Shimano gets Jiggy with the Lucanus System
is set to revolutionize
the way anglers fish yet
again with the
introduction of a brand
new bottom fishing
system called Lucanus.
Two years in the making
this new system revolves
around a new type of jig
that carries the
concept to the next
With the success of the
Butterfly Jigging system
it was just a matter of
time before we would see
altering system from
The Lucanus system will be
officially introduced in the March timeframe but we got a sneak peak at the
Sacramento International Sportsmen Exhibition. At the show we met up with Dan,
also known as Bantam1 on the TT Shimano Support Forum.
...meet the Lucanus Jig, which
will be officially released in March and be the centerpiece in a brand new
jigging system designed to target rockfish
When we arrived at the Shimano
booth Bantam1 ushered us to the back of the display, and dug the jigs out of his
bag. What ensued must have looked like a clandestine exchange to show attendees
as many tried desperately to sneak in and get a peek of what we were shooting
with our cameras. These jigs are the brainchild of Ted Sakai at Shimano, and are
not like the similar offering in Japan, but instead are an evolutionary design
created just for the American market.
The Lucanus Jig features a unique
profile that looks something like a cross between a bug and a squid (notice the
hooks coming out of the top)
The Lucanus jigs resemble a
small bug-squid hybrid (the lure itself is named after the Lucanus, a well known
series of stag beetle, most likely due to the likeness in profile). The lures
are surprisingly heavy for their diminutive size and the cores are made out of a
lead alloy. The body is compact yet hydrodynamic, and looks like the mantle of a
squid or baby octopus.
a closer look at the unique
profile of the jig
The massive eyes reminded us
of squid eyes and glow in the dark and the jigs come armed with owner stinger
hooks, which are basically shorter versions of the ones used on the Butterfly
The underside shows the unique
hydrodynamic design. The slit on the belly is where the hooks are attached from
The hooks blend beautifully
into the skirts and can actually be changed out through the top of the jig. The
actual body of the jigs is painted with a thick layer of paint, and the details
look fantastic. The same can be said about the skirts which sport matching
silicon and elongated glow in the dark appendages.
The Lucanus Jigs will be available
in a range of sizes and patterns
The Lucanus jigs are designed
to target rockfish, but Bantam told us that he has also tried them for other
species with success, including bass. The lures are designed to be especially
effective for cold water seasons when fish are not normally as active.
The jigs have long appendages that
extend beyond the silicon skirt, and each jig features numerous glow in the dark
The Lucanus jigs sport areas
to tie the jigs on both on top and beneath the lure’s rear section. This allows
anglers to rig the Lucanus jig either alone or with another leader tied on the
bottom for elevated fishing. With another leader and weight tied below the rig
starts to look like an oversized drop shot rig with the Lucanus jigs suspended.
A look at the retail packaging
To fish the Lucanus jig simply
drop the jig to the bottom and start winding very slowly to move the jig towards
the desired water column, then drop the jig to the bottom again and repeat
several times. Bantam told us that takes were different and that it wasn’t
necessary to set the hook to hard, as the fish really set themselves when they
attack the bait. Simply keep reeling as you feel bites and interestingly because
of the shape of the lure and the way that the hooks are positioned in the skirt
the lure did not hang up often in Shimano’s tests.
the massive squid like eye glows
in the dark
The Lucanus jigs are the main
component of the new Lucanus system which includes a brand new rod series dubbed
Tescata, which is specifically designed with the right actions for the
application. The Tescata jigging rod series will include both casting and
spinning sticks. The rods will sport a “unique” hook keeper, but we couldn’t pry
any further details on the nature of the design out of Bantam1.
Sharp owner stinger hooks blend
into the skirt
There will be roughly 6
casting versions and 4 spinning versions. The rods are also designed to be
matched up with a new Calcutta TE reel, the TE400LJV (LJV stands for Lucanus Jig
Version). The TE400LJV will feature a Trinidad 16 size handle and 14 size
ergonomic septon knob.
On the packaging you can see both
At the time of introduction
there will be a total of five sizes and 6 colors patterns for each size.
Currently retail prices for the new Jigs, CTE400LJV, and Tescata rods have not
yet been released.
Bantam1 shows us the exciting new
Lucanus Jigs. Stay tuned for more information on the matching Calcutta TE reel
and Tescata jigging rods in the new series
By itself the new Lucanus jigs
are a exciting new product, and one we honestly can’t wait to fish, but what we
really like about this upcoming offering is that it is part of a complete system
that includes a paired reel and rod solution. Few companies could pull this off
but Shimano has proven that they can both design and introduce new tackle
solutions that can effectively alter the very way anglers fish, and from the
looks of it the Lucanus system will do exactly that.