Terbitan Majalah Sirip bulan Ogos 2015. Penterjemahan oleh En. Halimi Hanip.
STORM ARASHI – Berkemungkinan gewang luar biasa yang paling mudah digunakan. Prakata di atas adalah satu kenyataan yang berani. Tetapi itulah yang Hiroshi Takahashi (pereka gewang Storm) maksudkan apabila beliau mereka-bentuk gewang Storm Arashi. Menurut Hiroshi, platform Storm Arashi diilhamkan daripada keperluan untuk gewang jenis crankbait yang mudah digunakan.
Crankbait yang ideal perlulah boleh dilontar jauh, mudah dikarau, berenang cantik sebaik keluar dari kotak dan yang paling penting, mempunyai aksi menggoda ikan yang sangat menarik. Storm Arashi memenuhi semua keperluan di atas. Jadi kenapa ia begitu istimewa?
Lidah Papan Litar
Penggunaan material papan litar yang nipis, namun kuat dan tahan lasak pada lidahnya telah menghidupkan aksi luar biasa gewang ini. Berbanding lidah acuan konvensional, papan litar nipis mempunyai daya rintangan lebih rendah apabila gewang dikarau. Ini juga bermakna Storm Arashi dapat mencapai aksi maksimumnya walaupun pada kelajuan perlahan.
Satu lagi kelebihannya ialah keupayaan untuk kekal stabil pada kelajuan sangat tinggi. Ini penting terutama apabila mencari ikan di kawasan yang luas atau apabila terdapat keperluan mengilat laju bagi mencetuskan sambaran ikan yang agresif.
Penyangkut Mata Kail Berputar
Gewang konvensional mempunyai penyangkut mata kail yang sejajar dengan muncung gewang. Walaupun konfigurasi ini baik untuk mata tiga yang sesuai, namun peluang untuk mata tiga tersekat agak tinggi apabila mata tiga lebih besar digunakan.
Dengan memutar penyangkut ini sebanyak 90 darjah, sudut pergerakan mata tiga adalah terhad, justeru mencegah sekatan apabila mata tiga lebih besar digunakan. Kedudukan ini juga memastikan mata tiga terletak lebih rapat dengan badan gewang untuk aksi yang lebih cantik.
Titik Ikatan Talaan Sendiri
Di tengah-tengah titik ikatan talaan sendiri pada gewang ini adalah satu rekaan pergerakan bebas berpaten yang memastikan renangan gewang melurus sebaik keluar dari kotak. Memang sukar bagi crankbait jenis terapung untuk mencapai kestabilan pada kelajuan tinggi. Walau bagaimanapun, titik ikatan pergerakan bebas ini mempermudahkannya.
BARISAN STORM ARASHI
Arashi Silent Square
Model ini berenang secara goyangan dan gelekan yang bernyawa. Keapungan membantu ia melepasi halangan dan reka bentuk lidah bersegi meningkatkan pemesongan yang sempurna apabila berlanggar struktur. Seperti namanya, ia tidak bergemerincing untuk pendekatan senyap kepada ikan yang berwaspada di air cetek.
Silent Square dilengkapi mata tiga VMC nikel hitam premium. Terdapat dalam dua model iaitu ASQS03 dengan panjang badan 2-1 / 8” selaman 3 kaki, dan ASQS05 dengan panjang badan 2-3 / 8” selaman 5 kaki.
Arashi Rattling Flat
Ia adalah gewang pemburu yang sempurna dalam perairan terbuka. Bahagian sisi ratanya membalikkan kekilatan yang tinggi, menarik perhatian visual manakala aksi gemerincingan merenjiskan getaran tinggi untuk menarik sang ikan. Model terapung yang berukuran 2-1 / 8” ini dilengkapi mata kail VMC nikel hitam premium dan mampu menyelam sehingga 7 kaki.
Arashi Rattling Deep
Rattling Deep berenang dengan gelekan sederhana, tetapi tendangan ekor sangat kencang. Model selaman dalam berukuran 2-3 / 8” ini mempunyai bebola tunggal besar untuk menjana frekuensi yang rendah dan reka bentuknya berdaya lontaran jauh dengan tepat. Ia dilengkapi mata tiga VMC nikel hitam premium dan mampu menyelam sedalam 10 kaki.
Since Lauri Rapala crafted the very first Original Floating Rapala in 1936, classic Rapala lures have become synonymous with that signature Rapala wounded-minnow action – made only possible from premium balsa wood that give them their responsive, life-like action.
Close up of the Scatter Rap CountDown
It is no surprise therefore when Rapala introduced the Scatter Rap series in 2013, balsa wood was the material of choice. When fitted with newly designed swimming lips that somewhat resembled Pringle potato-chips, classic balsa wood shads and minnows were transformed into entirely different baits.
The Rapala Scatter Rap CountDown
Scattering, Evasive Action
Conventional ‘wounded-baitfish’ lures swim in a linear fashion and present themselves as easy meals for predators. On the other hand, lures that are capable of sudden movements and directional changes often trigger reaction strikes from predatory species. In fact, many experienced anglers know that one of the key techniques to trigger bites from predatory fish is to work a lure in such a way that it darts about, suddenly changing directions, as if it’s a baitfish in panic mode. Very often this involves some fancy rod tip work and wrist-snapping that beginners may find rather difficult to immediately pick up.
The evasive action triggers the predatory instinct of fish
To catch fish with a Rapala Scatter Rap, there’s no need for elaborate rod-tip maneuvers or wrist motions. The Scatter Rap’s Scatter Lip creates an erratic and evasive sweeping action with directional changes that imitates a spooked baitfish trying to escape a predator’s attack. All that is needed is a steady retrieve with minor changes in the retrieve speed and the Scatter Rap will weave side to side attractively. Experienced anglers will need to resist the temptation of twitching or jerking the Scatter Rap lures as they work best with a straight retrieve and have the built-in ability to change directions on their own.
Scatter Rap CountDown worked fabulously on Sebarau
Bee simply loves the Fire Tiger Scatter Rap CountDown
A nice one by Yu Hock on Scatter Rap CountDown Perch
Scatter Rap Series
The Rapala Scatter Rap series of lures are built upon classic Rapala body shapes. The Scatter Rap Minnow resembles an Original Floating Rapala. The Scatter Rap CountDown is almost identical to the evergreen Rapala CountDown. The Scatter Rap Shad takes on the classic Shad Rap’s tried-and-true shad shape while the Scatter Rap Crank looks similar to a DT series crankbait. Each lure has a uniquely-designed Scatter Lip to match their application.
Temensis that fell for the Scatter Rap Shad in Golden Alburnus pattern (Photo by DaFisho)
I had the privilege of fishing with the Rapala Scatter Rap series for a few outings in dams and land-based arenas and have found the Scatter Rap CountDown to be my firm favourite, followed by the Scatter Rap Crank and Scatter Rap Shad.
Peacock Bass that have wised up to conventional swimming lures can be fooled by the Scatter Rap’s action
Scatter Rap CountDown (Fire Minnow) scores!
The 7-gram Scatter Rap CountDown casts well on a light setup and mirrors the classic CountDown’s ability to sink to the desired depth where the fish are holding. The evasive action of the Scatter Rap CountDown is perfect for fishing rocky ground or rock bunds where baitfish often hide among the crevices (hint: reservoir rock bunds!). Retrieve at moderate speed and the Scatter Rap CountDown will weave left and right among the rocks, just like a panicky baitfish darting for cover among the rocks. I was actually surprised how deadly this natural-looking, evasive action with a simple, straight retrieve (without any twitching or jerking) was able to fool wary Peacock Bass and even several nice-sized Haruan from heavily-fished waters.
A huge Haruan fooled by the Scatter Rap CountDown’s evasive sweeping action
Close up of the Scatter Rap Countdown in Fire Minnow pattern
The Scatter Rap Crank comes in two versions: The standard Scatter Rap Crank which has a listed swimming depth of between 1.8 to 2.4 metres and the Scatter Rap Crank Deep, with a listed swimming depth of 3 to 3.6 metres. This scattering crankbait is a great searching lure for deeper waters. ‘Lombong’ (mining pond) Haruan hunters will love this crankbait for its ability to cover a relatively larger area by its evasive action. The deep version is also ideal for gregarious Toman, such as those Air Ganda ‘gangsters’ – as the erratic, evasive action adds another dimension to trigger their predatory instincts. A note of caution though; since the Scatter Rap Crank is only 5cm in length, the possibility of the whole lure being engulfed and bitten off by a Toman is highly possible!
Another Haruan on Rapala Scatter Rap Crank
The new Scatter Rap Crank Deep. Great for Toman!
Kok Ping with nice Toman on Scatter Rap Crank Deep (photo by Kok Ping)
Close up of the Toman with Scatter Rap Crank Deep
The Rapala Scatter Rap Shad
The Scatter Rap Shad responds to different retrieval speeds. A slower retrieve speed creates subtle side sweeps while a faster retrieve amplifies the evasive action with aggressive direction changes and tighter kicking action. The first few fishes I caught on the Scatter Rap Shad were Sebarau from a running stream flushing into an area full of aquatic plants sitting just about two to three feet under water. The depth was just nice to swim the Scatter Rap Shad close to the plants, making it look like some forage fish darting about the shallows. As the shad zig-zagged back to the boat, a dark shadow shot out from the depths to snatch the bait. Gotcha! It was definitely no coincidence as two more Sebarau were landed in similar fashion thereafter!
Demon pattern on the Scatter Rap Shad
Fred looking pleased with Rapala Scatter Rap Shad’s performance
Light Tackle For Optimum Performance
Scatter Rap CountDown and Shad cast best with light tackle. I personally enjoy casting them on a 3-8lb outfit such as the Rapala RFS Zephyr 3-8lb paired with Daiwa SS Air with Sufix Nanobraid or Daiwa Pixy SPR and Sufix 832 6lb. The thinner diameter line not only allows the Scatter Raps to cast a little further but also makes the lures livelier and more responsive. On the other hand, Scatter Rap Crank Deep can be cast with relatively heavier tackle of 4-10lb or 6-12lb equivalents.
Light tackle is preferred to cast Scatter Raps further – I personally enjoy using Rapala RFS Zephyr 3-8lb with Daiwa SS Air and 8lb Sufix Nanobraid
At a glance, Rapala Scatter Raps look like their classic counterparts but in reality, their actions in the water are far from the same. Their evasive, baitfish-fleeing action perfectly complement existing Rapala lures that swim with a wounded baitfish action. When fish have become accustomed to the linear swimming action of conventional swimming lures, the sweeping, evasive action of Scatter Raps can possibly turn the tables of fortune for the angler. Remember, don’t twitch or jerk. Just retrieve steadily and let the Scatter Rap do the fish catching!
Even Green Chromide were interested in Scatter Rap Countdown
11 AUG 2015 – Rapala Southeast Asia today announced the launch of RapalaCollectors.com – Rapala’s official online store offering Rapala fans exclusive, limited edition Rapala lures, collectibles and memorabilia. Only a handful of Collector’s models are offered on the online store each year, with a very limited production run for each model. So once they’re all sold, they’re truly gone for good. According to Rapala, these special Collector’s lures only available on RapalaCollectors.com will never be reproduced for mass commercial sale, making them truly exclusive and worthy collectibles.
Rapala Collectors Blue Poison Dart Frog
The first exclusive Collector’s lure launched on the site is the Blue Poison Dart Frog. The inspiration behind this lure is the “Okopipi” or Blue Poison Dart Frog. The Okopipi is one of several frogs known for extremely lethal toxins found on their skins and used on the tips of arrows or darts of natives, hence their common name. A native of South America, this frog has bright-blue skin which serves as a warning to would-be predators. A mature adult generally weighs about 8 grams with an average length of 4cm.
The Rapala Collector’s artistic reproduction of this unique frog is a 5cm balsa wood topwater lure. Carefully weighted at 10grams for optimum casting and balance, this beautifully crafted lure sits perfectly on the surface when stationary, just like a real frog. Twin propellers churn and fizz, creating plenty of surface commotion to attract predators – if you have the heart to put this beauty into the water!
STORM ARASHI – possibly the most easy-to-use crankbait in the market as of time of writing, according to the folks at Storm. That’s a bold statement! But that’s precisely what Hiroshi Takahashi, the man behind Storm’s most successful crankbait, intended for when designing the Storm Arashi crankbaits.
According to Hiroshi, the Storm Arashi platform was conceptualized out of a need for a crankbait that’s easy to use. The ideal crankbait has to be long-casting, easy to crank, swims straight out of the box and most importantly, possess that irresistible fish-catching action. The Storm Arashi ticks all of the above boxes.
So what exactly makes the Storm Arashi crankbaits so special?
Circuit Board Lip
The use of a thin, yet strong and durable circuit board material for the Storm Arashi crankbait lip is crucial to the lure’s unbelievable action. Compared to conventional moulded lips, the thinner circuit board lip will have lesser resistance when the lure wobbles from side to side, which translates into lesser effort needed by the angler to work the lure. This also means that Storm Arashi crankbaits are able to achieve its high-pitch action right away even at slow speeds. Another distinct advantage of Storm Arashi crankbaits is the ability to remain stable at very high speeds. This is important especially when searching for fish over large areas or when there’s a need for speed to trigger bites from aggressive fish.
Rotated Hook Hangers
Conventional crankbaits have hook hangers that are in line with the lure’s tow-point. While this configuration is fine for appropriately sized treble hooks, the chances of hook hang-ups are rather high when larger trebles are used. By rotating the hook hanger by 90 degrees, the treble’s angle of movement is limited, therefore preventing hang-ups when hooks up to a size larger are used. This position also ensures the hooks are nestled closer to the lure’s body, offering better action.
Self-Tuning Line Tie
At the heart of the Storm Arashi crankbait’s self-tuning line tie is a patent-pending, free-moving design that ensures the lure tracks true right out of the box. It’s rather difficult for floating crankbaits designed with high-pitch actions to achieve stability under high speed. However, this free-moving tow point enables Storm Arashi crankbaits to swim straight and stable under very high speeds.
THE STORM ARASHI LINE-UP
Arashi Silent Square
The Arashi Silent Square runs with a lively wobble, slight roll and pronounced tail kick action. The buoyancy to back out of cover and square lip design for increased deflection are perfect for contact structure fishing. As its name suggests, this crankbait is non-rattling for a silent approach to wary or pressured fish in shallow water. The Arashi Silent Square is armed with premium black nickel VMC® hooks and is available in two models – the ASQS03 with a body length of 2-1/8” which dives to 3ft and the ASQS05 with a body length of 2-3/8” that dives to 5ft.
Arashi Rattling Flat
Conventional lipless crankbaits are perfect search lures in open water. Flat sides throw lots of flash, attracting visual attention while rattles shake off plenty of vibration to draw fish in. The 2-1/8” Arashi Rattling Flat offers the same kind of flash and vibration in a bibbed, buoyant, flat-sided body. It’s equipped with premium black nickel VMC® hooks and has a running depth of 7ft.
Arashi Rattling Deep
The Arashi Rattling Deep swims with a moderate rolling action for the right amount of search with loads of tail kick. This 2-3/8” deep-diving crankbait features a large single knocker rattle that delivers a low frequency pitch and a long cast design for increased distance with accuracy. The Rattling Deep is fitted with premium black nickel VMC® hooks and has a running depth of 10ft.
When you’re out there fishing, you don’t want to be wondering whether your lure’s swimming correctly. You want to be focused on things that matter, like keeping an eye out for rising fish or the next place to cast. With Storm Arashi crankbaits, you’re fishing easy-to-use crankbaits with key design features previously only found in expensive, custom lures. With such an edge, it’s super crankin’ awesome!
Not too sure how to use the new Storm SX-Soft VIB lures? Watch the following two videos as lure designer Hiroshi Takahashi and Soh Yu Hock describe individually how to use these lures to deadly effect at two prominent fishing ponds in Singapore – the D’Best Fishing Pond (Pasir Ris) for Barramundi and Mangrove Jacks and ORTO Fishing Paradise for exotic Amazonian Red-tail Catfish.
The NORTH CRAFT Adration is a floating minnow designed for casting long distances thanks to its aerodynamic design which also makes it extremely stable in flight. Even when fished with a blazing fast, flat-out retrieve, the Adration holds steady in the water without blowing out. Unlike many similar designed seabass lures which swim relatively shallow (approx. 0.3 – 0.6m depth), the Adration retains the moderate rolling and slight wobbling action at a deeper depth of 0.8 to 1.0m. Not many lures in the market are able to retain this action at a deeper depth.
Although the Adration was primarily designed for Japanese seabass, this minnow also works extremely well in South East Asian waters, both in fresh and saltwater. Whether fished with a constant retrieve, jerk-pause or aggressive retrieve-jerk combo, the Adration is suitable for Peacock Bass, Sebarau, Toman and even coastal species such as Barramundi, Trevally, Queenfish and Barracuda.
The NORTH CRAFT Adration is available in 125mm (ART125F), weighing 20g and a new 90mm version (ART90F) which weighs 12g. Check out local catches with the NORTH CRAFT Adration in the Photo Gallery.
The North Craft BMC stands for ‘Ballistic Minnow Continental’ and it truly casts like a ballistic missile. This surface lure works extremely well with slow, gentle rod tip action with the occasional pause. Best application in fast flowing rivers or areas with currents. Horizontal position makes the BMC appear like a wounded baitfish being washed downstream by the currents. Equally as deadly in saltwater when predators are feeding close to the surface. Chasing Sagai with topwater lures? This is the lure to get!
Introducing the new Rapala Shadow Rap®, the minnow that combines a horizontal struggle with a vertical fade that perfectly mimics a minnow in trouble. Rapala has perfected the natural minnow action in this new jerkbait that triggers fish three ways: on the kick, on a slow fading fall, and on the snap back to life.
Most jerk baits continue on a forward plane with each jerk. Not the Shadow Rap. It kicks almost 180 degrees right then left, so it can be fished nearly in place with very little forward travel, keeping the flickering fade of the Shadow Rap right in a fish’s strike zone. Deadly when twitched or jerked and then paused.
The new Rapala Shadow Rap is available in a standard version with a swimming depth of 0.6-1.2m and a deep version with a swimming depth of 1.2-2.4m. Recommended for Malaysian estuaries for Barramundi, Mangrove Jacks, Groupers and even freshwater species such as Toman, Sebarau and large Peacock Bass.
MODEL: SDR11 / SDRD11 RUNNING DEPTH: 0.6-1.2m / 1.2-2.4m BODY LENGTH: 11cm WEIGHT: 13grams CONSTRUCTION: Textured Scale Body, X-Rap Style Finish ACTIONS: Sharp Left to Right Turns, Slow Sinking on Pause AVAILABLE IN SOUTH EAST ASIA IN 7 PATTERNS: Albino Shiner, Bone, Bud, Clown, Ghost, Ghost Shiner, Olive Green