Creature Fever: Gettin' Crazy With the Yamamoto PsychoDad!
Retrieve the Yamamoto PsychoDad just like you would a jig or worm. When casting
on a Carolina or Texas rig, you can drag, crawl, or hop the bait. If you are
flipping, pitching, or punching, let the bait fall, then quiver it on the bottom
or yo-yo it up and down. The arms and legs are quite thin and allow for some
nice action with just light rod tip movements.
The long legs face towards the rear and offer great action on the drop.
aspect of this bait is the action it displays as it sinks. As the PsychoDad
plummets to the bottom, the four legs come alive and fiercely kick with a ton of
fluttering movement. The movement is extremely frantic in appearance, and is
something that likely drives bass nuts!
These are some sweet looking arms and claws.
claws wave around on the fall and float up a bit when the bait is on the bottom.
The thin, limber arms accentuate the movement of the claws so that they are
allowed to move with increased freedom when you twitch and hop the PsychoDad.
Ouch! The thin arms make for some nice action, but are also torn off rather
easily both by fish and cover.
Unfortunately, the biggest downfall of the PsychoDad is its durability. The real
issue here is with the softness of the plastic. There's no debating that a bait
made with softer plastic will produce better action and generate more bites.
What's a bit perplexing is why would a bait designed with an emphasis on
punching be made so brittle? Both flipping and punching are techniques that
demand the most out of the angler and his or her equipment, and in my opinion
the PsychoDad is simply too weak to hold up to both the techniques and the fish.
The bait tears easily, even in the tail section where the plastic is the most
dense. It's not uncommon to only get one or two fish out of a single bait before
it's too tattered to be fished properly.
Skin hooking the point anywhere on the bait should only be done
in very light-duty situations, as you can see how pliable the plastic is when a
bit of pressure is applied.
sometimes a challenge keeping the PsychoDad weedless, especially when fishing
really thick cover. Regardless of hook style, I found it best to use one with a
shorter distance from the eye (or bait-keeping barb) to the point. This allowed
the point to be inserted into the solid portion of the body ahead of the rattle
chamber. Though this worked best for me, in rougher situations the soft plastic
still didn't hold and protect hook points like I had hoped. If you use a larger
hook and rig it so the point is inside the hollow rattle cavity, the point will
wear through this thin plastic in short order. After several frustrating
experiences, I found myself using the PsychoDad by itself only in open waters or
areas with light cover where I could fish it Texas rigged on a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG
offset-shank worm hook. I simply do not recommend this bait for anything
The PsychoDad pairs up quite well with a jig.
TackleWarehouse.com sells a pack of five Yamamoto PsychoDads for $5.19. Do the
math on that, and you'll see that these baits aren't exactly a stellar value. If
you factor in the mediocre durability, you'll easily find yourself flying
through a pack or more per day during a good bite.
Application-wise, the PsychoDad has a variety of uses. It can be Texas or
Carolina rigged, fished as a jig or chatterbait trailer, or used alone on a jig
head. You can punch, flip, pitch, or cast it from the bank out to however deep
you please. I personally favored this bait as a jig trailer since it's sized
perfectly for this application and the buoyant claws always add some unique
action behind the skirt. Each bait also experienced a longer lifespan when
fished as a trailer, however they still got beat up pretty quickly once the fish
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There's no doubt bass do love the PsychoDad!
At first, I was caught up in the hype of these baits and nearly placed an order
for several packages right after their release. Like any new item that comes on
the market, it's best not to get caught up in all the buzz because sometimes the
product simply isn't what you envisioned. The Yamamoto PsychoDad is a sweet
looking bait, but unfortunately it left me a bit disappointed out on the water.
While I have baits I favor more for punching, flipping, and pitching, I can see
myself keeping a couple packs around for jig trailer use or lighter-duty
situations. We think the Yamamoto PsychoDad has a ton of potential and we'd like
to see it redesigned to increase overall durability.
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