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:
Two new Japanese-designed lures will mark their appearance in Storm’s 2015 line up. The Storm So-Run Sinking Pencil (SRSP80S) and So-Run Minnow (SRM95F) are the latest additions to the Storm So-Run series of long-casting hard baits with superb action and finishing.
The Storm So-Run Sinking Pencil and So-Run Minnow in Japanese-style packaging.
So-Run Sinking Pencil
The So-Run Sinking Pencil features a hydrodynamically-designed body that enables the lure to dart and glide in the water responsively without much resistance when twitched. This irregular darting and gliding action is ideal for fish that have somewhat been accustomed to the linear swimming actions of regular minnow lures. Like all hard baits in the So-Run category, the Sinking Pencil is optimally weighted to cast long distances. Although it sinks quickly, the Sinking Pencil can be fished shallow with a running depth of approximately 0.4 metres. The So-Run Sinking Pencil is 8cm in length, weighs 18 grams and is available in an assortment of transparent, painted or glitter finishes. (UVGLO – UV Glow Orange Belly, as its name suggests, features a UV bright finish that reflects more light energy and strengthens the lure’s visibility). Each lure comes standard with premium VMC nickel plated hooks.
Sleek curves and optimally weighted for responsive darting and gliding action.
Designed for twitching.
Available in South East Asia in 7 transparent, painted or glitter finishes
The Storm So-Run Minnow features a very tight kicking action and strong body roll. Optimally weighted, the So-Run Minnow is very responsive to twitching and jerking. An internal long-cast mechanism consisting of a sliding ball bearing enables the lure to be cast over long distances and yet maintains its sexy action when the ball bearing slides back into place upon the initial retrieve. The 9.5cm So-Run Minnow has a running depth of approximately 0.6 metres, weighs 11 grams and is available in an assortment of transparent, painted or glitter finishes. (UVGLO – UV Glow Orange Belly, as its name suggests, features a UV bright finish that reflects more light energy and strengthens the lure’s visibility). Each lure comes standard with premium VMC nickel plated hooks.
The tight-kicking, strong rolling So-Run Minnow
The internal long-cast mechanism can be seen from the transparent body of the Clear Candy (CLCD) pattern
Available in South East Asia in 7 transparent, painted or glitter finishes
The new year is just round the corner and Rapala has already announced some really interesting products for 2015. Fishonmag.com highlights 4 new 2015 lures from Rapala that will be suitable for South East Asian species.
Rapala BX Waking Minnow
The Rapala BX Waking Minnow is a surface wake bait featuring Rapala’s patent pending ‘BX Construction’ which combines a balsa core with a durable co-polymer outer body. The result is a very responsive and buoyant bait yet, having a durable body to withstand tough predators. Having this co-polymer outer body also enables Rapala’s designers to incorporate incredible life-like, detailed finishes on the lure. Fished with the rod tip held high, the BX Waking Minnow will swim with a wide rolling action on the water’s surface and leave a noticeable wake and bubble trail behind. The BX Waking Minnow is 13cm long and weighs 22grams. Perfect for early morning / late evening Toman (Giant Snakehead) or large Peacock Bass assaults from a distance.
The new Rapala BX Waking Minnow in SDW (Shadow) pattern.
Note: The BX Waking Minnow comes standard with VMC Black Nickel round bend hooks. The version featured above has been replaced with VMC Spark Point 7556 3X strong trebles #4.
Incredible life-like details and finishing.
Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Deep
The Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Deep is the deep version of last year’s Scatter Rap Crank, a round-bodied crank bait that swims with the signature ‘Scatter Rap’ irregular evasive action with side to side direction changes. This erratic, scattering action mimics a spooked baitfish trying to escape a predator’s attack – and the evasive zig-zag action of a baitfish trying to get out of harm’s way. It’s these actions that typically trigger reaction strikes from all predatory species in the wild. The new Rapala Scatter Rap Crank Deep features a larger Scatter lip to enable this 5cm balsa crank bait to dive quickly and work in the 3 metre range. Stop the retrieve and the Scatter Rap Crank Deep floats to the surface. Weighing 9 grams, this is one long-casting baby to reach surfacing Toman from the depths.
Crank Deep Indeed…
Featured here is the new ‘Rasta’ (RTA) pattern.
The Scatter Rap Crank Deep’s large Scatter Lip brings it down to the 3m depth range.
Rapala Ultra Light Rippin’ Rap
Good news ultra light fans! The super loud rattling Rippin’ Rap now comes in a miniature 4cm size as a new addition to Rapala’s ultra light series of lures! The Ultra Light Rippin’ Rap features a lipless, deep belly profile designed to dive and rip. With its flat, skinny sides, this bait flutters on the drop with a hard-vibrating action accented with a loud, distinctive ball bearing rattle system. Ideal for both casting, vertical jigging and lift-and-fall presentations at variable depths. The Ultra Light Rippin’ Rap weighs 5 grams and is perfect for fish feeding on smaller prey. From Peacock Bass, Sebarau, Cichlids and even catfish species, the Ultra Light Rippin’ Rap is one little noisy vibe to add to one’s ultralight assortment.
Finesse angler’s delight.
Rapala XXX-Rap Cast
Heavily-weighted. Super durable. Long casting. The 14cm Rapala XXX-Rap Cast weighs 54 grams! YES! A hefty 54 grams – an excellent candidate for casting saltwater game such as Spanish Mackerel (Tenggiri), Cobia, Trevally and Tuna at variable depths. If the predators are lurking deeper in the water column, let the XXX-Rap Cast sink to the desired depth before retrieving. The XXX-Rap Cast features an extreme rolling and wobbling action when retrieved. Its perfect for high-speed presentations with minimal resistance and responds very well to twitching and jerking. Additionally, this heavy-sinking minnow flutters enticingly on the drop. A deadly sinking fashion that triggers reaction bites. The XXX-Rap Cast comes equipped standard with two no.5 VMC 7266 inline singles.
The Storm Serpentino is a hollow-body, weedless, topwater bait designed for dog-walking in heavy cover. Its soft body material ensures the ultra-sharp double hooks penetrate easily and unrestricted upon striking. Its elongated, pencil-like shape coupled to its tow-point position enables a sexy, dog-walking action even without much wrist work. Straight crank steadily and the Serpentino will ‘slither’ side to side – perfect for wary fish hiding in thick cover. Walk-the-dog confidently over lilypads, weeds and even sticks. The weedless double hooks will not snag up. Long-casting and perfectly balanced to sit nicely in the water upon entry.
Anglers, meet Arashi… fully equipped with features that until now, were only available in over-priced custom lures. Rotated hook hangers, a circuit board lip and the patent pending, self-tuning line tie make these lures stand out among other crankbaits. Watch as B.A.S.S Elite Series and Storm Pro Angler, Brandon Palaniuk, shows you why he thinks the Storm Arashi is the best all around crankbait there is on the market. They’re “super crankin’ awesome!”
It’s not a vibe. Neither a crankbait. Nor a jerkbait either. It’s hard to classify which lure category the North Craft Air Ogre sits in given its unique, multi-style action. One can’t be faulted for thinking it’s a vibe. After all, it does look like one at first glance in the absence of a lip. A closer look at the tow-point will give some clue as to the type of swimming action this lure offers.
Unlike conventional vibes where the tow-point is placed just about off-centre of the lure’s back, the Air Ogre’s tow-point sits just above the nose of the lure. This pivot point coupled with a fat body that pushes plenty of water gives the Air Ogre a very wide and unique tail-wagging action. Interestingly, even with the very same tow-point location and shape, the three different types of Air Ogres (F-Floating, S-Sinking and SLM-Slalom) have different swimming and sinking actions corresponding to their placement of internal weights.
The Floating (F), Sinking (S) and Slalom (SLM) Air Ogre are distinguished by their respective models at the lure’s under belly.
Although it has a shad-like appearance, North Craft’s lure designer, Mr Hironori Kitade initially designed this lure to resemble a crab. The Ogre’s design stemmed from a desire to catch the gigantic Japanese lates (Lates japonicus), called Akame. According to Kitade-san, many anglers have previously tried catching Akame using conventional swimming lures without much success. After studying the Akame’s habits, it was discovered that these shy predators love eating crabs close to the bottom.
Using the Ogre in conjunction with a ‘lift-and-fall’ technique, Kitade-san and his friends soon found their Akame catch rate increase tremendously (check out some of their catches at the North Craft Facebook album!). He attributes this to the unique flapping and falling action of the Ogre that even fishes well in waters with flowing currents or streams. Of course, the Akame is not the only fish the Ogre has since caught. From Seabass, Barramundi to even demersal species such as Snapper, many species have been caught with the multi-variant actions of the North Craft Air Ogre.
From top to bottom: The North Craft Air Ogre 85 SLM (Slalom), 85 S (Sinking) and 70 F (Floating).
How To Work The North Craft Air Ogre
The Air Ogre F (Floating) can work either as a surface or a sub-surface lure. Lift your rod tip high, crank slow and steady and it will create a little wake just behind it, somewhat like a wake bait. Perfect for still or calm water situations in the early morning or late evening. Lower your rod tip, crank steadily and the the floating Air Ogre will swim just below the surface up to a maximum of 0.3 metres. Or you can choose to work it aggressively with a jerk-pause-jerk-pause retrieve. The floating Air Ogre will dive quickly, then float to the surface – an excellent technique for stirring aggressive fish in the shallows.
The Air Ogre S (Sinking) has the same swimming action as the Floating version with the exception that it’s weighted to drop with a fluttering action. Besides being able to fish at variable depths with a straight retrieve, the attractive fluttering action on the drop adds an extra dimension to the ‘lift-and-fall’ technique. Let the lure sink to the desired depth (very often it’s right to the bottom). Lower the rod tip, pick up any slack line then lift the rod tip and bring it down again. This movement will cause the sinking Air Ogre to ‘hop’ off the bottom before fluttering down enticingly (unlike conventional vibes that drop abruptly). How high you want the lure to hop off the bottom will depend on the angle of your lift. This technique is suitable in heavily-fished waters such as catch-and-release fishing ponds where the fishes have been exposed to lures swimming in a linear fashion day in day out. It is worth noting that strikes often occur on the drop.
The Air Ogre SLM (Slalom) swims with a zig-zag, evasive action on a straight retrieve. Pick up a little more speed on the retrieve and the Ogre will slalom a little wider. This unique action is also deadly for fish that are accustomed to conventional lures that swim in a linear fashion. Another typical method to fish the Air Ogre SLM is the lift and fall method off the bottom. While the Sinking Air Ogre (S) falls with a fluttering action, the Air Ogre SLM falls in a spiraling fashion. This is also a unique, non-conventional action that can trigger reaction bites from curious but wary fish. Do maintain some line tension (not a lot, just very lightly!) on the fall to prevent the trebles from fouling the mainline or leader.
The above mentioned actions are merely the basics and according to Kitade-san, there can be many more ways one can work the Air Ogre. It’s really up to one’s imagination how best to work this versatile lure to trigger a response from fish either in the wild or in a commercial fishing pond. You’ll be really surprised at how far these things can be cast too. Lure castability is an important feature as you can cover more water. This is even more crucial when stalking very spooky fish from a distance. We were pretty surprised that even the Floating Ogre could cast a mile (figuratively, of course!)!
The North Craft Air Ogre is available in three sizes: 58mm (new!), 70mm and 85mm and comes in three different versions: Floating (F), Sinking (S) and Slalom (SLM).
Ultralight lure enthusiasts with a penchant for funky colours rejoice! The Rapala Mini Fat Rap (Japan Special) is a special edition lure produced especially for the Japanese market (although some have made their way into some South East Asian countries) in 8 funky camo colours. Following the wide profile of the original Rapala Fat Rap, this balsa wood crankbait imitates a wounded baitfish or crayfish and is most effective when worked over submerged structure. The Mini Fat Rap gives a wide wobbling action on the retrieve and has a rated swimming depth of 0.9-1.8 metres. Ideally fished with lines 8lb (braided) and below.
STORM GOMOKU KOIKA
The Storm Gomoku Koika is the latest addition to the Storm Gomoku family of jigs. Koika (コイカ ) is the Japanese word for cuttlefish, a common prey of many predatory fish. Specially designed for slow-pitch style jigging, Koika’s centre-balanced, broad profile allows the jig to flutter enticingly on the fall. Additionally, Koika’s dense and compact body enables it to easily travel through the depths, allowing you to quickly reach deeper water to where the fishes are holding. Give it some slack line on the drop and Koika will flutter and rock as it falls.
What Is Slow Pitch Jigging?
Slow pitch jigging is a great technique to complement high-speed jigging. High-speed jigging is very effective for pelagic species but on the flipside, can be physically very challenging especially when working heavy jigs. While high-speed jigging triggers the aggressive nature of predators to give chase to the prey, slow-pitch jigging triggers the opportunistic feeding nature of predators.
Illustration of the jerk and falling action of Storm Gomoku Koika
Slow pitch jigging is a very relaxed method of jigging which mostly involves letting the jig free-fall attractively, instead of working the jig to mimic a fleeing bait. Predators are opportunistic feeders and a crippled prey is a much easier meal than a lively one. Crippled or distressed prey often make irregular movements, darting about and suddenly pausing before slowly sinking in the water. Slow pitch jigs are designed to simulate this movement, darting and flashing erratically with each lift of the rod tip before falling with an attractive horizontal flutter on the pause. It is this abrupt falling movement that somehow triggers the natural instinct of a nearby predator to grab a quick meal. It is true in the case of slow-pitch jigging, that strikes often occur when the jig is free falling.
An overhead setup is recommended for medium to heavy slow pitch jigging
Since slow-pitch jigging doesn’t require aggressive jigging motions, it is not necessary to use heavy tackle to work heavier jigs, making it physically less tiring for the angler. However, appropriate slow-pitch jigging tackle is recommended to ensure the best action is obtained from the falling jig. For medium to heavy slow pitch jigging, an overhead setup is recommended as sensitivity, line control and gear engagement/disengagement is much easier.
Micro slow pitch jigging with 20g Koika with a baitcaster.
In the case of micro slow pitch jigging (jigging with 20g slow-fall jigs, or lighter), a spinning reel may be more appropriate as line flow is relatively less obstructed, allowing the lighter jig to drop more freely as compared to an overhead reel or baitcaster. That said, baitcasters with light spools can be used too as less inertia is needed to rotate the spool.
HOW TO WORK THE STORM KOIKA?
Drop the jig all the way to the bottom. Once the jig reaches the seafloor, you are free to explore different ways to work the jig. Here are some basic techniques to get you started:
1 Full Pitch
Keep the rod at a horizontal position. Wind in the slack until you feel the tension at the other end. Make one full turn of the reel handle. The rod tip should load slightly under the weight of the jig as it travels upward. This motion is what we call a ‘pitch’. Pause, then repeat the motion. This is the basic technique of slow-pitch jigging. Repeat this motion within the specific depth the fish are likely to be hunting then drop the jig back to the seafloor again. Very often, the strike will occur on the hang (pause), when the jig is in a horizontal position about to fall or when the jig is falling.
1/2 and 1/4 Pitch This is a variation of the 1 full pitch. Instead of one full turn of the handle, make half a turn (1/2) or a quarter of a turn (1/4). Pause, then repeat this motion. This will result in a shorter pitch and movement of the jig upwards.
Pitch & Jerk All the above mentioned movements are made keeping the rod in a horizontal position and letting the rod tip do all the work. Another method is to drop the rod tip very slightly then lifting the tip back to the horizontal position (moving the rod tip by about 30-40cm), followed by a pitch (full, half or otherwise). Pause, then repeat this motion. This gives the jig a longer range of movement.
There are many ways to work the Storm Koika jig and it’s really all about experimenting which style is most effective for a specific targeted species at a given location. Whichever the technique, there are just two fundamental points to keep in mind:
Reaction bite The abrupt falling action of slow-fall jigs trigger reaction bites, either out of aggression or curiosity.
Strike zone The longer the jig stays within the strike zone, the more likely it is to get hammered.
Storm Koika is currently available in 7 colours and in 20g, 40g, 60g, 80 & 100g weights with more future additions to come. Check out the Storm Gomoku Koika video below:
The Rapala Balsa Xtreme Minnow opens up a new era in fishing lures by combining the unmatched responsiveness of balsa with rugged durability of plastic.
Balsa wood has always been the material of choice for Rapala’s iconic lures; such as the Original Floater and CountDown – the lures that started it all. Even today, precisely shaped and precision weighted balsa body gives the lure the most responsive and life-like action that can’t be achieved with any other material. Balsa wood is quite unique; it is a very sustainable product, thanks to its rapid growth rate and despite being so light it is still very strong and is classified as the softest commercial hardwood – the perfect initial ingredient in creating the famous Rapala “wounded minnow” action.
Plastic is a great artificial material for manufacturing fishing lures. It lends itself to a variety of options for finishes and translucency. Plastic is ideal for lures that have to be very strong and durable or neutrally buoyant (suspending). Plastic lures can be built to be as noisy as a swarm of bees or as silent as a mouse. Translucent plastic can have texture on either side, allowing very realistic life-like finishes with 3D scales, lateral lines, gills and fins when combined with internal metallic or holographic finishes, external paint and print patterns.
The new patent pending BX construction uses a tough, transparent plastic shell to encapsulate a balsa wood inner body. The perfectly balanced balsa core, with precision placed weights gives the lure a lively, super responsive action that can be achieved only with balsa wood. The tough copolymer outer shell allows ultimate, toughness and life-like finishes with 3D scales, lateral line and gill plates with a combination of metallic, translucent and painted finishes unlike anything seen on balsa lures before. It is truly the ultimate combination!
ACTION BX Minnow features a super responsive action that comes alive with the slowest of retrieves and the most delicate twitches. Yet it can handle fast, aggressive retrieves and take a beating from strong, toothy predators.
FEATURES Balsa Body Inside
Durable Copolymer Shell
Molded 3D Head, Gills and Scales
Flat-Sided with Strong Flash on Roll
Precision-weighted for perfect balance and long casts.
Black Nickel VMC® Hooks
Incredible Life-like Finishes
3D Holographic Eyes
Hand-Tuned & Tank Tested
BX MINNOW SPECIFICATIONS Model No.: BXM10
Running Depth: 0.9-1.5m
Body Length: 10cm
Hooks: Two No. 4
The versatility of the Rapala Jigging Rap goes to show how a lure intended for a particular fishing style can be applied in other parts of the world with deadly effect simply by applying different techniques to work the lure.
Originally introduced in 1965 for ice fishing, the Rapala Jigging Rap has since found its usage in warmer waters and is fast gaining popularity in catching a wide range of species. Ice jigging involves cutting a hole in a sheet of ice that has formed over a lake and working a lure vertically up and down every now and then to entice a strike from the fish below. This technique was later adopted by bass, perch, crappie and walleye anglers in warmer months to target deeper holding fish suspended against tight underwater structure where no conventional lures could effectively reach. The Jigging Rap also found a growing fan base of Japanese anglers that had much success targeting bream, rockfish and other inshore species. This craze has since reached Southeast Asia for a select few anglers who have had the opportunity to test out the effectiveness of these lures in our tropical waters. The field reports of fish caught on the Jigging Raps have been astounding.
Design The Jigging Rap’s unconventional design is the secret to the unique actions that can be produced on this lure. The slim, minnow profile of the Jigging Rap is zinc-weighted to enable the lure to sink to the desired depth where fish are suspended or holding. Single hooks are permanently fixed on the front and tail ends of the Jigging Rap while a treble hook is located below the lure’s mid-section to maximize hookup rates at all angles when the lure is vertically jigged or at free fall. A specially designed plastic fin fixed onto the tail end of the lure works together with the slightly front-weighted body and centered tow point to enable the lure to sink tantalizingly in a figure eight-like fashion when worked vertically.
How to Work The Jigging Rap The Jigging Rap is not a straight-up-and-down jigging lure but you have to get the timing right for it to work well. The trick is to lower the rod tip quickly so that there is slack line between the Jigging Rap and the rod tip. When there is slack line, the lure picks up speed and the flow of water past the plastic tail fin makes the lure move forward as it drops. Since the lure is fished vertically, this forward movement is translated into a circular or figure eight swimming pattern, which can be irresistible to predators.
While this lure has been designed specially for vertical jigging, it is also a deadly weapon when cast and retrieved. The ‘snap jigging’ technique introduced by American fishing legend Al Lindner involves casting out the Jigging Rap into open water and allowing it to sink all the way to the bottom. Using a fast, snapping motion with your wrist, snap the rod tip upwards and then quickly lower the rod tip to create slack in the line then pausing before repeating the motion. The snapping motion will cause the Jigging Rap to suddenly dart upwards from the bottom while the slack line and pause will cause the lure to sink to the left or right. This sudden ‘dive’ of the lure at the slack can give an illusion of a baitfish dashing for cover especially when working it just over rocks, gravel or rugged terrain. This illusion is particularly effective for cautious fish following the lure but hesitating to bite. The predator’s natural reaction is to strike at the sight of a potential easy meal suddenly dashing for cover.
Extra caution is required when working the lure over these areas as the exposed hooks can easily snag onto the rocks as the lure touches bottom. Using the smaller W3-sized Jigging Rap, this technique is suitable for species that are not usually caught on conventional lures such as members of the Cichlid family and omnivorous fishes such as Pacu, Jelawat (Grass Carp) and Kalui (Giant Gourami). Likewise in the saltwater scene, the bigger W9 jigged slowly off the bottom produced Indian Threadfin and Diamond Trevally. Downunder, the Aussies have been successfully catching bream, whiting, bass, redfin and plenty more!
The third way of working the Jigging Rap effectively is to cast it out, let it sink to a desired depth and twitching the rod tip in between cranks at high speed. This is an exciting way to work the lure and is particularly effective on ferocious predators such as Sebarau, Peacock Bass, Queenfish, Mahi-Mahi and other speedsters. The resulting action is a rapid, side-to-side swaying movement that is not seen in conventional lures today. Conventional lures usually travel in a linear direction while the Jigging Rap is able to dart erratically from side to side in a wide movement.
It is this unique and ‘unfamiliar’ action that arouses even the instincts of fishes in areas under heavy fishing pressure. Although this technique is to be worked fast, it is important to allow sufficient slack on the line when the rod tip is twitched before following up with the retrieve. The slack is what enables the Jigging Rap’s enticing sway from side to side. You can also try a combination of the above technique with a sudden stop-sink movement. Imagine a panicky baitfish moving in a zig-zag path trying to evade a predator in hot pursuit only to suddenly veer off course and dive for cover under a rock. The sudden dive caused by an abrupt stop after a zig-zag darting movement has been extremely effective during field tests on our local waters.
Advantages of the Jigging Rap The Jigging Rap is a versatile hard body lure to have in any lure angler’s arsenal. It can be fished vertically, worked throughout the entire water column or cast and retrieved at slow and fast speeds. Although lipless crankbaits are equally as versatile, the Jigging Rap has the advantage of the wide, side to side darting action when retrieved and circular swimming pattern when dropped vertically. The uncharacteristic actions of the Jigging Rap can also appeal to fishes that have become familiar to the actions of bibbed and bibless swimming lures in heavily fished waters. Fish strike out of reaction to the unfamiliar movement of the lure if not out of hunger or aggression. Another distinctive advantage is the Jigging Rap’s weight to size ratio. The lure can achieve a considerable casting distance thanks to its zinc-weighted construction in a small, compact body. This is a significant attribute for stalking wary fish that are feeding on smaller prey far beyond reach of most casting lures.
The Jigging Rap is an extremely dynamic lure to complement other existing lures in one’s tacklebox and its potential has yet to be fully explored for our tropical waters.