Left Column: Hardbaits - Pandla and Kaiser Weedless jigheads, Humming Bird 70, Axe Blade, Abyss 90 and Metal Axe Bomber.
Right Column: Soft Baits - Knock Out 4.5, Mega Miki II, Anchovy Shad 4, and Mamba II jig.
Damiki has steadily been growing its product line for the last few years and had another round of introductions at the 2012 ICAST show.
The first thing we saw was a couple of new jigheads. The Pandla jighead is made for use with soft jerkbaits and swimbaits like their Anchovy shad either cast as a single swimbait or on a castable umbrella rig. The jighead will come in 1/16 to 1/4 ounce sizes. The Kaiser head weedless builds off their popular Kaiser head and offers wacky rig fisherman a weedless option at 1/16 and 1/8 ounce sizes.
We then saw a couple of hard jerkbaits, the Humming Bird 70 and Abyss 90. Both are designed to be fish a bit deeper with the HB running about 5-6 feet while the Abyss will get down to around 8 feet.
Next we checked out two new blade baits, the Axe Blade with a tail spinner approach and the Metal Axe Bomber. The Axe Blade will be a great deeperwater tail spinner at a weight of 3/4 ounce and an interesting profile and great detailing for tail spinning bass at depth. The Metal Axe Bomber is a blade bait with two options for vibration and angle and weighs 5/8 ounce making it pretty versatile for bass on flats in cold water and deep jigging options.
Three plastics caught our eye. The Knock Out 4.5 is 4 1/2 inches longand features ridged tails and double flappers on the body. It will be a good punching bait, flipping bait and jig trailer. The Mega Miki II is 11 inches long and features more of a finesse, straight-tail design. The tail gets real thin before going into a bulbous tail so it should be a great option for deepwater bass. The Anchovy Shad is 4 inches long and comes in 6 colors ranging from greens to shad patterns making it good for swimbaits, umbrella rigs and even swim jigs and chatterbaits.
The Mamba II jig has a streamlined head for finessing through thick wood cover, a heavy duty weed guard and strong flipping hook. It's silicone and flatt rubber hybrid skirt gives it a lot of action in the water. It will come in a choice of 3/8 or 1/2 ounce sizes.