Day of the Jackall Lures at ICAST
Jackall's bigging up on the hard bait side of the business,
with bigger topwater, jerkbait and wakebait models for 2009.
130 Topwater. Jackall had a number of new baits
for 2009. The one they emphasized most was the Bowstick. It's a
topwater bait that can be worked or 'walked' side-to-side. Unlike
other baits of this type, the Bowstick features unique gill
tunnels to add splashing and bubbling. It's about the same size
(5-1/4" long) as a Super Spook, and a little heavier at 1
Top Japanese pros Ty Ono (left) and Hata Takuma (the handsome
comedian) emphasized Jackall's new Bowstick 130.
115 and Squadminnow 128. In 2008, the
Squadminnow 95 was introduced. It quickly became the most popular
Jackall jerkbait model in the USA. For 2009, there are two new
larger Squadminnow sizes:
- the Squadminnow 115 is 4.6" long and weighs 5/8 oz
- the Squadminnow 128 weighs 3/4 oz and is 5.1 inches long
I didn't get photos of these. They look identical to the
existing Squadminnow 95, except the 115 and 130 have three
trebles (95 has two). These new Squadminnow sizes are
representative of an overall industry trend toward larger
jerkbaits today. Part of the new popularity for bigger jerkbaits
is based on the megatrend toward swimbaits in the 5 to 6 inch
size range. So anglers are also interested in bigger jerkbaits
now, those that are in the 115 to 130 (4-1/2 to 5 inch) range.
Such jerkbaits are closer to popular swimbait sizes.
Sr. The new 2 oz Mikey Sr. is almost 6-1/2 inches
long. Time will tell just what it's got, but if it's anything
like the original Mikey and Mikey Jr., it's going to be hot. Red
Mikey Sr. in new Sexy Shad color. Sexy Shad has been added across
Jackall's product line for 2009.
New colors of the near-perfect
Giron jointed swimbait have been added for 2009.
Flick Shake Wacky Worm. On the soft bait side,
Jackall's supersizing too, with a new, larger Flick Shake wacky
worm. The Flick Shake's fairly unique in that it has a molded-in
body curve, which enhance the natural sway and swagger of the
Flick Shake when rigged on a wacky jig head, weightless wacky, or
when rigged wacky dropshot style. Of course it goes swell on a
standard shakey jig head too.
New 6.8" Flick Shake.
and triple up with Flick Shakes. I got a great
tip at ICAST from Jackall pro Hata Takuma. At times, he'll wacky
rig two or even three Flick Shake worms on a single wacky jig.
With two, Hata often prefers both the same color, in the
5.8" Flick Shake size. He'll start out to make the three
worm wacky jig rig the same way, and then adds the third wacky
worm in the smaller 4.8" Flick Shake size, making it a
different color than the other two.
Craw. This is a new backward gliding chunky,
craw-shaped soft bait that falls away from the angler, so it can
work its way under docks, under floating grass mats or under
overhanging banks or ledges. Available in 3" and 4"
New Cover Craw works it's way backward moving away from the
angler to get under cover.
Poison Rods. Jackall also desires to
test-market their Poison line of fishing rods in the USA. There
doesn't seem to be any concrete sales plans or marketing goals at
this time, except that Jackall is interested to test what type of
consumer demand may exist. Depending on model, Jackall rods
retail around $450, and have all top-of-line components. The
models on display at ICAST included:
Shake Rod. One of the rods US anglers may be
most interested to try is the special purpose Flick Shake rod,
says the company. In order to achieve the perfect Flick Shake
fishing action in this rod, the blank has a smaller overall
diameter but thicker walls than other rods.
Cranking Rod. The company recommends it for the
new Bowstick 130, TN70, the new, heavier Squadminnow jerkbaits
and the Muscle Deep cranks, depending on what pound test and type
line - braid or mono - an angler used.
Graphite Finesse Spinning Rod. Most unique was
a solid graphite rod blank. Jackall staff felt this was one of if
not the first solid graphite rod on the bass market. Because it's
solid, that permits a super-thin overall rod diameter.
Solid graphite rod blank may be unique within the bass rod
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Stays in High Style
- Endless Innovation: Hundreds
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Goes for the GLX Excellence
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- ima: ima
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- MegaStrike: Mega
- Optimum Baits: Optimum
Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
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Wins Best of Show Award in Tackle Management Category
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New KVD Tour Rods and Reel Cover all Cranking Situations
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