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Project Prometheus Catches Fire with the DUO Onimasu Swimbait (continued)

Design, Price, and Applications: The Onimasu is ultra-refined and while it may not look like a hand crafted bait, like a Roman Made swimbait for example, it still has that JDM premium quality that makes this a bait that anglers are sure to double and triple check their knots before making a cast. I found that throughout our tests the Onimasu was an easy bait to cast and retrieve, and it also held up well to both largemouth and stripers.

The Onimasu's tail is removable

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for DUO Realis Onimasu Swimbait

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)

These new baits are available to the public now and retail for $45.99 each, a reasonable price when you compare the Onimasu to other premium glide baits like the Gancraft Jointed Claw 178 which costs $69.99, or the Megabass I Side which retails for $59.99. Yes, there are a lot of glide bait options out there and while the DUO Onimasu is late to the game it also proves to be one of the more refined and reasonably priced options now available, and is effective for targeting largemouth and striped bass in clear to semi-stained water.

Different Onimasu baits have distinct tails to match their patterns, the prototype tails on our test baits are not as detailed as the ones found on the mass produced baits

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

DUO Realis Onimasu Swimbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Excellent quality overall and while the finishes are very detailed and consistent they don't have that hand crafted look, instead they have a more photo realistic realism. The head of the Onimasu does look custom and is instantly recognizable as a DUO design 9.5
Performance Though I didn't catch a giant with the Onimasu I am convinced that I will soon. This bait delivered a number of quality fish and I was impressed that I was able to catch even mid sized largemouth and schoolie stripers with the lure. The ability to fish it effectively at varying speeds is a big plus 9.25
Price Though not cheap the Onimasu is priced reasonably when considering other premium Japanese style glide baits 7.5
Features The design of the Onimasu blends old school bait design with modern day refinement and consistency. The bait's slender profile is the most notable feature making it light and manageable while easy to retrieve properly 9
Design (Ergonomics) Though only available in one size currently the Onimasu delivers when it comes to consistency from bait to bait and realism. This lure is easy to cast, even with lighter swimbait rods 7.7
Application Looking for a quality glide bait for largemouth or striped bass? The Onimasu has proved to be one of the better glide baits in recent history 9

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Well constructed - Only one size available
+ Easy to cast and fish at varying speeds - Though very refined the Onimasu has more of a mass produced feel than a custom JDM glide bait than some of the competitors
+ Very realistic looking finishes  
+ Good stock hardware  
+ Reasonably priced when compared to competing premium Japanese glide baits  

Cal lands a quality fish with the DUO Onimasu Largemouth Bass pattern, which was also the last time that I saw the bait

Conclusion: It took over three years for DUO to complete the Prometheus Project and ultimately bring the Onimasu to market. It is clear that Mr. Adachi and his team did not want to introduce the bait until it was really ready for primetime, and the result is one of the easiest and most exciting new glide baits to fish. I love the baitís slender profile and how effortlessly it tracks through the water as well as the consistency of the Onimasuís swimming action at multiple speeds. My favorite glide bait is still the Deps Slide Swimmer, but at less than half the price of the SS-175 model the Onimasuís proven performance has quickly made it one of my current go to swimbaits, and I look forward to spending even more time with it this winter in the pursuit of a lunker. When it comes to overall performance and value the new DUO Onimasu is hard to beat.

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