My name is Artur Matuszewski and I would like to tell you a story about an incredible lure and circumstances of my discovery of that amazing killer, that became a permanent part of my angling equipment ever since. Life tends to create various scenarios, leading us in various directions on our bumpy everyday ways. One of those directions for me two years ago was a marvellous Czorsztyńskie lake, that I went to with Mikado testers in order to have some friendly, team-building competition. Prizes included a solid handshake from the owners of the company and respect of your peers. Due to a fact that my angling home is located by the Solina lake, where I feel like a John Wayne at the wild west, I knew that I will do well in Czorsztyn. At least that was what I thought until few initial hours have passed, when I ended up trying out all my killer lures and finding out that I can find no way to get through to those picky fish. You usually discover your favourite lure by accident.
It happened exactly that way this time too. Main character of our story – small and inconspicuous caught my heart right there – at the testers convention.
Mikado picked a fantastic location to organize it, sadly the weather was changing like in a kaleidoscope and did not spoil us at all. I tried the best I could, mixing up colours, weights, size of lures and their arming. Once array of my ideas and secret tricks was completely exhausted and I thought that I have nothing left, I noticed a lure in my box, that I got some time ago from a representative of the brand, who was speaking really highly of its nearly magical abilities. I decided to try it out and an 8 cm Fish Fry ended up at the end of my rig. With a little of confidence and a bit of doubtfulness I sent it straight to the water. Suddenly, within one of first casts, my favourite noise sounded, waking me up from lethargy. My pupils widened and a bright smile appeared on my face. They are there! And they are eager after all! First, I landed a zander, then a magnificent perch that turned out to be an unbeatable benchmark for other contestants. It was a friendly contest and the news about a lure quickly got distributed among all, so anyone who had that lure in his box managed to catch some fish. It turned out that at that lake, within that period of time Fish Fry was an absolute killer. Contest got finished in plus and the fun was exquisite, as it always is in group of positive freaks.
Since the lure is so effective, it would be a great idea to have a closer look on it, so later-on, without any hustle, I took it to my “workshop”. It is not exactly a classic “swallow-tailed” lure with a barrel-like shape finished with a rounded tail with a split at the end, resembling a viper tongue a little. It has a very delicate action, luring predators with even the slightest flick of a rig. Ribbed like Polish roads, sides, along with its body provide it with a perfect balance, making it look like a tiny fish trying to get away. On top of that an attractor… and wait a second – there is also an incision on a belly for an offset… so you could play a bit in dense fisheries. Winner, winner – chicken dinner! We’ve got a bull’s eye.
Season that allowed me to discover my favourite lure was slowly getting to an end. The time has come to share my thoughts with the Mikado brand. Without hesitation I shared my idea to create a barrel-shaped Fish Fry in larger size for autumn perch, zander and pikes. Exactly one month later I was pleasantly surprised by a courier bringing me a delivery containing some swallow-tail-alike Fish Fry 10.5 cm lures. I am really pleased that the company really listens to what its testers have to say, so that we can have our part in creation of new range of products or in improvement of older models. 10.5 cm passed his tests really quickly, delivering top-marks at deep, Solina waters. I usually use it with Jaws heads. In quick drop you can easily notice at the tip of Inazuma rod an action of the sinking lure – that means that the body is doing what it is supposed to. If there is such a need I am using an offset and Cheburashka. Then the action of the lure is much different. Lure tends to move side to side, sometimes nearly turning around, driving hungry perch insane. I personally don’t use the drop-shot method, yet I am nearly certain that it will go great with it too. There are tons of arming options of that lure, that depend solely on your needs in a given moment and on your imagination. I know from my teammates that it also works great in Dutch channels and on Scandinavian submerged hills.
How not to love it then? Inconspicuous yet deadly effective, swallow-tailed-alike killer found a permanent spot in my fishing gearbox.
Mikado Fishing Team