Some fellows define it as ‘the walker’. It’s a small barracuda born for a bunch of spinning fans who needed a predator which, during its juvenile life, is a feast for every sort of predator. Conceived as a trophy fish chaser, from the very beginning Espetrón showed itself as a special lure that makes the difference. If you’re after big saltwater predators, Espetrón is a must in your tackle box.
Amor a primera vista
Espetrón delivers all its performance under any condition: on calm, crystal-clear, rough or dark waters, this little wonder is a sure bet. Its background confirms that point: in many spin fishing gatherings, Espetrón always caught the best fish. In two editions of the Delta del Ebro Spinning Open tournament, again Espetrón seduced the hugest predators in the area, helping its owners win the prize for the biggest fish. And all that was achieved on the surface, outperforming sinking lures which were supposed to be more effective. Anyone who relies on Espetrón and puts its efficacy to the test, gets forever hooked to the unforgettable attacks it provides and knows well that facing a fishing day on the surface without it is like going to a battle with no ammo in your gun.
Size does matters
The first time they look at its size, many anglers think that such big lure won’t work in their usual spots… but they are absolutely wrong, because a two-pound seabass has no qualms about gobbling a 20 cm baby barracuda. It’s true that Espetrón was designed for Mediterranean bluefish and leerfish, but our friends in the Cantabrian Sea –who normally use 9 to 12 cm samples– praise it to the point that Espetrón becomes remarkably more effective than their usual lures. Those were the first to name it ‘the walker’, a deadly surface weapon with ‘walking the dog’ action that keeps 80% of its body on the water during the retrieve, resulting in a more appealing, vulnerable prey to the eye of predators. Its winding action triggers seabass, bluefish, dolphinfish, amberjack, leerfish, tuna, barracuda and many other species’ killer instinct, ending up inside their mouth. Our good friend Antonio Varcasia reports the fact from distant spots, where he saw Espetrón display its weapons of seduction the same way it had done before in local waters. If Espetrón rewards you with special fish that’s just because it is indeed a special lure.
Length: 20 cm
Weight: 38 g
Standard colour chart for Espetrón
Available in stores.
This pencil-shaped lure mimics a small needlefish, a basic food for every big predator (bluefish, leerfish, seabass, many tuna species, dolphinfish, barracuda…). The standard 25 g version is sinking and helps the angler chase predators on different stages across the water column while working the sample with several actions and paces.
Don’t get wrong! It’s not a sinking stickbait, nor a jig minnow!
Don Belone’s characteristics don’t look like any other lure specification, so there lies its originality. After using it, the angler’s first impression is that Don Belone is a ‘surface pencil’, the typical lure with which anyone just ‘combs’ the surface by making it run across, splashing water with its mouth and twitching the rod tip to make it look like a troubled fish that catches predators’ attention with its erratic action. That’s very easy with Don Belone and will undoubtedly help you make a difference, but… it goes beyond the usual pencil attributes, because fish don’t always attack under those conditions. If you restrict yourself to that simple action, you are getting less than 50% from Don Belone’s outstanding potential. Let’s speak seriously: if you really want to see how far it goes, don’t compare Don Belone with other lures – Don Belone is Don Belone. Full stop.
Be free, my friend
Besides working it like the typical pencil, why don’t you cast it as far as you are able to, let it sink for some seconds and, twitching the rod tip, make it swim up toward the surface with soft and hard jerks combined with different retrieving speeds? When you bring it close to the surface, do some nice ‘jerk & stop’ for some centimetres with a straight-line retrieval. At that point, many things may happen:
• That you can see –just behind Don Belone– the predator you were after during the whole day, which you thought had already disappeared. Those are normally huge, wary fish.
• That –although you can’t see it– the predator is swimming in ambush at some distance under your lure until the unsuspected moment when Don Belone is spectacularly hit from below.
• That –and this is the most probable thing– the fish doesn’t even let your Don Belone stick its head out of the surface, leaving you paralyzed at the sight of your lure being violently engulfed.
That’s everything Don Belone can offer: a lure that provides fish you had never thought were within reach of a pencil. Don Belone’s appeal spreads from the moment you close your reel pick-up, on any water layer you want.
Length: 23 cm
Weight: 25 g
Standard colour chart for Don Belone
Available in stores.
Two special versions are available upon request: a 28 g lure for spinning and trolling and a 20 g floating one for those occasions when you don’t have to cast very far but need a motionless, completely horizontal Don Belone on the surface.