So, the obvious question is: Do fish shy away from the worm that doesn’t smell like a worm? Well, Marukyu’s scientists have spent years researching and distilling the combinations of amino acids that trigger a feeding response in fish. Marukyu says that these amino acids are present in the Isome baits in concentrations five to six times the quantities found in natural baits.
We’ve heard that over a million packs of these baits have been sold in Japan and that the Isome worms work remarkably well. Naturally, we thought that the best way to test these claims was to jump in the boat and try it ourselves, so I hooked up with Australian Marukyu pro-staffer Gavin Dunne for a day on the winter whiting in Moreton Bay.
readers will remember Gavin as our Brisbane and Moreton Bay columnist for Queensland. His current job is in Product Development with Marukyu. Remember that job you always wanted where you got to go fishing all the time and test out the latest and greatest gear? Yep, Gav’s got that one. Feel free to let him know how you feel about that next time you see him at the ramp!
Launching at Cleveland, Gav headed across to the Rous Channel, a deep water gutter that links Moreton Bay to the South Passage Bar. Gavin was quite particular about the depth and type of bottom he was looking for, usually around 15’ and preferably with broken weed beds. He also looked for current, as he likes the baits to be moving to initially attract the fish.
Our first spot was a little slow. Some small diver whiting and some juvenile sweetlip were caught, but as the day wore on and the current picked up, so did the fishing.
After several location changes, we hit the mother lode, and assembled a fantastic feed of these tasty fish.
Here’s how Gav did it.