September 29, 2010
Cermele: A Skinny Little Creature, Part II
By Joe Cermele
Last week I discussed YUM's new Shakalicious Worm, noting intrigue with the design, but skepticism regarding durability. As promised, I fished the Shakalicious over the weekend for smallmouths. Well, let me tell you, I'm always envious of Dave Petzal at the Gun Nut blog. When he tests a rifle, he need not worry that the target will not show up on the range that day. Nor is there much concern that the chamber will refuse to open and accept a bullet he wants to test. Testing lures is a whole other story.
First the good news: The Shakalicious (below) is dead-sexy in the water. I rigged it on a round Shaky Head, first hooking it through the head (skirted end), then through the tail. I actually dug the reverse rigging more, as the skirt floats just off the bottom and pulses so nicely that you really don't need to move the line to impart action. I also stretched the bait by hand and purposely hung it in weeds and rocks and though it will break, the pressure has to be more significant than I thought. "B+" for durability.
Now the bad news: It didn't catch a single smallmouth, though the overall count between my buddy Mark (above) and I was high. The reason? Simply that the bass were on shad fry. Cut and dry. We caught most fish on poppers, and none on the bottom. When they're looking up, they're looking up. Under the right conditions, I think this worm will kill.
This leads to a great opportunity to ask the faithful Honest Angler readers for some insight that will help me. What in your mind constitutes a good lure test? Action alone? Durability? Or does what it caught really seal the deal? If I had caught 100 bass on the Shakalicious, it certainly doesn't mean you would. Conditions and fish mood throw so many variables into the game that I'd say what it caught on a given day does not factor into its overall worth. What say you?
I'll be playing with the Shakalicious more under different conditions. - JC