Lets face it, winter is coming but this year will be different. I’m taking the cold months head on with a collection of soft plastics and blades…
Lure or Bait, I’ll leave that up to you but they have both proven themselves as fish catching tools. The Ecogear Aqua Bream Prawn is the new(er) kid on the block and only been around for the last couple of years but still enough time to get a good take on its effectiveness.
Going head to head against the Ecogear Aqua is the Gulp Shrimp, this lure has been around for some time and exploded onto the scene several years ago and with a proven track record.
These protein based, heavily scented soft plastics are an effective finesse or power fishing lure that can be left to “bake” or ripped to represent a fleeing prawn. The “baked” presentation allows the bait’s scent to attract the fish, the ripped presentation works well with both, each bringing their own strengths.
Tournament results (and sales) don’t lie. These lures are dynamite against fish and have accounted for fish both big and small and are effective against virtually every estuary species (who hasn’t caught some strange bi-catch with a bio bait).
Rig them on a jighead or worm hook and you’ll catch ‘em. Steve Morgan taught me a great way of catching them on a worm hook, which is addictive and fun. The way Steve sets the hook is what sets this technique apart but that would be better suited to a video. If we’re lucky, we might be able to twist his arm and get him to shoot one with us.
Casting these lures on heavy or light jigheads, at structure or open expanses like a sand flat are all effective, hopping, ripping or baking these lures work too. These lures are a great way to start fishing but the golden rule of soft plastic fishing is to fish as light as possible, allowing the lure to present as naturally as possible.
What the hell do I mean by “naturally” when it comes to a clump of plastic and a lead weight in the water? I mean as slow and level as possible, depending on the current and wind. A lure dropping head first through the water column, faster than a fish could swim won’t work every time but slowing the sink rate and changing the attitude can have massive results.
Tie them on a 3lb-4lb spinning fluorocarbon, grab a couple of jigheads around the 1/16th or lighter and get casting.
Down to the question, Gulp or Ecogear? I’m a brand loyal, Apple and Toyota get my money every time and I fall to the Ecogear side. The Gulp option is too big for my liking, while the Aqua’s are softer and more natural looking. I will say they are less durable but by flipping them upside down and then back to front gives you 4 uses out of most baits and adds some more versatility in my presentation.