Another of Shimano’s growing lineup of Japanese-designed stickbaits, the Ocea Rocket-Dive makes use of an AR-C casting chamber similar to what is used in the world famous Ocea Head Dip stickbait, where a tungsten bead sliding on an internal rod assists in providing 20-25 per cent more casting distance. The bead moves towards the tail of the lure with the momentum of the cast, and then once the lure splashes down it returns to a more ‘neutral’ position for perfect balance during the retrieve. Made of high impact foam rather than plastic, the Rocket Dive is extremely buoyant, and sits with a 40-45 degree head-up tail-down angle at rest.
A slow start gives it a walk-the-dog motion, and then as more speed and sweeps of the rod are introduced, it really gets into gear. The Rocket Dive is available in five colours, weighs 80 grams, comes armed with extra strong Owner trebles, and measures 187mm overall so it’s going to be on the hit list of all the big pelagics this coming summer.