An Upside Down Autopsy : Mattlures Dead Stick Trout
took the lure out to the lake and sure enough cast after cast the lure quickly
floats into “dead” position quickly. The lure may at first appear relitively
lifeless but if there is any ripple on the water the fins quiver and the tail
moves subtly, all of which is designed to add to the genuine look of the lure
struggling on the water's surface.
Inside we found a hard epoxy
In the lab this
was one of our fastest and easiest autopsies to date. It took longer to remove
the hooks than slice the Upside Dead Stick from gills to the belly with an
X-Acto knife. It really felt like I was cleaning a fish and the plastic that
Matt uses is even flesh color. Sashimi anyone?
The bait was poured around the
module which includes a ballast and wire hardware
Inside the belly
we found a hard molded module that we could clearly see the body had been poured
around. It was held firmly in place with two channels that the plastic had
flowed through during the molding process. This module contains all the hardware
as well as an open cavity and weighting system that precisely weighted to rotate
and produce the lure’s unique belly up appearance.
The internal module weighs 3.1
The module rotates and floats into
the upside position quickly
provides plenty of buoyancy, but even without it the lure's outer plastic skin was
still able to float by itself. In the test tank the module also always quickly rotated
into the upside down position. This internal ballast system is what allows the
bait to turn belly up quickly and consistently after each and every cast.
A look at all the parts of the
Mattlures Upside Dead Stick
This was also
the only bait we have ever autopsied that actually survived the process. We were
able to put the module back in place and use Mend-It to effectively reconstruct
the entire bait.
Putting this bait back together
With almost no
scars to show for this bait is ready to go back and hit the lake and although
this may not be the most action packed of techniques can you imagine the size of
the fish that is able to take out a lure of this size?
The Mattlures Upside Dead Stick
If you are into
fishing swimbaits that require constant retrieves or aggressive rod movements
the Upside Dead Stick is not for you, but if you are looking for an easy to fish
big bait or want to put that second rod stamp to use this lure basically is
designed to do all the work for you. If you are lucky enough to get a viscous
splash hit on this unique lure it might just be a very memorable one.
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