Shimano Turns Up the Flash with the World Minnow and
World Diver Jerkbaits
Introduction: While most anglers are eagerly awaiting all of Shimano's
reel and rod launches this ICAST the company surprised anglers with the
introduction of two brand new jerkbaits with some very innovative new elements
designed to improve both casting and retrieve performance with "BOOST" features.
The World Diver is one of two new bass lures from Shimano
World Minnow and World Diver: The new World Minnow and World Diver bass
lures come in a jerkbait style body but it is what is inside that is the most
interesting. The bait features a suspended foil in the head section that is
affixed to a spring. When the bait is retrieved this foil emits a flash that
keeps moving even when the bait is at rest. The effect really brings the baits
to life by mimicking a wounded baitfish on the pause.
From the outsides the World Minnow may look like a normal
In addition to FLASH BOOST the baits come armed with a spring loaded weight
transfer system in the rear called JET BOOST which helps increase casting
distance by shifting the weight during the cast. Shimano claims that this
feature can increase casting distance up to 22% further than similarly sized
Look closer and you will see a pulsing internal suspended
The big difference between the two baits is the lip design and the length of the
lures. The shorter lipped World Minnow will dive 4 to 6 feet while the longer
lipped World Diver can reach 6 to 8 feet. The World Minnow is the longer lure at
4 1/2 inches while the World Diver measures 3 7/8 inches.
The World Minnow is a longer shallower running bait
There are ten different patterns in each lure and comes come with a holographic
scale pattern which the company calls SCALE BOOST.
The longer lipped World Diver
Both lures are designed to be ripped or jerked and suspend at rest. The added
flash is designed to be a deadly attractor when suspended in clear water.
The back of the package explains the features
The back of the packaging describes the various BOOST attracting features. The
overall finish and construction of the baits looks very good and along the lines
of what you would expect from a JDM bait.
The fish attracting flash emitted by this bait has to be
seen in person to fully appreciate. It will be interesting to see how fish react
to it on the pause
The World Minnow and World Diver will be available later this season for $19.99
each. Though Shimano is best known for their reels and rods the company does
surprise us on occasion by creating new lures, or even ways to fish. The World
Minnow and World Diver bring some clever features to the jerkbait bait class,
and it will be interesting to see how fish react to them.