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Extending Their Line of Premium Baits : The Erie 95 SD by Nishine Lure Works


Date: 2/16/21
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Nishine Lure Works
Reviewer: Cal

Total Score: 8.00 - GREAT

Twitch, twitch, pause... twitch, twitch, pause... blam! That anticipated, yet somehow always surprising strike on a jerkbait is addicting. Just about every bait manufacturer making hard plastic baits offers them, and whenever an editor here at TackleTour sees a new one, you can be sure that at some point that bait will make it to TT HQ. Relative new comer, Nishine Lure Works wasted little time adding a jerkbait to their lineup. Here's our look at their Erie 95 SD jerkbait.


Nishine Lure Works Erie 95 SD Jerkbait Specifications

Type Rip/Jerk Bait
Length 95mm / ~3.75"
Weight 3/8 oz
Depth 4 ft
Material Plastic
Class Slow Floating
Colors 8
Hooks 2x #6 Ichikawa Fishing Kamakiri Hooks
MSRP $16.99


Introducing Nishine Lure Works's Erie 95 SD Jerkbait


Impressions: The Erie 95 SD jerkbait by Nishine Lure Works is actually their second in this class of bait. Their first, the 115MD, kind of got lost in the shuffle behind their Chippawa RB crankbaits. The Erie 95 SD, as you may have guessed, measures 95 millimeters or roughly three and three quarters of an inch (3.75"). It is a thee eighths ounce (3/8oz) bait rated to dive to about four feet depending on the diameter of your fishing line. It comes with two, very sharp, thin wire #6 hooks by Ichikawa Fishing.

When there's a new jerkbait to fish, Zander doesn't waste any time

Real World Tests: Both Zander and I happened to be fishing this bait at the same time. I had it tied to a 10lb Sufix Advance Fluorocarbon leader tied to 40lb PowerPro Super8Slick V2 spooled onto a 13 Fishing Concept C2 casting reel mounted on board my Edge Rods first generation Black Widow 705-1 casting stick. Zander was using his KastKing Bassinator Elite casting reel spooled with Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon mounted on a Savage Gear Squad SQFC73MH fishing rod.

The Erie 95 SD comes equipped with a #1 snap instead of split rings to attach to the end of your line

Castability: The Erie 95 SD is equipped with an internal, tungsten bearing that slides back and forth within the bait depending on whether it is being retrieved or cast. This bait may be small, but that bearing really helps shift the bait's momentum during a cast making it super easy to cast for distance and accuracy. I knew all this going in but was still a bit surprised by how easy this little bait was to cast.

Looking over the bait closely, you can almost imagine the hand carved, wood prototype

Dive Time: Once the bait splashes down and you make that first twitch with the tip of your rod, it wastes no time going to work. The bait has really good resistance in the water when you're making those twitches which tells me it gets down to maximum depth quickly. That tungsten bearing changes modes from being a casting ballast to a rattle during the retrieve helping to attract more attention.

The Erie 95 SD is a bit smaller than what I like to throw in baits like this, but it punches above its weight class in terms of performance

Quality of Movement: Observing the bait's action as it got closer to us in the boat, we could see it has a very good, erratic, side to side darting action giving off a lot of flash each time you twitch the rod. Watching it in the water makes you think how can this bait not get bit every time? But of course, that's now how fishing works.

The level of detail in this tiny little bait is amazing, yet it is what we have come to expect from Nishine

Suspending Action: Pause the bait in the water and the Erie 95 SD stops almost dead in its tracks with a head down position. We were fishing it late spring to early Summer, so the water was warm and the bait had the tendency to slowly rise. But that head down position on the stop is very reminiscent of some of the deadlier jerkbaits we've fished including, yes, that iconic OneTen.

It's easy to tell, Nishine Lure Works is about quality, not quantity

Design/Ergonomics: Nishine Lure Works rarely goes overboard with color options and that holds true with the Erie 95 SD. The bait is offered in eight solid color variations that are basic, but very carefully executed. It's easy to tell their motto is more about quality than quantity. Additionally, the bait is equipped with a size 1 snap for attachment to your line rather than a split ring. This snap is rated to 26lbs of pressure.

The Erie 95 SD retails for $16.99 per copy

Price & Application: The Erie 95 SD has the look, feel, and action of a premium quality jerkbait and that's reflected in its price of $16.99 per copy. This makes it a more pricey proposition than a bait from one of the large brands, but still more affordable than those at the top of the price pyramid - barely.


Nishine Lure Works Erie 95 SD Jerkbait Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality I'm unaware of what the original prototype of this bait was made from, but looking a the finished product, you can imagine it was a carefully crafted, wood carving 9
Performance Casts really well and inspires the next bite will be at any moment when you watch its action in the water 9
Price A price, that quite honestly, reflects the craftsmanship that went into creating this bait 7
Features Internal weight transfer system to aid in casting, enticing, head down position at the pause 8
Design (Ergonomics) 8 basic, but very well executed colors, quality hardware 7
Application An excellent choice in a quick darting jerk/rip bait to trigger aggressive strikes 8

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Casts extremely well - Available colors are well executed, but I'd like to see even more
+ Darting action inspires confidence - Priced at a premium
+ Good quality hardware  

I always appreciate a product that delivers more than you expect out on the water. The Erie 95 SD is one such bait

Conclusion: The more products we sample from Nishine Lure Works, the more I appreciate the carefully nuanced design and performance queues each of their products seems to possess. The Erie 95 SD is just a hair shorter length than what I prefer to fish in a jerkbait, but its dance is inspiring. What's more, the ease by which you can launch this bait makes it feel heavier and a bit larger than its actual weight and length. It's a bait that punches above its weight class, and I always appreciate a product that delivers more than you expect out on the water.


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