In the Gunki jerkbait range we had the OTACHI 125 S, and now we have his little brother! During my last trip to Sweden, I was able to test, torture and adopt this new version. Throughout this crash test, one thing really impressed me with this lure, and that was its capacity to get the fish to react and not only the small ones.
Dead easy to use.
The Otachi 100 has the same general shape as the 125 S, but as always when developing a bigger or smaller version of lure, you can’t just change its measurements. You have to completely rethink its balance and with a small jerkbait, this is essential. Its perfect balance is a key feature of this lure, enabling you to be able to make it swim with ease. Be it jerking with the rod or with high-speed retrieval bursts, the lure darts from left to right in a very convincing manner. The volume of water it pushes with each movement is really impressive, and gets those fish coming in from miles and not just the small ones!
The Otachi 100 S, compact but generates maxi vibrations.
Its small compact, dense and aerodynamic shape will enable to cast it to incredible distances and thus cover vast areas. This is a real game changer when searching for fish on a new playground. Another cool feature is its hooks that are mounted on swivels which greatly reduces the amount of lost fish during the fight. Thanks to its tiny 32.5 gr, you can use with conventional fishing gear. During my stay in Sweden, I used the Otachi with two rods, the CHOOTEN C-185 XH+ and the C-225 XH. Even if the C-225 XH does the job, the shorter length and specific “jerk” action of the C-185 XH+ are just perfect for using this lure.
The lure to cover vast areas of water.
One thing’s for sure, most of the beginning of my season (in France) will be done with an Otachi 100 S tied to one of my rods. I like to use to prospect two types of venues, weed beds and banks with trees and branches. For the weed beds, it’s ideal to fish just above them as you can literally work it “on the spot”, to give that hidden pike all the necessary time to plan its attack. When fishing banks, I tend to use it differently depending on how the fish react. If you must fish fast to get them to bite, then I cast parallel to edge and reel it in fast to very fast. Or you can cast in perpendicular to the bank and work it slowly, just on the limit of being able to see it in the water. This limit, where your lure disappears from sight in the water, is a hot zone for triggering attacks as the lure goes from light to darkness.
An Otachi 100 S after having caught over 100 pike !
With its eight colours, natural, flashy and shiny, there are two “Natural Skin” versions, a perch and a brown trout one ! Even though it’s a sinking version, if you need it to go deeper, just add a John Weight to the eye and the front.
Have a great season and if you have any questions, send me a message via Facebook.