Freestyle Kaburas The next big thing in jigs

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World ed­i­tor John Dur­rant spent a day with the guys from Catch Tackle and their Ja­panese guests to see a new jig in ac­tion.

Snap­per lures and jigs are well and truly en­grained in the New Zealand fish­ing psy­che and with the ar­ray of dif­fer­ent styles on of­fer, it would be easy to as­sume that there’s not much space left for some­thing new but that would be com­pletely wrong.

Catch Tackle – the ful­las be­hind the hugely pop­u­lar Auck­land char­ter op­er­a­tor Wave Dancer – have been work­ing on some­thing a bit spe­cial for a while now and they’re just about to re­lease it in New Zealand. NZ Fish­ing World was the first mag­a­zine to try out this mys­te­ri­ous new jig and who bet­ter to show how to use it than the in­ven­tors them­selves.

Freestyle Kabura rigs are the jigs that have been tak­ing the Ja­panese fish­ing mar­ket by storm and the rea­son for that is sim­ple – they are amaz­ingly ef­fec­tive.

Like a cross be­tween a tra­di­tional stray­line rig and an ar­ti­fi­cial lure, th­ese new jigs were de­vel­oped by Ja­panese an­gler Teck Poh Ong of Ja­panese firm COH Fish­ing.

The coloured sinker, which runs freely on the leader, acts as the jig. The as­sist hooks are tied on af­ter the line is threaded through the sinker. One of the re­ally clever bits about this jig is the ce­ramic sleeve, which stops the line from get­ting frayed as it moves up and down the line. It’s so clever, in fact, that they have a patent on it.

One of the ma­jor ben­e­fits in this ap­pli­ca­tion is that there is lit­tle or no strain when the fish bites, which in turn in­creases the hook-up rate. Kyle Ja­cobs, prod­uct man­ager at Catch Tackle and one of Wave Dancer’s skip­pers, ex­plained: “We orig­i­nally went over to Ja­pan to find a new prod­uct in the inchiku-style cat­e­gory but that quickly changed.

“When we spoke to the guys at COH about what they and ev­ery­one else was us­ing, ev­ery­one was talk­ing about the Kabura style of jig. It was so pop­u­lar.

“In New Zealand we still see the inchikus and slowjigs as quite a new prod­uct but the Ja­panese have had th­ese for years and they’re quickly mov­ing to the free-run­ning meth­ods.”

Tak­ing them Down Un­der

Kyle ex­plained that af­ter a few trips with their Ja­panese hosts, he and Catch Tackle di­rec­tor John Don­ald were set on bring­ing them to New Zealand.

“It was just in­cred­i­ble to see how ef­fec­tive they were. At the start of the trip, we looked at th­ese things and I thought, ‘I’m not sure about this’ but by the end of it we had been con­vinced that th­ese were the next big thing. The thing that im­pressed the most was how they seemed to con­sis­tently pick up fish, even when other meth­ods were quiet.”

On their re­turn from Ja­pan, the Catch ful­las im­me­di­ately set about plan­ning a New Zealand launch. An in­tense pe­riod of re­search and de­vel­op­ment and New Zealand test­ing fol­lowed and cul­mi­nated in the visit of a large group of fish­ers from COH Tackle. NZ Fish­ing World joined them on one of the Wave Dancer boats for a day of test­ing and was blown away by the ef­fec­tive­ness of the Kaburas. Judg­ing on the per­for­mance of that one day alone, it would be fair to say that they will be the next big thing in jig­ging.

Fished prop­erly, th­ese jigs just seem to pick up more fish. Of course, when you’re fish­ing next to a team of fishos who de­signed the prod­uct, it makes things eas­ier.

Given that the new freestyle Kabura jigs are such a novel idea, and that they seem to be so wildly ef­fec­tive, it would be a real sur­prise if they didn’t make a se­ri­ous im­pact with New Zealand fishos.

freestyle kaburas were deadly on snap­per.

john dur­rant with a kabu­ra­caught snap­per.

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