Shimano Lucanus Jigs
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|Weight (g / oz)||Color||Price|
|60g / 2oz||Select Color||$0.00 USD|
|80g / 3oz||Select Color||$0.00 USD|
|100g / 3.5oz||Select Color||$0.00 USD|
|150g / 5.25oz||Select Color||$0.00 USD|
|200g / 7oz||Select Color||$0.00 USD|
- Good lure for the tackle box
- -It just plain catches fish.
- -Surgically sharp hooks.
- -Can be hard to find at times due to popularity.
- Rubber skirt pulse in the and look life like realistic.
- Kind of pricey but worth it
- Rockets to the bottom. If you looking for something slower i would try the lucanus flat fall.
- Easy to use..just drop to bottom and retrieve slowly.
- Fish hook them self.
- Designed to add as much weight as needed.
- Variety of weights and colors,
- Hooks are small so may have trouble if a 12 pound fish hits it..
- Fish Magnets, they catch pretty much everything that sees it. Add a couple of strips of cut squid and you'll have a deadly bait!
- A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for! The skirts can break after 1-2 trips of use and their a bit difficult to change.
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?
- Works everywhere in the world I've taken them.
- Simple to fish, not taxing on the angler and just a flat out fun way to fish.
- You can keep the lure in the strike zone for as long as you need to.
- Out fishes virtually all other fixed (non-sliding) Kabura jigs, including the JDM crowd,
- Great colour and size ranges.
- Well priced spare skirt sets.
- Can be fished in the roughest of ground with a much lower loss rate than other metal jigs.
- The jigs themselves are expensive, there's no denying this.
- Shimano discontinued the system's Tescata rods ages ago - you really do benefit from having a purpose built Kabura rod to fish these lures, as they allow you to see the bites develop before winding the fish on. I can't see a USDM Kabura rod available for sale from any manufacturer, so you may want to look at JDM options if your new to this style of fishing,
- The availability of spare hooks is not consistent, so buy when available or make your own.
- It works well. I was skeptical about the small size hooks, but it wasn't an issue. It catches fish.
- Expensive and it can break on a bigger fish. The bluefish that broke off the skirt part of the jig was 10lb+.
- Weird but effective
- Easy to use. Produces well. Doesn't snag on the rocks much and usually can be shaken loose.
- Expensive. Tails get beat up and are tricky to replace.
- Expensive when lost on a snag
The original Lucanus jigs are no longer in production. The Lucanus flat fall is still available though:
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