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Event Article

Shimano Introduces a New Fishing System and this time it is all about Topwater

Date: 7/11/12
Tackle type: Lures
Manufacturer: Shimano
Reviewer: Team TackleTour




Introduction: In the last few years Shimano has been releasing more than just reels and rods and has been rolling out complete “systems” which incorporate all the tackle necessary to catch fish in varying applications. These systems often include the company’s Powerpro lines as well as a lure designed specifically for the technique. New this year in the company’s “Technical Fishing Systems” is the ORCA which is designed to catch big saltwater fish that hunt on the surface.


Shimano's newest lure, meet the ORCA

Shimano’s Technical Fishing Systems started with the Butterfly jigs and vertical jigging at varying depths, next was the Lucanus for bottom jigging, then last year it was about the Waxing swimming jigs, and this year it was no surprise that the ORCA focuses on topwater.

The ORCA is designed for topwater saltwater fishing

The center of this system are the company’s new ORCA lures which use a proprietary internal weight position combined with an efficient aerodynamic design. Senior Product Manager Robby Gant states that “the internal weight provides for a hard-to-resist erratic pop and dive action during the retrieve, plus it will fly through the air for super-long casts, you have the lure in the water longer making all kinds of racket, and tuna, stripers and other surface feeding species just can’t resist.”

Part of the system is the Stella SW...

The lures will be offered in two sizes, the ORCA 160 measuring 160mm/6.3-inches and weighing 58g/2-ounces; and the ORCA 190 at 190mm/7.5-inches and weighing 88g/3-ounces. Both sizes come in six colors, including blue sardine, clear silver, green mackerel, black silver, purple gold and pink silver. Each lure will feature high tensile treble hooks. The ORCA 150 will retail for $24.99 each while the larger ORCA 190 will cost five dollars more per bait.

...as well as Terez popping rods

Key to this ystem is being able to work the rod and have the speed to rip these lures and the power to put the brakes on big fish. To do this the system incorporates PowerPro braid and a Stella SW or Sustain FG 5000-10000 size reel mounted on a Terez popping rod designed specifically to fish ORCA baits. Both these rods the TZS-78H and 78XH feature a comfortable grip to rip ORCA baits and aid in casting with Fuji LC guide frames.

The ORCA will be available in 6 patterns

Like with their other system introductions the ORCA leverages proven techniques and refines them and makes them easy to employ by using products that are conveniently available all from one source. Pretty clever. It doesn’t matter if you are a freshwater or saltwater angler, for most of us a topwater strike is among the most exhilarating occurrences, and just a few viscous takes on top can get anglers hooked on fishing, and the ORCA is designed to capitalize on that thrill by making it easy and fun to have a successful day on the “top”water.









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