One of the cool things I get to do is testing new lures. With ICAST 2015 coming up I’m starting to see some cool new lures in the press releases.
Savage Gear sent me some cool new saltwater lures hitting the market his season. They sent me a variety of samples they wanted me to try.
Out of the batch, one of the best looking lure is the “Hybrid Shrimp”. The lure comes in a variety of paint scheme.
Like the name it is a combination of hard and soft plastic. The body is hard and the legs are soft durable plastic. It has one treble hook that is held to the body via magnet to make it cast better and swim more realistic.
The lure is a slow head first sinker and the eyelet to tie it on is under the tail. When you do the retrieve, the shrimp comes up to the surface and makes a small popping noise like an escaping shrimp.
The body is weighted towards the head along with one rattle. This combination of weight in the head , 1/2oz weight and its aerodynamic shape makes this the longest casting shrimp I have ever used on the flats.
During my test, the way I used it for best results is to drift a flat. I would make a cast to pot holes and pop the shrimp up, let it sink for a few seconds then do it again. The strike for trout was at the top. The redfish and snook came during the fall for the most part.
I also had a few large misses, I had no idea what it was.
I also worked mullet schools with the same lure action. The ability to cast really far and being able to be near the top to stay weedless makes this lure very useful on the grassy flats. I manage to catch reds, snook and trout on the shrimp on the same lure. No legs were missing after the day’s fishing was done.
On that note, I must say that the soft plastic part of the lure, if mix with other plastic will not keep its shape. It is best to keep this lure separated from other lures.
The Hybrid Shrimp will be announced in July at ICAST 2015 in Orlando.
A lure overview video of the Savage gear hybrid shrimp.