With my last Patchinko 2 falling victim to being washed into a shallow rock and not coming free I was in need of a new surface lure to work its magic in the rough stuff. Now with it being January and money being more than a bit tight, I didn’t want to spend the usual £20. I would much rather spend a tenner on a lure that could do the same job. What would be even better would be a lure with the same profile, same weight but only £10.
Could this be possible? Is there such a lure out there? Well thanks to the guys at Savage Gear there is. The new Panic Prey 135 on first glance is exactly that. Now I haven’t measured this thing exactly but it looks pretty good to me. At 13.5cm and 26g I'd say it's pretty dam close.
The only thing I am concerned about is the fact they may have had to skimp on the plastic but more likely the hooks. Out of the packet the hooks look just the job. As you can see from the picture above I have gone for the lure in Bone White Shiner, now what more could one want? I love white surface lures and they are responsible for my largest fish last year and also my dad’s PB. Could I make this lure any better?
I believe yes with these little beauties from Vanfook.
The only thing better than a white lure is a white lure with white hooks! Now the fish probably don’t care what colour the hooks are and without a extensive field trial of each side by side it would be too difficult to tell. What I do know is I love the look and if it keeps me happy then that is all that matters.
What I can say about these hooks at this stage is the pattern looks perfect and these are super sharp. I am no hook expect but I am sure well used hooks that are losing their edge are probably responsible for lack of hook ups. I am confident if I upgraded my hooks to these when they need it, the result would be more fish hooked and landed. I am still yet to use these hooks but can’t wait to get out there and put them through their paces. I will be sure to let you all know how I get on with them and the lure.
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