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January 2010 - New lures tested

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As you can see the fish were up for it today, although it didn’t look that way at first. The canal was unbelievably clear when we arrived and the sun was shining brightly, so we were not optimistic. A 2lb perch made repeated slashes at my Kenart Winner lure soon after we started, but to be honest, it appeared to be chasing it off rather than trying to take it. Nevertheless this small zander soon took hold. This lure has a nice subtle action; very little side to side movement, but a sexy roll that seems to draw attention to itself. This was the one that I thought least likely to be a success, but as usual I was wrong.

Artur from Lure world has suggested that the gloog hektor would be a great lure to try for perch, but today the Zs just wouldn’t let anything else get there. This one gave a typically subtle zander take. The hektor has a vigorous action so beloved of perch and it was working the rod tip really hard, and then suddenly it wasn’t. Just as it does when you hook some rubbish, all the action and vibration through the rod just stopped. I must admit I thought it was a plastic bag until it hit the surface and went berserk.

This third lure (the gloog kalipso) is the one that I am most excited about though. It has a very similar tail swinging action to the tail dancer, despite having a completely different style of diving vane. It doesn’t fly to the surface when you stop winding and most importantly (Rapala take note) it is wired through. It really did the business today, catching 7 or 8  zander, the best two being around 3 1/2 (left) and 5 lbs (below). Severn anglers will laugh their socks off at that, but it’s a good size hereabouts.

While I was messing around trying out all my new toys, Sharkey was ticking up a score as well. Ironically he caught most of his fish using the techniques I was trying to avoid. This one hammered a calcutta shad as did a few more, but the bulk of his fish came using slug-gos and finS weedless lures edged slowly across the bottom. Fascinating fishing all round and a pretty good demonstration of how much good fishing tackle there is out there. UK  lure anglers have never had it so good.

By the way, Dragon rods are nothing to do with the similarly-named cheap brand that markets a lot of carp tackle which I hadn’t realised. These rods and all the hard baits I used today were bought from Lure-world.

The shads and the braid came from high octane angling. Both sites are well worth a visit, selling quality gear and are run by successful predator anglers. Be sure to mention that you read about them here. I am sure to lose these lures sooner or later and you never know, I might get some discount on the replacements.

High-Octane angling

 

Lure-world

Calcutta flashfoil shad

Gloog Kalipso

Gloog Kalipso

This shot above shows the range of new kit that I had with me. The Calcutta Ultra-braid from High Octane angling and the dragon destiny baitcasting rod I have been using for a month or so. The braid is everything that I could have wished for being made in the same plant as power pro and is ideal for the sort of fishing that I do. The rod was sent me by a fellow LAS member because it was surplus to his requirements. I have been using the same rod for years and I liked it so much I had a spare shipped out from the states, but this Dragon rod has taken me by surprise and is now the rod I turn to every time I go out. Thank you Gerry & you are dreaming if you think you are going to see this again.

Kenart Winner

Gloog Hektor

It’s all been a little bit difficult lately, culminating in a miserable experience with the discovery that my favourite Rapala tail dancers are actually poorly designed and unnecessarily compromise the welfare of every fish that is hooked on one. They are brilliant fish-catchers, but I shan’t be using them again, at least not straight out of the box. But, as one door closes so they say, another one opens and I visited the canal today with Sharkey and a load of new kit  to try out.

Gloog Kalipso

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