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Use Pencil Popper For Bass Like A Pro

Are you good at catching fish with pencil poppers?
This type of lures become very popular. I see there are more and more top water lure fans from all around working on pencil poppers for bass , bluefish, bonitos, mackerel and all that kind of surface game fishing.

pencil poppers for bass bluefish bonitos mackerel

But do we really know how to use pencil popper properly?
Here Markos, from Greece , shows us what you can do with pencil poppers.
In this video he uses DUO Realis pencils. These are absolutely amazing lures. If you are targeting bass and bluefish, you must have couple of them in your lurebox.

Zacatak Lures Review

Zacatak Game Fishing Lures
Chasing that big one, catching that fast one, playing with that wild one.. Game fishing  enthusiasts love their handcrafted colourful lures for tuna, marlin, barracuda and other pelagics.

Zacatak Lures Review

Zacatak are made in Australia. Each lure is individually handcrafted.  Every single lure they produce has a superior quality that represents the workmanship and attention to detail that we uphold. Zacatak Lures are colour-tinted to complement each skirt combination. Zacatak Lure skirts are of the highest quality and hold a reputation for being durable and resilient. They are available in a huge range of vibrant colours and are enhanced with various highlights to maximize light reflection and visibility for targeting all species of game fishing.

Lenght of Zacatak Lures are available in five sizes, from our Extra Small 6.5" to right up to the Extra Large 14" . And head diameters are from 26mm to 57mm

Lure Models and Features (click on titles for more info & photos)

The Vamp is an aggressive performer designed for maximum action, vibration and turbulence.

The goal from the outset was to design a lure unlike any other. What followed was the evolution of a game fishing lure fusing the characteristics of slant head, cup face and pusher lures.

Zacatak is the home of the legendary sprocket, one of the best game fishing lures of all time! Famous for being effortless.

Even when the fishing has fizzled out, the Smoka seduces in waters where other lures or live baits have failed. A versatile lure, the Smoka swims tight and straight regardless of sea conditions or how far back it is positioned.

With a broad head shake and serious splash when it breathes, the Roach is an aggressive deep diving lure range with an impressive smoke trail.

The midge loves rough weather! It brings impressive commotion to the water and has become one of Zacatak's most successful range of lures.

The Long Neck boasts a tight and shallow manoeuvre that fish find effortless to grab.

The Fatso is the lazy man’s lure - it’s almost too easy! In any position, and any condition, the Fatso cooperates with a straight, tight swimming action and narrow smoke trail.

Possibly the best teaser lure on the market, the Monster Cracker also performs successfully with hooks attached.

The Bunga is Zacatak's erratic swimming, weighted head lure. With an unpredictable movement achieved by its long shape, the Bunga mimics a vulnerable bait fish ready for the taking.

Don’t let its size fool you! The 9mm lure is absolute fish candy for all pelagic species including tuna, mackerel  and dolphin fish.

Zacatak Website: zacataklures.com.au

Zacatak Thunderstruck Lure

THUNDERSTRUCK by Zacatak is an ultimate game fish lure for the wildest and fastest predators.

Zacatak Thunderstruck Lure Review Australia

A distinct visual lure, "Thunderstruck" is extremely erratic in action, travelling from side to side with a double splash motion due its collar. You will never see another lure smoke and dive like this baby does.

Thunderstruck Medium  (Size 10")
The goal from the outset was to design a lure unlike any other. What followed was the evolution of a game fishing lure fusing the characteristics of slant head, cup face and pusher lures.
Head Diameter: 39mm
Min Line Class: 15kg
Max Trace: 400lb

Colours of Zacatak Thunderstruck are; Black Night, Blue Express, Black Wasp, Chain, Green Lantern, Green Luminescent Dorado, Green Knight, Joker, Itty Billy, Salt and Pepper, Sniper, Storm Cloud, Evil, Purple Haze, Blue Green, Stripy, Pink Howler, Otto, Oily Delta Blue, Oily Fin, Maui Blue, Kona, Vasp, Pinky, Hot Vasp, Blue Hawai, Hot Hawaian, Redbait, Yamas, Slimy, Sacred Saury, Green Scad, Secret Frigate, Purple Scad, Fire Scad, Green Slash, Slash, Shrec, Spanish Flag, Storm Cloud, Pilchard, Zucchini, Secret Stripy, Secret Squid, Yum Yum, Gelato Yum Yum and Yellowtail.

Vamp Lure - Zacatak Vamp

VAMP game fishing lure by Zacatak for marlin, tuna, swordfish, sailfish and all other pelagic species.

The Vamp is an aggressive performer designed for maximum action, vibration and turbulence. The violent shaking action produced by this lure range makes it so realistic you'll think you're trolling live bait!
The Zacatak Vamp is available in five sizes, from " sized lure right up to the Extra Large 14" lure.
Vamp Lure for Marlin Dorado Barracuda Dolphin Swordfish Amberjack Sailfish
Colours of VAMP lures are; Black Night, Black Wasp, Chain, Green Lantern, Green Luminescent Dorado, Joker, Salt and Pepper, Sniper, Storm Cloud, Evil, Purple Haze, Blue Green, Stripy, Pink Howler, Otto, Maui Blue, Kona, Vasp, Pinky, Hot Vasp, Blue Hawai, Hot Hawaian, Redbait, Yamas, Slimy, Sacred Saury, Green Scad, Purple Scad, Fire Scad, Green Slash, Slash, Spanish Flag, Storm Cloud, Pilchard, Zucchini, Secret Stripy, Secret Squid.

Extra Small 6.5"
The Small 8" Vamp is an aggressive performer used predominately in calm water. A violent shaking action allows the Small Vamp to function as an effective small teaser with hooks, luring fish from behind the spread. When used in rough conditions, the Small Vamp behaves further back in the long rigger and short rigger positions. Suggested skirt colours include Zacatak, Celica, Stripy and Frigate.
Head Diameter: 26mm
Min Line Class: 6kg
Max Trace: 200lb

Medium 10"
The Medium 10" Vamp is an aggressive lure, capable of emitting the vibrations and commotion of lures twice its size! This secret weapon of the short corner shakes and dives to attract fish from the back of the spread, continuing to perform in any position.
Head Diameter: 38mm
Min Line Class: 10kg
Max Trace: 300lb

Large 12.5"
The Large 12.5" Vamp exhibits remarkable action and turbulance, causing bounce tip in your rod that may take some getting used to! Created for the short corner, this lure trolls like live bait! An easy lure to use, the Large Vamp will perform in all positions through rough conditions.
Head Diameter: 48mm
Min Line Class: 24kg
Max Trace: 400lb

Extra Large 14"
The Extra Large 14" Vamp is fittingly known as 'The Beast'. Observing this feisty lure in action, it is apparent how closely the Extra Large Vamp mimics live bait. This lure's movement is so realistic you know it will be taken.
Head Diameter: 57mm
Min Line Class: 37kg
Max Trace: 600lb

British Columbia Chinook Salmon Fishing

If fly fishing in the wilderness of British Columbia is of your dreams, check this out! Spectacular landscape, salmon rich waters, exceptional fly fishing experience...

The anglers on camera include none other than the talented Adrienne Comeau, who guides for Skeena Spey Riverside Wilderness & Lodge and Steve McPhail, owner of Nass River Steelhead Company out of Terrace British Columbia. This tech-infused video includes some great insight on fly fishing for the big Chinook Salmon, who live in the world-renown waters of British Columbia.

Sea Urchin - What Do We Know About Sea-Urchins?

To understand the extraordinary life of sea urchins, you need to know these interesting facts.

How big are they?
They are not gigantic creatures at all. Average size is typically 1-3 inches (3-10 cm)

How many species of sea-urchins can we find in the oceans?
Over 700.  Yep, too many of them all around the world.

How long do they live? 
Usually between 4 and 10 years. But there is an exception; Red Sea Urchin can live up to 200 years! they, you are not reading it wrong; two hundred years. It is one of the longest lived animals on earth.

Mouth of a Black Sea urchin ( Arbacia lixula ) upside down
Sea Urchin Facts - What Do We Know About Sea-Urchins?

Where do they live? Where in the world can I find them?
Everywhere! Sea-Urchins are found almost every corner of the world.
They habitat along the ocean/sea floor in shallow to deep water, coral reefs, rocky bottoms, from warm seas to polar oceans.

What do they eat? What's their favourite dinner?
Sea urchins are omnivores. Yes, sound a bit greedy. But actually not.  They mainly feed on algae on rocks and coral and but also can feed on wide range of invertebrates.

And who loves to eat them? Are there any predators to sea urchins?
Oh yes. Birds, crabs, fish, sea otters, lobsters, eels.. and.. and humans!

Are they active whole day?
No. Sea urchins are nocturnal. They usually hide in holes or crevices during the day.

Where are the eyes of an sea urchin? 
Sea urchins have no visible eyes. Freaky? :)

A deep sea urchin (Hawaii)
Sea Urchins and Fishing

Females produce eggs usually when they reach 1 year maturity.  Once a year (usually spring/summer), females release millions of eggs into water for males to fertilize.  Several months are needed for the larva to complete its development.

Do They Attack Humans?
Oh no! Good Lord they don't. Imagine they jump in your face with those tube legs :)

Is it a delicious sea food? Have you ever tasted a sea urchin?
I have. But I didn't like it much to be honest. But many people love it. Especially in Italy, Japan, California, Korea, Chile. Japanese sea food lovers adore it.


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