Doing this interview with Jerremy from DUO lures has really got me thinking about a number of things when it comes to our own bass fishing. I can not tell you how interesting it has been to get an "on the ground" perspective of some of the Japanese bass fishing that goes on, and some of the things that Jerremy said to me really struck a chord. Oh, and check out the other kinds of fishing he gets up to over in Japan - scroll down and check out this shore-caught GT here - 45kgs !!!!!
He was telling me that you can go into virtually any fishing tackle shop in Japan and you will see racks and racks of hard minnow-type (sea) bass lures. And I then got to thinking about the most common kinds of hard lures that I personally carry in my lure box(s) when I go out bass fishing. Much as I am trying to learn more and more about "matching the hatch", or more specifically learning about what kinds of lures to try out in specific locations and conditions, I can not get away from the fact that the most common kind of lure in my box is also a minnow. OK, so I carry different types that tend to do subtly different jobs, but like many bass anglers I am sure, you will find more minnows than anything else in my lure box. But will that change over time ?
I am not going to reveal all that Jerremy was talking about in this interview, because I hope it's going to be a really fascinating article when it comes out in Sea Angler magazine. But I guess that like us, the most common bait fish species that their bass might feed on have to be shaped somewhat like a minnow lure - for us it's sandeels, mackerel, pollack etc. These "minnows" tend to cast well, cover lots of water, "grip" well in lively conditions, and basically catch bass. They are without doubt the easiest lure to use if you talk about simply blasting out and straight retrieving.
But what I find fascinating is how many different kinds of "minnows" there actually are, the different depths they dive to when retrieved, and of course the variety of swimming actions. If there is one thing I have to try and find out more about it's the design of lures and how the body shapes and bib/lip/face designs influence how and with what kind of action they swim. I don't think of myself as a desperately technical angler, but the more I fall for this whole lure fishing thing, the more I can't help but want to learn about the various ins and outs. Just imagine if I could have learnt this kind of stuff at school - how much better would have my grades been for example ?
And then how about the subject of soft plastic lures and what of those do you carry ? I make no bones about being at the bottom of the learning curve when it comes to this huge subject, but if there is one thing I am determined to do is to drag myself up that curve and get better at choosing and fishing with soft plastics. I have been into fishing now for over thirty years, and I can't remember being so excited about wanting to learn new stuff. Is there another sport like fishing out there ?