baits.

The Knock Out comes in seven different colors. Missing, I think, is some kind of red pattern.


Damiki Knock Out Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Consistency bait to bait is very good 8
Performance Pitch it in, shake your tip, and hold on! 8
Price On the pricier side of soft plastic baits 6.5
Features Air chambers in appendages, wildly swimming claws 7.5
Design (Ergonomics) Nice consistency to the bait's soft plastic and resealable bag 7.5
Application Really good flipping and pitching bait 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:


+ Big profile bait - Soft plastic can also tear easily
+ Nice soft plastic has a lot of action - limited color selection
+ Versatile as a trailer or fished on its own  


Damiki's Knock Out just may help you win a round or two out on the water.


Conclusion: The Knock Out is a big, fat profile soft plastic bait. Similar to the Monster Miki, it takes some nerve to build up the confidence to throw this bait but when you do, and when those fish eventually hit this thing, that doubt immediately goes down for the count. My only wish is this bait came in some shade of red. In the meantime, if you're looking for something different, and all together outrageous to pitch into that hole at the base of the tules on your next angling adventure, check out Damiki's Knock Out bait, it just may help you win a round or two.


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