One of the most impressive innovations of the last several years has to be Shimano's Waxwing lures. Designed to just break the water's surface, these lures allow anglers to better target the many saltwater species found in the upper water column.
The Waxwing Boy and Waxwing Jr. have a hydronamic body design with an upper wing to make it swim in a zigzag motion and a lower wing to prevent it from rolling. The aerodynamics make it easy to cast long distances, especially when used in conjunction with Shimano-developed Terez Waxwing rods and high-speed reels including the new Trinidad 10A, Curado 300EJ or spinning models like the Stella, Sustain and Stradic.
Each Waxwing lure features stainless wire-through construction directly to the tin-coated double hook. The lures are available in two sizes: Waxwing 88 Boy (88mm long) and Waxwing 118 Jr. (118mm long) and are offered in 14 colors with ultraviolet reactive paint on the lateral line to further enhance fish catching abilities.
Best With Terez Rods
To help the Waxwing lures move throught the water, Shimano Terez rods and high-speed Shimano reels provide for a simple, steady retrieve that allows the lure to swim in a zigzag motion. The Terez Waxwing rods include specific seven-foot casting and spinning models, seven-foot-two-inch spinning and eight foot casting with the right power and action to fish PowerPro braid from 10-pound test up to 100-pound.
Each Terez rod is offered in five colors to match the most popular boat hull colors - aqua, emerald green, fighting lady yellow, pearl white and sunset red - and feature Shimano's C4S blank construction for sensitivity and durability. The custom shaped grips provide comfort for retrieving the lure or pulling on a fish. The longer rear grip enhances long-casting abilities.
No Predator Can Resist
Try Shimano's PowerPro Vermillion Red braided to bring all the components together. The line and color of choice, this will virtually dissappear in the water to create a super-effective fish-catching tool. Shimano's Ted Sakai, product manager for technical fishing systems, put it this way, "In testing the Waxwing lures in saltwater fishing locations on all coasts, we have yet to find one predator who won't eat it. The unique fin design allows it to swim like no other lure - many anglers may find it to be the most fun way possible to fish."
Want to test the Waxwing system for yourself? Visit Joe's Fishing & Hunting today and we'll be happy to pick out the best pieces for local conditions. You can also browse our complete Shimano collection of reels, rods, lures and accessories to mix and match your favorites.