Shimano Lucanus Jigs
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|Weight (g / oz)||Color||Price|
|60g / 2oz||Select Color||$14.99 USD|
|80g / 3oz||Select Color||$14.99 USD|
|100g / 3.5oz||Select Color||$14.99 USD|
|150g / 5.25oz||Select Color||$17.99 USD|
|200g / 7oz||Select Color||$17.99 USD|
Having bought all the kit bar the LJV Calcutta (because I'm a lefty) when it came out, the Lucanus system has gone around the world with me.
I fish the Lucanus alongside other kaburas such as the Shout Answer and Duel Salty Rubber as well as some more esoteric and difficult to get hold of JDM jigs.
There's no doubt in my mind that the Lucanus is at the top of the pile when it comes to non-sliding Kabura jigs. They work in the blistering heat of the Straits of Hormuz right through to the sometime frigid English Channel. Deadly when fished as designed but even speedsters such as queenfish and GT's have taken my Lucanus jigs when sped up and fished midwater.
There's a lot of talk about difficulty in replacing skirts and this is true to some extent on the 150-200g variants. Practice makes perfect here though and once you've twigged it, it becomes second nature (there is a useful video on Shimano NZ's YouTube channel that is helpful). The skirts do get chewed up routinely, but spares are reasonably priced and having stocks of spare skirts and assist hooks is essential. Talking of the hooks, the availability of these is not great and so I pick them up whenever and wherever I can find them, although making your own is simple and recommended if you're using the bigger versions for bigger fish, with bigger hooks being advisable than the largest size offered by Shimano.
With all Kabura's flouro colours work the best for me the world over and so the two shrimp and the pink/white colours are my go to starters.
Ridiculously simple to fish, gets great results and works globally - what's not to love about the Lucanus?
The original Lucanus jigs are no longer in production. The Lucanus flat fall is still available though:
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