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ICAST 2017 Coverage



Daiwa and Yamamoto Baits Team Up to Introduce Neko-Rig Plastics


Date: 7/12/17
Location: Orlando, FL
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Daiwa/Yamamoto
Reviewer: Zander

Introduction: Reel manufacturers teaming up with lure brands really seems to be the trend these days with the likes of Shimano/Jackall, Okuma/Savage Gear, and now Daiwa/Yamamoto. This year Daiwa announced they were joining forces with Yamamoto Custom Baits to create exclusive plastic baits designed for the Neko-rig, a technique that continues to gain popularity and is basically a finesse wacky rigged soft plastic with a nail weight inserted into just one end to create a unique fall and more lively action on the bottom.


Daiwa had an all star cast if their pros on hand to introduce the new products

The collaboration between brands is not new for Daiwa, who also distributes Japanese lure brand Evergreen in the United States. Brand Manager Curt Arakawa explained that the project made sense as both brands share several United States pro-staff members including Brent Ehrler, Randy Howell, and Takahiro Omori.


Pro Angler Brent Ehrler talks about the new Daiwa Yamamoto Neko worms


“These baits were designed in part by these Team Daiwa pros. With our new Tatula Elite rods and Tatula SV reels that were designed to cast lightweight lures further, we have the whole package for the Neko-rig,” Arakawa said.


These Neko worms are exclusive to Daiwa and manufactured by Yamamoto


The new line of baits features the 5” Neko Fat and 5.8” and 6.5” Neko Straight worms. Pro Angler Brent Ehrler is known for his use of finesse techniques and explained how to leverage the new baits in different situations. “The Fat version is more like a Senko with a bulkier profile that has a unique fall and appeals to big fish. The Straight is a true finesse approach, with a slim design and excellent action designed specifically for Neko-rigging, but it also works great on a shaky-head, Carolina-rig, drop-shot or Texas-rig,” Ehrler explained.


The same proven Yamamoto formula, that same great shimmy in the water

To fish these new baits Ehrler’s signature series Daiwa Tatula Elite finesse baitcast rod was created with the Neko-rig in mind. The 701MMHXB-AGS is a 7’ medium/medium heavy model that he pairs with the Tatula SV.


The Neko worms will retail for the same price as comparable Senkos

These new baits are manufactured for Daiwa by Yamamoto in the US, and feature the same plastic formula that other Yamamoto baits utilize. They will retail for the same price as Senkos in comparable size and will be available in the ten most popular Senko colors. You can bet that colors like Watermelon Red Flake, Green Pumpkin, Black with Blue Flake will all be hot commodities.









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