BassWestUSA - January/February, 2011, Page 40


Introducing the


Ammonite Shad from Jackall Lures is just now becoming available to anglers in the USA, says Bassmaster Elite pro Kota Kiriyama of Moody, Alabama. It's already very popular in Japan where the Ammonite Shad hit the market a little earlier, and is reputed to catch many sh, and real big sh. I was just in Japan a couple weeks ago, trying to catch a real big sh on Lake Biwa, which is the lake that produced the tie for the world record bass. The water was really cold, so I was working the Ammonite Shad very slowly, which is always a very good way to sh it. The characteristics of this bait are different from many other paddle tail type swimbaits where you need to reel the others faster in order to make the paddle move. With the Ammonite Shad, I can retrieve it very slowly yet still make the paddle tail move well. It is 5-1/2 inches long, so it is medium length, but it is still good for big lunker bass at Lake Biwa (or anywhere). The reason is because the shape and overall size of

Ammonite Shad

with Kota Kiriyama

the head and body hasve more volume than the regular, conven- tional paddle tail type swimbaits. So the Ammonite Shad pushes a lot of water, not just by the paddle, but the whole body moves a lot of water. I used the Ammonite Shad at Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia where the water is a little clearer this spring. It worked very well for me on Lake Murray, South Carolina too. I use it a lot of times just to make a search to see if the sh are on a bank. Around spawning time, and until after the spawn, they often follow and look at this bait, but many times turn around. So now I know where they are at, and if they didn't bite the Ammonite Shad, I pick up the Jackall Flick Shake Worm with the Jackall wacky jig- head, throw it where I've found the sh, and that always catches them well. Around spawning time, this two-part approach can be a dynamite deal. I use the Ammonite Shad with the Owner TwistLOCK hook with the Centering Pin Spring attached to the hook eye. I use the TwistLOCK Light and the 3X models, 5/0 or 6/0, with the weights on the hook shank. I always pre-rig a couple of these baits on dif- ferent hooks with different weights to handle varying conditions or needs. I rig several up ahead of time, so I can change between them very quickly when shing, without losing time to rerig. I change between the hook models and different weights to meet the con- ditions, how fast I want to retrieve and how deep I want to reach. With the weights on the hook, the baits have a better-balanced swimming action by which I mean I can retrieve a little bit faster if I want without losing the swimming balance. However, I still use it slow most of the time, all season. Right after spawning time, I use a little bit faster retrieve, without the weight on the hook, keeping the Ammonite Shad swimming almost subsurface. Post-spawn, the sh tend to start coming up to the surface for topwaters, but right before they really get good on topwaters, this subsurface swimming technique with the Ammonite can be dynamite. How deep to keep it is anywhere from barely subsurface to maybe 10 inches deep. Fish will hit this presentation eagerly during the post-spawn transition to early summer. When used with the weigthless TwistLOCK hook, due to the volume and size of the body, I am able to make a really long dis- tance cast, which is not always possible to make with other regular paddle tail type swimbaits. Usually, other paddle tail type swimbaits need to have a weight or otherwise they will lose their swimming balance and also they are not heavy enough to cast far weightless. So the Am- monite Shad has a big advantage. One more thing, it has a body pro le that can skip very eas- ily under boat docks, under trees or other cover. I can skip the bait very well without any weight, and thanks to the Centering Pin Spring on the TwistLOCK, the bait won't ball up on the hook when you make a powerful skip cast. BW



January/February 2011