We gave it a go yesterday morning in some increasingly bouncing conditions that I so wish had not come in because things are definitely starting to happen out there on the bass front (nice follow Richard!), and although we were struggling to fish it properly and the water was turning to muck right right in front of us, it was banged home to me once again that when you really need to get out there when it’s pumping in your face like that, I know of no other type of lure that does so like a decent bit of metal………
And it was the first time yesterday that I meaningfully fished for a while with the not very expensive Savage Gear Seeker ISP metal lures - into that strong wind it was incredible how the lure got out there, and although a crosswind and then large waves coming right at us with one hell of a left to right rip off the front of the rocks made it somewhat challenging, for a while I felt that the 28g version of the Savage Gear Seeker on the end of my line was giving me a chance. There was a good looking bit of water that I just couldn’t get at with any of the hard lures I was carrying and know well, but clip that metal lure on and it was a different story. Holy cow they go!
Have any of you here had any decent experience with these Savage Gear Seeker ISP metal lures? I know that when I left Kerry last year after my October co-guiding trip, some lads came in and did well in the surf and estuary edge on these lures, and over the winter my brain has been bouncing away with how useful it can be to squirrel a couple of metals away in my lure box and give them more of a go than I have been. Whack ‘em out and wind them in (shock horror, like a spinner!), or you can of course work them more like a jig and so on, and I like the fact that so many of these metals don’t cost much.
I’ve had some fish in the past on a not cheap but rather lovely 35g DUO Press Bait Fusion Slim which I think is now discontinued, and last year I came across the not expensive and goes out like an arrow Westin D360 Distance metal lure. Whilst I understand that the line-through concept is good for sea trout fishing and I am hearing of more and more good bass fishing on the Savage Gear Line-Thru Sandeels (which frigging fly), in truth I wish that we had some not line-through options on these lures, mainly because I don’t see the need for that extra rigging in our bass fishing - and the Westin D360 is a line-through metal lure. It matters not at the end of the day, and of course you can pre-rig these lures before you go out fishing - which I do - but I am all for less knots and swivels and clips and beads etc.
Anyway, and then I came across the Savage Gear Seeker ISP metal lure which kinda gives me the same sort of body shape and casting ability of the metal lures I have talked about above, and with three different size/weight options - 16g, 23g, and 28g, and a range of colours. I know there are endless metal lures out there which are all doing fairly similar things, but I like that bit of a “wedge” shape on the bottom of this Savage Gear Seeker (like the above DUO and Westin lures) as I think it gives a bit more of an erratic movement when you jig them.
These Seeker lures come with a single and a treble hook in the packet, but after snagging the treble up on a rock yesterday and then “bouncing” it out and with how easily the thing opened up, I will be putting my own treble or single hooks on the lure (and specifically these VMC ones here which I am liking more and more). I am not remotely complaining when a lure like this can be bought for less than £5, and I also very much hope to be proved wrong, but I’m just not sure on those hooks that come with the lure. I’ve put a swivel on a split ring on the front of mine as well, mainly because I feel that metal lures like this can twist braid up a bit and I hope the swivel helps prevent this.
I just don’t think it can hurt to carry a couple of metals in the two lure boxes I carry with me when I am out fishing, indeed I think they offer some options that really I should be using more. I know these cheapish metal lures aren’t exactly sexy like a high-end Japanese hard lure or a Fiiish Black Minnow, but what do the bass or pollack or mackerel care? I can’t get away from how our clients sometimes whack metals into an Irish surf and wind them in and catch bass, and it’s something I should be doing more of myself - but not just in surf. When it comes down to it, does anything get out there like a slimline, aerodynamic metal lure? Distance is not remotely the be all and end all, but it’s an option, and having something in my box that can cope with the sort of conditions we had yesterday surely can’t hurt?
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