Just exactly what is the Shimano "Waxwing"
To say Shimano dominated
the new product showcase would be an understatement. Every product associated
with the new Waxwing System won their category and that includes rod, reel and
lure. So just what is this Waxwing system?
Robby Gant Rod Product Manager
introduces the new Waxwing system
What is Waxwing?
Introducing complete fishing systems is nothing new for Shimano, in recent
memory the company had major wins in the Butterfly Jigging System as well as the
Lucanus Jig system. So when we saw the Waxwing System our money was on Shimano
running away with top honors among buyers and press once again.
Do you think lures when you think
Shimano? A lot of people are starting to
Waxwing lures are designed
for targeting saltwater species found in the upper water column. Available in
two sizes, the Waxwing 88 Boy (88mm length) and Waxwing 118 Jr., the lures are
offered in 14 colors with ultraviolet reactive paint on the lateral line to
further enhance their fish catching abilities. These jig-like lures are not
designed to fish vertically but rather in a zig-zag pattern back to the boat.
The Waxwing has two fins that are
designed to cause the lure to zig and zag aggressively when retrieved
The Waxwing Boy and Jr.
feature a hydrodynamic body design, “with an upper wing to make it swim in a
zigzag motion and a lower wing to prevent it from rolling,” said Ted Sakai,
product manager for Shimano’s technical fishing systems. “The aerodynamics make
it easy to cast long distances, especially when used in the system we developed
with our Terez Waxwing rods and high-speed reels including the new Trinidad 10A
or Curado 300EJ, or our Stella, Sustain and Stradic spinning models.”
The Waxwing lures are available in
a wide array of colors/patterns
Each Waxwing lure features
stainless wire-through construction directly to the Owner tin-coated double
hook. To help the Waxwing lures move through the water properly, the new Shimano
Terez rods matched with a high-speed Shimano reel provides a simple steady
retrieve that allows the lure to swim in its zigzag motion.
To fish the Waxwing lures Robby
created the new Terez rods
Terez Waxwing rods include
specific seven-foot casting and spinning models, seven-foot-two-inch spinning,
and eight-foot casting with the right power and action to fish PowerPro braid
from 10-pound test up to 100-pound. Each Terez rod is offered in five colors to
match the most popular boat hull colors – aqua, emerald green, fighting lady
yellow, pearl white and sunset red – and feature Shimano’s C4S blank
construction for sensitivity and durability. The custom shaped grips provide
comfort for retrieving the lure or pulling on a fish, while the longer rear grip
contributes to long-casting abilities.
They are available in five
distinct colors to match reels or your boat
When used with PowerPro
Vermilion Red braided that will ‘virtually disappear’ in the water – the line
and color of choice for the Waxwing system, anglers will see how all the
components come together - the action of the Terez rods, the high-speed retrieve
of Shimano’s Trinidad 10A, Curado 300EJ, Stella SW, Sustain and Stradic reels to
make such an effective fish-catching tool.
Matching the Pearl White Terez rod
is the newly redesigned Trinidad which also has a white handle
“In testing the Waxwing
lures in saltwater fishing locations on all coasts, we have yet to find one
predator who won’t eat it,” Sakai said. “The unique fin design allows it to swim
like no other lure many anglers may find it to be the most fun way possible to
A closer look at that distinct
white handle on the new Trin
The Waxwing lures will be
available in a number of colors including sardine, mackerel, squid, bunker,
pink/white, chartreuse, black/gold, green shad, bone, chrome, purple, sand eel,
trout, mint. Each 88mm lure will retail for $17.99 while the larger 118mm lures
will cost two dollars more per piece.