Chris Huskilson - August 3rd, 2020
Duo Realis is much more than hard baits!
Like most of you, I have always known Duo Realis for their revolutionary work in the Spybait category. I honestly wasn’t aware that they produced a line of soft plastics until just recently. And they work!
Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to field test them and have been very impressed with their performance! The same level of quality, detail, and fish catching capabilities that I have grown accustomed to with their line of hard baits, shines through on the soft plastic side as well. Here is a breakdown of the exact baits I have tested, how I prefer to rig them and the results that I experienced.
The Wriggle Crawler is an extremely unique finesse worm that is available in 5.8” and 4.8” sizes. The Wriggle Crawler’s horizontal and vertical oval cross sections, as well as its circular shape give a very tight, yet intense wave action that quite literally seems to bring the worm to life. DUO’s intent was to create a multi-dimension finesse worm equipped with multiple actions and vibration. They nailed it!Finesse anglers will instantly detect the versatility and utility of the Wriggle Crawler.
The 5.8” version is absolutely perfect for Neko rigging. The bait flutters and glides on the fall and stands upright once on bottom due to the bulbous tail section. I used this bait to fish offshore hard spots for both Largemouth and Smallmouth bass with excellent results. Long casts, light line, and a slow dragging retrieve produced a lot of fish for me. The baits are soft, like most high quality soft plastics. The fish simply do not drop these for that reason. You will go through a few baits BUT each pack comes with 15 (20 in the 4.8” size), boasting great value and exceptional performance.
The 4.8” version is a little thin for a Neko presentation, but performed very well when rigged wacky and on the drop shot. These are not just another finesse worm. They are loaded with scent and action unlike anything I have had the opportunity to fish with. If your looking to up your finesse worm game, look no further.
The Duo Realis Small Rubber Jig is available in four different sizes: 1.8, 2.7, 3.5 and 5 gram weights. Each comes rigged standard with a Duo Realis V-Tail Shad. I have personally used the 2.7 and 1.8 gram models in a number of colours. The Realis Small Rubber Jig was created to give anglers a unique package that combines the strength of the Realis V-Tail Shad and a brush guard hook with tinsel. Mainly designed for use with the Realis V-Tail Shad, the pointed edge of the jig head creates an irregular and appealing darting action when the lure comes in contact with objects. The bottom is flat so that the lure can maintain the right position when resting at the bottom or on other flat surfaces. On the back of the lure is the tinsel that waves in an appealing manner. The tinsel camouflages the hook while at the same time leading the fish directly to it. The largest 5gram model features a double brush guard for increased effectiveness and protection in areas with brush and cover.
This bait is so effective that I hate to let the cat out of the bag just yet. But I guess it’s too late for that. I have fished both sizes in the exact same manner over varying cover for both Largemouth and Smallmouths bass. I actually won a local derby with this bait a few weeks ago. It is dead simple to use. Just make long casts to your targeted areas, with slow, steady and straight retrieve. And hang on. Because they crush this thing. To the naked eye it does nothing from an action perspective. But sometimes nothing is just what the Doctor ordered. Those of you that “know” can relate.
The V-TaillShad is available in 3” and 4” and as mentioned above is designed specifically for the small rubber jig. I took it a step further and rigged it two different ways. The first was nose hooked on a drop shot rig. I had best results dead sticking in highly pressured community areas. Areas specifically holding bait. Something different and highly effective.
The second method was rigged on a 3/32oz mushroom style head. Fished on deep isolated rock/sand transitions much like I would a Ned rig. Slow fall rate. Slow twitch pause retrieve and hang on!
The Boo!Star Wake swimbait is available in 5” and 3.5” models. The BooStar Wake is a refreshing contribution to a flooded market of soft swimbait creations. This bait glides through the water in a soft, straight and natural rocking posture while maintaining its course during the retrieve. The posterior region of the bait actually moves independently of the forward region, which creates a secondary action. This is followed by the thinned kick-tail, which adds a third action. The three actions combined give it an extremely natural bait-fish movement. The lure has top and bottom hooking channels for rigging versatility as well.
I personally rigged the 5” model on a custom swimbait head in 1/4 oz size. This rig in particular is extremely effective when fished over top of deep milfoil at a moderate and steady retrieve while targeting largemouth bass.
The 3.5” model can be rigged a multitude of ways as well. I had the most success when rigged on a 1/16 oz Okashira Screw head. I fished the bait along the bottom over isolated rock piles for Smallmouth bass. A slow and steady retrieve while keeping it just off bottom. And boy did they eat it good.
The BooStar is unique in the swimbait world. An action that is tight and true running at any retrieve. Yet subtle to imitate a real baitfish. It’s different, and different is good.
The soft plastic market in the Bass world is flooded with great products. These stand out for sure. They sold me on their hard baits, and now I’m sold on their soft plastics as well. Give them a try. You will be glad you did. Tight lines!