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With all the Fishing trade shows on the horizon and new products to showcase, this is the time of year that the major manufacturers start publishing their new catalogues. We love a good flick through a lure fishing catalogue here at Luretour. So we thought we’d list the links to online lure fishing catalogues all in the one place to make your browsing easy…here is the first batch we have come across ! Just click the pic to link through to the catalogue you want to browse.

Daiwa

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Storm Lures

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RAPALA

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RAPTURE

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FOX RAGE

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SPRO

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SALMO LURES

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FRENCH TOUCH FISHING

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WESTIN

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SAKURA

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Z-MAN

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GUNKI

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ILLEX

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SAVAGE GEAR

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SHIMANO

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BIWAA

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CRAZY FISH

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FIIISH

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DUEL

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RIVER 2 SEA

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DAM EFFZETT

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Tackle changes so quickly these days and many if not most of the “reviews” to be found in fishing magazines and on the web are little more than a case of the reviewer handling the product for an hour or so and then deciding if it is good or bad. So proper long term tackle tests are few and far between. We hope that proper reviews, where the products have actually be tested in real life fishing is what makes LURETOUR worthwhile. So when I came across an old copy of the LAS magazine “Lure Angler” containing a review I wrote of the Flambeau AZ8 X-Large Tackle System way back in 2009 It struck me that since I am still using the bag regularly, it would be a great idea to do a follow up review a full eight years later.

I had already used the bag for a full season before writing the original review from 2009.

I had already used the bag for a full season before writing the original review from 2009.

What’s It All About ?

Ok before I let you know where the bag has failed and where it has stood the test of time, let’s give you a rundown of exactly what the AZ8 is all about.

The AZ8 in it's new dark red livery.

The AZ8 in it’s new dark red livery.

The AZ8 is the biggest in a range of 5 tackle bags that make up the Flambeau AZ range, which run from the AZ2 Satchel which holds just one 3000 size box and one 4000 size box, right up to the AZ8 itself which holds (and comes complete with)  6 x 5004 size boxes, 1 x 4006 size box and a 00220 spinner bait box.

One of the Flambeau US guys showcasing the AZ Range

One of the Flambeau US guys showcasing the AZ Range

So the AZ8 is the big daddy of the range and certainly you can pack a lot of stuff in, fully loaded the bag will swallow up a lot of guys whole lure collections and acts as a great tackle station for keeping your stuff organised. The downside of course is that packed with all those boxes full of lures (particularly if there are a lot of soft plastic and jig heads in there) the bag can become very heavy and not that comfortable to lug around all day. Of course if you are using it as a boat bag, then this isn’t a big problem, but as a carry bag, fully loaded you could well be inline for a hernia ! However one of the strengths of the bag and what is in my opinion one of it’s best design points is that the 5004 size boxes that come with it, fit inside the box both vertically and horizontally, so there are a lot of different ways you can load the bag neatly..here’s a couple of pictures to illustrate.

Flambeau studio shot showing the bag fully loaded with the boxes supplied, with the 5004 boxes stored "vertically".

Flambeau studio shot showing the bag fully loaded with the boxes supplied, with the 5004 boxes stored “vertically”.

My standard configuration for using the box when carrying any distance. 2 x 5004 boxes stored horizontally with a deep 7004 box for big hard lures.

My standard configuration for using the box when carrying any distance. 2 x 5004 boxes stored horizontally with a deep 7004 box for big hard lures.

So as you can see the bag will easily accommodate 4 x 5004 boxes inserted “horizontally” (or in this case 2 x 5004 and 1 x double deep 7004) and there is still quite a bit of room which can be really handy for stuffing in a spare hoody or sticking your coat in there if you end up getting too hot later in the day. There is also lots and lots of space outside of the main compartment, with a big gusseted pocket on the back which is perfect for a flask of coffee and your sandwiches, as well as the double drop down pocket on the front, sunglasses pocket (which is a great place to store a spare set of pliers) and two nice sized side pockets. In short, this bag has as much storage space and anyone could reasonably need !

Being big enough to store a shed load of tackle is one thing, but being tough enough to carry it without broken straps, burst seams, knackered zips and ripped material is another…so how has the bag actually stood up to 8 long years of constant abuse ?

A little dirty, a little saggy, but basically still in near perfect shape after 8 years of abuse !

A little dirty, a little saggy, but basically still in near perfect shape after 8 years of abuse !

You have to hand it to Flambeau, this is one tough bag ! I am very, very pleased to report that after having to put up with me for 8 years, the bag is still in near perfect shape. The chunky zips are all smooth and in perfect working order, the seams are still all tight, there are no rips in the material, the bag is still waterproof and on the whole looking pretty damn good considering the muddy banks, car boots, wet boats and bad weather it has coped with. It has been dropped off a bridge accidentally, it has had a boot lid slammed down on it and it’s even been pee’d on by a passing jack russell. It has had very few hooks stuck in it over the years as the lining material seems to be pretty hook repellent, but those that have been embedded have been simple to pull out with pliers, leaving very little damage to the bag at all.  Another nice feature is the rigid plastic base which protects the bottom of the bag and means that you can put the bag down in all sorts of wet conditions without worrying that it will be soaking up water.

Don't stare at the plastic base for too long..it makes your eyes go funny !

Don’t stare at the plastic base for too long..it makes your eyes go funny !

C’mon something must have failed !

OK, ok nothing is perfect and there are two areas that have come a cropper in those 8 years. The first was really user error. I slammed the boot down after putting the bag in on a particularly wet and rainy day and the strap got trapped leading to one of the clip connectors that let’s you remove the strap getting snapped in half. Too be fair the other one is in perfect working order, and it was easily replaced by a cheap carabiner, so if you can avoid smashing this particular piece of plastic with a VW Passat boot you should be fine.

The broken clip was easily replaced by a cheap carabiner

The broken clip was easily replaced by a cheap carabiner

The clip on the other side is still in perfect nick..so if you avoid actually smashing it with a car boot lid they happily last 8 years !

The clip on the other side is still in perfect nick..so if you avoid actually smashing it with a car boot lid they happily last 8 years !

The second is the elastic bungees on top of the bag. To be fair I was never really sure what they were for and I did have a habit of sticking jumpers under them and also the handle of my dead stick rod when fishing on reservoirs. In the end the elastic got a bit baggy and annoying and I just cut them off. No big loss. ( In fact I notice looking at pictures of the latest AZ8’s that Flambeau themselves have removed the bungees !!)

Note there lack of bungees on the top of the bag now that I've cut them off. The sexy bag next to it is one of the new "Portage" range of bags that Flambeau have just released.

Note there lack of bungees on the top of the bag now that I’ve cut them off. The sexy bag next to it is one of the new “Portage” range of bags that Flambeau have just released.

So would I be happy to reccomend the bag ? undoubtedly the answer is yes. I’ve had a number of items of luggage by other manufacturers wear out and become pretty much unusable in just a couple of seasons, so to last pretty much unscathed for nearly a decade, is a real sign of quality in my books.

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The Zman Trd fished Ned Rig has been a much talked about lure in the last 18 months

There has been a lot of publicity about “ned-rig” lures and the amazing fish (particularly perch) that have been caught using the technique with Z-Man TRD lures. I fished the Ned rig with Trd’s myself and it can be a deadly method for better sized fish, particularly in pressurised waters. I’m no expert though, because by and large, most of my lure fishing these days takes place on canals where perch over 1lb are an exception and although there are a good many bigger zander in these waters, I like catching as many fish as possible and even using the finesse sized Trd’s which are just under 3″ I find that a lot of perch in the 15-25cm category  just peck at the tail and don’t fully inhale the lure, leading to missed bites. So fishing Trd’s has been a bit hit and miss for me and I haven’t really given it the time and effort required for a new method. However the concept of a lure that sits up off the bottom, wafting about enticingly made a lot of sense to me, but ideally I’d like it to be a lure that swims more realistically than a Trd when it’s retrieved and ideally something that is smaller, and less rigid, to make it easier for smaller size perch and zander to inhale it easily. Thankfully that lures exists..it’s the Z-Man Scented Leechz.

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The Leechz is 3″ long but because it relatively flat and tapered it folds very easily and is therefore much easier to engulf for a medium sized perch than an equivalent sized Trd. What’s more the Leechz actually has an amazing, undulating swimming action when you work it with the rod tip on the retrieve, making it just as effective a fish catcher when it’s on the move, as it is when it’s sat, tail-up, on the bottom. Photo 28-01-2017, 11 24 41

Plop a Leechz rigged with a jighead into a beer glass  and you will soon see how effectively the tail stands up, add a few little twitches via the rod tip and you have perch breakfast.

The more I thought about it, the more it made sense to be fishing with a leech imitation in a canal. Let’s face it, most canals are not exactly bursting at the seems with invertebrates and insect life. Due to the amount of boat traffic that most receive these days, your average canal is muddy and the majority of food stuffs available for a hungry perch are various freshwater shrimps, bloodworm and water woodlice….and leeches ! Catch yourself a pike or a zander in the middle of winter that has been sat on the bottom and what is it covered in ? That’s right…leeches. So it stands to reason that leeches being relatively large and juicy must be a major food source for perch and zander, when they are not busy eating fish. pike leeches

Take a look at canal caught pike or zander in the middle of winter and very often you will find they have a good number of leeches on them like the pike pictured above.

So in theory the Zman Leechz should be fantastic fish catchers in canals…but how has it worked out in practice ? In fact it’s been pretty good. All the evidence we have shows that both perch and zander are “inhalers” so faced with a static or slow moving prey, they tend to just hoover their meal up by expelling water from their gills and sucking the unsuspecting food item into their mouths. This means as anglers we should be making it as easy as possible for them to do just that. That means that most of the time you should be using as light a jig-head as possible when fishing, sticking a 5g or 10g jighead on to your lure just makes it so much harder for the fish you are after to hoover up your lure successfully

Anyone who doubts that perch inhale their prey just needs to watch the start of this video !

So I rigged the Leechz up with 2 and 3 g jigheads for my testing and headed out to a stretch of canal that I have been doing well on lately. I am pleased to say that the lure got pretty much instant success. Hopped slowly and long the bottom with 5-10 second pauses to allow the lure to settle and wave it’s tail around, quickly produced a quality perch, followed by a couple of much smaller ones that would have been much less likely to have been successfully hooked on a full size Trd.

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A quality perch falls for the Leechz

The Zander quickly followed suit and a couple of them fell to the Leechz, while being retrieved as well as when static on the bottom which was nice to see. What was pleasing was that all the fish had totally engulfed the lure and most were hooked fairly far back in their mouths, in fact I missed virtually no hits in the first few hours of testing, but managed to bank a dozen fish. IMG_1705Despite the fact that this fish had a battered tail and was blind in one eye, it still smacked the Leechz hard.

Since that first testing session I have fished with the Leechz a lot, it seems like pretty much the perfect cold water lure as it works best when fished slowly with plenty of pauses, so is ideal for lethargic, winter fish whose metabolism has slowed right down.. Fish it with a nice light jighead of 2-3g that has a decent length of shank and you will find that bites ( or should that be sucks !) are positive and there are very few bumped fish and missed hits. Although I tend to favour the darker more classically leech-like colours I have found that in clearer water the sparkly silver “Blue Steel” colour scheme also works really well, although I suspect the fish think the lure is a small fish, rather than a leech in this case. In conclusion this is a lure that I rarely head to the canal bank without and which I feel really helps me catch more fish in cold conditions when bites can be hard to come by. I’m actually really looking forward to trying it out in the warmer months, when I can move them a bit more quickly, we’ll see if the fish respond just as well !

Zman LeechZ are available from The Lure Lounge, via the link below

GET YOUR LEECHZ HERE !

Photo 28-01-2017, 11 21 09The “Blue Steel” version is a great lure in clearer water and a must for Ben Stiller fans !

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So you want to catch some big perch this summer ? Well clear water conditions call for highly realistic lures and a different approach. Unless you have the luxury of fishing an exclusive private water, then the chances are the big perch you are after will have seen lots and lots of lures already. They will have grown wary of standard soft shads, spinners and cranks, so you need to add something “next level” to your armoury. Ladies and Gentlemen I give you the Westin Mega Teez  and Mini Teez !

The Mega Teez is next level !

The Mega Teez is next level with it’s awesome tail action

The Mini-Teez has a concealed air chamber that helps it suspend beautifully when drop shotted.

The Mini-Teez has a concealed air chamber that helps it suspend beautifully when drop shotted.

The Mega -Teez has a fantastic action that perch find fascinating, so be prepared for aggressive hits and when a subtler approach is needed then rig up a Mini-Teez on a drop shot rig and it’s inner air chamber will hep it suspend beautifully just like a real baitfish.

But don’t just take our word for it..listen to Europe’s best lure angler Luc Coppen !

FANCY A SPECIAL LURETOUR DISCOUNT ?

If you want to get hold of either of these lures or a whole host of other fantastic lure fishing kit, then you are in luck ! LureTour has secured a special discount for our readers at The Lure Box all you have to do is type Luretour into the discount code box when completing any order and you will get 10% discount. Click the link below to go direct to either the Mini Teez or the Mega Teez on the Lurebox’s website

MINI TEEZ

MEGA TEEZ

Don’t worry id the colour you want is out of stock…new stock is arriving soon !

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There is always plenty off competitive rivalry between lure manufacturers at the best of times, but things just stepped up a gear for two of the biggest brands in the sport as Savage Gear and Westin have gone into battle over ducklings !

There has been a mixed reaction to news of the outbreak of a Duck War from celebrity ducks...but our personal favourite Daffy certainly looks worried.

There has been a mixed reaction to news of the outbreak of a Duck War from celebrity ducks…but our personal favourite Daffy certainly looks worried.

Yes you did read that right….Savage Gear and Westin have both announced brand new lures at virtually the same time and both of them are baby duckling surface lures aimed at catching mean old pike.

The Contenders in The Great Duck Battle

  1. Westin’s Danny the Duck

Westin’s Danny the Duck  is 14cm long and weighs 44g. When retrieved slowly it wobbles along on the surface realistically, but give it more crank and the diving lip integrated into the beak pulls it down to around 1.5m max. The lure has a solid plastic body combined with soft rubber feet and is wired through for durability.

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Danny the Duck comes in 4 colours including speckled brown……….

....and mandarin .

….and mandarin .

  1. Savage Gear Suicide Duck

We have a little less information about Mads Grosell’s latest creation as so far the lure has only been publicised on social media. However the lure looks to be a very similar size to Westin’s Danny, but with a couple of key differences which might just see it win the battle of the beaks. Westin’s duck is armed with two standard and fairly large trebles that hang under the lure, meaning that it will be no good for fishing amongst surface weed or lily pads, which is traditionally very good topwater territory for pike fishing. The Savage Gear Suicide Duck on the other hand has a very neat clipped on top treble that sits on top of the ducks back, which means that if you remove the belly treble, you will be able to fish the lure relatively weedlessly. We also like the spinning feet of Savages design, which will create a load of froth and churn, just like a real life panic stricken cute little baby duckie. We also like the real feathers that Mads has included to mask the hooks.

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We like the hook layout on the Savage Suicide Duck

Here at Lure Tour we are big admirers of Westin Lures, but to us it looks like Savage may have the edge in this Duck War. At the end of the day it will be the pike that decide…we just can’t wait to get our hands on some samples so we can see what they think !

Savage Gears Mad Genius Mads Grosell had fun scaring the crap out of real ducks by telling them all about pike !

Savage Gears Mad Genius Mads Grosell had fun scaring the crap out of real ducks by telling them all about pike !

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Lure fishing can be an expensive business, so to help you guys out we have trolled around the lure fishing cyberspace to find you our top five lure bargains of the week. We refuse to include cheap tat in this list, so instead all you will get is top quality lure fishing tackle at amazing low prices ! We would also like to point out that this is an entirely independently produced list…this is our choice…not the retailers !

  1. Plano Lumber Fishing Pack 3500 – Harris Sportsmail

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This Plano Hipbag is one that we can thoroughly recommend as we have used it extensively over the last 2 years. The zips are good the bag is a really nice size (not too big or too small) and generally we have found it too be really excellent quality. It could do with a couple of extra D-rings on either side…but that’s just being picky. It even comes with two  3500 ProLatch™ StowAway® boxes.

Usual price £34.99….Sale Price £18.99

Click Here to see it on the Harris website

2. Drifter tackle 8″ Believer  – Lure Lounge

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When it comes to proper old-skool pike lures, the Believer is a legend. Built to last and capable of catching pike just about anywhere the Believer is a fantastic lure for slow trolling or casting on reservoirs, gravel pits and big rivers. Normally these American imports cost an arm and a leg, but the Lure Lounge are selling them at less than a tenner !

Usual price £16.49….Sale price £9.99

Click here to see it on the Lure lounge website 

3. Bomber Model 4A Crankbait – AGM Tackle

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If you are one of those anglers who only ever use soft plastic lures for catching perch then you are missing out big time ! In the right conditions crank baits can be a devastatingly effective way of catching perch, zander, pike and chub and Bomber have been making top quality cranks for donkey’s years. At just less than 6cm the Model 4a is a perfect size for perch and the crayfish pattern will be deadly anywhere that the perch and chub like to get fat eating the signals that seem to infest our rivers and gravel pits these days.

Usual price £3.99….Sale price £2.99

Click here to see it on the AGM website

4. Nories Spoontail shads 5″ and 6″

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The spoon tail shad is one of the sexiest shads ever devised and was the brainchild of uber cool Japanese lure dude, Norio Tanabe. With it’s slimline shape, realistic insert and super-soft construction it attracts the biggest perch and zander and folds beautifully on impact, meaning you end up with more hooked fish and less bump-offs. Normally you get virtually no change out of a tenner for a pack of these beauties, but Glasgow Angling Centre and doing a big range of colours in both 5″ and 6″ sizes for a much nicer price.

Usual price £9.99….Sale price £7.99

Click here to see them on the GAC / Fishing megastore site

5. Savage Gear Soft 4 Play 13cm

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The Soft 4Play has been one of the most used lures of the last few years. There are lots of ways to rig them and lots of ways to fish them and nearly all of those catch fish ! The 13cm is our favourite size, so when we saw that the Lure Box was doing them super cheap..we just had to include them in the list.

Usual price £6.99….Sale price £3.99

 

Click here to see them on the Lure Box website

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