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Nomad Design

I first came across Nomad about 10 years ago while I was importing some large GT oriented poppers.  They sent me one, nice lure, but really quite similar to what we were having produced.  Time progressed and recently I heard from one of our East Coast clients about their lipped lures.  A month or so passes and I heard from one of our long range clients who mentioned that they had the most productive lures on a recent Red Rooster III charter.  The lures outfished all others on the boat that trip.  Good angler, good feedback, I listened and tracked 'em down...

Nomad Design is an Australian firm with roots in charter fishing (Nomad Sportfishing Adventures). The folks spend time on the water, and they knew what they were looking for in the lure department.  From the time they sent me that one large popper until now, boy have things progressed nicely for Nomad. They developed their own products, tested in their waters, refined, and now are available here at CharkBait.

We are stocking three series of Nomad lures at present, along with their seriously heavy duty split rings. Two of the lures are here now, the popper Chug Norris will come later.  The swimming lures, Madscad and DTX, can be used on a cast, but more often folks will be using these on the troll. 

At present we've received about half of our order, more patterns coming shortly.



Styled on the typical deep bellied baitfish that are so prevalent all over the globe. The Madscad has been designed to be effective in all environments, in a range of sizes for a huge variety of species. This design has been refined over years of testing and many prototypes along the way. The subtle features like the flattened top of the head, to the scalloped sides and small tail wings all combine to make the action on this lure truly dynamic.

The Madscad sinks level, and actually wiggles much like a small stick minnow one would use for bream. It has an erratic swimming action when twitched, producing a pronounced thumping side to side darting action. You can employ a straight retrieve as well, which will give a more subtle swimming motion. The fast sinking 190mm/160g version can even be trolled at 15 knots.

The larger sizes are ideal for tuna, GTs, mackeral and kingfish, with the smaller sizes ideal for all sizes and shapes of reef dwellers, tuna, smaller trevally, salmon, kingfish. You name it and it’s probably been caught on a Madscad. By far the most popular shape in the Nomad Designs range, the Madscad is just the must-have lure for so many fisherman.

Built with the same HD ABS plastic, foam filled body and machine stamped metal plate on all Nomad Design lures the 190mm and 150mm sizes are tough enough for any bluewater predator.  The 115mm size features a thoroughly tested unique full wire system that has been tested to be the strongest in the industry. No more ripped out hook points or busted lures with Nomad Designs.

All Nomad Design Lures come fitted with the highest quality super strong BKK hooks, chosen to balance perfectly with each lure, and provide exceptional swimming actions and hookup rates for all species. Nomad Design Lures can be fished straight out of the box with confidence.

We're stocking the sinking lures in the Madscad series. These are quite capable cast and retrieve lures. In that application, give them a large sweeping motion an you'll note the lure appear like an injured baitfish darting - to a predator, this means it's mealtime.  The lures are made to troll well, at speed. The 190 can be trolled up to 16 knots!



Description Price
Nomad Madscad 150 Pink  Mackerel $24.95
Nomad Madscad Deep 190 Pink Mackerel $34.95
Nomad Madscad 150 Black Purple Mackerel $24.95
Nomad Madscad Deep 190 Black Purple Mackerel $34.95
Nomad Madscad 150 Spanish Mackerel $24.95
Nomad Madscad Deep 190 Spanish Mackerel $34.95
Nomad Madscad 150 Sardine $24.95
Nomad Madscad Deep 190 Sardine $34.95
Nomad Madscad 150 NCT Nuclear Coral Trout $24.95
Nomad Madscad Deep 190 NCT Nuclear Coral Trout $34.95

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The DTX Minnow is a revolution in trolling minnows, featuring the Nomad Autotune, Hydrospeed, Diamond Armour and Gorilla Through Wire advanced design technology. The pat. pending Autotune system was designed over years of testing by Damon Olsen and is a revolution in lure technology that will be applied to all deep diving lures across the Nomad range into the future. The Autotune design provides for 2 key features– maximum diving depth, and the ability to ensure the lure always swims straight.






In the first image you can see the plate of steel to which the split ring is connected. The plate "floats" so it's angle can change, always keeping the lure running true. The second image shows the forward position for connecting an assist hook rather than the single hook mounted at the belly. This would be the preferred hook type for a billfish or perhaps a larger grade tuna that might torque the singles. You can re-rig with a treble if so desired at the same positions as the singles for best tracking.


Bibbed minnows have traditionally been made with an eyelet fixed into the bib of the lure. It is impossible to control the manufacturing process to ensure that this fixed eyelet design is always perfectly centred and the fixed wire eyelet is not bent. Therefore, virtually every type of bibbed minnow made with a fixed wire eyelet in the bib will occasionally either not swim straight out of the box, or will fail to swim straight after one or a few fish. The eyelet is either not straight to start with, or becomes distorted during use.


The pat. pending Autotune system developed by Nomad Design has eliminated this problem. The design eliminates problems during manufacturing and ensure that no matter how many fish you catch, the lure will keep swimming straight. During testing we had lures that had caught over 50 fish, and had been worn through from wahoo and dogtooth teeth to the point of the lure body filling with water, but the lure kept swimming perfectly. The DTX minnow with Autotune will always swim straight, first time and every time, no matter how many fish you catch.

The other key feature of the Autotune system is the amazing diving depth that can be achieved. The ability of the system to perfectly centre itself every time on the bib means that the tow point can be designed to be as far back on the bib as possible, effectively just forward of the point where the lure becomes unstable and won’t swim. However, having the tow point as close to this “point of not swimming” is what achieves maximum diving depth, but it can only be done with a perfectly centred tow point. Traditional fixed eyelet trolling lures are unable to position the tow point this far back on the bib and have to allow room for error in the manufacturing process.

The pat.pending Autotune system has eliminated this problem and has set a new standard for diving depth in trolling lure design. In addition to the Autotune technology, the concealed Hydrospeed belly eyelet allows faster trolling speeds with single hooks, and ensures the lure is balanced with single hooks, so the DTX minnow just keeps swimming straight and true. The additional belly eyelet in front of the Hydrospeed eyelet is designed to be able to fit an assist hook when targeting large tuna and marlin. For tips on how to rig your DTX minnow for marlin and tuna, please see the website videos.


The DTX 165 and 200 minnows are rigged with our purpose designed inline single hooks and will reach max. depth between 4.5-8kn.  Ideal for tuna, wahoo, king mackerel, yellowtail, mahi mahi, marlin and sailfish, and every other predatory fish in the ocean, The DTX minnow is your first choice in bluewater trolling lures.



Description Price
Nomad DTX 165 Fusilier $25.95
Nomad DTX 200 Fusilier $29.95
Nomad DTX 165 Nuclear Coral Trout $25.95
Nomad DTX 200 Nuclear Coral Trout $29.95
Nomad DTX 165 Black Pink Mackerel $25.95
Nomad DTX 200 Black Pink Mackerel $29.95
Nomad DTX 165 Pink Mackerel $25.95
Nomad DTX 200 Pink Mackerel $29.95
Nomad DTX 165 Spanish  Mackerel $25.95
Nomad DTX 200 Spanish  Mackerel $29.95
Nomad DTX 165 Sardine $25.95
Nomad DTX 200 Sardine $29.95

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Calcutta & Daiwa Jig Bags

Similar designs, different cosmetics, useful carriers for your iron. Nobody that fishes iron seriously can get away without a dozen, or two dozen available. Colors, shapes, sizes, the guys that are good tend to try a few things to see what's going to work best on a given day. Nothing "funner" than to catch a fish on your work rather than a baits labor. It's not so easy finding a compact tackle bag that allows for enough iron as well as other necessities. Most bags aren't made for so many relatively long chunks of iron in a tackle tray.  We've had some firms make these over the years, part of their storage line, OpenWater, Albakore... This year two new products have been introduced which fill this tackle storage void. Calcutta and Daiwa have both introduced new jig bags. Both are very, very, very similar products but for the cosmetics. Both have 21 storage caveties, each 1 1/2" square. The bags are compact, about 9" across, 4 1/2" deep and 7 1/2 high. Both have side pockets and a heavy duty triple strip sewn in handstrap. With respect to the handstrap, it's a concern. Nice to see both firms have some redundancy in the way the straps are sewn onto the bags. In this respect, both are very good, but the Daiwa bag handle is sewn onto the bag from beginning to end six inches compared to one very good triple stitched inch of bag attachment. Both bags very good, Daiwa slightly better for heavier weights, both bags essentially the same in all other respects but for the cosmetics.

Both bags very similar, the Daiwa bag a bit stronger handle strap attachment to bag, both will perform well.


Buy Description Price
Calcutta Jig Bag CJB1010WC $32.99
Daiwa Jig Bag DJTB21 $36.99

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