On the 21st of August 2013 I was given the greatest honour of my angling life; Zerek invited me to test the Zerek Live Cherabin before it was out on the shops which is out today 22nd of August 2013!
So for any angling geek at heart this is like a "world's first" invite with an all access pass! Thanks Catchbay!
Here is a bit more about Catchbay
and details of how to get there with pictures of what the place looks like, they are a fully stocked all-product tackle shop now, so you can get all matter of angling outfitting there.
We decided to test it at the Pasir Ris Pro Pond but instead
Isaiah decided to make it even harder and test it at the CNR Pond which is a pond known to work with bait most of the time; so dropping a lure of any kind would mean we had to work a little harder than normal.Casting
It weighs in at 7.4 Grams which is great weight for looking as life like as possible and it has a decent sink-rate to the bottom of the pond which to me felt like 2M in some parts and within 6 seconds we are at the bottom. If I had to get all the mentalist about it I would say it does 2.8 seconds per meter. CHOON BOH?! Nah I am just acting steady! You decide when you use it but I think it's about right.
In terms of being aerodynamic it is what it is and can be compared to a soft plastic with a jig head when it comes to casting; so no issues there as it is something we all are use to!
The wind catches anything of this weight so like a golfer just compensate for the wind you should have no problems.
A tip is sometimes you can "Roar Cast" at where you want to lure to land, so instead of lobbing it to catch the win, you just cast-hard at where you want it splash it in. Just watch the angle as if you skip the lure it will land on something it can snag on; this happens to everyone so don't beat yourself up on it.
Another tip is if the wind is blowing in and you want to cast along the net perpendicular to the wind direction, just cast inline with the net and the lure will drift in and to stop it just stop line from from going out with your index finger or thumb (BC) just as it hits the water, "Sigh this is complicating Luke, I know la bro"Gear
[Reel] Work backwards on this, it's 7.4 Grams so go with a 1000, 2000 or 3000 sized (Shimano) reels. I used Shimano as a comparative size, Daiwa equivalents can be used
Some idiot by the name of Luke was using a 4000 size reel, but let's not talk about that.
[Rod] Use a rod that can go from Ultra Light to Light for this lure so that you can cast it in other words the tip needs to be softer; but you can whack it out if you want but then what is the fun, right?
[Line] (4lb), 6lb to 8lb, nuff said' if you want to go 10lb it will almost lose the "kick" to it, however please use what you feel like using I am just giving you something I feel should be done. I did this to (4lb) to emphasise this is the fun poundage to use, GO HERO!Working the Lure
Flick it, Straight Crank, Flick and Pause, Bait it, (Wait what? Bait it?!)
Yeah a few times I threw it and left it there and when it started to move by itself, as in a fish took it. What I really want to say is we tried many things and it all worked, however the biggest ones for me were let it sink to the bottom and straight crank it and the other was a Flick and Pause.
I need to bring a rod aspect in here for a bit, get something that is soft at the tip, a soft plastic rod of sorts so you can impart the natural flicking motion of the prawn.
Also, all the colours worked however I personally liked the ones that looked like prawns I.E. the natural colours but that's me.
The Zerek Live Cherabin is an unfair advantage at the ponds, it's live prawn that you have control of, it's a bit like spinning a live prawn as we all do.
I hit the GT at the pond, which is rare. However I thought I was in the Maldives with my 18k and I zhanged (craned) the GT in so the hook pulled, this happen a few times because I simply was too enthusiastic and until I remembered we were luring and not casting huge stickbaits did the fish start landing, in total (included the ones landed) we hit about 20 over fish within 2 and half hours between 2 anglers to me this is a magical outcome for 2 guys with a little lure that looks like a prawn.
Hope this helps anyone have an idea of what this lure is all about