When in Japan, I always try to get something I cannot get in Canada or the States. Also, I tend to fish targets and shallow water, so my eyes focus on those types of lures. I am not a big crankbait guy. Stores are full of cranks. I use to be on pro-staff ages ago with Bill Norman and recently Rapala has been good to me, so I think I have plenty. If I fished less grass then I might hit the crankbait aisles harder.
|EverGreen Shower Blows Shorty. Should be a smallmouth killer.|
There was a sale on EverGreen so I got it for $12 but it is about $19.
|Look at that tail!|
|I really like jigs for smallmouth. They work really well all year but amazing in the fall.|
These ones were cheap, about $3.90. They were all 14 g (1/2oz) but with a very tiny frame.
|Only problem is that the hook is thin. Not sure if I can boat flip 5lbers.|
|Not sure of the name. I already packed them into the suitcase.|
|I don't really want to show this. I have been eager to get my hands on these for some time.|
They're body weights. They screw in and balance or off-balance swimbaits, craws, what ever. This is all part of the Neko technique.
|The packaging. I have never seen these, even in a photograph outside of Japan.|
|Another secret. Look at the nose, it has a prop on it. Spinners or props|
are big here. I will be explaining a lot more about this trend in a future
article in Ontario OUT OF DOORS Magazine in 2013. If you have not heard of Decoy hooks, hit the internet.
They are amazing and offer so much variety.
|Sorry for the photo. I couldn't get it just right nor adjust the view.|
This little bait is 5/8oz! It is a bit smaller than a regular spinnerbaits. Since my
spinnerbait article last year in Ontario OUT OF DOORS where Mike Deforges explained
the importance of having a compact bait. I have been searching for the right one. This might be it.
It was discounted down from $20 to about $11.