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ICAST 2011 Coverage

ICAST 2011 : Bryan Thrift's Limited Edition Skipping Stick by Damiki


Date: 7/20/11
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Admission: Buyers & Press Only
Manufacturer: Damiki
Reviewer: Cal

Damiki continues to refine their product lineup with new introductions throughout their range from soft plastics to hardbaits to terminal tackle to yes, a limited edition, limited production, signature fishing rod designed by Bryan Thrift, 2010 FLW Angler of the Year.


Bryan Thrift, 2010 FLW Angler of the Year introduces Damiki's new soft bait for 2011  


Air Craw: The new, 3 and 4 inch Air Craw by Damiki features a hollow belly and two hollow claws to help the bait stand upright off the bottom no matter how you rig it. Marketed as effective in anywhere from a shaky head to Texas to Carolina to drop shot rig, the Air Craw looks to be an exciting new trailer option.


Introducing the Damiki Air Craw.

Hydra Evolution: Damiki takes their popular Hydra tail and extends its utility by adding twin grub tails to the non-tentacle end. It is their entry to the spider grub market and makes for a very intriguing bait once you get it into the water. It measures 4.5 inches in length and will come in packs of 8 for $6.99.

Introducing the Damiki Hydra Evolution.

The Hydra Evolution builds upon the popular Hydra Tail.

D-Hold Hooks: Not many may realize, but Damiki also offers a full array of terminal tackle products. New for this year are their D-Hold Hooks, a series of EWG style hooks featuring Damiki's own, proprietary hook keeper. This hook keeper allows you to slide your bait onto the holder Texas style, but then lock your bait back in almost like using a stapler, with the free end turned back into the bait and pushed in. The result is a super secure hold on your soft plastic bait.

Bryan Thrift, 2010 FLW Angler of the Year introduces Damiki's D-Hold series of EWG Hooks

Damiki's D-Hold hooks offer yet another rigging option for weedless presentations.

Damiki's D-Hold hooks will be offered in 3/0 and 5/0 sizes, weighted to either 1/16 or 1/8 ounces, as well as an unweighted version in both sizes. The weighted hooks will come in packs of 4 and the unweighted hooks will be packaged with 7 pieces each. Retail will be $4.99 per pack.

The Mausrin Jig is Damiki's interpretation of the jointed jighead design.

Mausrin Jig: Damiki joins the free swinging jighead crowd with their own take on this versatile jighead. The Mausrin Jig features a bullet type weight attached in its center, not its end, to an EWG hook. It will come in brown, green, or black and in sizes 1/8 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/2 oz with three pieces in each pack. Retail price is forecast for $5.49 each.

Bryan Thrift, 2010 FLW Angler of the Year, talks about his new limited edition stick

Bryan Thrift's Signature series Skipping stick will be offered in two powers ...

... both the medium heavy and heavy powered version of this stick will be 6'-9" in length ...

... but only 150 pieces of each model will be made in total.

Bryan Thrift Skipping Stick: Bryan Thrift's favorite area to fish is in and around tight spaces. His favorite method of getting his bait into tight spaces? skipping. Damiki responded to Bryan's favorite technique with a limited edition, signature series rod - actually two. Available in one length (6'-9") and two powers (medium heavy and heavy), the Bryan Thrift Signature Series Skipping stick is part of the Dark Angel line. Only 150 sticks in each configuration were made and each retails for $179.

The team at Damiki Fishing Tackle continues to impress.


Conclusion: Damiki solidifies their bait and terminal tackle offerings with some pretty interesting new product for 2012. Throw in a limited edition, signature series stick and it's not difficult to see their concentration is on offering premium product for a value oriented price. We look forward to putting a few of these new baits and terminal tackle to the test in 2012.









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