I took a chance buying these jig heads and soft plastic lures last year. As it turns out, we used them almost exclusively for the entire 2021 fishing season.
The jig heads are from http://www.digitaka.com and are the Owner Cultiva JH-85 Nagare Dama and the JH-86 Cross Head. The weights we used were 2.2grams up to 3.0grams. They have two tie points on them depending on how you want to present them. Keep in mind that the target species was our native smallmouth bass and they don’t reach near the size of the Northern strain smallmouth bass. These hooks were fine for the Neosho strain smallmouth.
For soft plastics we opted for the Eurotackle Micro Finesse B-vibe 2 inch paddle tail swimbait.
Our colors of choice were Green Pumpkin, Bluegill Pro and Black. These were very productive for us and we plan on continuing their use for 2022.
As we tweak our gear and lure selections, we tend to carry less tackle. We continually strive for efficiency to keep from being overburdened and to maximize our time on the water. Food for thought…
-Palms SpinWalk Clevis 3 gram Spinner in Yellow, Green, Gold and Black
-Daiwa Silver Creek Spinner 4 gram in Silver and Gold
Both of these brands are made in China. From what I can tell, in-line spinners are not popular in Japan because they are considered to be too easy to catch fish with. If you look close, you can see that these come with a swivel built into the wire frame. I haven’t run across that before but its a nice addition. The off-center body is interesting and I’m guessing it acts somewhat like a keel to keep these running straighter and hopefully prevent line twist.
I opted for the heavier gram weight versions because I’ll be fishing some current and also because it’s always windy here in Oklahoma.
The spoons and spinners were purchased from Chris Stewart at http://www.finesse-fishing.com. Chris is an awesome guy and is definitely an asset to the USA based JDM enthusiast. Very knowledgeable and helpful with any questions you may have.
Here a few of the Jerkbaits I plan on using for 2021.
I replaced all of the treble hooks with Cultiva SBL-55M hooks in either size 6 or size 8. The only oddball was the Great Hunting 50F Flat Side which required Cultiva S-21 size 8 hooks.
If you ever get the chance to view any of the various Japanese company’s tackle catalogs, you will be amazed at the selection and specialization that you will find. Truly incredible.
From Top Left to Right and Bottom Left to Right:
-Great Hunting Heavy Duty 55S Sinking
-DUO Spearhead Ryuki 60S Sinking
-DUO Spearhead Ryuki 70S Sinking
-Daiwa Silver Creek Minnow 45S Sinking
-Lucky Craft Humpback Minnow 45SP Suspending
-Great Hunting Flat Side 50F Floating
As far as manufacturers go, I know the DUO Spearhead Ryuki 60S and 70S are made in Japan. The Lucky Craft Humpback Minnow Suspending is also made in Japan. The Great Hunting GH50 Flat Sides are made in Vietnam.
Just because it says “JDM” does not mean its made in Japan, rather it’s for the Japan Domestic Market. JDM purists generally do a lot of research before purchasing as they ONLY want “Made in Japan.”
I don’t see myself going down that road, but one never knows.