There are lots of spin fishing anglers. Among them there is a number of people that are only after large prey. There are various theories, regarding that second goal, that claim to be a right way to get to the largest fish. One of them states, that the larger the lure, the larger the catch. I think that it surely is a tactic worth trying. Those, who managed to gather lots of experience using spinning technique know on the other hand, that those underwater monsters can ruthlessly attack anything at the end of the rig, no matter the size. That is why I believe, that you need to focus mostly on the action, while choosing the lure, then on its shape and look, rather than its size.
In 2018 I had a privilege to participate in Mikado 2019 new products launch. As I am an eager spinning angler, I was focusing mostly on gear dedicated to that technique. One of the lures caught my attention in particular. It was the M-Shad, that this year debuted on shelfs. I have to admit that I love to angle using large, massive lures, yet I am always trying to pick models with the most natural coating possible. Seeing insanely realistic coatings of M-Shads, I knew that I had to do anything possible to get it to my lure box as quickly as possible!
Reviewing this unique lure, you need to start with a 3D coating; it is something that had me completely stunned; me and the predators at my fisheries. M-Shad range includes three types of colours (Roach, Perch and Pike) that are available in four different lengths (11 cm, 14 cm, 17 cm and 20 cm). Each lure is a striking representation of a real-life fish. That effect has been achieved with a great effort of the graphic design team and application of the modern 3D scanning and printing technology. Final result brought the lure to completely new level among anything available on the market, increasing significantly effectiveness of angling.
M-Shad in reality looks exactly like a real fish, captured and pictured on the lure. It should not come as a surprise then, that predators are simply going bonkers about it. Engineers made sure that, besides great design, the lure has a great and attractive action, that looks just like a real fish behaviour. At the beginning I was wondering whether overweighing front of the lure is a good idea, since a smooth action is the most desirable. After few casts I found out that it is actually the best idea ever. Nearly harmonious movements of the lure perfectly fit its natural look. The lure quivers a lot while in the water, even when at 45 degrees angle, depending on its pace. Another advantage of the M-Shad is a fact, that despite larger size it can easily be used in shallow waters. When being steadily hauled, it keeps consistent, hi-level action, what makes it perfect for shallow waters.
Getting to M-Shad arming, I personally use only three ways to do that. Using sizes 14 cm, 17 cm and 20 cm I tend to use tungsten Jaws stingers with a double mount, armed with strong BKK hooks. Heads that have bottom stinger mount allow to optimize action of the lure. Attachment of a large lure to the main mount of the stinger and the rig may slightly affect its action and distract the perfect weight balance.
Second technique I tend to use, is arming it using heads with screws; lots of different ones can easily be found in the Mikado catalogue. Using this method, tungsten stingers can be applied, sticking very close to the lure and minimising any of its action disturbances. Here we need to mind to place the points properly. In this model they cannot be located on the top fin, as it acts as a steering plain that maintains the right path of the lure.
Third option is the most popular way that uses a standard jig head of a right size and weight. I use that manner only with smaller lures, sometimes adding a stinger to support it.
Every now and then I have that feeling that fish tend to get more and more intelligent each year and that they become unimpressed by all the popular lures. That is precisely why there is a need to keep the innovation going and to try to constantly work on lures, that will cater to dynamically changing needs of fish, as much as possible. The M-Shad lures, introduced this year by Mikado are a complete innovation. Not only in technological terms, but also in visual; that is the reason, why the attract so many predators. At my fisheries they were simply being snapped up, so they found a permanent spot in my gear box. I do recommend you to try them at your reservoirs of choice! I am more than certain that you will not regret it.
Mikado Fishing Team