The first time I heard the concept of “crookfish” on fishing slang was somewhere in 2012-13 from the guru of domestic spinning Konstantin Evgenievich Kuzmin, and somehow “caught on” at once. Yes, and such kind of silicone baits appeared around the same time, and since then, any creature that did not give in to a logical description immediately acquired this affectionate nickname for me. The same Lucky John’s Hogy Shrimp is not cancer, not shrimp, but nevertheless a bait that has many different tentacles and legs, so how can you “call” it? But it’s not about that now: in the year 2019, a very interesting Bug from Lucky John appeared on the fishing market and I want to tell you about it
The first thing that immediately comes to mind when you see the bait for the first time is a very typical imitation of cancer that can be found on almost any fishing store counter. But do not make hasty conclusions – in my opinion, the presence of peculiar claws does not make them look alike. Bug has a fairly wide body, which is completely and completely ribbed from the head to the tail, where the recess under the offset hook tip is predictably located both above and below. On the sides there are small shoots of three on each side: and if the smaller pair that is in the middle part has a rather decorative purpose; those that are in the tail are not only made in a larger version, but also most likely give additional resistance in water when immersed.
But the most attractive to the predator, is in the head as if ambiguously it did not sound. The claws have a kind of additional rib, and this idea was not fulfilled by chance: the slightest movement with the tip of the spinning rod, and this part begins to really get involved in the work creating a very solid oscillatory up / down movement, thereby best simulating the same crustacean that hurries into its legal shelter. Two additional tentacles are located between the claws, which make it possible to make the feed as passive as the situation requires – and it is then, in my opinion, moving completely randomly that they play a very important role in favor of the long-awaited attack. Well, what is not a "crook"?
Lucky John Bug is currently available in 6 colors and three sizes, such as: 2.5 inches; 3.5 and 4.5, respectively. Amount of packaging from 7 to 4 pieces, where 7 is the smallest size in the line; 6 pieces you will find in a pack with a size of 3.5; and 4 pieces in the largest one aimed at finding your long-awaited trophy. The average size, by the way, is best suited for searching for a predator on large and medium rivers, and the small one is probably the most universal, ideally suited not only for absolutely any equipment, but also for absolutely any predator living in the reservoirs of our country. Perhaps that is why I started my acquaintance with him with a series of these baits.
The story of one fishing
The results of summer trips, I must admit, this year do not cause the desired interest due to the lack of good results, because of this, fishing in the style of "street phishing" this season was forced to become my top priority and sought-after topic. So it was this time: the long-awaited weekend scheduled almost every minute, and absolutely not leaving me the opportunity to go out of town – even if it’s morning, but later enough and in stock no more than 2.5 hours of free time. In the car with me, a micro-jig stick with a test of up to 5 grams, a small backpack with everything you need, where I discovered the unproven Bug novelty – and why not? Moreover, the most primitive place was chosen: the bridge over the navigable canal, which separates the two main parts of the city, has long been forgotten by many fishermen not only because of the lack of fish, but also because of the inconvenience of fishing – the coastal grass made even the slightest attempt to catch anyone something to nothing.
I mount a small “retractable leash”, clearly distributing in my head which direction I’ll go, and how much time I will spend on choosing the right posting rate. The first cast is a quite standard step, with small pauses, as it turned out later … There is! Well, that's not even interesting! In addition, there is a malicious rule: "I caught on the first posting – I forgot about bites for the whole fishing." But no! Having shifted much to the left, I find a local pit, literally 10-15 meters from the water edge, and with it the hungry striped robber. There is another perch, and this time, the size is already more salable! And if you throw in the thick of the grass – maybe someone larger has lurked there? I change the wiring due to the current situation: One sharp turn of the coil, pause up to 5 seconds – the bait, due to the structure of the body, falls slowly and smoothly, not forgetting to create active vibrations from the swings of claws. Literally a few meters from the shore, having easily got through thickets of grass, I observe the following picture: The glued vertex of the spinning begins to change its bend towards the water, while there was no bite as such, but just in case, I’ll make a cut, and then .. .
It is difficult to describe with censorship words all those indescribable emotions that I experienced from playing a kilogram perch on a stick up to 5 grams, but the fact remains: The moment of capture will remain in memory for a very long time. And it would seem that the factor of luck played, but no — less than five minutes passed before the next throw again stirred my feelings: The striped robber weighing 896 grams with pleasure agreed to pose for a memorable photo. And again, an accident? Yes, no matter how! Alternating active wiring with long enough pauses and without any problems overcoming underwater vegetation, in the remaining time I could not only catch a few more average perches, but also another treasured “per kilogram” – how can one not begin to believe in bait? The “poppin” place factor, moreover, only added another drop of adrenaline: In a place where no one catches because of the lack of fish, to break the real “jackpot” – believe me, it is really worth it.
The success of my first fishing with the Lucky John Bug, was later confirmed by the result on other city outings, thereby firmly securing it as one of the main baits for fishing in micro-jig. In addition, this factor inspires fresh optimism for the upcoming fall season, where larger sizes will definitely be in demand by the predator than small ones. The versatility, the terrain that really struck, in a compartment with excellent performance – all this really causes genuine interest among underwater inhabitants. I think that to catch the whole range of sizes of this “crook-zabra” is just a matter of time, desire and the right place. And something tells me that at the first attempt, the result will not be long in coming.
Thank you for your attention! No tail, no scales!