REVIEW: Yo-Zuri Sashimi Suspending Jerkbait FW
When Yo-Zuri tabbed me to join their Pro-Staff earlier this year, I was very excited to try out some of their products with which I was unfamiliar. Before being bestowed that honor, I was already a huge fan of their Hybrid line, Pins Minnow, and Rattl’n Vibe. Though, since then, I have been like a sweet-tooth in a candy factory … ordering all kinds of new-to-me Yo-Zuri baits. One of those unexplored offerings was their Sashimi Suspending Jerkbait FW.
Unfortunately, all too many lures look great to the fisherman/woman, yet for some reason won’t draw a nod from even a blind fish. Fortunately, that is not the case with this fish catcher. In fact, my very time using it I was able to score 8 of the 15 fish I caught that day on it … all of them from 3.5 to over 5 pounds each. I have also landed a couple of 6+ pound monsters with this jerkbait, including the 6.5 pound beast pictured here. I have been successful on several different lakes, too … proving that it is not a one-lake wonder. Nor is it a one-species bait, as the Pyramid Lake Striper below illustrates.So, what is it that makes this lure so attractive to our finned prey? It starts with the above mentioned color-change technology, and lifelike eyes. Beyond that, however, there are many other factors contributing to this lure’s incredible proficiency. The ribs on the body send a rippling effect through the water attracting fish from great distances, even in stained or murky water, through their lateral line. The internal weights not only provide this bait the weight to soar on each cast, they also create an ideal fish-calling rattle. The Yo-Zuri Sashimi Suspending Jerkbait is so expertly balanced, not only does it maintain perfect buoyancy right out of the box, it also gently rocks back and forth on each pause … excellently portraying a hovering fish. Complimenting that is the matched feathered tail hook, which continues to pulsate like the movement of real fish’s tail.
So many of the strikes I have experienced with this suspending jerkbait have come on the pause, so be sure to use a rod with a good modicum of sensitivity. The fish I’ve encountered with this bait aren’t timid, either. They seem to attack it with reckless abandon, often choking it down deep inside their mouths. Combined with the ultra-sharp, ultra-strong stock treble hooks, it makes for very few fish shaking free once hooked. Whether a stop & go, twitch and pause, or even a straight cast and reel retrieve is employed, there are many ways to successfully utilize this bait. Be sure to vary different aspects of your retrieve to see which way the fish want it. For example, one day the fish may want a gentle twitch and a 20 second or longer pause, while the next they may want a quick “stop & go” with no pause at all. Next to docks, over weed beds and grass, and near the rocks are all prime territories for this jerker.The Yo-Zuri Sashimi Suspending Jerkbait FW comes in 19 patterns and two sizes … a 2.75″, 1/4 ounce version, and a 3.5″, 7/16 ounce offering. My favorite colors, so far, are the Chameleon Shad, Chameleon Bleeding Ghost, and the very intriguing Chameleon Skeleton Perch (which imitates a Bluegill or Redear Sunfish as much as, if not more than, a Perch).
My only complaints, if you want to call them that, are not really with the lure itself. One is that Yo-Zuri doesn’t offer any replacement feathered treble hooks for sale. Some hook manufacturers offer their versions, but I have yet to find one that matches the OEM colors and/or specs. So, I have taken to tying my own feathered replacements (more on that in an upcoming post). My other beef, is that they don’t offer a true Threadfin Shad pattern that matches the hatch for So Cal anglers. Though, the the two Shad patterns mentioned above do seem to work here, perhaps we can convince them to make a Threadfin pattern for some of their incredible hard-baits (Hint! Hint!!).
Bottom line, if you are looking for a great suspending jerker that needs no adjustment out of the box, and catches plenty of big fish, this is the one for you. I highly recommend you get one, or ten, for your tackle box!
MSRP – $13.95/2.75″ or $14.95/3.50″
Cave Club Rating: 4.5 Clubs
Cave Club Scale
5 Clubs = The Missing Link
4 Clubs = Rock Solid
3 Clubs = Better Than Sharp Stick
2 Clubs = Not Fully Evolved
1 Club = Should Be Extinct