Most of anglers think of swallow-tailed lures as of slender, long lures made for perch and zander angling. Their effectiveness mostly depends on skill of the angler – swallow-tailed lures do not have their own, well pronounced action that could attract predators. Due to that they tend to be deadly effective, assuming that you can invest some time and learn how to use them properly. There is one exception from this rule though – the Fish Fry.
The protagonist of this article truly is a lure like no others. At first sight you can tell that Fish Fry looks very much unlike any other swallow-tailed lure available on the market. Merge of a bulky body with a sophisticated, thin tail results with a unique lure, with unheard of parameters.
Modified proportions of the body and perfect weight distribution allowed to significantly slow down sinking of the lure, increasing time of its exposure. It is particularly important when we are angling in very shallow water, or when there is a need to place the lure in deep water, where predators are gathered. Delicate tail of the Fish Fry lure has a constant action – even when we are not helping it with a rods’ tip; drag caused by the water triggers micro-vibrations and it often happens that predators attack it in moments when the lure, as per our point of view, remains inactive. I found out about it myself in a crystal-clear water.
Since 2019 Fish Fry is available in four, well-though-through sizes:
- 5.5 cm – the smallest version of the lure, that is perfect for perch and trout;
- 6.5 cm – sizes that will work great with perch rigs and anglers with no competitive angling ambitions;
- 8.0 cm – my personal favourite – selective perch lure that attracts also pikes and zander. It is sophisticated enough to be used with a lightweight, glued-in tip perch rod, but large enough to attract a bigger fish;
- 10.5 cm – new product, made for pikes and zander.
Variety of coatings, properly adjusted sizes, insane durability and – what is the most important, angling effectiveness of those lures, make me add more and more of them to my toolbox, despite frequent losses due to submerged obstacles. I think that it is an extremely versatile, for a swallow-tailed type, lure.
In deeper water I prefer to use jigging technique, just as in case of a standard Fishunter. Baits usually occur at nearly any stage. When I angle in deeper water, I try to reinforce its movements with some more frequent, yet more delicate moves of the tip. I was quite surprised with results that this lure can deliver in shallow water. Fish Fry armed with a light jig head or Cheburashka, while reeling, reflects the light on both sides, turning its body left and right interchangeably. I have seen fish attacking it a few times – each time it ended up with a bait. Pure bait – no nibbling, watching, following or other, stressful for angler, moments.;)
Before releasing this article, I decided to verify whether it is not just my opinion. Luckily it turned out that it is not. Please take a look at the following gallery and get to your own conclusions.
Dawid Beczek and a pike that decided to attack the Fish Fry 6.5 cm version 359.
Michał Chełkowski and his bass caught in Spain. Main role was played by Fish Fry 10.5 cm version 382.
Marcin Lasota and a beautiful trout – yet another fan of the Fish Fry lure, version 359.
Artur Matuszewski and a heavily armed Fish Fry version 381, hidden in a mouth a perch caught in Bieszczady
Paweł Piekuta and a small Fish Fry 5.5 cm version 344 armed with a Micro Jig head.
Jakub Pyrek regularly wins with Dutch perches using 8 cm Fish Fry lure version 351.
Rafał Światłoń also has a few Fish Fry lures in his toolbox… and they grant him much more than just perches.
To sum it all up, I would like to sincerely recommend everyone to at least give that lure a chance – the Mikado Fish Fry. It is a perfect missing link of the soft lures category and it has all the features that can help us to improve our results.
Mikado Fishing Team