But in periods of stronger current or areas a bit deeper, we wanted a lure with a bit more weight.
But because the shimmer on the fall is so effective, we decided to keep the same design and see what would happen if we simply made them heavier. Coz sometimes you don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
So when we recieved our Pillager 40 g sinking stick bait lures prototype, we were desperate to get it out for a trial.
Since we live on the north side of Cairns, we ran up the spectacular coast to Port Douglas.
I haven’t fished Port Douglas since we were filming our How to find Wonky Holes course and I’m certainly not familiar with the area, so it was a challenge to find some decent fish and put these lures on their nose.
FINDING NEW FISHING SPOTS
Before using your sinking stick bait lures, or even if you choose live bait or flesh bait, if you’re not fishing on the fish you won’t get the same results in terms of fish catches.
If you haven’t already, jump on our free sounder course below and learn more about getting it right.
SINKING STICK BAIT LURES
Sinking stick bait lures like the RMF Pillager are a weighted hard body. They are designed to mimic a injured bait fish, both on the lift AND the fall.
They are typically used instead of vibes e.g. fishing in slightly deeper water in a fish holding area.
However they can be even more effective than a vibe, for the following reasons.
- A vibe is so named as it vibrates on the lift. On the fall they just drop. Whereas the RMF Pillager flutters on the fall resembling an injured bait fish fluttering down.
- On the rise, stick baits can be jigged in small jerks on the retrieve can dance the lure from side to side. So both rise and fall are effective fish attractants.
DOUBLE HOOK UP FIRST DROP
To say we were stoked having a double hook up on the first drop was an understatement.
Especially since Evatt came all the way from Darwin for our trip in Mood Swings and we had to abort only a week in due to mechanical issues.
So it was great to be able to show him some fishing on the Great Barrier Reef. And even more fun testing our RMF Pillager 40 g prototype sinking stick bait lures.
For those interested, we should have them available in early to mid 2023.
RMF FISHING LURES
All our lures have been well and truly proven over time on charter with Ryan Moody when he was a fishing guide.
So you can be sure they WILL work – if you put them in front of fish.
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I hope you enjoyed our video fishing Port Douglas with our prototype Pillager sinking stick bait lures.
Stay tuned as we head off soon on our long awaited offshore trip in our 40 footer Mood Swings.