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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.

Company: MattLures

Bait: Dead Twitch

Style: Floater (slow twitch)

Length: 13″

Weight: 14.4 ounces

Color: Rainbow Trout

Hooks: Owner 2/0 (2)

Hinge: One

Composite: Soft Plastic

Custom Paint: Yes

MSRP: $60

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 DeadTwitch Series

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.

Single Hinge

The MattLures DeadTwitch bait has a single hinge which gives this bait the ability to glide left, or right on a slow twitch.

Belly Shot

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.

Eyelet in Mouth

MattLures placed the eyelet for tying on the DeadTwich inside the mouth. I suggest using a 50lb. quick snap.

2/0 Hooks

MattLures used some heavy duty hardware starting with 100lb. split rings and Owner 2/0 heavy duty treble hooks.

Added eyelet

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.

Underwater View

This underwater shot above shows what a proper weighted DeadTwitch bait should look like from an underwater view.

Underwater Front Angle 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.

MattLures DeadTwitch a True Work of Art.


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




Mike Long

Mike Long, is well known for monster bass, like the 20.12 oz largemouth bass taken from Dixon Lake in 2001. That fish put him at number ten on the world record list, but it wasn’t his only large fish. He is among a handful of bass fisherman with hundreds of fish over 10 lbs to his credit.

13 comments on “Review: MattLures DeadTwitch Bait

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Jim on December 5, 2012 1:25 pm

Matt makes great baits and he stands by them. This bait looks great! Would love to see one made around 7 inches for us east coast guys.

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Rod Wynn on December 5, 2012 9:10 pm

Great write up once again.. I also would love to see this bait in a 7″ or 8″ variety..

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Mike Floyd on December 8, 2012 5:57 am

Mike, I tried throwing the 10″ Castaic catch 22 with the 867 and thought the bait was too heavy for the rod. Rigged with a Curado 300 with 25 lbs. Maxima UG. It threw the 8″ fine. Am I doing something wrong?

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Mike Long on December 8, 2012 1:40 pm

Mike, the 867 should handle those baits just fine, sometimes I have to let the rod load up and trust it. Are you trying side casts, or overhead casts?

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Mike Floyd on December 8, 2012 2:15 pm

Side arm casts.

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Greg Glogow on December 8, 2012 9:11 am

Stuck a 15.12 late october on the bait.

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Mike Long on December 8, 2012 1:42 pm

I saw a picture a that bass it was HUGE, congrats on that catch Greg!

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greg on December 9, 2012 6:22 pm

Thanks Mike, that bait has been working real well, I learned that if I paint the shaft of the hooks in a white pearl the bottom hooked bait gets bit better.. Im 2 for 9 on the bait so far… will be on it this week. Just had a company called “In the news” do a awesome frame job on our 1999 issue of Outdoor life with you, gash, me and butch.. pretty cool…

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Mike Long on December 9, 2012 6:26 pm

That was a awesome photo shoot, keep us all informed how you do on the DeadTwitch. Good Luck!!

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Shane on December 11, 2012 9:57 pm

Hey Mike,
Great review as usual. I just purchased a couple of the dead twitch baits and i see the rod you mentioned you liked was the 867. I have read some people saying they prefer the 908 because it handles the bait a little better.

My question is if you were in the market for a new rod for this bait, would you choose the 867 or the 908?


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Mike Long on December 11, 2012 10:08 pm

Hey Shane, I would recommend the 908, it is plenty of rod to handle the DeadTwitch bait. The 867 will work you just have to trust the rod. I’m going to be doing a rod review soon that should help. ML

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Greg Glogow on December 12, 2012 12:51 pm

@ Jim,

Matt does make an 8″ flat tail dead stick bait: its called the True Trout series. Here is a link

Good Luck-


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