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Taking Aim with D&M Custom Baits' Sniper Spinnerbait (continued)

Components: Every D&M Custom Baits Sniper spinnerbait features a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook, Worth swivels, an integrated bait keeper, and piano wire (0.32d for the 3/4 oz, and 0.35d for the 1 1/2 oz). Surprisingly, each skirt is held in place by a rubber band rather than being hand tied, but the bands used by D&M Custom Baits are pretty heavy duty nonetheless.


Chartreuse and White - Cal's color of choice when it comes to blades.

 
A look at the Snipers integrated bait keeper along the hook shank.

Application & Effectiveness: As mentioned previously, the original three quarter ounce version of the sniper was made with the express intent of fishing in the winds of Clear Lake and the California Delta. It's a bait that can be cast into a headwind or sidewind with little difficulty thanks to its weight and compact head design.

 
JIP won the prize on this field test with a quality D&M Sniper Spinnerbait fish.

The one and a half ounce version of this bait is relatively new and intended for those clear, deepwater impoundments like Lake Shasta, Oroville, Lanier, and the Great Lakes over in the mid-west. It features the same quality build as the three-quarter ounce bait, just upsized for deep water fishing.


Cal tries to top JIP's catch with one last cast and this was the result...

 

Availability: D&M Custom Bait products are available at select tackle stores throughout California, or by emailing the company at "dmcustombaits at wavecable dot com".

 

Ratings:

D&M Custom Baits Sniper Spinnerbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This bait is put together quite well 7.5
Performance Just about all we could have asked for in a spinnerbait 8
Price Very reasonable 7.5
Features Quality components 8
Design (Ergonomics) The compact/hidden head design is gaining popularity amongst blade baits and we like this trend 8
Application Great in wind, and the heavier version will get down in a hurry 8

Total Score

7.83
Ratings Key: Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
(For a detailed explanation of the ratings go here)

  
Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

J Well constructed bait L Not a hand tied skirt
J Lots of color options but not too much L Unless you're local store already carries them, not something you can just run down to the shop to purchase
J Easy to cast into the wind  
J Reasonably priced  

 

Conclusion: All came to a head with this bait on one fateful trip to the California Delta. I pulled out my stash and it was immediately raided by JIP and Zander. Then all three of us tied on this very same bait to see what it had as we navigated our way down a particular slough. JIP started catching them immediately much to both Zander and my chagrin and he was at the back of the boat!

 


... is it no wonder Cal prefers to toss big baits?

 

Try as we might, we couldn't top JIP's catch of the day, but it was certainly a fun time had by all. D&M Custom Baits' Sniper Spinnerbait is a quality product and one that brought many a smile to our faces during the course of 2008. You can rest assured this bait will go into my keeper pile to be pulled out at the most unexpected time, and yes, even when it's time to crank it up! I can already think of a couple of cranking rods I'd like to try this spinnerbait on!

 


 

 

 

 

 

 
 





 

 



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