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The Original Vision for Yuki Ito's RipBait : The Megabass Ito Shiner (continued)


Suspending Action: Kill your retrieve and the Ito Shiner stops dead in its tracks with a slight head down position. If you twitch or rip your rod in an upward movement, pulling the bait up before you pause, the Ito Shiner will sink back down from several inches to a foot before reaching equilibrium and suspending.


One of the most popular Megabass colors - GP Pro Blue.

Additional Observations: Another popular method of retrieval for Megabass jerkbaits is a straight retrieve like a crank. In this technique, the Ito Shiner has a wobble and shimmy similar to a flat sided crank - tight yet pronounced. If you mix this style retrieve in with a few twitches and pauses, you can create a very erratic swimming pattern mimicking a bait fish frantically swimming around and searching for cover or a school to join.

Table Rock SP is one among sixteen color patterns offered for the Ito Shiner.

Design/Ergonomics: Megabass's Ito Shiner is available in sixteen different patterns, all of which look super effective. You have your traditional colors like Ito Natural and GP Pro Blue, then you have your specialty colors like Table Rock SP or Megabass Hitch. Then you have your colors that look as good to collect as they do to fish in Elegy Bone, GG Perch, and HT Kossori Shad. Making a decision on just one or two colors for this bait is a painful endeavor.

The Ito Shiner comes with three #4 Katsuage out barb hooks.

Price & Application: Making that decision process between colors even more difficult is the price Megabass commands for the Ito Shiner - $25.99 per bait. Just two baits will get you free shipping at one of our favorite tackle outlets and four baits puts you into three figures in your shopping cart. That's quite painful, but if you're looking for a slightly larger profile jerkbait and want something that you can easily cast into the wind, the Ito Shiner can fit that bill.

The Ito Shiner retails for $25.99 per bait.


Megabass Ito Shiner Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality MB finishes are really a sight to behold 9
Performance Casts very easily and goes right to work from the very first twitch of your rod 8.5
Price Megabass Jerkbaits? = Enthusiast tackle defined 6
Features Sharp hooks, Triple Tungsten Weight Oscillate System 7
Design (Ergonomics) 16 incredibly executed colors 8
Application When it's time to bomb a big jerkbait.. the Ito Shiner steps up to the plate 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:


+ Good number of colors from which to choose - Quite pricey
+ Super easy bait to cast - Thin wire hooks are sharp but not very durable
+ Thin wire hooks make for easy sets  
+ Good biting action in the water when you begin working the bait  

The Ito Shiner not only sings, it performs and when you put those two traits together, you're in line for a standout hit.

Conclusion: There's no denying the Ito Shiner is an effective bait. I like its larger size as compared to the Vision OneTen and the finishes are nothing short of what you expect from Megabass.


My questions are, how did the original carving of this bait develop into the Vision OneTen and all its variants instead of what we have now in the Ito Shiner and why did it take so long for the bait's true form to come to light? That "Evoluzion" aside, I appreciate the fact Megabass eventually brought this bait to market.


The difficulty is how many Megabass jerkbaits do we really need? Of course, for a tackle enthusiast, the question of need is insignificant next to that next shiny object singing to you on the tackle store shelf. Fortunately, the Ito Shiner not only sings, it performs and when you put those two traits together, you're in line for a standout hit.


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