The Klash9

OVERVIEW

It is a very rare occasion that the introduction of a big bait changes the trophy bass hunting game entirely. Takanori Hiraiwa’s Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178 started the glide revolution in 2004 with it’s revolutionary S-shape swimming action. Kazumasa Okumura’s Deps Silent Killer 145 and 175 were also released in 2004 with their groundbreaking construction of a soft plastic skin over a urethane foam core. The Slide Swimmer versions would follow a few years later, with the seminal Slide Swimmer 250SS released at the end of 2011. The current “New” style 175SS and 250SS models released in 2014 and 2015 respectively have the soft plastic skin over an ABS plastic core instead of the original type’s urethane foam core. In addition to it’s trailblazing construction materials and techniques, the original type Slide Swimmer 250SS refined and extended the glide that the Jointed Claw had pioneered.

THE BREAKDOWN

Manufacturer: Division Rebel Tackles
Name/model number: Klash9 Low
Origin: Japan
Retail Price (JPY): 9180
Lure Type: Big Bait, 2 segments
Material: ABS Plastic
Length: 9 inches (228.6mm)
Weight: 4oz. (113.4g)
Finish: Hand Painted/Paint Printer
Stock Hooks/size: Owner ST36, 1/0


Name/model number: Klash9 Hi
Origin: Japan
Retail Price (JPY): 9180
Lure Type: Big Bait, 2 segments
Material: ABS Plastic
Length: 9 inches (228.6mm)
Weight: 3.3oz. (93.6g)
Finish: Hand Painted/Paint Printer
Stock Hooks/size: Owner ST36, 1/0

 

In November of 2015, Tomoya Shirakawa’s Division Rebel Tackles’ (DRT) Klash9 jointed swimbait was released (the smaller profile Tiny Klash would be released 7 months later). The Klash9 immediately introduced incredible levels of versatility that had not been available in a big bait before (or since) due to it’s removable lip and configurable tail design. Released in Hi Float and Low Float versions, each of the two intensively designed and tested Klash9 models share the same outward appearance but have very separate identities. Both versions have 4 tuning options right out of the package and an ever increasing variety of lip and tail options available for a current total of 12 different instantly accessible configurations each. Whether it’s hard kicking and aggressive or subtle and spybait-esque actions you seek, the Klash9 is the answer to making the quick on-the-fly adjustments needed to get those trophy fish to bite. Like it’s predecessors the Gan Craft Jointed Claw 178 and Deps Slide Swimmer 250SS, the Klash9 has pushed the development of the big bait to a whole new level.

SPECIFICATIONS

Klash9Hi/Low Float Specifications Table

Manufacturer Division Rebel Tackles
Model Klash9 Hi Float Klash9 Low Float
Country of Manufacture Japan Japan
MSRP $94.99 $94.99
Length 9″ (228.6mm) 9″ (228.6mm)
Weight 3.3oz (93.6g) 4oz (113.3g)
Body Material ABS Plastic ABS Plastic
Lips Standard Lip (factory
equipped)
Standard Lip (factory
equipped)
Lip Material Proprietary plastic/nylon mix Proprietary plastic/nylon mix
Tails Standard Tail (factory
equipped)
Standard Tail (factory
equipped)
Tail Material Elastomer Elastomer
Rattles 1 lead knocker ball none
Hooks Owner ST36 1/0 Owner ST36 1/0
Split Rings (hooks) Bombada Forte #4
(132lb/60kg)
Bombada Forte #4
(132lb/60kg)
Split Ring/Welded Ring (line tie – starting 2019) Bombada Forte #4
(132lb/60kg)
Bombada Forte #4
(132lb/60kg)
Available Accessories Standard Tail, V-tail, Standard Lip, Roll Lip, Wide Lip, Glide Weight Standard Tail, V-tail, Standard Lip, Roll Lip, Wide Lip, Glide Weight

Klash9 Factory Accessories specifications table

Klash9 Hi/Lo Float
Available Factory
Accessories
# Per Package Models/Colors/Weights MSRP
Klash9 Spare Lips 2 Standard, Roll, Wide $9.99
Klash9 Spare
Standard Tail
1 Clear Silver, Smoke, Purple, Pro Blue, Red, Watermelon, Yellow, Black, Metallic Pink, Metallic Blue. Scuppernong $9.99
Klash9 Spare V-tail 1 Clear Silver, Smoke, Purple, Pro Blue, Red, Watermelon, Yellow, Black, Scuppernong $9.99
Klash9 Glide Weights 2 lead weights, 4
adhesive strips
0.2oz Lead $6.99

The Division Rebel Tackles’ Klash9 is made entirely in Japan of an ABS type plastic ( Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene thermoplastic polymer) and is available in two versions, the 3.3oz. (93.6g) Hi Float and 4oz. (113.4g) Low Float. Both models measure 9 inches (228.6mm) in length with the stock tail installed, and are identical with the front segments measuring 4.7 inches (119.4mm) in length, and the rear segments measuring 2.68 inches (68.6mm), with a 0.14 inch (3.6mm) gap between the front and rear segments at the joint. It has a maximum height of 1.91 inches (48.3mm), a minimum height of 0.64 inches (16.3mm), a maximum width of 1.1 inches (27.9mm), and a minimum width of 0.4 inches (10.2mm).

The 0.14inch (3.6mm) gap between the front and rear segments allows the rear segment of the Klash9 to swing 90 degrees in either direction

The Klash9 Hi Float front segment weighs 2.6oz (73.7), and the rear segment weighs 0.7 oz (19.8g), with a weight distribution of 78.8/21.2 front to back. The Klash9 Low Float front segment weighs 3.3oz (93.6g), the rear segment weighs 0.7oz (19.8g), for a weight distribution of 82.5/17.5 front to back. This disparity in segment weight distribution between the Hi Float and Low Float versions of the Klash9 can be attributed to the way each version has been tuned via the use of tuning weights in the form of lead balls.

The Hi Float has 3 tuning lead weights/balls in the front segment, plus 1 lead rattle/knocker ball in the front segment located behind and slightly above the lip slot, and 1 tuning lead weight/ball in the tail segment. The Low Float has 5 tuning weights/balls in the front segment, two more than the Hi Float, but no knocker ball, and is identical to the Hi Float with 1 tuning lead weight/ball in the tail segment.

The end result of the differences in number and location of the tuning weights/balls is that the Hi Float version floats on the surface close to horizontal, the Low Float version sits lower in the water, almost but not quite submerged with a 16 degree from horizontal nose down orientation,a purposefully designed “ass up, head down” orientation that helps it come through cover and grind the bottom much easier. Though they utilize the same ABS body shell, the difference in number and location of the lead tuning balls between the Hi Float and Low Float versions means each version demonstrates its own swim characteristics right out of the package with the identical stock lip and tail configuration. In addition each version can be further tuned to swim with very diverse actions and depths depending on which lip and tail combination and configuration is selected, and the speed of retrieve plus the reel cadence used.

Although the Klash9 is a fluid and curvaceous lure, in fact it is a flat sided bait, with a flat back and belly, and 3 flat sections per side for a total of 8 flat areas. These flat surfaces, combined with the compound curves of the Klash9, create vortices and disturbances in the water around the bait and are designed to draw fish to the bait from distance.

DEVELOPMENT

The genesis for Division Rebel Tackles’ 9 inch 4 ounce Klash9 began with a very humble 6 inch hand carved wood bait called the “Stealth Flash” that had the same lip placement and joint architecture as the finished Klash9 that was released to the public, but had a quiet, uninspired rolling action.

The Stealth Flash was far from his vision of a bait with strong, unique action, but it was the seed that would eventually lead to the Klash9. An innovator with an aversion to imitation, Tomoya Shirakawa was searching for a signature action with a wobble and roll that would separate his bait from the ones already on the market, and give the highly pressured world record sized bass at Lake Biwa where DRT is headquartered something unique that they had not seen before. Rather than get discouraged with the Stealth Flash or let it remain as it was, he redoubled his efforts to bring to life a true and worthy representation of his dream.

He worked and reworked the shape of the body, and the positions of the weights. He tested and retested these numerous variations and with different lips and eye placements, studying the changes to the action, getting frustrated with his lack of progress in trying to create what was in his mind’s eye. It is always darkest before the dawn, and after feeling like he had got things somewhat figured out, Tomoya made a resin version of his bait got a real shock. It had no life, no personality! It was a real eye opener and a huge disappointment after all his design and testing work. Once again, Tomoya did not give up on hid dream. He knew he had to think outside the box, to push his limits as a designer, and his belief in his vision. He experimented with a Colorado blade of a spinnerbait as the tail, and it gave it action, just not enough. But he was on the right track. Progress! He then mounted it on the rear hook hanger and found what he had been searching for, the bait’s action had come alive! He ran to the nearest tackle shop and bought all sizes of spinnerbait blades. He found that as he increased the size of the blade, the bait decreased its roll and increased it’s wobble and kick. After all the frustration of testing and designing and testing again with no progress, it was the tail that was the missing piece! He was inspired and reinvigorated, and knew that he was on the right track to finally bringing his dream to life.

THE VARIABLE TAIL SYSTEM

Then one day as he was working on the tail, which at the time was still composed of modified Colorado spinnerbait blades, he decided to mount his prototype tail upside down. The action of the lure was changed drastically, much more subtle, the action almost killed completely, even though everything else about the bait remained the same. This was the moment, the genesis of the Variable Tail System that, in conjunction with the Detachable Lips, make the Klash9 so versatile, and enabled Tomoya’s dream to become reality.

Tomoya: “When I was designing the bait if I used a normal vertical tail the bait would not track straight at high speed and would lift off the bottom at normal speed. So I took the concept from a Formula One car and designed the tail like the rear spoiler to create down force on the lure while at retrieve speed. The second benefit of the horizontal tail was the ability to flip it over and create a totally different action (Mode B). In this mode the lure will track very straight and stable almost like a spy bait and also it will let the user manipulate the action of the lure with his own rod work. Kind of like a underwater walk the dog presentation.”

To achieve the reversible tail in the production version of the Klash9, Tomoya was given permission by Takanori Hiraiwa of Gan Craft to use their patented soft tail attachment design, which was key in allowing the tail to become removable and reversible. Straight from the package, the Klash9 is equipped with the standard horizontal tail, and it can be flipped from the standard tail tips up, called ‘Mode A’, to tail tips down, called ‘Mode B’. The tails looks similar in Mode A and Mode B, the adjustment is simple, but the change to the Klash9’s action is immense.

In Mode-A, the tail tips are cupped upwards, and during the retrieve downward pressure and drag are created on the rear of the bait, causing strong roll and kick from the bait, especially the rear segment in comparison with the front segment.
In Mode-B, the tail tips are cupped downwards, providing lift at the rear of the bait, creating more subtle action, the rear segment almost staying in line with the front segment.
Unlike the standard tail which is oriented horizontally the V-tail is oriented vertically, and is composed of a softer elastomer. In addition to giving the Klash9 a classic baitfish profile, the V-tail creates a higher amount of water displacement, and causes the bait to wobble and roll differently than Mode A or Mode B.

THE DETACHABLE LIPS

The detachable lips that make Division Rebel Tackles’ Klash9 such a multifaceted bait evolved from a simple FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) circuit board cut-out lip, through ABS plastic and polycarbonate lips to the final version that is made of a proprietary plastic/nylon formula. Tomoya tested different shapes, thicknesses, and materials for the lip. Thin lips provided the action he wanted, but the durability was not up to his high standards. Working with the engineers at the factory where he was getting the prototypes of the Klash9 body made, Tomoya settled upon a proprietary plastic/nylon material that was thin and strong but also flexible enough to withstand impacts. He also found that at slow retrieve speeds, the new lip was much better at bottom contact sensitivity than the FRP/circuit board lip when contacting the bottom or structure. The final version of the lip incorporated a keel for strength and rigidity but still allowed the level of flexibility that made the lip difficult to break.

The detachable lip architecture that is used by the Klash9 was adopted from a patented design that is similar to the type used on the lip of Gan Craft’s OSA and Ripple Claw baits.
The Klash9 comes equipped with the ‘ Standard ’ lip that allows the bait to run to about 5 feet deep with an action like that of an oversize crankbait.
The ‘ Roll Lip ’ optional lip changes the action to incorporate more body roll, and runs to about 3 feet deep.
The ‘ Wide Lip ’ option changes the action yet again, making the Klash9 run with more hunting action, and runs to about 9 feet.
The Klash9 is not restricted to having a lip installed to be usable. With the lip removed, the ‘Lip Out’ actions can be achieved, including the unique Lip Out/Mode-B Yokoyoko ‘One Side Glide’.

With practice, the removal and reinsertion of the Klash9’s lip into the bait becomes quick and effortless, allowing for quick on-the-fly adjustments to the bait’s action.

HARDWARE

As Tomoya tested and retested the Klash9, he tried different hook and split ring combinations, before finally settling on the Bombada Forte split ring/Owner ST36 treble combination. Bombada (Bomba Da Agua) is a Japanese company that focuses on products for adventure fishing for trophy fish around the world such as Peacock Bass in the Amazon and Black Bass in Papua New Guinea. Bombada’s product line includes lures like the Tobi Kichi swimbait, and accessories, one of which is the Bombada Forte split ring that is used on the Klash9. Bombada’s product line has been tested extensively in the harshest environments by the hardest fighting freshwater fish on the planet, so it is no wonder that Tomoya chose to use the Forte split rings on his lures. The Bombada Forte split ring is a curved design that minimizes line stress and doesn’t affect a lure’s action, and is manufactured with heat treated wire for strength and a flat pressing process that creates smooth consistent edges, and adds strength. The Klash9 uses Bombada’s Forte split ring size #4 that has a strength rating of 132lb/60kg. The Owner ST36 treble hook that is used on the Klash9 is the industry standard for big baits of the Klash9’s size.

TACKLE

Getting the most out of the Klash9’s versatility requires a synergy of rod, reel, and line. The rod should be over 7 feet, with a Extra Heavy power, and a softer Fast to Regular Fast tip. This enables the Klash9 to be in the rod’s sweet spot for casting the bait, working the bait, and keeping those monster fish hooked up. Many of the effective retrieve techniques for the Klash9 are quick starts and stops, so a heavy duty reel with a 6.3:1 gear ratio up to 8.1:1 or higher is optimal. A 200 and up size/series reel should also be considered essential as the spools on these reels usually can hold more than enough of the larger diameter lines used to throw the Klash9, and the 200+ size/series reels are also usually built to handle the bigger baits and fish with stronger metals in the frames and gears as well as longer handles and a strong smooth drag. All retrieves and configuration Modes described in this article were performed on the following tackle:

Rods

Division Rebel Tackles Artex “Zero” A801XXHRF8’1”, Regular Fast action, max lure weight 7oz.
Pros: Designed by Tomoya Shirikawa of DRT using an NFC blank specifically for throwing the Klash9. Perfect weight, backbone, action, tip. Can cast the Klash9 all day on this rod. Extremely sensitive.
Cons: Availability is non existent, and the Zero can only be acquired from Japan. Most rods are acquired by winning a store lottery drawing for the opportunity to purchase one of the few they are allotted. For someone in the USA to acquire one, the only option is on the second hand market in Japan.

Studio Composite X DivisionRebel Tackles “For The Beast” 76XH , 7’6” Regular Fast action, max lure weight 6oz.
Pros: A little shorter at 7’6”, with a longer handle, great for tucking under your arm and grinding out long days. Another take on a Klash9 rod, this time on a Studio Composite blank.
Cons: The longer handle makes it a little more difficult to do twitch style, fast moving rod work. Hard to find outside of the Japanese second hand market, but there have been occasional small batch releases of the “For The Beast” since it’s initial introduction.

Gan Craft Dead Sword Magnum KG-00 9-760EXH , 7’6”, Fast action, max lure weight 5oz.
Pros: A little shorter at 7’6” with a shorter handle and a faster tip, it’s sweet for twitch style, fast moving rod work.
Cons: The Klash9 Low at 4oz. is a little too close to the max weight of 5oz. of the Dead Sword Magnum, and using it for the more topwater oriented Klash9 Hi at 3.3oz is right in it’s sweet spot, however its tip is a bit too fast and stiff for use with braided line.

Megabass Black Jungle “Punch and Swimbait” F8-1/2-710XBJ , 7’10”, Medium Fast action, max lure weight 6oz.
Pros: An all around performer, cast the Klash9 well, and demonstrated good backbone when under load. Sensitivity is good.
Cons: A little tip heavy, with a shorter handle, and no way to add balancers to the butt end to move the balance point rearward.

MOAM Customs “DRT Special” , 8’1” XH, Regular Fast action, max lure weight 8oz
Pros: Designed specifically for the Klash9, using a Phenix blank, it’s close to a mirror image of the Artex Zero, except with a half step stronger backbone and half step softer tip.
Cons: N/A

Reels

Daiwa Pluton 200HS/Ryoga 2020H (click for details)
Pros: Bulletproof little tank. 6.3:1 gear ratio is great for the slow grind techniques.
Cons: A touch heavier (.6oz heavier) than the Z2020 or Z200. A little limited for capacity if you want to spool up heavier line like 30lb mono or fluoro. Out of production, so the only way to acquire one is on the second hand market.

Daiwa Z200HS (click for details)
Pros: Palmable tank of a reel. Higher gear ratio at 7.2:1 for the speed retrieve techniques. 
Cons: A little limited for capacity if you want to spool up heavier line like 30lb mono or fluoro. Out of production, so the only way to acquire one is on the second hand market.

Daiwa Z200H (click for details
Pros: Palmable tank of a reel. Slower gear ratio at 6.4:1 for slower retrieve techniques. 
Cons: A little limited for capacity if you want to spool up heavier line like 30lb mono or fluoro. Out of production, so the only way to acquire one is on the second hand market.

Daiwa Z2020SH Black Limited (click for details
Pros: Palmable tank of a reel. Higher gear ratio at 7.2:1 for the speed retrieve techniques. 
Cons: The paint is not durable. A little limited for line capacity if you want to spool up heavier line like 30lb mono or fluoro. Out of production, so the only way to acquire one is on the second hand market. 

Gan Craft X Daiwa Tatula Mago HD 8.1R (click for details) 
Pros: More line capacity than the other reels listed. Heavy duty brass gears, and the highest gear ratio at 8.1:1, and the lightest reel. 
Cons: A little less comfortable to palm than the Z200/2020

Line

DRT Nylon Hard : .384mm/20lb, .418mm/25lb
Pros: Perfect for the Klash9 Low, the perfect amount of stretch to keep the fish hooked up.Giant 300mm spools.
Cons: Not as sensitive as braid, and not as good a hook up ratio with the Klash9 Hi. Hard to find, even in Japan.

Gan Craft G-Blood : Nylon .370mm/20lb, .405mm/25lb
Pros: Perfect for the Klash9 Low, the perfect amount of stretch to keep the fish hooked up.
Cons: Not as sensitive as braid, and not as good a hook up ratio with the Klash9 Hi. Small 100m spools.

Daiwa Samurai Braid : .360mm/55lb, .440mm/80lb
Pros: Perfect for the Klash9 Hi in topwater techniques.
Cons: Visible in clearer water. Less abrasion resistant.

Sunline Shooter Defier Armilo : Nylon .360mm/19lb, .380mm/22lb
Pros: Works well with the Klash9 Low for Lip In configurations.
Cons: N/A

TERMINAL TACKLE

Baksyn Snaps come in a variety of sizes…

and

…are excellent for enhancing the ease of use of the Klash9 in any of it’s lipped configurations on pre-2019 release baits that do not come with the new split ring/solid ring line tie system.

Baksyn Genuine Parts Snaps : #2.0/57lb+, #2.5/57lb+
Pros: Works awesome in the lipped techniques on pre-2019 release baits that do not come with the new split ring/solid ring line tie system. Extremely strong and user friendly.
Cons: Not quite as good at the lipless techniques, due to its narrower shape at the line tie.

Decoy Egg Snaps : #3/70lb, #4/90lb
Pros: Excellent for the lipless techniques on pre-2019 release baits that do not come with the new split ring/solid ring line tie system . Strong.
Cons: Not quite as good at the lipped techniques, due to its shallower shape at the line tie.

Bombada Ovo Snap : #2/40kg/88lb
Pros: Excellent for the lipless techniques on pre-2019 release baits that do not come with the new split ring/solid ring line tie system. Strong.
Cons: Not quite as good at the lipped techniques, due to its shallower shape at the line tie.

Bombada Forte Split Ring : #4/35-60kg/77-132lb
Pros: Strong. Have yet to bend out a ring. Equipped on the Klash9 out of the box. It’d be difficult to find an aftermarket upgrade to these split rings.
Cons: N/A

Owner Hyperwire Split Ring : #4/50lb, #5/60lb, #6/70lb
Pros: Strong. Have yet to bend out a ring.
Cons: N/A

Decoy Split Ring EX R11 Extra Strong : #4/80lb, #5/100lb
Pros: Strong. Have yet to bend out a ring.
Cons: Hard to find, even in Japan.

Decoy GP Ring: #4/400lb, #5/500lb
Pros: Strong, Excellent used in conjunction with a split ring at the line tie in place of a snap.
Cons: N/A

Hooks

Ryugi Pierce Brutal TC Coat Treble Hooks , size 1/0.
Pros: Strong. Neutral color with no shine. Slightly longer shank than the other 1/0 hooks.
Cons: A bit more brittle than the others. The wire will break off after a certain point rather than bend out.

Decoy Y33F Silky Coat Treble Hooks , size 1/0.
Pros: Strong. Neutral color with no shine.
Cons: N/A

Decoy XS21 Quattro Quad Hooks , size 1/0
Pros: Sharp and strong. Heavier than a size 1/0 treble hook, good for adjusting sink rates.
Cons: Heavier than a size 1/0 treble hook, not a straight across swap weightwise. Also smaller than the other size 1/0 treble hooks.

Owner ST36BC Treble Hooks , size 1/0
Pros: Strong. Stock hooks, easy to find.
Cons: N/A

Owner STX58 Zowire Treble Hooks , size 1/0
Pros: Strong, lighter than the other size 1/0 treble hooks, good for adjusting sink rates.
Cons: The Zowire is a light silver color, and more visible (There is a diehard following for lighter silver colored hooks though, and you’d be hard pressed to find a better alternative). Hook points are curved slightly inward.

The result of DRT’s years of laborious prototyping and design work, the Klash9 will display very different characteristics for each the different float version/lip/tail configurations coupled with the variation of retrieve speeds and rod work. This allows for quick, on the fly adjustments without the need for changing lures to find what will trigger that next big bite.

CONFIGURATIONS

Klash9 Hi Float Configuration/Action Quick Reference Guide
Klash9 Hi Float Mode A Mode B V-tail
Standard Lip Topwater Dead Walk Dead Walk Surface Twitch
Roll Lip Wake Magic Subtle Wake Magic Extreme Wake Magic
Wide Lip Shallow Squarebill Subtle Shallow Squarebill Extreme Shallow Squarebill
Lip Out Twitch & Walk The Dog Yokoyoko Twitch & Wake MAgic Wake S-Motion
Klash9 Low Float Configuration/Action Quick Reference Guide
Klash9 Low Float Mode A Mode B V-Tail
Standard Lip Stop & Go Dead Walk Extreme Deadwalk
Roll Lip Wake Magic Wake Spybait Shallow Jerkbait
Wide Lip Silent Squarebill Subtle Silent Squarebill Aggressive Stop & Go
Lip Out Lazy S-Motion Yokoyoko Glide Fast S-Motion

Klash 9 Hi-Float Configurations and Actions:

Klash9 Hi Float: Standard Lip, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes Significant wake created at low retrieve speeds. Tail segment has a strong kick with minor head hunting. Bait can be Dead Walked on the surface. Crisp movements and tight vibration at higher retrieve speeds.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-6 inches
depending on
retrieve
Slow reel cadence enables surface walk the dog action. Tail creates significant surface disturbance and wake, tail tips with crawler like action.
Slow Retrieve 0-6 inches Hunting is 1-2 inches side to side. Body roll and yaw are exaggerated. Tail sits on the surface, kicks wide, and creating significant surface disturbance and wake, tail tips with crawler like action.
Medium Retrieve 1-2 feet Body roll and yaw are tighter than slow retrieve. Movement is snappier. Bait exhibits minor hunting action. Stops dead on the pause and rises quickly to the surface.
Fast Retrieve 1-3 feet Body roll and yaw are tighter again than medium retrieve. Movement is tight and crisp with significant vibration. Bait exhibits minor hunting action. Stops dead on the pause and rises quickly to the surface.
Klash9 Hi Float: Standard Lip, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Creates significant wake at slower speeds. Segments remains closely inline with little flexion of the joint. Bait pivot axis point is at the head. Topwater 180 degree lookbacks can be achieved with practice.

Retrieve Type and Speed

Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-3 feet
depending on
retrieve
Can be worked like a jerkbait. Hunts at quicker reel cadences and rises quickly on the pause. Bait positioning at 90 degrees from retrieve axis on the pause/kill are common. With rod/reel work, 180 degree lookbacks can be achieved.
Slow Retrieve 0-6 inches Bait runs on the surface, Subtle wake created from tail, tail tips with crawler like action. Little to no body roll and yaw. No hunting. Can be Deadwalked subsurface. Rises quickly on the pause.
Medium Retrieve 1-2 feet Subtle wake created 6-10 inches behind the lure. Minor body roll and little yaw. Minor hunting. Rises quickly on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 1-3 feet Significant hunting up to 1.5 feet from retrieve axis. Body roll and yaw are tight and exaggerated. Significant vibration. Rises quickly on the pause.
Klash9 Hi Float: Standard Lip, V-tail
Key Attributes The V-tail causes significant water displacement. Excels as a surface twitch bait.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-6 inches
depending on retrieve
Can be Deadwalked on the surface. Head hunts 3 inches from retrieve axis on the twitch. Tail segment can be made to react with varying levels of flexion and roll, enabling precise control of surface disturbance from the V-tail.
Slow Retrieve 0-6 inches Bait exhibits no hunt, roll, or yaw. At a slightly faster but still slow retrieve, the lip catches a bit of water generating extremely subtle hunt, roll, and yaw. Tail tips located out of the water on the retrieve. Subtle wake created. Surface spybait mode.
Medium Retrieve 1-2 feet Minimal hunting from retrieve axis. Significant body roll generated. V-tail causes significant water displacement.
Fast Retrieve 1-3 feet Minimal hunting from retrieve axis. Extreme body roll generated. V-tail causes significant water displacement. Movement is tight and crisp with minor vibration.
Klash9 Hi Float: Wide Lip, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes Bait behaves like a squarebill on medium and fast retrieves with excellent deflection characteristics and rising quickly on the pause.
Retrieve Type and
Speed
Approximate
Depth
Observations
Rod/Reel Cadence
and Timing
0-5 inches
depending on
retrieve
Used as a twitch bait, the head will dive under, tail can be made to remain on the surface and create minor surface disturbance.
Slow 0-3 inches Subtle tail movement, minor hunting, minor body roll. Subtle wake and surface disturbance created.
Medium 0-6 inches Minor hunting with less body roll than a Low float in the same Wide Lip/Mode A configuration. Excellent deflection characteristics, quick rise on the pause.
Fast 1-3 feet Significant head movement and hunting. Excellent deflection characteristics, quick rise on the pause.
Klash9 Hi Float: Wide Lip, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Subtler movements. Less water moved and less hunting compared to mode A.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Rod/Reel Cadence and Timing 0-6 inches
depending on
retrieve
Subtle surface twitch bait. Bait pivot axis is at the head with minimal joint flexion.
Slow Retrieve 0-6 inches Minor push wake created at ultra slow consistent retrieve, minor vibration.
Medium Retrieve 0-1 foot As retrieve speeds increase, the bait hunts
more, exhibits tighter action, more shimmy
and vibration. Excellent deflection characteristics, rises quickly on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 1-3 feet Tight action, strong hunting, shimmy, and
vibration. Excellent deflection characteristics, rises quickly on the pause.
Klash9 Hi Float: Wide Lip, V-tail
Key Attributes V-tail moves significantly more water. Exaggerated body roll and vibration at medium retrieves. Squarebill mode activated!
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-3 feet depending on retrieve 180 degree lookbacks can be achieved with kill timing and rod work. Rises quickly on the pause.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Head down posture, slow exaggerated body roll, Tail tips out of the water creating a decent amount of surface disturbance, tail tips with crawler like action.
Medium Retrieve 1-2 feet Exaggerated body roll, like a big squarebill, lot of body vibration, significant flexion of joint, lots of hunting. Excellent deflection characteristics with a quick rise on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 1-3 feet Exaggerated body roll, lots of shimmy and yaw, significant flexion of joint, on the kill sits angled head down before quick rise. Can achieve 180’s with kill timing and rod work. Excellent deflection characteristics with a quick rise on the pause.
Klash9 Hi Float: Roll Lip, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes The tail moves a lot of water on top, reel cadence can get the bait to really exaggerate the roll and flash, topwater magic.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-1 foot
depending on
retrieve
Twitching can get the bait to kick over side to side, the tail providing a lot of water disturbance and movement, especially when you get the cadence down to walk it.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches One of the best top water actions from the Hi Float, nice wake, substantial disturbance.
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches Body pivot axis is in the center and more accentuated in comparison to the V-tail or Mode B.
Fast Retrieve 0-1 foot Fleeing baitfish imitation.Tight roll, yaw and vibration. stops quick on the pause with body at a 90 degrees to retrieve axis.
Klash9 Hi Float: Roll Lip, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Subtler but just as effective waking magic as Mode A or with the V-tail. Body roll plus the tail tips working like crawler wings at slow retrieve speeds is special.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-1 foot
depending on
retrieve
Much more subtle, less side to side and more body roll, pivot axis is at the head. Tail creates a nice wake, head hunts a bit more than Mode A or V-tail.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches On a consistent retrieve, it is a subtle waking machine. Tail tips with crawler like movements, and flash from the body roll.
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches Half the amount of vibration than Mode A, side to side rolling motion. Subtle wake follows the bait.
Fast Retrieve 0-1 foot Action is the same as the medium retrieve, except tighter with more vibration.
Klash9 Hi Float: Roll Lip, V-tail
Key Attributes The V-tail moves a lot of water on top or subsurface, and the lure has pronounced body roll and vibration
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-3 feet
depending on retrieve
Twitching with the reel really gets the tail section to pivot, causing the tail tips to kick out and provide a substantial wake along with flash from significant body roll.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches Tail tip sticks out of the water moving side to side, creating a substantial wake and surface disturbance. Body roll is significant while the bait doesn’t wander off the retrieve axis much, and head movement is less than 1 inch side to side.
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches The V-tail’s tips really kick, and the bait creates a significant push wake from the tighter body roll as well half way up the body. Excellent deflection characteristics, can be worked and through over shallow laydowns with confidence. 4×4 shallow squarebill mode.
Fast Retrieve 0-1 foot The V-tail moves a lot of water, and you can feel it kicking strongly, along with tighter vibration and roll of the bait. Excellent deflection characteristics with a quick rise on the pause. Extreme shallow squarebill mode.
Klash9 Hi Float: Lip Out, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes Tight topwater walk the dog/short glide movement. Requires rod/reel input to get substantial action. Subtle S-motion at dead slow retrieve speed.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-3 inches
depending on
retrieve
Reel/reel input gives a tight surface walk the dog movement.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches Minor head movement, S-motion, minor body roll and yaw, tail tips giving off a subtle wake
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches Minor head movement, S-motion, minor body roll and yaw, tail tips giving off minor wake.
Fast Retrieve No depth
achieved
No action, partial blowout of bait.
Klash9 Hi Float: Lip Out, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Exaggerated yaw and body roll, subtle wake created. Can be worked as a twitch bait or Yokoyoko/One Side Glide style.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-1 inch
depending on
retrieve
With reel/rod input worked as a surface twitch bait, or worked Yokoyoko/One Side Glide style.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 inch Minor head movement side to side, S-motion, minor body roll, tail tips giving off subtle wake.
Medium Retrieve 0-1 inch Head slightly wanders/hunts about 1”- 2” side to side, body roll with tail segment movement exaggerated and tail tips causing substantial wake.
Fast Retrieve 0-1 inch Wake mode. Varying degrees of hunting and major body roll, tail tips causing substantial wake.
Klash9 Hi Float: Lip Out, V-tail
Key Attributes Can be worked as a glide, twitch, or walk the dog all in the same retrieve. The amount of kick of the tail segment and V-tail can be emphasized easily.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-1 inch
depending on
retrieve
The action is a combination of short glide of about 8 inches and walk the dog. The V-tail can be made to either smoothly transition on the direction change or kick snap with a timed and accentuated reel cadence on the direction change, giving a nice wake and swirl, as well as accentuated body roll.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 inch Slow fluid ‘S’ movement. Tail tips giving nice wake.
Medium Retrieve 0-1 inch Tighter “S” movement, 40% chance of blowing out.
Fast Retrieve No depth
achieved
No action, blowout of bait.

Klash9 Low Float Configurations and Actions

Klash9 Low Float: Standard Lip, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes Deadwalk mode. Can be worked like a squarebill or jerkbait.
Excellent deflection characteristics.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 1-3 feet
depending on
retrieve
With stop starts of the reel, and light rod twitches, the bait can almost be walked in place ( Deadwalked ).
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Subtle wake created 6-12” behind bait. Slow hunting action, no body roll, minor yaw, tail section kick is slightly exaggerated..
Medium Retrieve 1-3 feet Significant body roll and yaw, tail section kick is exaggerated. Hunting action increased. Deflects like a squarebill when contacting structure. Slow rise on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 2-5 feet Significant body roll and yaw, tail section kick is exaggerated, tighter movement, some vibration. Hunting action exaggerated and erratic. Deflects like a squarebill when contacting structure. Slow rise on the pause.
Klash9 Low Float: Standard Lip, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Stop and Go and spybait retrieve modes shine.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 1-5 feet
depending on
retrieve
With quick stop start reel cadence, you can really exaggerate the body roll and hunting action. On the pause, the bait will nose down and suspend/rise slowly. Will do 180 degree lookbacks using right reel cadence/pause. Fast reel and pause (Stop and Go) gives very tight vibration and abrupt stop, the bait will suspend nose down before slowly rising.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot No perceptible body roll. No yaw, no tail movement, body remains in line. No discernable action. Spybait mode activated!
Medium Retrieve 1-3 feet Minor body roll, minimal yaw. Subtle tail movement rather than kick. Bait pivot axis is at the head. good deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 2-5 feet Exaggerated body roll, minimal yaw. Subtle kick on tail. Erratic hunting action. Good deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Klash9 Low Float: Standard Lip, V-tail
Key Attributes Deadwalk, but with more water displacement
due to the V-tail.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-2 feet
depending on
retrieve
Rod/reel input results in an exaggerated deadwalk, the V-tail really moves water and provides extra snap and action.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Subtle action, the tail can be felt kicking softly.
Medium Retrieve 1-3 feet Bait has stronger action, bait segments have significant flexion and the tail kick is stronger. Good deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 2-5 feet Tight vibration, shimmy and body roll, tail kick is strong. Good deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Klash9 Low Float: Wide Lip, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes 9″ squarebill mode activated!
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-7 feet
depending on
retrieve
On the pause stops almost immediately dead, compared to the standard lip. Suspend/slow rise on the pause.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Exaggerated hunting movement, tail action, and kick. Excellent deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Medium Retrieve 2-5 feet 9 inch squarebill mode activated, with great hunting action, exaggerated tail action compared to the V-tail. Medium vibration with Excellent deflection characteristics off laydowns and bottom structure. Suspend/slow rise on the kill.
Fast Retrieve 3-7 feet Harder tighter movements the faster the retrieve with more snap and more vibration. Excellent deflection characteristics off laydowns and bottom structure. Suspend/slow rise on the kill.
Klash9 Low Float: Wide Lip, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Wider hunting action but with tighter total
body roll and vibration compared to Mode A.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-7 feet
depending on
retrieve
Tail stays in line with the body, but the head has a wider hunting action, bait pivot axis is at the head instead of mid body like Mode A. Less exaggerated body roll. Stop And Go is similar to Mode A, but exhibiting tighter total body roll.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Exaggerated hunting movement, tail action, and kick, tighter body roll.
Medium Retrieve 2-5 feet Is like a 9 inch square bill with great hunting action, exaggerated tail action and tight body roll. Tighter vibration than Mode A. Excellent deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Fast Retrieve 3-7 feet See above except crisper tail kicks and tighter movement. Excellent deflection characteristics with suspension/slow rise on the pause.
Klash9 Low Float: Wide Lip, V-tail
Key Attributes Heavy vibration and water displacement, body roll and vibration, aggressive action overall. 9” Squarebill Mode activated!
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-7 feet
depending on
retrieve
Fast reel then pause. Bait produces heavy tight vibration and dead stop on the pause. (Stop and Go)
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Exaggerated body roll, tail out of the water, tail tip exhibiting crawler style action. Significant wake and surface disturbance.
Medium Retrieve 2-5 feet Exaggerated body roll, lot of body vibration, lots of hunting, lots of flexion from the joint. Excellent deflection characteristics off laydowns and bottom structure. Suspend/slow rise on the kill.
Fast Retrieve 3-7 feet Exaggerated body roll, lots of shimmy and yaw, on the kill sits angled head down before slow rise. can achieve 180’s with kill timing and rod work. Excellent deflection characteristics off laydowns and bottom structure. Suspend/slow rise on the kill.
Klash9 Low Float: Roll Lip, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes Tail swishes back and forth fluidly rather than Mode B’s snappier kick, a little more body roll, lip catches water a bit better than Mode B, minor shimmy and hunting. Faster retrieve equals same action, just a little deeper.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-1 foot depending on retrieve Reel twitching gets the bait to kick/roll over side to side, the tail providing a lot of water disturbance and movement, especially when you master the cadence to walk it.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches Slow exaggerated body roll, minimal yaw and tail movement. Subtle hunting, bait stays within 2” of retrieve axis.
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches Slightly faster exaggerated body roll, with increased tail section kick and joint flexion. Subtle hunting. Shallow squarebill mode.
Fast Retrieve 0-1 foot Fast exaggerated body roll, with significantly snappier tail segment kick and joint flexion.
Klash9 Low Float: Roll Lip, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Subtle action with less body roll than Mode Roll Lip/Mode A.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-1 foot
depending on
retrieve
Subtle movement and tail kick. Deadwalk action is excellent, pivots in spot, almost 90 degrees, head hunts, but doesn’t dive like standard or wide lip.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches Minimal body roll, lip doesnt catch much water, surface spybait mode with subtle push wake created..
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches Minimal Body roll. Tail segment kick is reduced proportionate to retrieve speed increase.
Fast Retrieve 0-2 foot Bait always on verge of blowing out. Exaggerated hunting action, little body roll.
Klash9 Low Float: Roll Lip, V-tail
Key Attributes Can be worked like a jerkbait, or rip bait, suspends/slow rise on the kill. V-tail adds kick and snap to the bait’s action.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-2 feet
depending on
retrieve
Worked like a jerkbait, the head segment can be made to twitch side to side, the tail segment kicks on the direction change. The head and tail are rarely in line in any part the whole retrieve, the tail segment and the head segment twitch to the same side, joint flexion at 90 degrees on the pause/kill.
Slow Retrieve 0-3 inches Slow exaggerated body roll, minimal yaw and tail movement, entire bait is in line. Bottom section of the V-tail moves a lot of water. Subtle hunting.
Medium Retrieve 0-6 inches Slightly faster exaggerated body roll, minimal yaw and tail segment movement, entire bait is in line.. Bottom section of the V-tail moves a lot of water. Subtle hunting.
Fast Retrieve 0-2 feet Fast exaggerated body roll, minimal yaw and tail segment movement, entire bait is in line. Bottom section of the V-tail moves a lot of water. Subtle hunting.
Klash9 Low Float: Lip Out, Mode A (tail tips up)
Key Attributes Deadwalk mode and S-motion easily achieved in this configuration.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 0-3 feet
depending on
retrieve
With stop starts of the reel, and light rod twitches, the bait can be walked in place (Deadwalked).
Slow Retrieve 0-6 inches Subtle wake created 6-12” behind bait. Slow S-motion, no body roll, minor yaw, tail segment action is subtle. Movement is up to 6 inches off center line. Spybait mode.
Medium Retrieve 0-1 foot Fluid S-motion, minimal body roll, minor yaw, tail segment action is slightly exaggerated. Movement is up to 6 inches off retrieve axis.
Fast Retrieve 1-3 feet Tighter, snappier S-motion, minimal body roll, minor yaw, tail segment action is tighter and slightly snappier. Movement is up to 6 inches off retrieve axis..
Klash9 Low Float: Lip Out, Mode B (tail tips down)
Key Attributes Glide bait, jerkbait, and Yokoyoko/One Side Glide actions unlocked!
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 1-3 feet
depending on
retrieve
The Klash9 Low shines in Lip out/Mode B. Turns into a combination glide/jerkbait, running 1-3ft subsurface. Minimal body roll, exaggerated yaw, gliding up to 2 feet off retrieve axis. With practice, it can be made to do 360 degree turns. Bait will pitch nose down on hard jerk and kills. Fast and slow reel cadences will accentuate movements, a slow cadence will result in lazier glides, a fast cadence will result in a tight underwater walk the dog action. With practice and the correct reel cadence and rod twitch timing, the bait can be run consistently to one side (Yokoyoko/One Side Glide) in order to run beneath docks or alongside walls. Best results achieved with 25lb fluorocarbon line.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Subtle wake created approximately 6-12” behind bait. No body roll and yaw. No hunting. No movement off retrieve axis. Spybait mode.
Medium Retrieve 0-2 feet Lazy fluid S-motion reminiscent of the Gan Craft Jointed Claw 230. Bait movements measured and predictable. Movement up to 6 inches from retrieve axis.
Fast Retrieve 0-3 feet Exaggerated hunting action, bait always on the edge of blowing out, but somehow doesn’t. Body roll and yaw are varied with unpredictable and substantial tail kicks. Movement up to 1 foot from retrieve axis.
Klash9 Low Float: Lip Out, V-tail
Key Attributes Less fluid S-motion with increased retrieve speeds, V-tail provides increased action and kick to the rear segment.
Retrieve Type and Speed Approximate
Depth
Observations
Reel Cadence and Timing 1-3 feet
depending on
retrieve
With reel cadence and rod tip movement, bait will glide, with less tail section movement and no body roll. Will glide up to 1 foot off retrieve axis, but is best when worked at a steady cadence.
Slow Retrieve 0-1 foot Spybait mode. Minimal body roll with minor fluid S-motion.
Medium Retrieve 0-2 feet Less fluid, snappier S-motion, up to 3 inches movement from retrieve axis. 50/50 glide to body roll
Fast Retrieve 0-3 feet Exaggerated and snappier S-motion, fleeing baitfish imitation, more body roll and shimmy, with tighter flash.

MODIFICATIONS

DRT Klash9 Glide Weight

The DRT Klash9 Glide Weight was offered as a factory accessory during the initial introduction of the Klash9 to the USA. A shaped lead weight that weighed 0.2oz, it was engineered to be attached by a strong two sided adhesive at the optimal position on the chin of the Klash9 enabling a faster sink rate, and a longer extended S-Motion glide action on a steady retrieve, and erratic unbalanced action at higher speeds. Sadly the Glide Weight is out of production for the time being, but it’s action can be achieved by shaping and stacking suspend strips or tungsten putty and placing it in the position shown in the picture.

5 Yen Ball Tune Mod

Called the 5 Yen Ball Tune in Japan, this modification is done by adding a Nogales
TG Quick Change Grenade Weight
 to the rear hook hanger, in front of the hook and split ring, as shown in the picture above. What this does is create a swinging pendulum motion that changes the dynamics of the rear segment’s movement, making it more erratic, and in the case of the Roll Lip/V-tail #YTMK/Yota Maki/Mega Rocky Tune configurations, giving it exaggerated roll. It is similar to the idea first brought forth by the Zappu Abare Dama Wicked Ball Treble Hook Weight but with the pendulum action applied to the rear segment directly through the hook hanger, closer to the center of gravity. The use of tungsten instead of lead keeps the weight small and compact and out of the way of the treble hook. It can also be used instead of suspend strips, as they are easy to install and remove to achieve the desired sink rate. The Nogales TG Quick Change Grenade Weight comes in 10 different weights ranging from 0.9g (1/32oz) to 21g (3/4oz). The 1.2g and the 1.8g sizes enable the Klash9 Low Float to suspend (depending on water temperature.) An option if Grenade weights are unavailable is to use suspend strips on the bottom of the rear segment halfway between the rear hook hanger and the tail. This adds a bit more swing, but not as much erratic roll to the rear section.

Pegged Tail Mod

The Lipless Pegged modification is easy to achieve, and although you do put small holes in the tails, the elastomer that DRT uses is both flexible enough, and stiff enough that you can peg the tail with the toothpick, then remove it and the tail will perform like it just came out of the package. The toothpicks are used as a lever, stretching the elastomer between the rear segment and the main part of the tail, extending and accentuating the tail Mode that you choose to configure the tail in, providing more downforce to the rear segment in Mode A, and more lift to the rear segment in Mode B. When the V-Tail is pegged on the Klash9 Hi float, the crawler type action of the tips is accentuated. Another use of the pegging technique is when the tail seems to fit loosely in the slot. By shimming the tail in the slot, you can achieve a tighter fit, and this is also helped by the expansion of the toothpick when it gets exposed to water for an extended period of time.

O-Ring Mod

The O-Ring Joint Mod is a way to change the action of the Klash9 by restricting and reducing the flexion of the joints from the standard 90 degrees laterally in each direction to 45 degrees laterally in each direction. It is most effective in Lip Out/Mode B, making the Klash9’s glide smoother and easier. Elastic bands meant for beards are the perfect size.

Deep Lip/Super Wake Bill Mod

The Deep Lip modification is achieved by bending the Wide Lip forward like the stock deep lips of the DTK13 and Ghost. It enables depths of up to 12 feet. Installing the lip with the keel forward will make the Klash9 run with a crazy wake and deflection action.

Mega Rocky Tune Lip Mod

The Rocky Tune Lip modification is used in the #Yota Maki configuration, and is achieved by bending the Roll Lip backwards a few degrees to vertical or even a touch past vertical when installed. This creates a super unstable and erratic action, and can be combined with the “5 Yen Ball Tune” for extremely unpredictable hunting and erratic wobbling action. (See #YTMK/Yota Maki in the Technique section, “5 Yen Ball Tune in the Modifications section.)

Flashy Swimmer Mod

The Flashy Swimmer modification is achieved by adding the willow or colorado blade of your choice to a barrel swivel which is connected to a split ring that will fit over the eye of the treble hook. The split ring slides down the shank of the hook and rests at the junction of the hook. Adding them to the front and back treble hooks adds a bit of flash and vibration to the subtle spybait modes.

Mode P/Bubble Wake

Mode P turns your Lip Out Klash9 Hi float into a supersized Imakatsu Dead Screw style topwater, and your Roll Lip/Reverse Deep Lip Super Wake Bill Klash9 Hi into a 9 inch Jackall Chan Wake style wakebait. Adding the O-Ring Mod generates more side to side swish of the tail as well.
The Klash9 Low Float becomes a giant spybait in the vein of the Gan Craft Kaiten 178 .

Twin Fook Mod

Replacing the stock Owner ST36 treble hooks with twin hooks, shanks facing down, can save your bait from getting hook rash, and also improve hook up and retention ratios due to the ability of each hook shank to swivel separately on the split ring.
As with treble hooks sizes across manufacturers, the twin hook sizes are sized differently depending on the manufacturer. The sizes shown are the ones that most closely resemble the size and weight (2 grams) of the stock Owner ST36 1/0 treble hooks. Some slight differences to be noted from the different twin hook manufacturers: The Gamakatsu RB-H twin hooks run very small, size 3/0 is comparable to the ST36’s 1/0 size. The Ryugi Twin Brutal has outfacing barbs, similar to the Megabass Katsuage Out Barb Treble Hooks . The Shout Twin Hook 22 and Ryugi Twin Brutal hooks do not come with split rings as does the Gamakatsu RB-H.

Techniques

Deadwalk

The Deadwalk is a super effective retrieve technique, wherein the bait is twitched back and forth using ½ turns of the reel handle with little rod work required. A quick walking action can be attained by sharp quick ½ turns of the reel handle, a slow subtle action by smooth slow ½ turns of the handle. The reel gear ratio should be on the faster side, with 6.3:1 as the low end of the scale. 25lb fluorocarbon line is recommended for the Klash9 Low’s subsurface Deadwalk, 25lb nylon or 55-65lb braid for working the Klash9 Hi. The bait configured with the Standard lip and the tail in Mode B is optimal, but it can also be achieved with the tail in Mode A.

Deadwalk Klash9 Low (subsurface) Klash9 Hi (surface/topwater)
Lip/Tail Standard/Mode B Standard/Mode B
Rod 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip
Reel 200-400 series reel, 6.3:1 gear ratio, higher is better. 200-400 series reel, 6.3:1 gear ratio, higher is better.
Line 25lb fluorocarbon 25lb nylon or 55-65lb braid

OneSideGlide/Yokoyoko

The One Side Glide, or Yokoyoko retrieve technique enables the Klash9 to run close to perpendicular to the retrieve axis, enabling the angler to fish the bait under docks and treelines, that would otherwise be impossible to reach with a traditional cast and retrieve. This retrieve technique is achieved by starting to fish the Klash as you would a glide, and then using reel and rod work, do a quick short glide to one side, then a long glide to the opposite side, keeping the line fairly tight. Repeat. It takes a bit or practice to achieve the timing, but once you do, it opens up whole new areas and avenues to utilize the Klash9.

The tackle required for the One Side Glide/Yokoyoko is similar to what is required for the Deadwalk technique, with a few tweaks, The Klash9 is configured in Lip out/Mode B, using the same 7’+ rod with a fast/regular fast action tip, and reel with a minimum gear ratio of 7.1:1. The line should be attached to a snap or split ring to achieve the best results, tying direct tends to bind on the line tie up and not allow the line to swing freely towards the angler, even though the lure is traveling perpendicular or away from the angler. For the Klash9 Low, 25lb fluorocarbon should be used for close range work, 25lb nylon enables better action for distance work. For the Klash9 Hi, 25lb nylon or 55-65lb braid to 25lb nylon leader should be used.

One Side Glide/Yokoyoko Klash9 Low (subsurface) Klash9 Hi (surface/topwater)
Lip/Tail Lip out/Mode B Lip out/Mode B
Rod 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip
Reel 200-400 series reel, 7.1:1 gear ratio, higher is better. 200-400 series reel, 7.1:1 gear ratio, higher is better.
Line 25lb-30lb fluorocarbon close range, 25lb-30lb nylon for distance work 25lb nylon or 55-65lb braid

#YTMK/Yota Maki/5 Yen Ball Tune/Mega Rocky Tune (Wobble and Roll)

The #YTMK/Yota Maki retrieve is a configuration where the use of the Roll lip and the V-tail is used to remove the wobble of the Klash9, and emphasize an extreme rolling motion in the upper water column. The use of the “5 Yen Ball Tune” modification to the rear segment generate seven more roll from the rear segment. The “Rocky Tune” is the bending of the Roll Lip a few degrees backward which creates a super unstable and erratic retrieve compared to the base Yota Maki retrieve. The use of a 7”+ fast/regular fast action rod with good sensitivity combined with 55-65lb braid to a 25lb fluorocarbon (subsurface) or nylon (topwater) is recommended, especially at slow to medium retrieves as you will be able to feel the “sweet spot” speed where the Klash9 is generating the most roll and vibration, especially in the “Mega Rocky Tune”. (See “5 Yen Ball Tune” and “Mega Rocky Tune” in the Modifications section for more info.)

Yota Maki Klash9 Low (subsurface) Klash9 Hi
(subsurface/topwater)
Lip/Tail Roll lip/V-tail Roll lip/V-tail
Rod 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip and good sensitivity 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip and good sensitivity
Reel 200-400 series reel, 7.1:1 gear ratio, higher is better. 200-400 series reel, 7.1:1 gear ratio, higher is better.
Line 55-65lb braid to 25lb fluorocarbon leader 55-65lb braid to 25lb nylon leader (topwater) or fluorocarbon leader (subsurface)

Stop And Go

The Stop And Go retrieve method is a full out burn, kill, pause, then burn again. Repeat. The Klash9 is in the Wide Lip/V-tail configuration, using the same 7’ + rod with a fast/regular fast action tip, and reel with a minimum gear ratio of 7.1:1, 20-25lb nylon or fluorocarbon line.

Stop And Go Klash9 Low (subsurface) Klash9 Hi
(subsurface/topwater)
Lip/Tail Wide lip/V-tail Wide lip/V-tail
Rod 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip and good sensitivity 7’+ with a fast/regular fast action tip and good sensitivity
Reel 200-400 series reel, 7.1:1 gear ratio, higher is better. 200-400 series reel, 7.1:1 gear ratio, higher is better.
Line 20-25lb nylon or fluorocarbon 20-25lb nylon or fluorocarbon

COLORS

The colors of the Klash9 are all painted, either by hand, or by using a paint printer, never wrapped. Figuring out a particular DRT Klash9’s color origin can be a difficult task, especially since there’s quite a few different markets that DRT has made specific colors for. There are four main markets that DRT has released the Klash9 in, the Japanese market which is serviced by DRT Japan , The US market which is serviced by DRT USA , the European market which is serviced by DRT Germany , and the South East Asia Market, serviced by DRT Korea . DRT Japan is the worldwide headquarters, DRT USA, DRT Germany, and DRT Korea are independent distributors operating under the umbrella of DRT Japan.

The Klash9 has been released in 4 different ways up to this point in time, Japanese domestic market (JDM) only, US domestic market (USDM) only, the shared/worldwide market, and DRT x store specific collaborations. The JDM, USDM, and shared market releases are on a large scale. The DRT x store collabs are much more limited, a store must order at least 50 of a color, so the costs prohibit extremely large scale store specific colors, even for larger JDM shops like Lure Angle Hama , and Lure and Boat Backlash.

The following is a breakdown of all the available colors and through whom they were released.

(OC denotes the colorway as one of the 6 colors in which the Klash9 was originally released.)

Market Colorways
Japanese Domestic Market Shock Lemon, Panic Pink
US Domestic Market US Carp, US Hitch, US Trout, US Perch, US Shad
World Market #1 Bass-1 (OC),#2 Hasu-1(OC), #3 Rainbow-1(OC), #4 Shinobi (OC), #5 SF (OC), #6 Blue Monday(OC), Biwasagi, Spectre, Pro Blue, DRT Bass, DRT Tiger, Lazer Spex, Bella, Queen, DRT Shiner, Biwahasu, Mystic Weed, Lemonade, Crackwork Orange, Deep Purple
European Market N/A
SE Asia Market N/A
Store Specific (JDM) Colorway
Bassfield Ugui Bomber
B-Farm Lure Shop Blue Dawn, Magma, Sakura, Smoking Ghost
Cruse Baby Blue Bomber
Fish! FL, FL Flash
Fishing Center Hiratsuka Wraith
Hideup Co. Ltd. Blue Back Chartreuse
Kosai Bass Ghost Cherry Ayu
Lure & Boat Backlash AG Smelt, LS Pro Blue, NF Chrome
Lure Angle Hama Hama Chart,Hama Gill, Hama Hiou, Hama Pink, Hama Pink Iron Mask, Hasegawa Pink ver. 2, Hologram Blue, Yonakano Wakasagi, Hamappanondx, *(Bengal Tiger, Pink Tiger, Rainbow Tiger, White Tiger are all original paint jobs done in-store at Lure Angle Hama. Unsure about Chartreuse Blue Tiger).
Lure Shop Ohno Sunrise Magic
Popeye Hide, YOROI “鎧”
Smile Reservoir Flash
Strike Skate and Tackle Fish Jewels (Hi), Fish Jewels (Low), Public Domain, RA Shad
Tribe Weed
Village Door Tokyo Gold, Village Tiger
Store Specific (USDM) Colorway
DRT USA California Dreaming
Swimbait Underground Golden Shiner
   
Show Specific Releases (JDM) Colorway
Keepcast 2015 Two Face, Nagoya Rainbow
Keepcast 2019 KlashBros WoodMix Custom

Final Thoughts

The Division Rebel Klash9 is an amazing, beautiful, and versatile bait. It has become very popular, and for good reason. However, all the popularity has brought forth the one downside of the bait. Sourcing and acquiring new DRT baits like the Klash9, Tiny Klash, Ghost and their accompanying accessories is extremely difficult. In Japan, where DRT does limited release colors with select JDM retailers like Lure Angle Hama, Backlash, Fish!, and Village Door, anglers line up and wait for hours before a store opens to be able to acquire these select colors, or the opportunity to purchase a bait is done via lottery. And when a regular shipment of standard DRT baits or accessories arrives, they are often sold out within minutes. Oftentimes, the only avenue to acquire them is on the secondary market, and the prices can fluctuate wildly, and anglers often are forced to pay a premium over retail.

However, there is a positive change forthcoming in the near future. The factory where DRT gets its products manufactured (as well as Gan Craft, Elements, and a few smaller Japanese lure companies) has been overwhelmed due to the huge demand for baits from all of these companies and has begun construction of a much larger manufacturing facility that will be able to keep pace with the increasing demand. The scarcity of DRT’s baits and accessories has been addressed, and in the near future will no longer be an issue. The future look extremely bright for new versions, colors, and configurations of DRT’s Klash9, for who knows what visions of the Klash9 still remain untapped in the mind of Division Rebel Tackles’ Tomoya Shirakawa?

Bibliography

Division Rebel Tackles site
Tomoya Shirikawa’s Blog
DRT Staff Takuma Unehara’s Blog
DRT Youtube Channel
DRT USA site
BassHack Youtube Channel
BrushBiwako Youtube Channel
SBSRFC

Special thanks to:
DRT Staff Rafael Rossi @newmoonbite
DRT Staff Hideto Shibata @hidetoshibata
Munenori Kajiwara @japanimporttackle
Anthony Durst @the_b.a.b.c_fishing_is_life
JS Forcier @swimbaitcanada
The Strike Skate and Tackle Shop
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