Serves up a Second Generation Soft Wire Spinnerbait, the Platinum Composite
Total Score: 8.33 -
It has been just over a year since we first reviewed Ko-Man-Chi’s Platinum
Series of spinnerbaits and found these original soft wire baits to be both
innovative and effective. Since that time the company has continually refined
their lineup as well as introduced new additions to the series and today we take
a closer look at the next generation soft wire offering, the Platinum Composite,
which features a new v-shape stabilizer design paired with updated blades and
70+ Standard Colors (custom orders available)
Ko-Man-Chi introduces a new take
on their original spinnerbait, the Platinum Composite
What made the original
Platinum Series Pro spinnerbait so notable was the use of
a braided cable in the place of the traditional steel
or titanium wire to create an even more collapsible yet unbreakable spinnerbait.
To give the blade the right structure Ko-Man-Chi used a
combination of a hard metal tube gasket on the front of the bait which held the
soft wire cable inside which could move freely behind this anchor point and even
compress depending on speed of the lure or in the mouth of a largemouth.
The bait features a more
streamlined design with a composite v-shaped stabilizer fitted on the soft wire
Doctor Spinnerbait offering, called the Platinum Composite, coexists with the
original series. The PC (Platinum Composite) is immediately recognizable
showcasing a similar design but replaces the metal tube stabilizer with a much
more streamlined “composite” v-shaped stabilizer, hence the name of the bait,
which is fitted directly on the wire. Instead of tying directly to the
stabilizer the new bait comes with a snap which connects to a composite loop on
stabilizer. This gives anglers the ability to switch out spinnerbaits quickly in
The teardrop blades are available
in multiple colors and pad print patterns
original baits featured teardrop shaped traditionally finished gold or nickel
blades and the PC kicks it up a notch by adding pad printed blades which feature
art from the company’s Dr. Spinnerbait graphics or attractive tattoo like
patterns. These printed blades are available in many colors and are matched in
color to both the head and skirting on the bait, effectively tying the entire
lure together like a little school of baitfish. Each PC spinnerbait comes armed
with a sharp TroKar hook which is hidden in a new two stage skirt design. The
new skirts are visually very impressive and can feature two completely different
colors fused together to create unique profiles and patterns.
The bait is armed with a Lazer
World Tests: To
test the second generation Ko-Man-Chi Dr. Spinnerbait we headed to the same
bodies of water we fished the originals in the last round, the California Delta
and Clear Lake, both of which offer exceptional opportunities for blade
fishermen both in cool and warm weather conditions. We used a variety of rod and
reel combos but fished all of the baits with 10 and 12lb monofilament line.
Casting this bait is a no-brainer
Casting: As with
most spinnerbaits casting the PC Ko-Man-Chi spinnerbait really was a no brainer.
The lures come in a wide range of sizes with the standard being the 1/2oz. but
¼, ¾, or even 1oz. baits are also available. Simply cast the PC out and let the
“Doctor” do the work.
The new bait can compress even
more than the original
Retrieving: In the
water the PC really comes to life and the teardrop blades displace plenty of
water and are able to spin up quickly and will even flutter when paused or
jigged. The new skirt flares attractively thanks to the two stage design which
incorporates 44 strands on the outer body to create the profile and a 22 strand
trailer that is positioned behind in inside the outer skirt to create the
illusion of a tail. This design allows the trailer tail to appear more natural
and seems to vibrate more independently. While I personally like the very long
tail which extends over an inch behind the main body some anglers may want to
cut the tail down slightly if they prefer a more compact traditional profile.
One of the best things about the PC is the ability to customize. Not only can
the skirts be changed but so can the blades. The outer blade can be switched off
the ball bearing swivel and a new innovation allows the inner blade to
disconnect via an easy snap in/snap off design.
A Delta Rat hits the PC, let's see
if we can get bigger
water the PC swims very true, never rolling, a benefit of using a soft wire
design which effectively equalizes the bait at all retrieve speeds. Fished side
by side with the original version the PC version performed just as well or even
outfished the original on numerous occasions. The PC features a more streamlined
stealthier profile and the new skirt creates the illusion of greater volume
which seemed to appeal to bass when we slow rolled this bait. Like the previous
version strikes on this lure feel a little different than with traditional
spinnerbaits as some of the initial shock is absorbed by the soft arms of the
spinnerbait itself, but when fish try and shake this bait they are out of luck.
Even with violent head shakes the soft wire design compensates nicely and does
not allow fish to use the wire as leverage to shake the bait.
Originally I was concerned how the
composite connector would hold up but I never had a failure in the field
Next: Is the composite design durable?