ICAST 2017 Coverage
- On the Way Out
One More for the Road: Imakatsu and DSTYLE at the Airport
||Buyers & Press Only
Introduction: With our last meeting with Simms complete we rushed to the
airport to make our flight back to the Bay Area. At the gate in Orlando five
minutes before boarding we were greed by Munenori Kajiwara who is the
distributor of Imakatsu and DStyle lures here in the US. He mentioned that he
had tried to find us at the show but unfortunately we never crossed paths this
year, but he did have a few new products that he thought our readers would be
interested in. With just minutes before boarding we sat down for a quick look.
Munenori Kajiwara shows us the new
Javallon new swimbaits at the gate
NEO: The Imakatsu Javallon is getting an
addition this year with new smaller versions that feature a delta lip on the
front that distributes the water around the bait to create a unique swimming
action, even at very slow speeds. The tail is also reversed so that it acts more
like a stabilizer so that it maintains a very good posture when fished with no
sinker and a very slow retrieve. There is an embedded wire guard for durability
and the Javallon Neo will come in two sizes 135 and 97, retailing for $17.99 to
$20.99 per pack of four depending on size.
The new Javallon NEO a delta lip
to aid with swimming action at low speeds
Gill: Also imported directly from Japan is
the new Javallon Gill 110 which comes four to a pack and is designed to slow
sink. Like the Javallon it comes with four segments connected by a spine. The
bottom half is heavy so it can swim very slowly, and it can be rigged with
either an offset hook on the side or a stinger hook off the bottom.
The new Javallon Gill can be
rigged various ways
There is also a weight control system in the head
that can be removed, transforming it from a slow sinking bait to a floating
topwater bait. The Javallon Gill is already available now at
Tackle Warehouse and retails for $24.99 for a pack of four.
Yet another very realistic
Bassroid: You may have heard of the
Imakatsu Gillroid and Ayuroid and now there is a new Bassroid swimbait. The
Bassroid Jr. is designed to dive down to 3 feet when retrieved and features a
four segment body to deliver a smooth tail swimming action at multiple retrieve
rates. As you might expect this bait features a very realistic finish, and is
truly a fishable work of art. The Bassroid Jr. will be available in the next few
months and retail for $66.99 each.
This crazy looking topwater bait
is designed to look like a struggling baitfish or popping bait on the surface
DSTYLE Reserve: As the final call for our
flight sounded over the PA Munenori had one more bait to show us. The DSTYLE
Reserve is a small baitfish imitating topwater lure that features an interesting
translucent wing system that gives it an erratic slow shaking or walking action.
This wing system is designed to create the illusion of an injured or struggling
baitfish on the surface and there are additional eyes to mimic several baitfish
bursting on the surface as well.
It can be walked or twitched on
The Reserve Topwater can be retrieved several
ways. A slow twitch-and-stop retrieve mimics a single wounded baitfish on the
surface, while a steady retrieve mimics a small school trying to flee and evade
predators. The bait is outfitted with a rear black tail feather to help further
define the Reserve Topwater’s shape and add it is armed with a Hayabusa Fluorine
Coated Treble Hook. Does the quality finish look familiar? Rumor has it that
this bait is actually built by Jackal to DSTYLE's specifications. The new
Reserve is available in a range of highly realistic airbrushed finishes now at
Tackle Warehouse for $25.99 each.
Thanks for joining us for all our
ICAST 2017 coverage, now time to catch that plane and get back to our regularly