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Lure Review

The Castaic Catch 22 Swimbait offers guaranteed durability, and it catches fish too

Date: 3/11/09
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Castaic
Reviewer: Zander

Total Score: 8.5 - INNOVATION AWARD!


Introduction: When it comes to trophy bass hunting there isn’t a bigger name than Mike Long, and the Catch-22 is the latest swimbait to come from the teaming of the legendary big bass fisherman and the crew at Castaic. Designed to be easy to fish, affordable, and supremely durable the team states that the swimbait can catch 22 fish before losing the ability to swim.

Castaic Catch 22 Specifications

Type BigBait
Depth Any
Class Floater (F) & Slow Sinker (S)
Size 4", 6", 8" 10"
Colors/Patterns Rainbow Trout, Ghost Rainbow, Bluegill, Sunfish, Tilapia, Golden Shiner, Silver Shiner, Threadfin Shad
MSRP 4" ($16.99), 6" ($19.99), 8" ($24.99), 10" ($29.99)

Meet the Catch 22 the newest bait from Castaic


Impressions: Catch 22 is an interesting name for a swimbait, and upon hearing it for the first time I recalled the book that was required reading in high school. Written by Joseph Heller and published in 1961 Catch-22 is a satirical novel set during the end of World War II. Due to the book’s popularity the phrase “Catch-22” is a common idiom used to describe a no win situation.


A closer look at the painted head on the Catch 22


If we are stretching (and we are going to), in the case of this bait maybe the “Catch 22” means a no-win situation for the fish, as one of the major features of this new swimbait is that it is guaranteed to catch 22 fish without losing its ability to swim. So if a fish manages to destroy this bait before catching 22 fish anglers can send it in and will get a onetime replacement, with a $7.50 shipping and handling charge. More likely Nature Vision just wanted to play off the popular term with the creation of their new ultra-durable new swimbait.


The Catch 22 is available in four different sizes including a tiny 4" model


Onto the actual bait itself, the Catch 22 bears obvious styling cues to previous Castaic baits and the lure has four segmented sections, this design helps give the lure a sweeping side to side action. The problem with baits bearing this basic design in the past is that the slit sections are significantly thinner than the segmented body and become weak points which can be torn.


The Catch 22 has three slits that segment out the body of this lure


The Catch 22’s answer to this problem is the execution of their “InnerArmor” which is a soft fiber skeleton that bonds to the lure inner body material of the lure to reinforce all joint sections. The entire head of the bait is wrapped for more durability and two thin fibers extend from the head all the way through the tip of the tail. We were curious to see if the fiber skeleton would have any adverse affect to the lure’s swimming action.


Run your main line through the head of the lure to the bottom and tie on the sliding "no throw" hook....


Real World Tests: To test the Catch 22 we decided to head to the California Delta, Clear Lake, Comanche, and one other local lake that regularly receives trout plants. We fished the bait in all sizes that it is available and paired it with a number of different swimbait rods including the St. Croix Mojo Bass and Dobyns swimbait sticks.


...the hook then sticks on the embedded magnet



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