The DTX 140(5.5") often gets overlooked for offshore trolling by it's bigger brothers the DTX 165(6.5") and 200(8"). And while these bigger sizes are amazing trolling lures offshore, and should be part of your spread, there is clear evidence to suggest that a larger and smaller DTX minnow in the spread will catch more fish. The smaller lure will often get bitten if the fish are not as excited or in a feeding mood, the problem in the past has been finding a small lure strong enough for big wahoo and tuna, or just strong enough in general. However, the DTX 140 is more than up to the job, and can be trolled very fast and very deep, unlike really any other lure in it's size class, and it can also be trolled very slow and very deep, unlike most other lures - why is this so? Read on. We all know the story about the biggest fish on the smallest lure of course.
The DTX 140 in action above on a range of species
MORE THAN SIZE
It's about more than size with the DTX 140. The DTX 140 has a different shaped bib to the DTX 165 and 200, and also has a wider body. This means a lot more action at slower speeds, and a much wider body wiggle. The DTX 140 has a full wire construction and is fitted with 5X strong trebles. They have trebles fitted because these are a good compromise for inshore and offshore trolling for species like grouper, barramundi, Coral Trout, king mackerel and spanish mackerel etc, and wahoo and tuna. The heavy trebles are often seen as better for the mid sized inshore species with softer mouths. Offshore for bigger fish, we recommend using the same single hooks as fitted to the DTX 165 - the BKK Diablo 7/0 singles if targeting wahoo and tuna offshore with the DTX 140.
The DTX 140 can be rigged in much the same way as the DTX 200 and165, but we have found it works very well with #9 single strand wire and fished on a lighter outfit with 60-80lb braid. It can be fished on mono as well of course, but the larger diameter mainline results in less diving depth. It can be trolled close to the back of the boat or out long, and works perfectly at 5-9kn.
DTX 140 fitted with single hooks shown first in the above video, followed by a DTX 200
SLOW OR FAST
The DTX 140 has been designed to have a huge action when trolled super slow, like down to 2kn, due to the wider body and different bib, and the action at this super slow speed is amazing. The Autotune system means that even at high speeds like 10-11kn, it still trolls straight and true all the time, even at very high speeds. And the vibrations it puts out at high speeds are going to drive the fish crazy. So whether you are kayak fishing offshore, in freshwater, or slow trolling a river or lake, the DTX 140 needs to be seriously considered. Of course the other feature of the DTX 140 is that it will go down past 8m+(30ft) when trolled super slow, putting it in the strike zone for longer.
CAST or TROLL
The DTX 140 is likely the most versatile lure in the range, being able to be trolled super slow, super fast, and also being able to be cast and deep cranked for species like Black Bass, Barramundi, Murray Cod, Striped Bass, Muskie and even big largemouth bass and walleye. There's not many lures that you could cast for a barramundi, but also troll for a wahoo, for example. The technology in the DTX 140 with the Autotune and Hydrospeed features mean this is now a reality and you can have a lure that is an all rounder without being a compromise in either area..