Just what the Doctor Ordered, flexible spinnerbaits from Ko-Man-Chi
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How much can manufacturers still really innovate when it comes to spinnerbaits? Ko-Man-Chi
proves that there is always room for new design concepts and their Doctor
Spinnerbait lures feature a distinctive “soft wire” implementation quite unlike
||3/8 oz. & 1/2 oz.
60+ Standard Colors (custom orders available)
5/0 Lazer TroKar
3/0 Lazer Sharp
blades and $8.00
Ko-Man-Chi is not a brand many here in the U.S have heard about but this
Canadian based company has been in the tackle business since 2005. We first met
Robert William Osler, the
President and lead designer at Ko-Man-Chi, at last year’s ICAST show in Las
Vegas where he showed us his newest spinnerbait creations under the “Doctor
Ko-Man-Chi introduces a new
spinnerbait, but what makes it different than what is already out there?
take pliable-wire design to the next level by using a braided cable instead of
titanium to create an even more collapsible yet unbreakable spinnerbait. To give
the blade the right structure Ko-Man-Chi
uses a combination of a
hard metal tube gasket on the front of the bait and a flexible wire housed
inside this blade will move and compress depending on speed. The faster the
spinnerbait is retrieved the more compact it becomes and it is designed to track
straight without rolling side to side. Ko-Man-Chi took unique approach on their
baits and in addition to the unique wire design also decided to create a
distinctive head design, taking even the mixture of metal into account for just
the right look and feel. This head design
features a mix of 63% tin and 37% lead and employs 3D blood red eyes. Unlike
many heads that are painted these heads are designed to generate increased flash
in the water.
For starters this blade features a
flexible wire...ummm I mean cable design
There are a few different
models ranging from the Classic, Pro Tournament model, and Platinum Edition. The
difference between these models is the level and quality of the components like
the swivels and hooks. The Classic model
features VMC 4/0 Barbarian hooks and a VMC 3/0 6250 needle cone trailer hook,
while the Pro Tournament model makes use of Lazer Sharp 608M 4/0 hooks and a
Lazer Sharp L261M 3/0 trailer hook while the Platinum versions are armed to the
teeth with Lazer TroKar ”Surgically Sharpened Technology” 4/0 hooks and even
come with a Lazer Sharp L261M 3/0 trailer hook. The Ko-Man-Chi blade skirts are
80 strand and as you might expect there are plenty of options with over 70
colors/patterns to choose from.
The blades are available in a
dizzying array of patterns and configurations, but all make use of the flexible
Real World Tests:
To test the new spinnerbaits from Ko-Man-Chi we head to our favorite testing
grounds which included the California Delta and Clear Lake. We fished the
spinnerbaits in both warm and cold weather and targeted fish both when they were
shallow or holding in the middle of the water column. We used a variety of rigs
during testing but did all of our fishing with monofilament line from Berkley.
A shaped tube holds the cable in
the right alignment
Casting spinnerbaits is relatively straightforward and Ko-Man-Chi currently
makes blades that are 3/8-1/2oz. in weight. The flexible wire design doesn’t
affect casting in the slightest and we found we could fling these lures just as
well as traditional blades or pitch them accurately into tight pockets. The
value proposition for the Ko-Man-Chi offering really begins the second the
blades hit the water.
Ko-Man-Chi created their own head
design for this bait...
Once in the water the Ko-Man-Chi spinnerbaits can be worked just like any other
blade. Let it drop to the desired depth and work it slow over structure or burn
it back to the boat. When slow rolling the spinnerbait the arms stay more open
and exhibit more vibration than you would normally see in a traditional wire
blade. The soft wire allows this blade to put out more vibration because both
the top and bottom are flexible and are tugged in various directions as the
blades rotate. This vibration is also designed to make the bait more detectable
in low light, dirty water and night conditions. For these slower presentations
Ko-Man-Chi pairs the spinnerbaits with a Colorado and Tear Drop "Wide Willowleaf."
...as well as their own blades
As we expected when
burning the blades the added drag causes the blade to further compress but the
metal tube that holds the wire serves as a backbone making sure that the blade
stays open just enough to maintain the right profile in the water. When it comes
to feel the spinnerbait does feel a little different than normal wire
spinnerbaits and though its nothing like the aggressive tremor generated by a
chatterbait the subtle vibration can definitely be detected.
Skirting is silicon and attached
via a rubber band
Next: What happens when fish strike?