Mother of All Tackle Autopsies - Cutting Open a 400 Dollar Swimbait!
There are few swimbaits that can draw as much
sheer awe from big bait anglers than the Roman Made Mother. Not only is the
Mother a large bait at 11.8 inches it weighs in at a whopping 10.58 ounces and
is the very definition of “exclusive” with a price point of over 400 dollars!
While this bait could easily belong in a tackle collectors safe the tackle
junkie within us beckons us to explore this lure further. What exactly does that
mean? It is time to dissect this Mother! Welcome to what is definitely the
“Mother” of all tackle autopsies as we put this bait under the blade.
the ultimate enthusiast swimbait, the Roman Made Mother retails for over 400
Not your run of the mill swimbait: The Roman Made Mother is elegant and
simple all the same time, and exhibits straightforward lines and an attractive
high quality finish that is super clean yet also can be considered relatively
simple for a bait painted in Japan. Each Mother takes over twelve hours to
produce through a labor intensive process that is still done by hand. Each bait
is hand carved from special wood in the company’s factory near the shores of
dwarfs the Negotiator and weighs nearly 12oz.
The detail work on this bait is focused on the head which is more artistic than
realistic, but make no mistake every angle on this bait has been carefully
thought out and implemented with precision. When we measured every angle on this
bait the tolerances were near perfect. The Mother does not come with any spare
parts and is available in just one rate of fall. There are only a couple of
finishes available for this bait as opposed to quite a few for the smaller
decide which Mother swimbait should be sacrificed
One of the key design principles behind this bait that Takeyama, the
inventor, wanted to achieve was that it never stops moving, even when at rest
between retrieve. He sought to do this through perfect balance and angling the
bait so that when pauses it will not bunch up like so many other big baits or
simply nose dive like an anchor. To maximize realism he wanted the Mother to
stay straight and gently descend convincingly. We witnessed this behavior in our
field tests and wanted to see exactly how he was able to achieve this
exceptional balance... time to turn this Mother out.
Time to decide
who is going to lose their bait to the autopsy... come on heads!
The Autopsy: Suffice to say we have been dreading the destruction of such
a beautiful functional work of art, but from the second we fished this bait we
knew it had to be done. Nonetheless we came just short of shedding tears before
taking sandpaper and the saw blade to the bait. Something that simply cannot be
said for any other product that we have autopsied. Prior to getting started we
had two Roman Made Mother swimbaits in our possession, one of which belonged to
Cal and the other was mine. The only difference between the two is the hook
configuration and patterns. While the two of us had already established that we
would do an autopsy on the bait we were not in agreement as to who was going to
lose their bait for the sake of this exercise.
painful coin toss I've ever lost! 400 dollars worth of pain to be exact.
There was only way to settle this, a good old fashioned coin flip! To me this
felt even bigger than a superbowl coin toss. I confidently called out heads and
proceeded to flip the coin only to see it hit the ground and show tails! My
heart stopped as I grimaced in agony and Cal celebrated with roaring laughter.
My bait’s destiny was officially sealed.
The tail is
glued in place but can be wedged out. This would ultimately be the easiest part
of this autopsy
The biggest answer we hoped to obtain from this autopsy was to understand just
how Roman Made accomplishes such a consistent and lifelike movement, even when
the bait is at rest.
No matter how
much we rotated or pulled the hook hanging wires would not come out