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Wake Up Shallow Water Bass With ima Japan's Shaker (continued)

What we like about ima’s implementation for the Shaker is the moving weight doubles as a large knocker giving the bait a big bodied, thumping sound as it comes through the water. This unstable mass within the bait no doubt also adds to the bait’s action in the water.

The ima Shaker may look like a wood crank, but it has all the advances of a modern, plastic bait.

And action is what this bait is all about! Fished on ten pound fluorocarbon, you can really feel this bait doing its dance in the water as you retrieve it. At medium to slow speeds, the Shaker came back true and erratic for us each time. It really creates a remarkable amount of disturbance during the retrieve. On really faced paced retrieves, the bait does have a tendency to run on its side, so our recommendation is to stay with a relatively low speed reel when fishing this bait.

Including a moving balancer system that doubles as a big, heavy knocker giving this shallow crank a unique thumping sound in the water.

Unlike most cranks of this size that feature light wire hooks, the Shaker comes with Owner ST-36 hooks that hold up well no matter what type of line or cover you’re fishing with and in. One caution though is if you use a line with too large of diameter to it, the Shaker will not run effectively. It’s really intended to be fished on line no more than the rough equivalent diameter of ten or twelve pound test (~0.32mm).

The ima Shaker comes equipped with serious, Owner ST-36 hooks.

The finishes on our test baits held up rather well, though they did not see extreme amounts of use and we experienced no cracked or broke bodies during our tests. The Owner hooks, of course, held up just fine as well.

The color patterns are clean and intricate.

The ima Shaker has been available for almost two years now and is readily sourced at a number of online vendors including TackleWarehouse and HisTackleBoxShop.

The ima Shaker has been readily available for about two years now.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide):

ima Shaker Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality A high quality bait 8
Performance Great at slow and medium speeds 8
Price Typical of an imported crank 6
Features Circuit board lip, Owner hooks 8
Design (Ergonomics) If I didn't know better, I'd have thought this was a wood crank 8
Application Really good shallow water crank 8.5

Total Score

Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:


J Feels like a wood crank L Just a tad pricey
J Really active on slow to medium retrieves L Not a lure for burning retrieves
J Top quality components  
J Nice array of colors  

When the temps are low, and fish go shallow, the Shaker might be just the ticket to wake up a nice limit of bass.


Conclusion: With Fall upon us, cooler weather and water temps will be here soon, and when the fish move back into the shallows on their autumn feeding frenzies to bulk up for the long, cold winter, the ima Shaker could be just the ticket to an exciting day of fishing. Understand the bait’s limitations with regards to speed and line diameter, tie it on and toss it out within these confines, and you’ll likely crank up a healthy limit of shallow water bass! The ima Shaker is a really fun bait to toss.









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