ORLANDO, Fla.— They’re calling it a brand new style of wire bait, something that’s never been seen before. “One-of-a-kind,” “unique,” “lethal.” Those are words already floating around following Yo-Zuri’s unveiling of the 3DB Knuckle Bait. Regardless of your choice of words, one early impression remains true—there won’t be another lure at ICAST like it.
Developed and tested in Japan for nearly three years, the Knuckle Bait is hitting the American market and its waters for the first time ever. The goal? Presenting fish with a look and a sound that has never been seen before.
Yo-Zuri officials say the Knuckle Bait name comes from its ball, which is attached to the wire in a similar position to a spinnerbait blade, and creates an underwater action like a knuckle ball— a fitting tribute to the company’s American headquarters, which lies just 30 minutes from the fields of Florida’s famed Grapefruit League spring season training camps.
And while the wire bait resembles the tried-and-true spinnerbait, it’s that erratic, baseball-style action that separates the Knuckle Bait completely from other wire lures on the market.
Yo-Zuri says the ball comes in two varieties: a 3D Prism pattern, and a painted Sound Ball pattern. Both create the same action.
An aerodynamic head paired with a body weighing 1/2 ounce, the Knuckle Bait can be cast tremendous distances. Like a spinnerbait, you can pair the Knuckle Bait with a swimbait or creature bait trailer or fish it completely on its own. Fished quickly on top of the water, the lure becomes a wake bait. Slow rolling it through vegetation results in a surprisingly weedless, swim-jig like presentation. A quick stop on the bottom will set the Knuckle Bait standing vertically, allowing anglers to fish a flutter-fall technique.
Colors and Finishes
The Knuckle Bait comes in two different finishes: 3D Prism and Painted. In all, anglers can choose from seven different colors. Painted finishes include Chartreuse, Red Crawfish and Pearl Shad. The 3D Prism finishes are Golden Shiner, Gizzard Shad, Shad and Tennessee Shad.
The Yo-Zuri 3DB Knuckle Bait will be on display in the ICAST New Product Showcase, and at the Yo-Zuri booth in Orlando, at ICAST Booth 2157. ICAST visitors are encouraged to stop by to be one of the first to get their hands on the newest innovation in bass fishing.