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Lure Review

Creature Fever : It Really Is "Da-Bomb"!


Date: 5/27/13
Tackle type: Lure
Manufacturer: Missile Baits
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.00 - EDITOR'S CHOICE!

When we hear the name of BASS Elite Series Bass Pro John Crews, the first products that come to mind are his Little John series of cranks offered by SPRO. An interesting little tid bit that few may know is that Crews is also an avid finesse fisherman - something we came to find out only by spending time on the water with him at Lake Lanier, Georgia several years ago. Still, it came as a surprise to us when at the beginning of 2012 he launched his new softbait company, Missile Baits - a debut that was punctuated by Ish Monroe's win at Lake Okechobee last year using one of his baits. Here now is our look at that product, the Missile Bait's DBomb!


Introducing the Missile Baits DBomb!


Missile Baits DBomb Specifications

Type Craw / Trailer Bait
Material Soft Plastic
Colors/Patterns 10
Sizes 4.5"
Scent/Plastic Treatment None
#per Package 6 or 25 pack
Resealable Bag? Yes
MSRP $3.99 / $12.99


Impressions: Missile Bait's DBomb is made in a very familiar profile and one that has really taken over the soft plastic trailer and craw bait market. Each manufacturer tries to add their own unique twist and appendage to this basic shape popularized of course, by Reaction Innovations. The tweak Missile Baits has made to this popular profile is by making the main body ribbed -like the old ringtail worms of twenty years ago - instead of solid.


The DBomb's main body comes in a familiar shape... flat at one angle...


... and ovalized at the other.

Field Tests: We've been fishing this trailer off and on for a little over a year now - pretty much since Ish Monroe's win on Lake Okeechobee in March of 2012. Our testing waters were Clear Lake and the California Delta.

But the unique feature of this bait is the ribbed body that gives the bait a very flexible texture.

Rigging: Admittedly, we haven't experimented very much with regards to rigging this bait because it's one of those situations where, once you find something that works, you just stick with it. For us, the standard rigging for this bait has either been as a jig trailer or as part of a typical punch rig featuring a punch stop, tungsten weight, punch skirt, and either a 3/0 or 4/0 punch hook. All these components, save for the tungsten weight, we've been using from Paycheck Baits.

The very first fish I caught on the DBomb was this fatty up at Clear Lake while testing Megabass's Super Red Demon rod.

Application: The tails on the DBomb are pretty standard meaning they don't have any ridges or contours to help them move when attempting to swim the bait back to the boat or along the surface of the water. As such, our recommendation is to stick with standard hop and skip, or dragging presentations where you can get the tail to flap up and down as you would any standard trailer. Don't be afraid to use this bait on a beefed up drop shot rig.

In this underwater view, you can see the DBomb's tail floats up effortlessly.

Look closely, and you can see the air bubbles caught in the ribs.

The real intriguing thing about this bait is the ridges or rings around the main body of the bait. As you can see in our detailed photo, those ridges catch air that's released as the bait is under water. It's a distinguishing characteristic from other, similar styled baits and a feature that we feel really adds to the bait's effectiveness.

Another Clear Lake Bass while testing yet another Megabass stick.

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