What is the truth: are there baits that catch fish and baits that catch fishermen? Although I think both versions are valid, the ones catching fish are not always among the cheapest baits, but somewhere in the middle and even on the expensive side. As per X Files’ slogan, ” The truth is out there”.
Let’s tackle the introductory question with another question: how well do you know your X bait from the tackle box? How much time have you spent with it on the water and studied how it changes swimming patterns depending on the retrieve style before tossing it back in the box with the ”That’s not a fish catcher” or „That doesn’t say anything to me” verdict? Way too many times I’ve heard such incredibly incommensurable axioms stating „That catches fishermen, not fish! Iiiii… never caught a fish on a jerkbait in my life!”. Some of these opinions should be the long term result of a lifetime’s expertise. Unfortunately, they are only the product of ignorance and personal limitations. Our luck is that we live in the internet era when information access is easier than ever.
What I want to highlight is that if you’re spending money on a bait from brand Z, spending more of your time in order to learn that bait will be well worth it. Not to „teach the bait how to swim”, but to actually discover all the secrets of how it moves in the water. To ”squeeze it” of its tricks. To search for retrieve movies posted by other users on YouTube. To experiment with various retrieves until the lure begins to swim the way the designers intended in first place. Whether they’re called Seiji Kato (Jackall), Katsutaka Imae (Imakatsu), Yuki Ito (Megabass), Toshinori Takeyama (Roman Made) or Kazumasa Okumura (DEPS), all these people share the same passion and that is to produce some of the most creative baits you’ll ever get the chance to fish with.
The topic of this article is a bait that I have discovered with Jackall a long time ago. I promoted it ever since because it brought me lots of fish especially on highly pressured waters. It’s the Jackall Magallon, a jerkbait available in two sizes, Tiny Magallon and Magallon. The small one is made in Suspending version while its bigger brother comes in Suspending and in Slow Sinking variants. If you pay attention to its package, you will notice a line that says „Underwater Walking the Dog”. Japanese manufacturers like to crowd the packages with English words, most of times incorrectly spelled – I’ve seen tenths of such funny examples. In Magallon’s particular case, that message intrigued me. Thus, the first fishing trip, I began to retrieve it exactly like a topwater pencil bait. Taken by surprise I was when witnessing that bait’s movement both on top and underwater. The bait acted like a pencil bait, swimming with very „sharp” zigzags. The shorter and brisker I was making the jerks from the rod tip and the reel, the more mesmerizing the bait moved through the water!
With the first Tiny Magallon I caught so many fish that it became almost „paintless” (Albino Pirarucu color) while the first big Magallon in the Bubble Gum color put up an incredible show since my first trip at Holbina private waters, with Malin Musatescu.
In the instructional movie below I put together some Magallon moves and retrieves. You can watch both the rod tip twitching style and a trick to execute the twitching with the rod tip in the upright position when you want to go really shallow.
Here is the movie:
Recommended tackle: in order to fish with both models you will need a not too long of a rod, between 6’6” and 7′, as light as possible in weight, graphite-made, with a Moderate-Fast. At least, that works for me. A reel with a gear ratio of 6.somethin:1 is more than enough. Obviously, I prefer and recommend casting gear. With Jackall Magallon and Tiny Magallon I use an Evergreen Kaleido Inspirare The Cobra rod, 6’6” in length and 1/4 – 3/4 oz. in power and with a parabolic action. Reels range from Daiwa Tatula Type-R to Daiwa TD-Z Type-R+. Notice: if the rod is not light in hand, after only a few hours of twitching you will feel the wear on the wrist.
There are other baits like Magallon that are worth the effort to learn their correct retrieves and swimming patterns. It’s up to you and I personally think the results are well worth the effort. I will continue to upload more footage of other baits in the future, so check back in here once in a while. Good fishing to you all!