2006 ICAST Lure Coverage
ICAST Coverage Day 3 (Lures) - Who's the Mac Daddy of fishing lures?
Lucky Craft was at the show in full splendor, sporting all of their latest lures
in a massive two story booth. When it comes to lifelike detail Lucky Craft
continues to elevate their game. While there was plenty to see in the booth we
made a bee line straight to their new swimbait display, where we got our first
glimpse of the Real California 130 Premium. Enthusiasts will recognize this lure
as it was recently released in Japan under the name "Amago."
Introducing the Real California
The Real California
130: The new bait is all about realism. There is no diving lip on this lure,
and when compared with the Real California 128 the new lure seems twice as
lifelike. The Real California 130 Premium truly looks like a trout, and features
phenomenal details including a gaping mouth, convincing gill pattern, and even a
complete set of translucent protruding fins!
The RC130 features extremely
realistic details throughout
The scale patterns and finishes on these
baits is incredible. The engineers at Lucky Craft also wanted to make the bait
behave in the water genuinely. If you remember the original RC you will recall
that the bait featured a jointed tail. To generate an even more accurate tail
whipping action the RC 130 makes use of wide hinged double jointed tail.
To generate a more realistic
action a dual segmented tail was implemented
The RC130 is 5 inches in
length and will be available in 10 ultra realistic patterns, including Rainbow
Trout, Ghost Rainbow, Brook Trout, Aurora Green Perch, Brown Trout, and American
Shad. We expected these lure's to retail for more than the original RC128, but
to our delight they will actually be priced the same at $29.99.
The RC130's head is eerily
realistic, and looks just like a trout gasping for air
Joining the Flat CB this year is the new LC Flat Mini. This two inch crankbait
is a tournament anglers dream come true. The small flat design of the lure
enables it to get in and out of tight areas as anglers search for fish under
pressure. The lure will be available in SR (1/4oz), MR (5/16oz), and DR (3/8oz)
varieties. They are designed to get down at different rates, but all feature the
same 2" body length with different lips.
The Flat Mini was designed to be a
The Flat Mini generates a unique "screw" of water
via the flat sides and produces a similar proven action to the existing Flat CB.
Key to fishing this bait correctly is anticipating the correct strike zone and
choosing the right variation for the fastest arrival into that depth.
The Mini will be available in
three different weights, all with a different lip
The Flat Mini will be available in 37 colors and
12 different craw patterns. Regardless of style (SR, MR, DR) all Flat Minis will
retail for $14.99 per bait.
Lucky Craft sunglasses? ...you
Want to see your Real California and Flat Mini
come to life underwater without being hindered by glare? In a surprising move
Lucky Craft will also be releasing optics into the US market. These sunglasses
are designed to be very light and feature a composite frame and polycarbonate
The branded sunglasses are
lightweight due to polycarbonate lenses
Availability and cost have yet to be decided but
as soon as we find out we will be sure to let you know. When it comes down to
which ICAST announced swimbait boasts the most realistic finish the Lucky Craft
Real California 130 definitely takes home the blue ribbon.
Akiko Kitamura holds up the new
flagship Lucky Craft Real California 130 Premium
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