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Is Your Collection Complete? Wait, It's Another Vision OneTen Variant


Date: 12/20/18
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Megabass of America
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 7.75 - GOOD

Fishing reel and rod manufacturers all have their flagship models and rod series that define their brand. Successful lure manufacturers often have a key product that defines their brand. When that product emerges manufacturers, are prone to leveraging the success of that product in every way possible via the introduction of variants. It is the manufacturer equivalent to a spinoff movie or TV Series.


Introducing the Vision OneTen Silent.


Few manufacturers in the fishing industry have product as iconic as Megabass's Vision OneTen and as we all know, Megabass is not shy about leveraging the success of this lure through several available variants. We caught wind of the latest variant back in 2017 and finally got our hands on some early this year just in time for rip bait season. Here now is our look at the Vision OneTen Silent.


Megabass Vision OneTen Silent Specifications

Type Rip/Jerk Bait (Suspending)
Length 4 1/3"
Weight 1/2 oz
Depth 5'
Material Hard Plastic
Colors 26
Hooks 3x #6 Katsuage
MSRP $24.99


Impressions: Out of the package, the Vision OneTen Silent looks and feels exactly like the original. The difference is revealed once you secure the hooks and shake the bait around with your hand - the internal weight system is fixed, so there is no rattle hence the "silent" designation. Technically, there is a very slight sound as the internal weights are not glued in place but simply held in an enclosed chamber. Don't those moving weights in the original help with casting the lure and working its built in erratic action? That's exactly what we thought so of course, there's no better way to figure that out than to take it out on the water for some real world tests.

Same size, shape, weight as the original.

Real World Tests: The first couple of months of each new year always brings with it a boat load of gear to review, so tests are often combined - new reels on new rods sometimes spooled with new line, and more often than not, tied with new lures. To test the Vision OneTen Silent, I was fishing an ARK Rod Sniper SNP70MXC paired with a Abu Garcia Gen4 Revo S spooled with ten pound (10lb) Sunline Super Natural nylon mono.

Just with fixed weights so there is little to no sound.

Castability: The very first question I had with the OneTen Silent was how well this bait casts and of course, somehow, Megabass has engineered the weight distribution of this bait so that it casts just like any other Vision OneTen I've thrown (save for the FX and soon to be released OneTen LBO). Surprisingly enough, even with a fixed internal weight, there is no tumbling or knuckle ball action as the bait sails through the air to your target zone.

So seemingly simple yet so intricate all at once.

Dive Time: Click your reel over after the cast, give your rod tip a couple of quick twitches to pull the bait down and the Vision OneTen Silent complies by getting right to work darting down below the surface to roughly the same depth as the standard OneTen. The bait's side to side action is very erratic and comparable to the original.

The standard Katsuage outbarb hooks.

Suspending Action: Viewed from above the surface, the OneTen Silent also has the same, head down position at rest and slowly rises in the water column. It gets right back to work as soon as you take in the slack and twitch the rod tip.

Standard Megabass finishes.

Design/Ergonomics: Everything else about this bait seems more or less the same as the original. Like the original, the bait is 110 millimeters long (hence its name) or roughly four and a third inches. Its weight is half an ounce and it comes with three Katsuage outbarb hooks. In some variations of the original, that middle hook does not have the barbs, but in the handful of OneTen Silents we had, the middle hooks were all barbed.

A good option in clear water and/or when the cold water bite is a little more tough.

Price & Application: The OneTen Silent is currently available in twenty six (26) standard colors and retails for $24.99. For reference, the original retails for the same price but has an available current color palate of forty six (46) colors. It's anyone's guess as to how many discontinued or limited colors have been made with the original.


Megabass Vision OneTen Silent Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Same bait, just different internals 9
Performance I was surprised how easily the bait cast 8
Price Flagship status comes at a price - even in a fishing lure but especially from Megabass 6
Features When you need to change things up, it's nice to have a silent option 8
Design (Ergonomics) 26 colors, Katsuage outbarbs, easy weight and size to fish 7.5
Application When the bite is a little tougher and you need a more subtle approach - especially in clear water 8

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:


+ Fishes just like the original - Hooks can get torn up if the bite is hot
+ That Megabass color palate - How many Vision OneTen variants can our wallets endure?
+ Clearly labeled on top as "Silent" so you can easily distinguish from your other OneTens  

Another Vision OneTen Variant? Hakuna Matata.

Conclusion: We kind of hoped this would be the last OneTen but knowing there's at least one more on the way, it's looking more and more like an infinity proposition. Either way, just like the Star Wars and Marvel all the accolades and revenue goes to one parent company. Megabass is feeling a lot like the Disney of the fishing industry. After all, how many of you have thumbed through a Megabass catalog or their website looking forward to a whole new world of tackle, thinking isn't everything neat, and how your collection is far from complete? How far will you go to argue the bare necessities? In the end, yes, it's best to just let it go. Hakuna Matata.


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