Optimum Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
Established in 1996, Optimum Baits, located in
Temecula, California, is one of the originals in the swimbait
business. They're still one of the best today for both fresh and
saltwater swimbaits. Optimum swimbaits are known and used
worldwide for trophy fish of every species.
It's nice to have a place in swimbait history, a
lasting legacy like that, and still continue to be an industry
leader for so many years.
But Optimum's not resting on their laurels.
Au contraire! Optimum's done it again,
leapfrogging into the forefront of swimbait technology once
They've gotten even better, far more advanced and
genuinely original with the release of their new
computer-designed Double Diamond Swimmer. There's no other
swimbait like it for fresh or saltwater.
The Optimum Double Diamond Swimmer comes in 2
ideal sizes. Both are offered in 25 original hand-poured baitfish
3-inch model #3DD
5-inch model #5DD
The Carrying Case
The first key feature of the Double Diamond is
not the swimbait itself, but its carrying case. Both sizes are
packaged in a form-fitted, durable tray that preserves their
original shape perfectly straight out of the mold. When they get
to you, they haven't been laid on their sides or on top of each
other. They've had no chance to take on a bend or fold as so
often happens with other swimbaits. As anyone who's used a
swimbait that's been bent or creased knows, it dramatically
reduces your chances that the swimbait will perform properly.
Optimum's 5-inch Double Diamond
model #5DD comes two per package.
The Optimum Double Diamond's plastic case ensures
the product stays every bit as perfect as when it was first
plucked out of the mold. And as long as an angler keeps it stored
in its tray, there's little chance it will ever get bent out of
shape. So every Optimum Double Diamond is in ideal shape to
perform properly. There's nothing like a brand new Double Diamond
fresh out of its case, absolutely perfect in every way.
Optimum's 3-inch Double Diamond
model #3DD comes three per tray.
The custom-designed, form-fitted case is your
first key to success with the Double Diamond Swimmer. The
advantage an angler gains from the Double Diamond's special
carrying case is significant: the more perfectly straight a
swimbait is to begin with, the more fish it will attract.
A swimbait that's bent, creased or out of
original shape in any way will dramatically reduces your chances
for success before you even start. An Optimum Double Diamond
Swimmer will never be like that!
Double Diamonds in their carrying case until you are ready to use
Don't take a Double Diamond Swimmer out of it's
carrying case until you are going to use it. Then once you start
to use one, try to keep actively using it on the same hook, jig
head or whatever way you've rigged it. The best period to use a
Double Diamond Swimmer is while it is still fresh straight out of
the package. To discontinue use (for a day or two) or to switch
from one hook, jig or rig to another is possible, but tends to
compromise its useful life and perfect shape. So once you rig a
Double Diamond, your best bet is to use it at that time, and use
Once out of its case, in perfect shape, the
action and appearance of the Double Diamond takes priority.
First, let's discuss appearance. For some time
now, swimbait manufacturers have focused on appearance of their
products. There are some remarkably lifelike, realistic-looking
swimbaits on the market. The Optimum Double Diamond isn't one of
them (at least not at first glance).
Being a hand-poured bait, the colors of the
Double Diamond certainly follow complex baitfish patterns, often
with multiple color layers, highlight blush, pearlescence and
diverse flakes poured into every bait, plus the diamond-scales
etched on each side. The beauty of hand-pouring is no two baits
turn out exactly the same. Hand-pour color patterns on the Double
Diamonds are intended to fuse and swirl a bit, intentionally
producing a color-fused, mottled, non-descript and slightly
imprecise work of art every time. Come to think of it, no two
baitfish (or bass for that matter) are precisely the same color
either. Yes, all fish follow the distinguishing colors of their
species, but are also individually-colored. Likewise, many Double
Diamond patterns follow the distinguishing colors of
baitfish species - rainbow trout, sunfish, shad, gold shiners,
sardines, anchovies and so on - but are also
individually-colored, just like the real thing. So the Double
Diamond's appearance fits right in with the true realism found in
nature just as much (maybe more) than the super-realistic,
Indeed, many of the most productive color
patterns on Double Diamonds don't imitate anything in particular,
yet everything in general. What could be better? You see, the
Double Diamond has the imprecise and non-descript color and
appearance of most every living thing a fish prefers to eat!
Therein lies the true beauty of the Double
Diamond's appearance. It often imitates nothing in particular yet
every baitfish in general.
Optimum's key focus on creating the Double
Diamond was the action of the bait. That's why Optimum turned to
a computer-aided design and a simulation program that would
virtually 'swim' the computer model of the Double Diamond through
all possible water flow simulations representing the fresh and
saltwater scenarios where the Double Diamond would be used,
thereby enabling Optimum to fine-tune the hydrodynamic swimming
actions of the Double Diamond shape until perfect.
The computer swimming simulations helped Optimum
achieve four distinct performance goals, or actions you'll find
in every Double Diamond:
Body roll, with its entire body quivering
Simultaneously, it tracks in a tight zig-zag
pattern with some irregularity or dalliance designed in (just
like the real thing).
The oversized tail churns the water behind it
with a monstrous tail kick.
Absolutely incredible stability. Properly rigged,
it just doesn't roll over or flip on its side on a normal
retrieve. It has the upright appearance and action of a swimming
baitfish at all times.
The Hook Slot
The hook slot on the belly ensures the Double
Diamond will be rigged perfectly straight every time, even by
If you've ever tried to rig a swimbait without a
belly slot, then you know how hard it can be to get it right on
dead-center. If you miss hitting the belly seam exactly, or if
the hook exits the top back of the bait off-center, your chances
that a swimbait will swim straight or attract strikes are reduced
Without a hook slot, rigging the hook through a
swimbait (either a solid plastic or hollow belly one), can lead
to crooked rigging and misaligned hook position. When the
hook is rigged incorrectly in a swimbait, your chances to attract
fish plummet dramatically. Believe it or not, fish can be
extremely fussy about whether a swimbait is rigged straight or
crooked. Fish will not bite crooked or incorrectly rigged
swimbaits nearly as much as they will strike properly-rigged
So the first advantage of the Double Diamond hook
slot is it serves as a self-centering rigging guide that lets you
hit exactly dead-center every time you rig the swimbait on a
hook. The hook will go in and the point will come out the top
perfect every time.
The hook slot in the Double Diamond makes it
fool-proof to rig it straight every time. The slot is just wide
enough so the two side walls of the slot press against and keep
the hook seated correctly at all times. The hook is mostly
centered between the supportive side walls, and this helps the
hook to self-align itself at all times. The more perfectly
straight a swimbait is rigged, the more strikes it will attract.
The Double Diamond does just that.
The Ease of Hookset
The second big advantage the hook slot gives you
is on the hookset. The hook does not have to be driven through a
solid wad of thick plastic body on the hookset. The flexible
side walls of the hook slot will collapse when fish bite it,
resulting in easier and more solid hooksets. When a fish bites,
there is only a thin section of plastic that the hook is embedded
within. So there is very little of the otherwise bulky swimbait
body that the hook has to push through on a hookset. The Double
Diamond hook slot ensures effortless, solid hooksets.
The Wedge Shape
The shape of the Double Diamond's body is like a
wedge that can part open weeds as it passes through them. The
wide wedge-shaped body will deflect the hook point away
from snags. The hook point does not need to be buried deep in the
plastic. The point can be exposed out on top of the wedge-shaped
body, or just tucked back in barely beneath the plastic, as if a
splinter under its skin. Because the body is so wide, it serves
as ample snag protection for the hook point. The Double Diamond
has one of the widest bodies of all soft baits and swimbaits.
That width alone, with the hook being centered on a wide, flat
plane, provides as good snag protection as any other snagless
method or weedguard device known to anglers.
Due to it's incredible swimming stability,
meaning that it rarely rolls over on its side, the Double Diamond
can be rigged weightless, with just a hook. Try that with most
other swimbaits! A heavy wire hook adds more weight for balance,
and you may want to insert nail weights (where you want them is
up to you) just to make it hunker down and hustle a little more.
Weightless rigging, optionally with nail weights, may be just the
ticket for thick matted grass or for a topwater surface swimming
For weightless rigging, think
heavy wire hooks and optionally, insert nail weights.
But why bother with nail weights when there are
so many exceptional shank weighted hooks on the market today?
Shank weighted hooks began to evolve and improve in design a few
years ago, as a new means to rig soft plastic toads to make them
weedless - plus a little extra weight below the belly to keep
them from twirling or torquing to one side as the toads were
dragged and gurgled across the water's surface. The weight, to
add stability during the retrieve, plus the extra wide gap hooks
to accommodate big, bullfrog-shaped toads have proven to be the
ideal hook styles today for swimbaits. How convenient!
Corkscrew Keeper Hooks
The major breakthrough, one that really only
occurred recently in early 2008, is the corkscrew wire clipped
onto the weighted hook eye. The clip-on wire corkscrew, along
with the latest improvements in shank weight designs, is
revolutionary. These corkscrew weighted hooks are some of the
best and most modern means to rig swimbaits, toads, and any soft
bait. Many anglers still have not tried nor realized the
advantages of the latest corkscrew clip-on weighted hooks for
swimbaits like the Double Diamond. Do give it a try!
Is the rigging method shown above one of the best
ways to fish an Optimum Double Diamond Swimmer? Some anglers
think so. Once the Double Diamond gets its tail going, it paddles
hard enough to rock the weight to and fro beneath it. That sets
up a tremendous vibration through the water, which feels as if
you have a spinnerbait tied on, the way the rod tip throbs. Fish
it just that way, like a spinnerbait and bass will smash it.
Clip-on corkscrew hooks are the most modern and advantageous way
Corkscrew Jig Heads
Shown at bottom in the next photo, corkscrew jig
heads are poised to come onto the market in force soon too,
beginning to appear in late 2008. In the Optimum Double Diamond's
case, it's almost as if the swimbait is being cradled in a
free-swinging hammock when rigged on a corkscrew clip-on jig
head. Since it is not fixed to the jig, except where
impaled by the hook bend, and since the clip can swing
freely, a wider wobbling action and freedom of body movement may
be achieved with the Double Diamond Swimmer rigged this way than
with conventional jig heads.
Clip-on corkscrew jig heads are
the way of the future.
Conventional Jig Heads
Different jig heads when paired with the Double
Diamond will cause different swimming actions. No two jig heads
will cause the same swimming movement in the body. Some jigs
cause the swimbait to look good as it swims. Some not as good.
They all swim different.
Some jig heads cause a tighter movement with less
body roll and more tail wiggle. Other jig heads may cause a very
wide rolling body movement. Some cause a more staccato flutter.
Some heads cause a more sinuous S-shaped action. Some jig heads
cause a careening roll. Some heads cause both body and tail
action, or one or the other. No two jig heads impart the same
action, and some may look good or not so good to you or to the
fish. Keep in mind to let the fish decide what jig heads work
good or not. A jig head that may not look that tough to you, may
be a favorite of the fish. So don't let your likes or dislikes
cloud the water. Let the fish decide.
With jigs, it's good to prepare beforehand. On
some jigs, there is not enough grip from the collar to keep the
swimbait from sliding off when a fish bites, when you set the
hook and miss, or even a powerful cast will pull a bait down off
some jig heads, ruining any chance a fish will be attracted to
it. To remedy this, some anglers carefully glue swimbaits onto
the jig collars, but this can be messy and those of the 'super
glue' variety are not always the easiest or safest thing to work
with out on the water. Always be careful and follow every safety
precaution with any glue products. An alternative to glue, but
hard to find, are good triple cone cut collars on jigs like shown
below. Each cone has 360 degrees of gripping power, or 1,080
degrees of grip. No glue is required to keep swimbaits in proper
position with such jig collars. They are getting popular on
saltwater jigs, but the triple cone cut collars are still new and
hard to find for freshwater. Nevertheless, if you are looking for
jigs to hold soft baits without using glue, they are the way to
Triple cone cut jig collars have
1,080 degrees of bait-holding grip.
Since Double Diamonds are genuine hand-made,
hand-poured swimbaits, they are softer than machine-made,
injection molded swimbaits. If you try to jam a Double Diamond
onto a jig collar in a hurry, the plastic may tear or split. This
may not even happen right away, but the damage will be done. You
may find the bait has split on the jig collar by the next time
you go to use it. In order to avoid this, there are two things
you can do.
First, the Double Diamond as shown below, is
molded with a line around the nose. That line is where you need
to pinch off the nose first in order to use a jig. By pinching
the nose off at this line, you are paring it back to a wider
section of the swimbait that will better accept a jig collar.
Don't worry about shortening the bait. It is designed for this to
To fish with a jig, a line is
molded on the bait where you need to nip its nose off first.
Second, it's a good idea to use a thin diameter
of aluminum tubing as shown next, in order to core a channel in
the swimbait for as far back as the hook shank will extend. By
doing so, you have pre-cut a channel for the hook and jig to slip
into so that the plastic is not being torn or ripped by the jig
collar itself. This only takes a second to do, and it prevents
tearing by the jig collar which could ruin your lure prematurely.
In this way, you can let some lucky fish have the privilege to
tear it up, not your jig collar. What could be better?
With a pre-cut channel for the jig
collar, it won't tear up or cause the bait to split prematurely.
Texas and Carolina Rigs
We've saved two of the most snagless and
productive methods for last. The Texas and Carolina rig are
well-known methods to lure largemouth, smallmouth and spotted
bass. But even for bass, it is practically unheard of to rig a
swimbait Texas or Carolina style. Reason is, most all existing
swimbaits will spin or torque up on one side unnaturally when
rigged this way. The Double Diamond is unique in that its
hydrodynamic diamond shape will remain stable and swim perfectly
just like a live baitfish on a Texas or Carolina rig. The
oversized paddle tail creates the perfect, natural swimbait
action that imitates the swimming movement and vibration of real
This opens up a whole new world of where and how
swimbaits may be fished, not only for bass, but for any gamefish
species in fresh or saltwater.
A Texas rig is weedless and snagless. It let's
you fish a swimbait in the thickest snags and heavy cover that
would eat other swimbaits alive. Most other swimbaits are of two
1) Those that come already pre-rigged. These tend
to have exposed hooks molded into the bodies - and are not
weedless. They cannot be fished in snaggy areas where the biggest
fish hang out.
2) Those swimbaits that come unrigged (just the
soft bodies). Many of these will twirl or roll over on their
sides unnaturally if you try to Texas or Carolina rig them. It
just isn't done - until now.
As simple as it seems, it's revolutionary and
previously not possible to fish most swimbaits on a Texas or
Carolina rig - until now. We've saved the Texas and Carolina rig
for the last two methods to show you today. In closing, these may
be the best two methods of all.
Texas rig with 5-inch model #5DD
Double Diamond Swimmer.
Carolina rig with 5-inch model
#5DD Double Diamond Swimmer.
That's All for Now, Folks
We hope we've enthused you and given you the
confidence and motivation to try Optimum's new Double Diamond
Swimmer rigged several productive ways for any gamefish in
fresh or saltwater.
The Double Diamond Swimmer is the culmination of
many years of industry-leading expertise and experience that
Optimum's been building into every swimbait they make, so anglers
worldwide may land the trophy fish of their dreams.
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