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Jul 24 2012 3:53PM
|Has anyone used these?|
Also, what size are they, length, weight, floating, etc?
Jul 27 2012 8:52AM
|I see the specs on the site now. Sorry about that. Looks like a bigger shimano slider/hydro pencil, right?|
Jul 27 2012 9:33AM
ChefChris is in this thread, he might have some hands on experience.
New Shimano Orca Topwater
Jul 27 2012 9:52AM
|sorry it took so long to get to this Crisco 190 and 160 versions...selling like crazy, they do look kinda like a BIG Hydro Pencil|
I'll get the exact specs in a minute...
Jul 27 2012 9:54AM
|the large "190's" are 7.5 inch and 3.10 ounces|
the smaller "160's" are 6.3 inch and 2.05 ounces
both floating with very heavy rigging
according to Pete these may take a bit more effort on the anglers part than your typical hydro or similar top water, but they seem to be very popular and increasingly as the tuna reports pick up
Jul 27 2012 10:51AM
|I checked them out when I was at the shop last weekend. They look great and I'm sure they'll be all the rage at the canal next spring. My only concern is the price tag. I can buy 5-6 bucktails for the price of one Orca. |
Truth is - if you're imitating mackerel you're plug doesn't really need to do that much. A mackerel swims very straight and uses short, but quick tail pumps. From what it looks like the Orcas do, I think they'll be great as a mackerel imitator for the canal or for tuna.
One thing that concerns me about this style plug is the ability to fish them effectively with a 10+ ft pole. Ideally I think I would like to fish an Orca with the pole to my side and rod tip down. I find it very difficult to do that at my height with a 10+ft surf rod - which is why I tend to fish bucktails more.
Jul 30 2012 9:24AM
|Yeah, I like the whole tip-down and spook thing too, which can suck with a surf rod, but not impossible. Everyone penciling at the canal will think you're an idiot though...|
Thanks for the posts all, I was eager to get one when I first saw them, but I am honestly being held back a little by the $25 price for a bass spook, that's plastic and mass produced. At least when I spend that much on wood, I know some nice local guy is getting $$.
Jul 30 2012 10:18AM
Shimano Orca Fishing Lures
Aug 21 2012 11:59AM
|finally picked one up of my own, 3oz green mack for the canal fishing trips. |
the plug is really cool.
the eyes are bad ass, really digging the design overall.
the finish sucks, after one day of use and lots of fish, the finish and paint is coming off in big chunks.
the hardware is crazy heavy, very stout, extra sharp hooks and beefed up split rings.
so finally a $30 plug that i dont have to immediately change the hooks out right away on it which is nice.
action is great, sort a spook, topwater, subsurface, stick shad action, does a little of everything.
I havent fished the smaller one yet, that will be tomorrow
Sep 13 2012 4:57PM
|Chef, what ended up happening? What was your take on the smaller one?|
Sep 13 2012 5:02PM
Sep 26 2012 5:13PM
|the orcas have some beautiful colors|
Sep 26 2012 6:56PM