When I was asked to write a short text about Duo Lures for friendly Croatian web site spineri.com, I was searching my memory for some of the moments from now already several years hanging out with these toys, that are created for us who can’t grow up and still love to play in the sand and the water. I remember the date 26.07.2011 when I received e-mail from Martin, the manager of DUO`s international sales in which was the phrase “… and would like to ask you if you can consider reporting about our lures on your blog”. At that time I was receiving a lot of e-mails from around the world as a reaction to my blog fishingincroatia.blogspot.com , and that mail made me very happy. Soon I had the opportunity to fish with first DUO Lures samples and now after few years of experiences I made a list of my favorites.
First DUO lure with whom I had the opportunity to fish was Spearhead Ryuki sinking 5 cm small toy. This little guy hunts various types of fish: perch, asp, chub, and is ideal for trout fishing in highland parts of the rivers, with rapids. Ryuki swim very nice in fast water and it is productive when sink trough the water levels. I believe this was one of the most popular DUO lures at all, and today is produced in various sizes, recently also in floating version. I think it’s difficult to find light spinner angler here in Croatia who didn’t fish trout with this lure.
If I had to choose one DUO lure which is like my “all-round” favorite, then it is Moab 120F. “Mother of All Baits”, partly deserves such noble name, because literally it hunt all important predatory fish: pike, zander, asp, bluefish, chub and bass. Its advantage is hunting in the shallow zone above the watery grass and near the surface. It respond nice to the rod work, and fish like to hit it in the pause. When it is retrieved slowly and continuously below the surface it is one of the best hard lures for pike perch, believe me. The strongest color is Neo Pearl, great for all lighting conditions.
The lack In DUO`s range offer are lures made for pike spinning. Definitely I miss the big swimbait lures and some silicone lures as well. Yet despite all the other “pike” designed lures from other brands that I threw over the years, my personal record – pike of 107 cm was achieved with Realis Jerkbait 120SP model. The entire series is designed for bass, but this lure and some other like Moab 120F, are great pike lure too. Recently there’s the deep runner Jerkbait 100DR version with a length of 10 cm.
The strongest predatory fish in Croatian and in the most of European rivers is mighty catfish. This fish has no enemy and everything that moves in the water is potential prey. This is why he react well to all type of vibrations detected with his big mustache. Two DUO lures nicely fits the catfish appetite. While Realis Vibration 68 successfully catch other freshwater predators like bass, chub or asp, Realis Crankl M65 8A in our rivers is doing a vibration and sound all active catfish from the surrounding area can not resist. To me, this lure is top choice for river catfish, at least from the contents of my lure boxes.
Topwater lures and that madness of cooking water at the surface, whether it’s about asp, bluefish or sea bass, are the cause of cardiac arrhythmia’s in anglers. Due to the attractiveness and visual experience that is one of the most exciting forms of lure fishing, but sometimes the right action takes place a few feet’s too far away and out of reach. Therefore Bay Ruf Manic 115 is flying extraordinarily far. You can work on the surface with a lot of noise and splashing, or softly with small tiny action, depends to the target fish like asp, bluefish or sea bass. This is required lure for Adriatic in my case.
For the end of this presentation, during which I have undeservedly bypass many models (like Tide Minnow Sprint 75 or Realis Popper 64), here are my personal favorite lures for river rapids and barbell fishing. Realis Shad 59 series hides three models different in length and beak and can reach different depths. This is why I love them, because depending on the flow of the river and the depth of the place where I fish, with one of these three models I can hit the real action. Favorite color again is neo pearl, especially effective in slightly blurred water.