Fred Roumbanis has a special place in his heart for the IMA Roumba, his namesake lure. While he’s found a number of scenarios to make it work straight out of the package – from clear water to stained water, from ultra-shallow to calling fish up from the depths — he also continues to tinker with it for specialized conditions.
“The new thing I’m doing is adding a prop from a prop bait to the back of it,” he said. “I’d fished a DEPS Buzzjet a lot and it produces a lot of sound, but sometimes they want something with the Roumba’s shape instead.”
The back of the lure is perfect for mounting the additional hardware. It is nearly flat, so after cannibalizing another bait, you can “take the prop, and the split ring and the hook and hand screw it in, then add a drop or two of glue.”
With the Roumba’s naturally wide side-to-side action, it has an action far different from the normal straight ripping action of torpedo or Devil’s Horse type lures. “It has more flare,” Roumbanis explained. “You get a lot of action with very little effort. You can zip it, and then kill it and it calls fish from a distance.”
He’s been hiding the modified lure in pictures on Bassmaster.com, trying not to let his competitors know about it. Now the secret is out. He’s used it extensively throughout Oklahoma, as his touring schedule has allowed, and found it to be deadly on largemouths, smallmouths and spotted bass.
While it’ll be deadly in a wide range of water temperatures and seasons, there are a few instances when he thinks it far outshines other lures. The first is in the early spring, when the big girls are bedding. “It’ll pull those big females up,” he said. It’ll also be great in the fall, when fish are chasing bait on the surface. But perhaps the ideal situation will be during the shad spawn. “It’s loud and obnoxious and with the chrome of that prop, even though it’s a compact package it’ll still look like a lot of bait.” There are still times when the Roumba is better straight out of the package, but don’t hesitate to add a prop when you need a little more buzz.