It’s that time of the year for cranking the rock piles and I have been waiting quite some time to field test the Damiki crank baits. Where I live here in San Diego Califonia the lakes are deep and the bass suspend offshore in 20′-40′ of open water during the Fall and Winter months. And when the bass move from open water to the rock piles to feed on crawdads you need a crank bait that will get down at least 15′ to have a chance at getting a bite.
Lures: DC300 / DC400
Depths: DC300 12′-15′ / DC400 16′-18′
Color: Real Shad
Style: Deep Diving Slow Floater
Casting Weights: Yes
Weight: DC300 .55 oz /DC400 1 oz
Length: DC300 2.13″ / DC400 2.76″
MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5
When I first got my crank baits from Damiki I was not sure what to expect. It was first experience with Damiki lures.
One of the first things I liked about the Damiki lures was the packaging. My lures were very easy to get out of the package and just as easy to get back in their packaging after use and I can’t tell you how nice that is, especially if I plan on just taking a few lures on a trip. The sturdy packaging will keep my lures from getting stuck in my travel gear.
The two Damiki crank baits I field tested were the DC300, and the DC 400. The DC300 dives 12′-15′, while the DC400 dives 16′-18′. Both crank baits tested were in the real shad color.
In the picture above of the side by side comparison you can start to see huge size difference in these deep diving crank baits. The DC400 on the left has a much longer body and larger diving bill, while the DC300 has a much smaller compact body size and a very large diving bill for it’s body size.
The DC300 has a diving bill and body shape very similar to some of my favorite crank baits growing up like the Fat Free Shad, and the Fat Rap. This little crank bait has an incredible wobble action in the water and I had no trouble at all casting this small crank in the wind due to the four bearings that all move to the rear of the bait during casting.
Under close inspection I was very impressed with look of the crank bait. The black eyes really look good on the lighter colored baits as well as the detailed groves that help give these little baits life. Damiki put small fine wire hooks on the DC series which I’m a huge fan of.
The DC series has a weighted balance plate in the belly of the bait which will help keep your bait balanced during pauses, also there is a separate chamber in the DC300 that has small glass beads that produce a high pitch noise sound which is a great lure attractor in dark deep waters. The DC400 has three ball bearings that all move to the rear of the bait while casting and also give the lure a low noise sound.
The DC400 has a very large strong diving bill which I put to the test bouncing off rocks for the better part of a day and I found it to be just fine. The 400’s body shape was little longer and has less wobble than the 300, but I found the 400 to dive quickly and wobble just enough that I could feel it through my rod tip.
Pros: I found the lure balance in the water to be real good. As for casting in windy conditions the DC300, and DC400 were some of the best cranks I’ve casted in years, the ball bearings in the baits moved to rear at the right time to help the lures fly straight on each cast.
Cons: I was not a fan of the small split rings on the DC series.
MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5