Nomad Design Madscad Lures


The Madscad is a sinking stickbait that can be worked slow or fast with long or short twitches of the rod tip. A stop start retrieve creates an erratic swimming  action that fish simply cannot resist. It is a long distance casting stickbait ideal for a huge range of species.

  • Available in 150mm & 190mm sizes with many colors
  • Great for Tuna, Wahoo, Yellowtail, Cubera, GT’s & much more
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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.  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. (manufacturer’s text)

We’re stocking the sinking lures in the Madscad series. These are quite capable cast and retrieve lures, however most will use the lures trolling for wahoo and tuna…and more. Madscads are great lures for the troll, but there’s no deep diving bill like the DTX nor a planing head like a Marauder, they don’t weigh 26 ounces like a big Catchy. Madscads use their body shape, fins and weight orientation to attain a balanced presentation at depth. For private boaters, these are some lures well worth running, keep one out there all the time. For long range application aboard the big boats?  I’m not sure yet, frankly. My understanding is that the lures do best trolled further back from the stern. A good private boater will adjust boat speed for best lure presentation. Typically, that’s not the pattern on a long range boat where the skipper can’t see the lure in the water. A long range Captain will expect the lure to work at his speed, and he typically likes the lures tighter to the stern than a private boater’s staggered spread. I’ll be looking for some feedback from folks who give the lure a try long range. Right now, for LR, the DTX is a no-brainer, a very good thing to bring along, if you just happen to like wahoo… The Madscad may turn out to be just as strong Long Range lure too. But, as of this writing I can’t say with certainty. Need some use reports – these are new!

Madscads are an improvement of a style of lure that you don’t see much of these days. They do run nicely in the water, the small rear stabilizing fins probably play a part in that.  Private boaters will make very good use of them as trolling lures, but do not underestimate their performance as a cast and retrieve bait – they are very successfully used in that application. 

Model Length Weight Uses
Madscad 150 Sinking 6″ 2.75oz Cast & Troll
Madscad 190 Sinking 7.5″ 5oz Cast & Troll
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