Prawns. Everything in the estuary will eat a prawn. They are like delicious little tubes of protein for any fish big enough to take a bite of them! More often than not prawns are a readily available food source within most estuaries. So, why not use a realistic, lifelike presentation that resembles a prawn? Enter the Atomic Prong!
The Atomic Prong is a soft plastic lure that very closely resembles a prawn, having feelers, legs and lots of little dangly bits that get the attention of any fish within visible range. When this lure is under the water the legs and feelers wiggle around, creating a very realistic presentation that fish will find hard to distinguish from an actual prawn. This lure will literally catch anything in the estuary, but most common catches include whiting, bream, flathead, mulloway, mangrove jack, tailor, trevally, snapper and many more.
The Atomic Prong is available in 2 inch, 3 inch and 4 inch sizes in a wide range of different colours. Natural colours like Carolina Pumpkin are hard to beat and will perform well in clear water, whereas some of the brighter or darker colours like Electric Chicken or Green Camo will work well when the water clarity is dirty or during low light conditions.
Another great feature of the Atomic Prong is that it can be rigged from either end of the lure. This allows the angler to change the presentation of the lure as different situations require. The Prong can be rigged to sink horizontally through the water column (using a Seekerz hidden height jighead) or rigged to sink down with the lure in a more vertical position (using a traditional Seekers jighead). This again allows the angler greater control over how the lure is presented and what they want it to do under the water. When fishing pontoons or shallow weedbeds keeping the Prong in a horizontal position will achieve a more natural presentation. Alternatively, when fishing in deep water along submerged rockwalls or gravel patches a more vertical or upright position of the Prong may have greater success as it looks more like a prawn trying to bury into cover, sitting on the bottom tail up, legs wiggling.
These soft plastics have certainly become one of the most effective flathead, bream and mangrove jack lures available. You shouldn’t venture out into the estuary without some of these in your kit.