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Well the japanese seabass fishermen seem to have an on going love affair with IMA. Every profile in the magazines of any Bass fisherman's lure box seems to heave with Ima lures. Having had a good nose around their japanes web site (much better than the french one, if VERY loading), they seem to do some interesting/useful lures.
But have any of the members caught on Ima lures in the UK, what were they like to use/cast etc????
 

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Well the japanese seabass fishermen seem to have an on going love affair with IMA. Every profile in the magazines of any Bass fisherman's lure box seems to heave with Ima lures. Having had a good nose around their japanes web site (much better than the french one, if VERY loading), they seem to do some interesting/useful lures.
But have any of the members caught on Ima lures in the UK, what were they like to use/cast etc????
Look what Henry thinks about the IMA lures :) :)

http://www.henry-gilbey.com/blog

Seriously though, I have the IMA Komomo and the Komomo II and they are bloody great lures :jump: :jump:
 

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Vidar,
The Komomo 2 is already on the shopping list, and I remember Henry rating the Sasuke140 earlier in the year. I am normally someone that goes for the MOST natural looking lure possible, but given how popular IMA is in Japan I think I will have to give a few a try.
Probably Komomo2, Sasauke 105, 120, 140 and the Gyodo 110,130 and the Salt Skimmer. The depths the lures work at compliment those I have, and they have reputation of getting fish. Got to be worth a try.
Anyone else tried them, any success??
 

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I have a couple if the IMA Gene 110s. Great looking lure, great action and cast well but only caught small bass on them so far. More to do with when and where they have been fished than the lures themselves I think. A good generic small baitfish pattern that run down to about 2ft. Worth having something similar in your lure box. I also have a Honeytrap but it hasn't been out the house yet.
Lots of other IMA lures I would like too but trying to find anyone with the ones I want in stock is proving a challenge..... :bangin:
 

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I've used most of them now I think.

I've been impressed with all of them so far, apart from the 'Keep'. Some have said that the Gene is the lifeless one, but the Keep makes it look mental in comparison. Maybe it just needs to be worked more... I dunno.

My favourites are the Gyodo 110. The 130's are excellent too though. They dive a little deeper maybe 4' or so?) but over sand or deeper rock, they're superb. I love the Nabarone too but haven't actually caught on it yet. I reckon that given more time it'll be a good fish catches. Probably casts better than any of the others too.

I really like them.
 

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Yeah your Gene's are cracking looking lures, and inspite of being fairly light they do cast well, The HoneyTrap off a ledge into deep water should just the job.
Ahem to your stock comment though :bangin:

Cheers BJF,
I had spotted the Gyodo because of the fact they run a bit deeper, strangely the 110 runs deeper than the 130. Glad to hear them seem to work well.
 

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Lets be honest..

Most top end lures are cracking.

Nearly ALL manufacturers have something to tackle rival manufacturers in the marketplace.

I have been testing an extensive range of Jackson lures these past months.
They are VERY well made. Some are novel, some not. It's personal choice.

IMA are known for ripping off the hard work of innovative lure manufacturers though.

This said, They have a great fish catching reputation and Henry has been around
enough lures now to see quality and potential fish catching ability.
 

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IMA are known for ripping off the hard work of innovative lure manufacturers though.
I've heard that before as well actually. I do wonder how they've done it exactly as well. The weight shifting system is the only thing that is sililar to other manufacturers. And a lot of them use exactly the same system - so don't know how IMA could be singled out for it. Their lure designs are quite different from others too and some, like the Gene, quite beautiful.
 

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Doug Ward (Mr Fish) senior said that when he came back from Nantes last year he would bring me a plug. Well he did bring me a plug, but it was a bath plug (I have attached a spinner to the said plug) and he gave me an IMA 110, it cast a lot further than i thought it would and the action was slight and I will be using it this coming year over shallow (less than 4')sandy water.
 

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Bought my 1st ones back in May 08, showed **** back then too and it was a bit before things really kicked off in the UK. Caught Macky, Gars & Pollack on the Nabarone, Sweet FA on the Popkey, Bass on the Komomo 2, zip on the Sazuke 140 (not given enough time) but I do rate the Honey Trap 95, works for me when I can't be arsed with the usual suspects. Bass taken em on the drop. Lovely.
 

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Keith raises a good point - most of the top lure companies all do some outstanding products, and I guess a lot comes down to personal choice and what you find works for you.

I guess a bunch of the IMA lures just look "right" to me, but then so do too many others..........that's my problem !!

It's just always cool to hear plenty of opinion on what different anglers like using.
 

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I agree Henry,
We are lucky these days to have several companies excellent lures available now, And I have the backbone of the lures I want. I am looking now for a few lures that either run at different depths, or have different actions. Just in case on the day they give better results.
 

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I am looking now for a few lures that either run at different depths, or have different actions. Just in case on the day they give better results.
Now, that is a very sensible thing to say and do.

Cover the water column.

I've seen guys cast, walk, cast walk etc at light speed hopping point to point so fast...

sure, it covers water and it can be a very, very good way to locate Bass.

But what then..

(the answer to that deserves a whole new thread but Tunny has the right idea)
 

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I think they are brilliant and so so well made.
I have just taken delivery of the Kommomo 2 in the amazing "candy floss" colour.
I also have been using the 'Imagine' plugs this year and they are great too.
Very nice plugs. :)
 

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...I've seen guys cast, walk, cast walk etc at light speed hopping point to point so fast...
Know what you mean Keith.

I have fished with guys like that and they scratch the surface and move on. It's one approach, but for some reason it gets on my tit to be honest. I can cover the ground well enough but I like to fish new marks and get a feel for the area. To pick a target spot and try to work it out.

Call me old and slow but I like to think that its more that I'm not good enough to think I can call the right lure, retrieve, depth etc with so much certainty that a cast or two is enough. And I'm not so competitive that I feel the urge to do everything to catch more than the next guy.

OK I'm old and slow.
 

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Well as I am sure MosseyDog and others will tell you, I like to cover plenty of ground while fishing. But I will tend to fish a section of a mark with a lure of a given depth first, then return and recover the ground with a deeper/shallower/softy depending on what the tide is doing. By fishing sections I feel that the rests between me fishing a particular point allows the bass the move in/along the shore. I guess it is a case of work the ground and work the depths and the tides until you find the bass.
 

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Be aware guys,

Japanese bass (Lateolabrax japonicus) are diferend to the europeen bass.
The lures for this bass are more subtil in movement

In my opinion for the europeen bass you need a lure whith more movement (more action)
Some Ima lures like the Komomo an Keep are usefull, but a lot Ima lures have less action to my.

The finish from the Ima Lures are a bit poor aswell, the trebles will demolish the paint to fast.
Just my opinion

I prefere Megabass an Lucky Craft
 

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I had good results with IMA Skimmer last year; nice topwater lure that work and casts really well, and, catches bass! The trebles though are not that good; I had to replace them after quite a short time. Now IMA have introduced the salt version of the Skimmer (IMA salt skimmer), probably these trebles are better. I just received some IMA Komomo II lures that I want to try out next year. They look marvellous, but don't know yet how they will perform.
 
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