“What the Fruck...”

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Many top­wa­ter an­glers will have one or some­times two rods per­ma­nently rigged for just the right mo­ment... you know, those times when the sun is ei­ther about to throw it’s rays of warmth and light on a brand new day or those short hours be­fore ev­ery­thing fades into dark­ness – Kevin Holm

Many top­wa­ter an­glers will have one or some­times two rods per­ma­nently rigged for just the right mo­ment... you know, those times when the sun is ei­ther about to throw it’s rays of warmth and light on a brand new day or those short hours be­fore ev­ery­thing fades into dark­ness.

It’s what top­wa­ter an­glers dream of... glassy smooth wa­ter with not a breath of wind and the oc­ca­sional dim­ple to indicate a stalk­ing fish... Cast­ing their pre­ferred top­wa­ter bait to land in ei­ther a soft “plop” or a loud in invit­ing splash. Wait­ing for the rip­ples to fade and then that er­ratic twitch back to the boat or bank with oc­ca­sional pauses in-be­tween. A sud­den swirl un­der the lure or a pow­er­ful splash sig­nals the take and at this very mo­ment, the sheer adren­a­line and ex­cite­ment is what brings many an­glers back to this method of fish­ing... time and time again.

With the ad­vances in technology come greater se­lec­tions of lures to choose from, es­pe­cially for the top­wa­ter an­gler.

Pad crash­ers, hol­low bod­ied frogs, pen­cil baits with pro­pel­lers, sur­face slid­ers, bats, rats, mice, snakes lizards, ducks and the list sim­ply goes on.

Top­wa­ter an­glers all have their pre­ferred bait and this is a re­la­tion­ship built over time and the more an an­gler spends time with a par­tic­u­lar bait, the more con­fi­dence is gar­nered in a spe­cific bait with a unique char­ac­ter or ac­tion.

Re­cently, in­ter­na­tional brand Sav­age Gear has come up with some truly unique baits based on nat­u­ral crit­ters found in and around lo­cal and Eu­ro­pean wa­ters. Us­ing 3D technology for scan­ning pur­poses, they have re-cre­ated some truly in­no­va­tive baits that have taken the world and even South Africa by storm. In do­ing so, they have also won in­ter­na­tional awards and ac­claim at the in­ter­na­tional ICAST expo over the re­cent years.

En­ter­ing into the fray of what’s avail­able for top-wa­ter an­glers is their lat­est, the Soft Bod­ied 3D Duck or as some an­glers call it, the Fruck. This unique bait uses the same char­ac­ter­is­tics as one would ex­pect in top-wa­ter frogs with a soft body but now shaped like a real-look­ing ju­ve­nile duck­ling with legs to match. Avail­able in a host of colours from black to brown, yel­low and even a green one that re­sem­bles some­thing of a cross-over be­tween a duck and a frog, these baits cast a mile and work the sur­face of any body of wa­ter as any good qual­ity top-wa­ter lure should.

Bass are apex preda­tors in most wa­ters in South Africa and will eat al­most any­thing that they find ei­ther be­low or on the sur­face. On re­cent out­ing to some lo­cal dams on the East Rand, the Sav­age Gear 3D duck out­per­formed other, more con­ven­tional top-wa­ter baits with ex­plo­sive takes and adren­a­line filled fights. It comes stan­dard with a stinger hook in the pack­age, al­low­ing the an­gler to at­tach this if he or she finds the fish strik­ing a tad short. The body does not get wa­ter-logged like some baits and sits ex­actly like a duck­ling would. It can be worked any which way you pre­fer to fish your top-wa­ter baits and with a price tag not putting it out of the av­er­age an­glers bud­get, this is def­i­nitely one that should be added to your arse­nal.

The Sav­age Gear 3D Hol­low Bod­ied duck is dis­trib­uted by RAD Fish­ing Gear and you can visit their web­site for fur­ther de­tails.

A side view of the 3D Soft Bod­ied Duck

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