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The 'black' theory
OPINION: It's often said in the fishing media
that black is a great colour for surface lures because it gives a strong
silhouette against the night sky. It's arguable that the colour of a lure
is irrelavent in these conditions. Hold a light coloured lure up to the
night sky, on a river, away from man made lights, to see for yourself.
A silhouette is a silhouette!
Regardless, black will always be a popular colour because it imitates
crickets and black cicadas. Coupled with Spaddler's luminous bib, it is
a potent fish attractor.
Due to the shape and surface area of the bib, surface lures aren't the most
aero-dynamic members of the lure world. When you get down to very small sized
surface paddlers, casting can become even tougher.
Surprisingly, Spaddler and MicroSpaddler cast remarkably well considering
their weight and shape. We attribute this to two things...
- The fine contours of the body - less wind resistance
- The relative density of the lure in relation to its volume.
Spaddlers sit low in the water - an advantage in itself - indicating that
their body density is greater than some competitor lures which sit higher
in the water.
How far can a Spaddler be cast?
Naturally this varies considerably between anglers with different skill and
equipment levels. However, our field test results are very encouraging to
the average angler.
Using an ultra-light baitcaster reel (Shimano Bantam 2000 ULS) and 6lb gel
spun line on a light 1.55m rod, we can consistently cast Spaddlers a measured
15m in calm conditions. That's almost 3.5 boatlengths (Quintrex Hornet 4.35).
Now a baitcaster reel is rarely the reel of choice for casting a lure that
weighs under 4 grams! Most anglers fishing such ultra-light lures will opt
for a spinning reel and a longer rod than we have used for our tests. Distances
of 20m or more will be possible for most anglers with spinning equipment and
The 'Spallette' !
FACT: With 10 colours to choose from, there are bound to
be a few that will suit the fish in your area. Dealers! - all MinMin colours
are available, but the 10 shown here are the standard range. Click the thumbnail
to see a larger image.
TIP: The Australian bass is a very surface
oriented predator. During the warmer months when insects are prevalent,
bass are suckers for a small, imitative surface lure. In the brackish reaches,
Spaddlers can draw strikes at those times of the month when prawns are running
and being harrassed from below.
TIP: When fishing Spaddlers with a slow,
stop-start or let-sit-for-a-while technique, they will be more responsive
to your rod work if you use a floating leader material (e.g. nylon). Fluorocarbon
leader material sinks and the resulting drag impairs your ability to finesse
BENEFIT: Unlike other brands of small topwater lures, Spaddler has a thin tail section that hangs down in the water and gives maximum hook exposure. Another example of Predatek's maximum efishency in design. When a fish hits, there is less chance of the body contacting its jaws before the hook barbs bite.
a BARRA ! Ken Duncan of Sydney took the advice of pro guide, Ian McConnell,
and tied on a Redhead Predatek Viper. Ian said, "These work pretty well around
here." (Lake Tinaroo). Ken's Viper lured the biggest barramundi Ian has seen.
The men estimated the fishes weight at 42kg and released it.