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Review: Ecooda Mini Pops

I recently had a quick visit from Fishing Monthly’s Ryan Limpus who was travelling back from a boat show down Sydney way. On this visit Ryan had in his possession some of the Ecooda Mini Pops, and it was a bad decision on his part to show them to me. I informed him that he was going to have his work cut out leaving with them all from my premises!

The first thing that caught my eye was the colour schemes. I’ve used similar colours in the past with great success, so it’s clear the designers at Ecooda thought long and hard about getting eight colour schemes that will have whiting, bream and bass anglers salivating. The whitebait pattern stood out to me, and I felt sure this would be a winner. On initial trials this has definitely proved to be true.

Being a fishing guide and basing your livelihood on teaching people lure fishing you come into possession of some great looking lures. However, when your business relies on getting results you have to be sure of the product – and this is where it is essential to go out and test the performance and effectiveness of each lure. Then, if it ticks all the boxes, it will get the nod for use by our clients. The Ecooda Mini popper now fills quite a few positions in our surface fishing arsenal.

The first thing it has going for it is its size. At 50mm in length it is perfect for bream and whiting on most occasions. Weighing in at 4.1g means when fishing a flats situation you should have no problems getting the distance that is absolutely necessary at times when chasing whiting. Another reason this weight is so important is because when throwing into structure for bass or bream you don’t want to be struggling to load your rod for accuracy, as can happen with some of the lighter lures (especially if you’re just starting out).

When looking at the Mini Pop you will notice the tow point is close to the centre of the lure, which makes for a sensational popping motion. A fast retrieve will create a pronounced splashy effect, which is something that whiting and trevally find irresistible. On the other side of the retrieval coin, when throwing into bass lairs you can cast it in tight to snags, and while it sits in position you can easily get a noisy fish-attracting bloop with the slightest of rod movements.

On our first trials we have caught whiting, bream and trevally using the ghost bait, whitebait and pearl shrimp and we are looking forward to giving the brown prawn and olive shrimp a run on bass as those colour schemes are very bassy! Why don’t you check them out? With a recommended price of around $14 they represent great value for money. – Mark Saxon

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