THE BEST SHIMMA RETRIEVES
Berkley proteam member Liam Williams goes through the different retrieval techniques you can use with the Shimma Shrimp when chasing flathead on the flats to snapper offshore.
There’s a new vibe in town unlike any other, the Shimma Shrimp, a prawn imitation lure combined with the characteristics of a soft vibe. This means you work it like a vibe but feel that same confidence when using a prawn, talk about having the best of both worlds!
With such a versatile lure at hand with the Shimma Shrimp, it can be used in so many situations to target all types and species of fish. I’ve done some experimenting with this lure and found there are many types of retrieve techniques you can apply to the Shimma Shrimp to bring success to the table, or should I say to the end of your line.
On the lift the Shimma Shrimp has a strong pulse and the tail folds under its body, then on the drop the tail straightens and makes the lure glide back to the bottom which imitates the action of a real-life prawn.
I like to use a double hop technique when targeting flathead. With this technique I cast towards structure such as weed beds or bridge pylons, letting the lure sink & hit the bottom. I then give two short sharp hops, then allow the lure to reach the bottom again before repeating the process. This technique has proved successful numerous times bringing plenty of flathead over the gunnels of my boat.
The slow roll technique can be very effective on species such as bass, mangrove jack and bream. With this technique, I simply cast parallel to any fallen trees, logs or oyster leases & let the Shimma Shrimp sink just below the structure then begin to slowly wind it back keeping a steady pace.
When I mention the Shimma Shrimp being versatile, this means taking it offshore is just a part of what’s inside the shrimp’s bag of tricks. I have had success catching snapper using a slow lift approach. I apply this technique when fishing around bait schools and broken reef. To target snapper I fire out a long cast away from the boat and count the lure down to the depth the bait school is sitting at. Once I think the lure is in the zone, I do a steady lift with the rod tip of about one metre followed by retrieving the slack line, repeating this action all the way through the bait school until it gets slammed!
If you love using vibes, the Shimma shrimp is a must have in your tackle box this season.
By Liam Williams – Berkley Pro Team
Liam, based on the mid north coast of NSW lives and breathes fishing. You’ll find him on the hunt every chance he gets, and more often than not, having success! A real all-round fisherman from fresh to salt, Liam sure knows his way around a vast variety of finned species and how to catch them.