When someone invests hard earned cash and free time on a trip on Zen2 the last ting I want to do is take any chances .Failure is not an option !!!(It happens but not too often) I use Fiiish Minnow extensively for mid depth reef fishing or tidal race work and the Kaki colour always fills me with confidence. I prefer Fly fishing or shallow water soft plastic or surface lure work , thats my heritage with Bass , but the Fiiish Minnow style has transformed my catches . Add to this the 2013 upgraded code on the boat and I can access offshore reefs that ” other guides can not reach” We zig zag from the shallows to offshore and back again all day every day . It makes for a day of mixed methods and styles of fishing.
Some may think that fishing a Fiiish Minnow (Paddle tail lures ) is easy ,well yes it can be, but I have learned that there is an INTENSE level of finesse and technique with this style of fishing. I am learning all the time. I can sit at the helm and watch a client work a fly or surface lure and dish out various instructions and easily identify good and bad technique. When we fish Paddle tails I often need to actually fish and feel whats going on below the surface . I often get the client to cast at the same time as me ”in sync” . He or she will follow my lead while I try to unpick the lock and find the fish or the retrieve and angle thats working . Its so hard to teach someone this method without a rod in your hand. I recently experienced a master class from a commercial rod and line Bass fisherman. This guy is a legend on the water. I wont name him out of respect for his privacy, a few reading this (assuming anyone does ) will know his name.
Anyway I am heading off course here, Casting and retrieving can wait for another day and that’s complicated ! This was all about the lure colour. I tend to stick with what I’m confident with rather than take chances , perhaps to my expense at times. Early this year we saw a couple of good Bass seduced on Zen2 by the Orange Fiiish , fishing super slow close to the bottom. The Kaki and Blues were ignored. Last week we played cat and mouse with a vast shoal of fish, imagine a shoal so tight that the fish finder misreads the depth. I see bass on my finder most days but if I wasn’t hooking them I would never have believed they were Bass. The down scanner on the Humminbird did actually show the individual fish . These fish were not feeding , they were just laid up resting on the drop off, we would drift over and around them with no bites, perhaps the occasional thump of a tail or head butt. In the interests of science(Or perhaps desperation ) I plucked out an orange and Yellow Fiiish 140 / 40 g . Bang ! Fish on ! Slight problem was I only had 2 of these in the box. I switched rods with Simon and soon he was playing a double figure Bass. It was a grim moment when my last Orange Fiiish 140 relocated to the bottom of the sea bed !!
So try the Orange 140 Fiish Minnow . Bass love them !!!