Dive Bombers

Twenty Deep-Diving Plugs That will Plummet to 20-Plus Feet

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Sashimi 3D Magnum Deep Diver (R1073)

Yo-Zuri Size: 7 inches; 31⁄8 ounces Construction: Polycarbonate body with full thru-wire construction, ribbed finish for maximum vibration, Sashimi color-change technology and proprietary treble hooks. Colors: 7 Max Depth: 28 feet Max Speed: 6 mph Swimming Description: Wide wobble with lots of tail action MSRP: $25.99 Tidbit: Ideal for slow-trolling the reefs for grouper; try adding a curl-tail grub to the back treble hook to -stimulate a more aggressive bite.
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111MR Deep Diver

L&S Bait Co. **(mirrolure​.com**) Size: 7 inches; 21⁄8 ounces Construction: Narrow, cigar-shaped propionate plastic body holding MirrOlure's sonic fish-calling rattles; equipped with 3x VMC 4/0 trebles. Colors: 11 Max Depth: 25 Max Speed: 8 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle **MSRP:****** $11.99 Tidbit: To hit optimum depth, troll around 5 mph behind 175 feet of 30- to 50-pound braid. Best used with a short trace of wire or shock mono.
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Koolie Minnow 190 LL FW

Sebile **Size:****** 7¾ inches; 3 ounces Construction: ABS body with thru-wire construction connected to split-rings and Sebile 3/0 1x wire hooks. Also available in a "Salt & Sun" version that features a foam-filled body and powerful Owner 3/0 ST66 4x hooks. **Colors:****** 15 Max Depth: 60 feet Max Speed: 5 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle with a slight tail wobble MSRP: $34.45 Tidbit: Its unique, curved shape was the result of a study on how to reduce water resistance, and it produces only minor tension on the rod when being pulled.
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CD30

Bomber Saltwater Grade Size: 8 inches; 4 ounces Construction: Puncture-proof plastic body with forged line connection and thru-wire skeletal structure, extra-heavy split rings and proprietary 5/0 trebles. Colors: 21 Max Depth: 30 feet Max Speed: 6 mph Swimming Description: Wide wobble MSRP: $16.50 **Tidbit:****** This CD (Certified Depth) model repels the biting power of the toughest saltwater fish yet is packaged in a seemingly glass-like crystal shell.
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Challenger X Wahoo Special

Strike Pro **Size:****** 71⁄8 inches; 3½ ounces Construction: Hard plastic body with thru-wire harness and ball-bearing swivels with VMC 9730 Big Game forged, welded-eye hooks. Colors: 3 Max Depth: 30 feet Max Speed: 7 mph Swimming Description: Tight and narrow MSRP: $42.99 Tidbit: Deadly when used on a downrigger for deep yellowfin tuna. Try dropping it down to 200 or 300 feet around offshore drilling platforms.
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X-RAP XRMAG-30

Rapala Size: 6¼ inches; 2½ ounces **Construction:****** Thru-wire construction with textured, translucent polycarbonate body, 3-D holographic eyes and 3x split rings attached to VMC 4x Perma Steel treble hooks. **Colors:****** 16 Max Depth: 30 feet Max Speed: 15 mph Swimming Description: Tight, aggressive wiggle MSRP: $21.99 Tidbit: Its slightly narrower lip allows it to be trolled either slow or fast, making it effective for a range of species.
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Stretch+ Imitator Jr.

Mann’s **Size:****** 8 inches; 3 ounces Construction: Butyrate plastic body featuring light-reflecting textured body and raised gills, along with two 3/0 Eagle Claw treble hooks. Colors: 9 Max Depth: 23 feet Max Speed: 10 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle and wobble MSRP: $18.99 **Tidbit:****** Designed to mimic an 8-inch menhaden, this lure will reach its maximum depth when pulled at 3 mph to 5 mph behind about 150 feet of 30-pound braid.
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Menhaden MHC 155D

Live Target **Size:****** 6 inches; 2¾ ounces Construction: High-impact plastic body with thru-wire -construction, 2x stainless-steel -components and Owner Saltwater treble hooks. Colors: 3 **Max Depth:****** 25 feet **Max Speed:****** 11 mph Swimming Description: Tight, pronounced wobble MSRP: $27.99 Tidbit: Designed to mimic the menhaden; try trolling this plug slowly atop reefs in 25 to 40 feet for big grouper.
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Laser Pro 160 XDD

Halco**** (halcotackle.com) Size: 6¼ inches; 1¼ ounce Construction: Long, thin ABS body has a bulletproof lip securing system for extra strength and is ultrasonically welded with 2/0 Mustad 3x treble hooks. Colors: 16 **Max Depth:****** 20 feet **Max Speed:****** 10 mph **Swimming Description:****** Fast, rolling action **MSRP:****** $15.99 Tidbit: Try running this plug at speed below a pattern of skirted trolling lures to boost catches of tuna and wahoo.
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Sorcerer 150 XDD

Halco (halcotackle.com) Size: 6 inches; 1 ounce Construction: Features sharp, "butterknife" tail design molded from ABS plastic. Contains rattles and is ultrasonically welded with three No. 2 Mustad 5x treble hooks. **Colors:****** 17 Max Depth: 27 feet Max Speed: 7 mph Swimming Description: Tight shimmy MSRP: $15.99 Tidbit: Avoid bulky swivels, clips or any other connection for best results. For faster trolling speeds, try removing the center hook.
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Clackin’ Magnum CNMAG-20

Rapala **Size:****** 6¼ inches; 2½ ounces Construction: Polycarbonate body with internal rattling BB and holographic foil; thru-wire construction linked to 3x split rings and VMC 4x Perma Steel treble hooks. **Colors:****** 10 Max Depth: 20 feet Max Speed: 15 mph Swimming Description: Tight wounded-minnow action MSRP: $19.99 Tidbit: Brand-new on the market, the oversized BB produces a banging pulse underwater, making this mid‑size plug ideal for wahoo, kingfish or dolphin.
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X-RAP XRMAG-20

Rapala Size: 5½ inches; 15⁄8 ounces Construction: Thru-wire construction with textured, translucent polycarbonate body, 3-D holographic eyes and 3x split rings attached to VMC 4x Perma Steel treble hooks. Colors: 15 Max Depth: 20 feet Max Speed: 15 mph Swimming Description: Tight, aggressive wiggle MSRP: $20.99 Tidbit: Try pulling it in the Red Head, Silver and Blue Sardine colors over shallow (20- to 30-foot) patch reefs along Florida's west coast, the Keys and the Bahamas for grouper.
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CD25

Bomber Saltwater Grade Size: 6 inches; 2 ounces Construction: Ultra-high-modulus, puncture-resistant plastic body with thru-wire skeletal structure and -proprietary 4/0 trebles. Colors: 21 Max Depth: 25 feet Max Speed: 6 mph Swimming Description: Wide wobble MSRP: $16.50 Tidbit: Polycarbonate body boasts a tensile strength of 10,200 pounds per square inch and a puncture--resistance factor of 1,200 pounds of hydraulic force.
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Spanish Mackerel SMK 160D

Live Target Size: 6 inches; 3 ounces Construction: High-impact plastic body with thru-wire construction, 2x stainless steel components and Owner Saltwater treble hooks. Colors: 2 Max Depth: 25 feet Max Speed: 11 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle with slight body roll MSRP: $22.99 Tidbit: In addition to trolling, try working this lure around schooling kings and cudas with a fast cranking motion and hard, aggressive sweeps of the rod tip.
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Sorcerer 125 XDD

Halco**** Size: 5 inches; ¾-ounce Construction: Oblong-designed ABS body contains rattling BBs and is ultrasonically welded with three No. 1 Mustad 3x treble hooks. Colors: 17 Max Depth: 27 feet Max Speed: 8 mph Swimming Description: Tight shimmy MSRP: $13.99 Tidbit: Whether trolled or cast, use light fluorocarbon leaders with small connecting clips for optimum swimming action.
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Crystal Minnow Deep Diver F1013

Yo-Zuri Size: 5¼ inches; 7⁄8-ounce Construction: Polycarbonate body with full thru-wire construction, rattling BBs, holographic finish, animated oversized 3-D eyes and proprietary treble hooks. Colors: 8 Max Depth: 22 feet Max Speed: 8 mph Swimming Description: Tight, narrow wiggle MSRP: $13.99 Tidbit: Troll two of these plugs, in different colors, on each side of the transom. If one gets hit more frequently, switch out to the same color on both sides.
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Crystal 3D Minnow Deep Diver F983

Yo-Zuri Size: 6 inches; 13⁄8 ounces Construction: Polycarbonate body with full thru-wire construction, rattling BBs, 3-D prismatic insert for light reflection and proprietary treble hooks. **Colors:****** 12 Max Depth: 20 feet Max Speed: 6 mph Swimming Description: Tight, narrow wiggle MSRP: $19.99 Tidbit: Try trolling this plug in an S-pattern. When the lure changes direction, it will speed up or slow down on the turn — this is when most strikes occur.
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Magnum Stretch 30+ Jointed

Mann’s Size: 12 inches; 6 ounces Construction: Chambered Butyrate plastic body with internal, side-to-side supports, double figure-8 wire joint connections and two 5/0 Eagle Claw trebles. Colors: 7 Max Depth: 30 feet Max Speed: 5 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle MSRP: $34.99 Tidbit: An excellent choice for slow-trolling (1½ mph) the deep channels of the Chesapeake Bay for big wintertime striped bass.
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Magnum Stretch 40+

Mann’s Size: 14 inches; 8 ounces **Construction:****** Chambered Butyrate plastic body with internal, side-to-side supports, 1⁄8-inch-thick walls and two 7/0 Mustad double hooks. Colors: 7 Max Depth: 40 feet Max Speed: 11 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle MSRP: $44.99 Tidbit: A 50-wide reel is a good choice for trolling this giant plug. Heavy braided line and slow retrieval speeds of 3 mph to 5 mph will get it down past the 40-foot mark.
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Giganticus G50+

Mann’s **Size:****** 16 inches; 10 ounces Construction: Butyrate plastic body with thru-wire construction from lip to tail with two 9/0 Mustad double hooks. Also available with two 12/0 single hooks. **Colors:****** 7 Max Depth: 50 feet **Max Speed:****** 11 mph Swimming Description: Tight wiggle MSRP: $99.99 Tidbit: Use a minimum 8/0 size reel when trolling this monster. Largest known catches include a 1,134‑pound blue marlin and a 623-pound bluefin tuna.