What is Lucanus
What is Lucanus?
Only recently did recreational anglers of Japan uncover the commercial angler’s secret of the “Snapper Rubber Jig” which results in the successful catching of red snapper. Since the discovery, recreational anglers modified the jig to make it the hottest technique in Japan to date.

Shimano began researching this technique and developed the U.S. version of the jig and technique necessary for the U.S. waters and called this the Lucanus Jig. Fishing in Southern California, Mexico, Cape Cod, Louisiana Oil Rigs, and Alaska from Rockfish to Yellowtail to Snapper to Cod, we saw amazing results and now Shimano shares that secret with you.


Why Fish Lucanus
Enhance sportfishing
Bottom fishing with heavy tackle and cut-baits can be laboring and time consuming; however. Lucanus takes the labor out of sportfishing and provides you the freedom of fishing without the need for live bait.

Fish all season, each season
Lucanus is effective in each season but performs the best in cold water conditions when fish aren't so active.

Easy to fish with
Lucanus is an easy and simple style of bottom fishing with light tackle. Unlike Shimano's Butterfly Jigging technique's quick up and down motion, the Lucanus technique is a slow up and down motion a few feet over the bottom.

Fun to fish with
Fish bites are visible and can be felt directly through the soft rod tip guaranteeing anglers excitement and enjoyment.


Lucanus Q&A
Q: The hook seems too small. Why?
A: The hook that comes with the Lucanus Jig is selected to be the best choice for fish to be hooked by themselves. Multiple hook systems can provide a better hooking ratio.

Q: How can I use Lucanus on the party boat while everyone is rigged dropper loop with a heavy sinker? If I throw Lucanus Jig, it gets tangled with someone else.
A: You can tie a minimum 7ft. long line from the bottom eyelet of the Lucanus Jig just like a drop-shot rigging. The technique you will take is to crank up the Lucanus Jig until you feel the sinker, then drop the jig back again and repeat this action several times.

Q: The Tescata rod’s tip seems too soft. Why?
A: The soft tip of the rod is necessary to see the fish bite with Lucanus, as this fishing technique lets fish get hooked by themselves. In most cases, heavier and harder rod tips miss bites. The end result, you miss the most fun part of bottom fishing. The softer tip also helps to avoid unhook the fish when retrieving the fish out of deep water.

Q: How many Lucanus Jigs per rod can be set?
A: Check with local Game & Fish Department to find out about local regulations. In California, it is limited to 2 hooks per line to target Rockfish and Lingcod. Lucanus Jig hooks are considered as 2 hooks per jig. Thus, you cannot use more than one Lucanus Jigs per rod when targeting Rockfish and Lingcod in the State of California.

Q: I got a good fish bite but I missed hooking the many times. Why?
A: When you see the fish bite, do not set the hook. Keep reeling the line very slowly until you feel the fish is on by itself. Then, lift the rod to make sure the fish is hooked.

Q: I don’t get fish bites when I reel faster. Why?
A: Lucanus works the best when the jig moves as slow as possible. Fast moving the jig doesn’t always get bites in the most common case of cold water bottom fishing.

Q: What is the reason that Shimano is recommending monofilament leader for Lucanus Jig fishing?
A: Lucanus Jig fishing uses a soft rod tip. The expandable monofilament leader helps the fish bite the jig harder in their mouth achieving a better hook up ratio.

Q: What color jig should I use for fishing Cod?
A: Shimano has provided a recommended Target Species by Color chart for specific target fish. This chart shows only examples and suggestions when you make your initial selection. Preferences of jig colors vary geographically and from season to season. For example, bottom fish feed on crabs in the middle of winter, and then they start feeding bait fish in early spring.

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