My favourite hard bodied lure for fishing because of its versatility. I have caught a large variety of fish casting my 75mm Atomic Shiners. I have an entire tray full of them in my tackle bags. Different colours for different scenarios and also the different depths are equally important, mid, deep or double deep. This blog will look at exploring the purpose of having so many different and also identical shiners.
Firstly colour. The shiner range of colours, which is also spread amongst all Atomic Hardz lures is designed to allow anglers to select lures based on what bait they want to represent or the particular scenario that the angler is faced with. For example the ‘silver wolf’ and ‘gold wolf’ colours are perfect representations of bait fish like mullet, white bait or yakka. These colours can be used in almost any situation where bait is present. I would always start a session using these colours because they provide a platform to know what potential bait is around and what it is being eaten by. Most predatory fish will be hunting bait fish so these colours are definitely my everyday go-to lure. Colours such as ‘ghost gill brown’ or any of the ‘prawn’ varieties are used effectively to imitate more specific bait. I would rarely throw these lures in situations where there is minimal structure or ideal habitat for specific bait to congregate. They can imitate bait such as squid, prawns, juvenile fish, crabs etc. The list goes on. This is the easiest way to select your shiner colour based on what you think will be around.
Other colours in the shiner range are designed to be fished for certain situations as well. ‘Black hot tail’ is a fantastic example. It is jet black with a red tail. Something like this is very rare to come by in the animal kingdom. I have caught fish using this colour in murky water because it absorbs light and becomes visible to predators when other lures are ineffective. Brightly coloured lures such as ‘Ghost pink Chartreuse’ is another colour variation that does not imitate a particular bait. The bright colours are used to attract the attention of hungry fish. In clear conditions light bounces off this lightly coloured lure and illuminates it, almost antagonising fish into attacking.
The bibs on the Atomic Shiners are fantastic. Durable and can be worked vigorously without skipping out of its action. You may think that the double deep lure is a bit too much and it is more likely to get snagged than catch a fish. This lure works in opposition to this theory. The lure dives down vertically. The bib hits any snags and quite often bounces off them before being hooked. If the angler is paying attention they should be able to notice that the bib has hit an obstruction. The angler should stop their action immediately and the lure will rise out of the snag. This is actually the point in which you are most likely to catch your fish. Because the lure is in the strike zone it has caught all the attention of the residing fish. A lot of other lures will rise quickly to the surface once the angler stop winding. The Shiner 75mm Double Deep bib is a magnificent piece of engineering because it slows down the rise of the lure in the strike zone, increasing your chance of a bite. The Double Deep Shiner is my favourite lure in amongst snags, particularity fishing from a boat into deep water. I will convert to the ‘deep’ bib in shallower snags because it works in a similar fashion, or if I am fishing from land. The mid range bib is effective in most scenarios. It can be worked a lot more quickly, which brings pelagic’s such as kingfish, queenfish or Australian salmon into the picture. It can be used in open water or in shallow snags. I’m a big fan of the mid and whichever days fishing I am doing, it comes with me.
Don’t just get one shiner…