KIKO Reel Keel Roundup
KIKO Fishing's new Reel Keel line is definitely an interesting offering and addition to your hard lure lineup. These floating crank bait plugs are touted as "the only lure with the keel" and this single feature makes them do some really cool things. I found that a slow or fast crank produced a very realistic side to side wiggle that imitated live bait well. These are very beefy, but buoyant lures, and need a consistant crank to keep them submerged. I also found that a little jerk in the reeling motion produced a quick deep dive with a left or right hook which added to the realism from time to time.
|A nice variety to test on the flats.|
These lures were originally designed for northern species, Pike, Musky, Walleye, Rainbow Trout... but they seem like they should do equally well on Florida lakes or flats, where large bass, redfish or spotted trout are the likely suspects for a plug like this. Given the size of these lures (4 inches long) and with a single trailing treble hook, you really do want to target larger fish. The sub foot long trout I presented it to recently wanted nothing to do with it, but they were attacking smaller live mullet. To get a true test I've sent out some to a Georgia angler to give it some freshwater lake action in the northern hills while I seek out redfish and gator trout in the lagoon system. Given the wide array of color patterns to choose from (including the brightly colored "fruit" flavors) you're going to have an option for any water conditions.
I'll post more thoughts as we test these and some photos of any "keepers" these produce. Also, stay tuned for contests where you could win some of KIKO's flagship lures for your very own.
A few are being tested in the lakes of North Georgia
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