Shimano ORCA Lures

Efficient aerodynamic design creates a long powerful cast. The proprietary internal weight position produces an erratic pop & dive action. Ultra sharp, high tensile strength treble hooks secure your catch.
Brand:Shimano
The new Orca lures from Shimano are a great option for a wide variety of saltwater species. The hardware on these lures is ROBUST making them at home when targeting striped bass in your favorite local haunt or pelagic species far offshore. When I was testing these lures I was impressed with their action. I didn't take long before some hungry bluefish cast their vote as well, creating a memorable and action-packed evening for myself and a buddy of mine. Shimano hits another home run with the Orca.
Shimano Orca lures created a huge buzz prior to their release and for good reason. Whether you fish the Cape Cod canal for bass or farther out for pelagics they have hardware ready to go right out of the box with through wired construction beafy hooks and split rings. The weighting of the lure makes a pretty good caster and come in a number of great colors.
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crisco
Shimano Orca?
Jul 24 2012 3:53PM
Has anyone used these?

Also, what size are they, length, weight, floating, etc?


crisco
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?
Same action?


puppet
Jul 27 2012 9:33AM
Quote Originally Posted by crisco View Post
I see the specs on the site now. Sorry about that. Looks like a bigger shimano slider/hydro pencil, right?
Same action?
Is it a no-no to link to another site?
ChefChris is in this thread, he might have some hands on experience.

New Shimano Orca Topwater


scottw
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...


scottw
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


beaver
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.


crisco
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 $$.

Thanks!


cchobot
Jul 30 2012 10:18AM
Quote Originally Posted by puppet View Post
Is it a no-no to link to another site?
ChefChris is in this thread, he might have some hands on experience.

New Shimano Orca Topwater
Never a problem linking to another site we encourage useful linking to any site. But if you ARE going to buy some, why not do it here :

Shimano Orca Fishing Lures


chefchris
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


cchobot
Sep 13 2012 4:57PM
Chef, what ended up happening? What was your take on the smaller one?


chefchris
Sep 13 2012 5:02PM
Quote Originally Posted by cchobot View Post
Chef, what ended up happening? What was your take on the smaller one?
never picked it up actually, thought about it but my canal rods are best suited for 3oz and up, and i already have a ton of 2oz topwater stuff for bass for the surf. still want to get one and try it out, maybe this week actually seeing topwater seems to be the way to go right now.


cchobot
Sep 26 2012 5:13PM
the orcas have some beautiful colors



chefchris
Sep 26 2012 6:56PM
Quote Originally Posted by cchobot View Post
the orcas have some beautiful colors

I love the eyes on these plugs. took a couple decent fish in the surf the other morning on the green mac.