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Shimano's Tescata rods work Lucanus Jigs with finesse (continued)

Impressions cont'd: Shimano tested the Lucanus system for two years before releasing it and went back and forth with hook sizes and rod designs. Switching hooks from the small ones to their large butterfly hooks back and forth. The result is an aggressively styled bait that more resembles a bass crankbait in profile than a saltwater lure. The finishes on the jigs are exceptional, and Shimano has a number of different colors that are designed for targeting different species. For our tests we purchased the complete array of colors and weights.

The Lucanus jigs feature two small hooks

Real World Test: Testing the Tescata rod meant getting out on the ocean on the Northern California coast and fishing the rod and new lures side by side with more traditional gear to see just how the system compared in all aspects. This would be an interesting test because the rockfishing in the region had been tough lately, with many anglers having to go further away from the launch to get into fish

A look at the Calcutta TE 300 mounted on the Tescata

Both quantity and quality have been down this season, and many anglers find they have to work two to three times as long to boat a limit. We fished on three trips at three different locations ranging from 3 to 22 miles away from the launch with a crew of three anglers on our Boston Whaler Montauk. We took turns fishing the Tescata rod with the Lucanus jigs, but there were always two staffers fishing traditional jigs versus the one on the Lucanus system at all times.

Shimano recommends different color jigs for different species, for example this Orange/White pattern is designed to imitate shell fish for targeting Cod and Ling

Casting: The Tescata rod feels very light when casting the Lucanus Jigs, mostly due to the long flexible tip. Since the Lucanus system is a bottom fishing technique there isn’t much distance casting involved, most of the time all that is required is a short cast away from the boat in the direction of the current so the bait has time to sink to the bottom before you catch up on the drift.

The hook hanger is flush mounted right into the contoured grip

On most occasions I found that I could get plenty of distance with a simple underhand lob cast. The lure would always drop into the water with a satisfying “plop” and begin a quick descend to the rocky bottom, that’s where all the fun really begins.

The position makes it easy to draw upon the jigs quickly

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