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Lure Review


Glide Week : Art in Action, the Roman Made Mother (continued)

When working the Mother, this is ability is very important because the bait makes so much commotion, you want to be sure and place it where the disruption won't cause too much chaos. Once placed though, this bait behaves very similar if not identical to its smaller sibling, the Negotiator which essentially is an eight inch version of the Mother.


This bait comes with stout hardware.

The Mother's attitude of descent is perfectly parallel and the degree of glide in this bait is very wide. You need to get a lot of line out with this bait in order to work it which is why we were unable to film it in the pool, but the quality of movement while a little mechanical is still very very good. Both the top hook and bottom hook version of this bait sit on the bottom perfectly upright.


The bait is very angular and artful.

We're giving the Mother the benefit of the doubt on durability as we've really not fished it hard enough to test this aspect. The only version we've been able to draw strikes with, for whatever reason, is the top hook. Probably because it's the version we've thrown the most. Reason being is we wanted to see how effective the top hook harness is.


The tophook version was very intriguing to us.

I only got two or three hits on this bait managing to land one fish, but I'm not convinced the poor hook up ratio has anything to do with the hook harness, rather, I think it might have more to do with the monstrous size of this bait. The fish that chooses to hit this thing has to be huge or hit the bait just right to give you a chance at hooking it.

Performance Ratings for Roman Made Mother

Fall Attitude (1-5)
Degree of Glide (1-5)
Quality of Movement (1-5)
Position at Rest (1-5)
Durability (1-5)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
5
4
5
4
23
25
9.2

Features: The Mother does not come with any spare parts and is available in just one rate of fall. There are only a couple of finishes available for this bait as opposed to quite a few for the smaller negotiator. The miscellaneous score represents this bait's availability in either top or bottom hook configuration although it'd be nice if the top hook harness was actually included with the standard bottom hook version and not as a different bait all together. This would give the owner of these baits the option of configuring the bait as conditions dictate without having to spend another $400+ dollars on another bait!


Here's how we broke down the Roman Made Mother in the lab.

Additionally, each Mother bait comes with a little rubber bumper pad installed in the joint to quiet the bait's clicking sound when the two separate body parts come together during retrieve.

Features Ratings for Roman Made Mother

Spare Parts (1-5)
Rates of Fall (1-3)
No. Finishes (1-5)
Miscellaneous (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
1
1
3
3
8
16
5


There are channels on top of the bait to keep the top hook harness in place while fishing.

Design/Ergonomics: Consistency between the two baits we managed to put our hands on was very good. Considering the hand made and tuned nature of this bait, we'd expect nothing less. The weight of this bait, on the other hand, is tough to deal with. You really need the right gear to make fishing this bait not only feasible but pleasant. Realism in the water is good though more mechanical than realistic. Having said that, fish are really attracted to this bait. I may have been short on strikes, but I got a lot of followers fishing this bait. The Mother is only available in one size, but as mentioned earlier, the smaller, Negotiator is essentially an 8" version of this same bait.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Roman Made Mother

Bait to Bait Consistency (1-5)
Weight (1-5)
Realism (1-5)
Available Sizes (1-3)
Total
Possible
Rating (= Tot/Pos * 10)
5
2
3
1
11
18
6.11


Roman Made has quickly established itself as top of the bait chain.

Application: Unless you're throwing the Mother for species bigger than largemouth bass, this bait is all about trophy hunting. Just to note, we did throw this for striped bass as well but couldn't get one to commit. It's a tough bait to throw for an extended period of time, but with the right rod and reel, you can extend the time you're able to endure all while hoping for that one giant bite.

Ratings:

Roman Made Mother Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality This bait is more artistic than realistic but beautiful just the same 9
Performance If you can manage to throw it, this bait is quite incredible in the water 9.2
Price A hand made, hand painted, specially tuned monster bait from Japan... you get the idea 2
Features No real special features of which to speak other than its hand made, hand tuned origins 5
Design (Ergonomics) Big, heavy, specialized, yet consistent bait to bait 6.11
Application Are you a trophy hunter? If so, you need one of these baits. 6

Total Score

6.23
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
+ Your fishing buddy is not likely to have one of these baits - In the end, there are probably more reasons to try and talk yourself out of this bait than into it, but if you're an Enthusiast, it only becomes all the more enticing because of that.
+ Like fishing with a piece of art? this is it!  
+ A piece of art that catches fish  

 

Conclusion: What more can be said about this bait? It is so large, so artful, so unbelievable, that even after countless follows, several hits, and finally one fish that wasn't even all that much longer than the bait, it's still difficult to conceive it being effective for largemouth bass! They really are fearless at times, aren't they? Unfortunately, the bait's score in our matrix is skewed because the bait did poorly in two or three categories. If all you care about is quality and performance, know that this bait does not disappoint. But if getting the most for your money is important and you look at extra features and versatility of a bait to define your purchasing decisions, the Mother is probably not for you.

 


This fish isn't huge, but that's the point. We remain amazed that a fish will choose to hit a bait of this size!

 

Do you consider yourself an Enthusiast? Then all the reasons you probably should not buy this bait will inevitably only fuel to make you want it more. Just know, availability of these baits is very limited, so if you're considering one even just so you can say you have one, don't hesitate. Opportunities to make that purchase will be few and far between. With us, for the pure artistry of this bait combined with the unbelievable fact it really does work, the Roman Made Mother easily wins our Ultimate Enthusiast Award!

 

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