New Toys From Jackall
When it comes to hard baits I have two favourites, crankbaits and jerkbaits. For me they sort of define the two distinct seasons of bassing, summer and winter. Crankbaits when the weather is warm and fish love their baits moving, and jerkbaits when the water’s cold and the fish are a little less active to charge down a moving lure. So when I saw these two new lures from Jackall when I was in Japan for the trade show my attention was quickly grabbed.
There are a few different models in Aska crankbait range, the one we have available in Oz is the 45MR, a finesse, silent bait that has mid wobble and dives to around 6 feet. It should be great for long work along weed beds with a spin outfit and I’m expecting it to be a Maroon special when bass are keyed in on c’baits.
The Soul Shad 62DDRSP is the one that really gets me licking my lips and I can’t wait to fish it this winter down deep. It runs deeper than any other similarly sized jerkbait that I have in my box, and on initial use holds in when worked down deep, unlike a lot of large billed jerkbaits that blow out if you give them too much. Sideways movement is quite considerable on the twitch or rip, and they casts very well, two attributes that are impressive considering the large bill. And they dive to 3 three metres. How good is that?
Both lures were designed by Seiji Kato the man behind many of our favourite Daiwa, Lucky Craft and Jackall lures. Both lures are available in Australia and are worth a look if cranking and jerking for bass is your thing.