|By Steve Hunt
I have been using the Daiwa Emeraldas MD squid jigs for a few years now and have had some great success during this time. But now Daiwa have upped the ante recently bringing out the awesome looking range of premium squid jigs named Emeraldas Nude. They come in eight brilliant colour patterns and two different sizes, the 2.5 and 3.5.
I simply couldn’t wait to test them and to that end I organised a couple of quick trips with my mate Wally in his tinny drifting the inshore weed beds near Ardrossan on South Australia’s Yorke Peninsula. Conditions were perfect with just a light breeze and good water clarity. We began drifting with three different coloured Emeraldas Nude jigs out the back in 2 to 4 metres of water.
What happened next still amazes me; almost instantly all three of my rods lunged forward as one pulsating squid after another pounced on the drifting jigs. After drifting for just 30 seconds we had three prime Southern Calamari on ice and couldn’t get the jigs back in the water quick enough. Again mayhem ensued as one, two the three rods loaded up again.
How good was this? Wally and I had a ball reeling in three more good sized squid and dodging the odd stream of well aimed black snotty ink. Although I didn’t want to change a sure thing, I changed all three lures to other equally good looking colours to see if they worked just as well. It didn’t seem to matter which colour we tried they all seemed to work beautifully.
This set the scene for the next hour as we quickly achieved our South Australian boat limit of 30 nice squid within that time. Although the squid were obviously on the job that day it is still no mean feat. On the following weekend we were back again but the water was fairly stirred up due to a persistent south easterly. Despite this fact the Emeraldas Nude lured another two dozen prime squid from the murky inshore waters of Ardrossan.
This speaks volumes for these jigs, not only producing in calm, clear water conditions but also in stirred up murky waters as well when squid traditionally shut down. I believe this is due to the brilliant natural looking finishes that have been produced for the Emeraldas Nude range. I have my favourites like the Gorgeous Iwashi, Lazer Kibinago and Blood Shrimp but they all seem to work equally well.
Complementing these killer colours is a diamond shaped 3D reflective seat placed on the rear back of the jig to further enhance the visual stimulation. The excellent action produced by these jigs comes from the smooth body, they are not cloth covered which allows it to sink, dart and glide unhindered through the water with the slightest twitch of the rod.
They could well be the greatest advancement in squid jig technology in recent years as they are loaded with revolutionary features. Including those previously mentioned they also have ultra realistic 3D reflective eyes, ultra sharp bump hook, recycled tin keel and angled line eye for longer casting and a superior action. The cog rig also allows for the Agorig sinker system to be attached to change the sink rate of the jig as well as the action for different situations.
It is just another great innovation by Daiwa on these wonderful new squid jigs. Put simply these Nude jigs are brilliant and will take a lot of beating from the competition. So seriously folks you can do a lot worse than “Nuding Up for squid success with the brand new Emeraldas Nude jigs. Then you too will be dining on fresh calamari tonight just like we are.