Review: MattLures DeadTwitch Bait
Well I finally got some time on the water with MattLures new 13″ dead twitch bait, it is by far the most natural looking soft plastic bait of its size and weighing in at 14.4 ounces your going to need some heavy duty gear if you plan on chucking this big bait all day.
Style: Floater (slow twitch)
Weight: 14.4 ounces
Hooks: Owner 2/0 (2)
Composite: Soft Plastic
Custom Paint: Yes
MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I had to break out the Dobyns 867 swimbait rod and spool up with some 25lb. Maxima monofilament on my Curado 300 reel to handle the new MattLures DeadTwitch bait. The heavy weight of the DeadTwitch bait requires some heavy gear unless you decide to long-line this giant bait.
MattLures company has once again stayed true to their theme of making some of the most natural looking baits on the market today and the DeadTwitch is the result of years of research and development in the evolution of the Mattlures natural trout series.
The MattLures DeadTwitch bait has a single hinge which gives this bait the ability to glide left, or right on a slow twitch.
The picture above shows how much freedom the second section of the bait has with a full 180 degrees of movement. I found when twitching the DeadTwitch bait you needed monofilament line for a little stretch and that when twitching the bait you needed some slack in the line and a very subtle down motion drop of the rod to give the bait a slow tug and allow the bait to switch directions. This bait requires patience, it is a bait that you can leave floating over a lake point for hours teasing the big bass to come up and blast it off the surface, so patience is a key to success with this bait, but if you can keep an eye on this bait and twitch it at slow cadence making the DeadTwitch look slightly injured your gonna have some awesome success. Warning also keep an eye out for Ospreys they love trout on the surface and will take your bait for an unwanted ride.
MattLures placed the eyelet for tying on the DeadTwich inside the mouth. I suggest using a 50lb. quick snap.
MattLures used some heavy duty hardware starting with 100lb. split rings and Owner 2/0 heavy duty treble hooks.
MattLures added an eyelet on top of the DeadTwitch bait where a treble hook can be added. If you decide to take off the two bottom treble hooks to give your bait the most natural look and add the top hook you will need to add some kind of ballast weight where the bottom hooks were. I found some tungsten nail weights placed in the belly worked just fine.
MattLures designed the DeadTwitch bait to just barely sit under the water with the full dorsal fin exposed and part of the tail.
This underwater shot above shows what a proper weighted DeadTwitch bait should look like from an underwater view.
If you decide to dead stick this bait in calm water I would suggest to remove the bottom hooks to allow this bait to look as natural as possible.
Pros: Once again MattLures has created a bait that truly imitates nature and that will help most anglers have a better chance of catching that big bass of a lifetime as long as you can exercise a little patience. And the price is a steal.
Cons: The DeadTwitch paint job looks awesome until you catch a few big toothy bass and it starts to tear some.
MLO Rating: 4.5 out of 5