Mega Strikes Again at ICAST
It wasn't too long ago (two years) that MegaStrike won a Best
of ICAST new product award for their then-new Evolution Jig.
Well, they say lightning doesn't strike the same place twice,
but Mega does! Not with an award this time, but with the
sensation at the ICAST show surrounding MegaStrike's new ShakE2
jig. There's never been a jig as technically-constructed nor
perfectly-balanced like it!
The emphasis this year in the MegaStrike booth was on their
new stand-up style ShakE2 jig head that's especially designed to
fall forward and land upright. It tends to balance upright on the
wide football head and fulcrum plate. Another feature is the jig
head has two keeper collars. One collar to thread soft baits onto
the jig hook shank as in traditional exposed hook jig fishing.
The second keeper collar lets you rig baits weedless (aka shakey
jig style) when snags are present.
Megastrike owner Bobby Uhrig shared a little tip that he's
been rigging smaller swimbaits on the ShakE2 heads, since he
finds that the ShakE2's fulcrum plate can work almost like a
crankbait lip, giving more swimming action to swimbaits.
Many vendors have test tanks to demo their products in action
to buyers at ICAST.
"Swimbait vendors who saw how the ShakE2 enhanced the
action of their swimbait products immediately wanted them to demo
with their products. One of the top swimbait names in particular,
he took one look at how it made his swimbait move, and
immediately asked to order 100,000 ShakE2s," says Bobby
"You know when everybody who's anybody in the soft bait
biz are all ganged up at MegaStrike's booth to try to get
ShakE2's to show off rigged on their products back at their own
booths, you've probably done something right," says Jamie
Cyphers, editor of Bass West USA magazine.
MegaStrike also plans to offer a heavy duty 3/4 oz size with a
heavy flipping hook for working it through thick grass such as on
Lake Guntersvillle, Alabama.
"Some of the top names in our sport have asked for and
are using the prototype of this flipping ShakE2, and it works
perfect in all kinds of heavy cover - too good for me to let them
be the only ones who have it," laughs Bobby.
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Debuts Double Diamond Swimmer
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