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Shimano's Tescata rods work Lucanus Jigs with finesse (continued)
 

Retrieving: There are two ways to rig a Lucanus jig and both are designed to be fished effectively with the Tescata. The first and my preferred method is what Shimano calls “normal rigging” and is good for slow current and water up to 200ft. in depth. Anglers basically connect braided line to a monofilament leader and tie the leader directly to the top of the Lucanus jig.


The hook hanger is designed to hold both hooks securely and safely

The second method is essentially a deep sea drop shot with an additional weight added beneath the jig. This is made possible with the Lucanus design which has two positions to tie onto. This second method is good for fast current and deep water over 200 feet and for use with 60-80g jigs. There is a third method which is a combination of the two where the smaller 60-80g jig is fished on top and a second 150-200g size is fished on the bottom. We were not able to test this as it is not legal in California to run more than two hooks on a rock cod jig, and because each Lucanus jig already is armed with two hooks adding another is not possible. This is the only state that this combo rig cannot be employed.


The Tescata features a soft touch painted Fuji reel seat for comfort and security

Fishing the Lucanus jig can be subtle but the jig needs to be moving at all times to draw strikes. The skirt on the jig looks great in the water and when the lure is jigged or retrieved upwards then dropped the skirt really flashes enticingly. I found that I could draw strikes by simply dragging the jig while bringing it up and down a few feet at a time making sure it would not snag. While the Lucanus jig defiantly snags far less than traditional jigs armed with treble hooks it isn’t immune to snags, and there were occasions where I pulled hooks straight or damaged the paint on jigs trying to dislodge them from the rocky bottom.


The first fish on the Tescata, notice the tip arching over...

Like Butterfly jigs the Lucanus jigs are effective further up the water column and I was able to get Black and Blue rockfish to take the lure when they were schooled up. Even heavy damage on the jig seemed to do little to reduce the lure’s appeal to fish, but once the longer portions of the skirt were ripped off I did notice an immediate drop in the number of strikes, and it is a good thing Shimano sells replacement skirts.


...even on a puny fish like this. Hopefully we will get bigger later.

To compare the differences between the Tescata and other jigging rods we tested the Lucanus jigs with various traditional saltwater inshore sticks and found that I was actually losing a lot of fish. While I could detect the strikes I was sticking a lot less fish, even though I fought the urge to set the hook the fish simply were not staying buttoned on. The tips were simply too stiff, not giving the fish enough time to really get stuck on the two small hooks on the jig. Adding a mono leader helped absorb the shock but a soft tip really is beneficial to this technique.


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