Photos by Welie Lim, Michael Siew and Hironori Kitade
The NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF Egi, also known as DMSF, is an easy-to use squid lure that is perfect for folks new to the Eging game. Easy in a sense that you don’t need to jerk it aggressively or whip the rod hard to make it dart like conventional squid lures. Lifting the rod tip and retrieving the slack will enable the DMSF to dart from one side to the other. Repeat and you’ll have a nice darting action without much physical effort.
The NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF Egi has a rather unconventional design. While other conventional squid lures (Egi) are designed streamlined to resemble a shrimp with a tow point on the nose, the 百海 SURF has a rather fat profile for buoyancy (and pushing lots of water!) and a tow point located just above its head. This profile and weighted head design allows the 百海 SURF to rest upright on the seabed at an angle close to about 45 degrees.
Even without retrieving, this posture can be very enticing to the inquisitive squid. Another advantage of the 百海 SURF’s fat design and tow point position is the ability to swim in an ‘S’ or Slalom fashion. Just retrieve steadily and the 百海 SURF will weave from side to side. This slalom swimming action is deadly when the squid are keen on chasing down moving prey at night.
HOW TO WORK THE NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF
1. Straight retrieve
Retrieve steadily and the 百海 SURF will swim in a Slalom fashion. This method is ideal when the squid are aggressively chasing down moving prey.
2. Jerk & Fall Method
After casting out the 百海 SURF, allow the lure to free fall. Unlike conventional squid lures, the 百海 SURF will sink rather quickly on a free fall thanks to its weighted head. Apply a little tension on the line on the fall and the 百海 SURF will sink a little slower at an angle of approximately 45 degrees. Squid often attack the Egi on the fall and many a time, it is difficult for anglers fishing with conventional Egi to feel the take due to the slack line. With the 百海 SURF, this is not an issue as the Egi will still fall enticingly with some slight line tension, allowing the angler to feel any slight tap or take. This makes the Eging game even more exciting as you can actually feel the squid strike or grab the Egi!
Once the 百海 SURF reaches the seabed, you can give it a twitch or jerk by lifting the rod tip then allow the 百海 SURF to fall to the seabed again with some line tension. There’s no need to jerk the rod aggressively. Just a gentle lift of the rod tip will do. Repeat these steps while retrieving the slack with a few pauses thrown in between. The key point here is to maintain a little line tension when working the 百海 SURF so that you can detect a strike.
3. Swimming off the Seabed
Let the 百海 SURF sink all the way to the seabed. Once it reaches the bottom, retrieve the 百海 SURF but keep it very close or just slightly off the bottom. The 百海 SURF will swim with its tail (and hooks) at an angle of about 45 degrees very close to the bottom. Stop your retrieve and the 百海 SURF will remain upright in the angled position – something that conventional Egi cannot do. Vary your retrieve and it does pay to occasionally stop retrieving for a few seconds. Not retrieving any line doesn’t mean the 百海 SURF is motionless. The upright 百海 SURF will actually sway (while maintaining the all-important 45 degree +/- angle position) with the currents, which is irresistible to the inquisitive squid!
Since you don’t need a lot of effort to work the NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF Egi, it’s not necessary to use specialty Eging rods. A general lure fishing rod about 8ft in length is ideal. PE0.6-0.8 line connected to a 6-10lb mono leander is sufficient. It’s heavily weighted for long-casts (a big advantage if you’re fishing from shore!), easy to use and does not require a lot of physical effort to make it dart or swim to entice squid.
NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF designer Hironori Kitade
The NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF is available in South East Asia in sizes #2.5 (Model DMSF25, 17 grams) and #3.0 (Model DMSF30, 23 grams) in 5 colour patterns.
Check out what the NORTH CRAFT 百海 SURF is capable of in the following videos: