The JDM Swimbait

For American anglers new to JDM swimbaits, Romanmade is considered the elegance in Japanese swimbait development.  The lures are religiously tested, in real world conditions and in front of world-class bass.  The world famous trophy fishery Lake Biwa is one of several testing grounds for RomanMade.  Please be aware not all swimbaits are created equal.   Many JDM swimbaits will have amazing finishes but not all will have the in-depth consideration around quality and swim-action (a great investment made by staff of RomanMade).

RomanMade Swimbaits are a made of hand selected wood.   Stringent choices in wood quality, balance and integrity are necessary.  Takeyama not only selects the quality of wood based on its integrity but also in regards to its relative buoyancy.

Takeyama believes the natural materials he personal selects for his swimbaits offer advantages in movement and stability. It is a painstaking and difficult process. Before the lure reaches distribution it is hand-tuned by his staff (A forgotten process by manufacturers).

Each Roman Made requires intensive constructing steps requiring more than 12 hours prior to its completion.  Total and careful production is about 300 lures per month. The result of quality control is a beautiful, functional lure.

When I order a bait, how long will it take to be shipped?

Because of the exclusivity of these swimbaits, unless we have the bait in stock, it will come from the factory in Japan.  This process takes about 3 to 4 weeks.  If the bait is not in stock in Japan, we will let you know and you can cancel the order or choose another color.   We suggest you buy the baits from our retail stores, because they carry stock of these baits. 

Why is Japanese Manufacturing so exclusive?

Japanese manufacturing is unique to the fact that the baits are not mass produced, they are manufactured in small batches to keep the quality high, and demand even higher.  Once a run on baits is made, there might not be another manufacturers run for a year.  This is another way that the Roman Made line is truly unique in the fact that you might be the only one to own a bait from a specific line.  

Where can I find a dealer?

We have a link for both online dealers and storefront dealers, we try to cater to these dealers to make sure that they have the best style baits for their area.  We also offer dealers the opportunity to drop ship direct to the customers house for special orders.

How do I become a dealer?

Please contact us via email (Info(at)romanmade.com) and we will give you a call within a business day.  We offer one of the best JDM dealer offers on the market, and we want to work with our dealers to make sure they are set up to not just do business, but promote Trophy Hunting.

Swimbait Action Terms



Is a faulty disposition created when a swimbait’s retrieved is suddenly terminated, resulting in the lure to bend or fold dramatically at its jointed segments during its fall. The swimbait will crumple or curl together as sinks to the bottom. The swim action is dead. 

Slalom Action:

First witnessed in JDM lures around 2003, it is probably the most innovative swim action created (to date).  This action emulates something swimming in a wide S-like figure (much like a water snakes mid torso). However, in Slalom the whole lure travels a significantly wider bandwidth than something moving in a straight linear track.  The lures travel is from right then left (or visa-versa).

Slalom has several benefits but the two most noted are increased flash and striking opportunity.  The Slalom action causes the bait to ‘flare’ from one side to the other, allowing a lure to increase its flash.  Second the band of travel is not linear therefore the lure does not readily distance itself from the fish.  Instead, the wide S-swim action keeps the lure in front of the bass; its forward motion is retarded as carves back and forth.  In Slalom the lure can’t be pulled away from the fish yet the fishes strike reflex and agitation is usually heightened. 


This swim motion is noted side to side while the lure is moving forward.  It is a chopping action in which the first third of the lure may rise and fall slightly lifting a portion of the keel to generate forward movement right to left or left to right.  Tacking is commonly noted in the spook type of topwater baits.

 Freestyle (or Defensive posture):

This position is commonly known as a defensive or territorial response caused when tension-release action is imparted to the line causing the lure to turn abruptly 180 degrees facing the direction from which it came. 

Glide Effect:

This is where a lure has the propensity to guide slightly forward in a balanced and up right position. 

Wobble-n-Flash (rotational movement):

Commonly viewed in JDM jerkbaits, wobble action is after a jerk-n-pause cadence (in jerkbaits) or the lure begins a free-fall decent.  As the lure falls water pressure is force along belly and back of the lure in a vertical fashion.  Usually a low ballast system incorporated in the lures keel region aid this behavior, causing the lure slightly rotate from side to side. 


This is the returned vibration or pulsation broadcasted to through the line to the angler due lure movement. 


This is the physical vibration resulting from the bass making contact with the lure.