Recently I have been introduced to Moilx soft plastic lures by a friend Steven Neely and also owner of the awesome “Fish on Lures” online tackle shop. Particularly the Molix Sligozzo 4″, now this one has certainly stood out to me. The first thing you take note of when checking out a new lure is the look of it, and when im thinking wrasse lure I want it to stand out from the crowd. I want something special to straight away say dare to pick me! And that’s what it did when I first saw this lure on Stevens site. He had been banging on about this lure for a while now telling me and showing me the pictures of awesome fish he was nailing on it, so I was certainly excited to get my hands on them.
When the parcel arrived I couldn’t wait to check them out and have a close look and a feel of them. Straight away from picking one up you can tell that its going to really move and flap in the water. The lure starts of with a short thick body in a sort of egg shape, which has ridges all the way down. It then tapers of into this big flappy beaver tail. On my first trip with the lures it was my first time out for a month, so I was just hoping there were some decent number of fish about for me to have some sport with. I rigged the Sligozzo initially on a texas rig with a 10g cone weight, but also adopted the Jika rig at points as well. Almost immediately i’m getting knocks on the lure so I know there’s fish about. And a few casts later I nail my first on the Sligozzo, always a great feeling hitting fish on new lures.
As I said the Sligozzo is a 4″ lure and the colour I have is called “Green Pumpkin” a great colour for me as I always tend to stick to neutral, natural colour. Steven has recently got the a new colour in stock in the last few days called “Blu Notte” something I’m very keen to get my hands on. It also has a craw fish scent impregnated into it, now a week ago I would not have been fussed by this. After my recent sessions though I think I had some pretty conclusive evidence that the scent on a lure can really make the difference when fishing in rougher conditions or if the visibility is not great. The tail alone on this lure has enough movement in it to warrant having it. I’ve been tending to fish the Sligozzo on a fairly slow retrieve keeping in good contact with the bottom then every now and then a few good twitches to really lift it of the bottom then let it sink back down. My thinking on the retrieve is that as I’m slowly retrieving in contact with the deck all the ridges on the main body are rubbing over the rocks and slapping together sending of good vibrations. Then twitch to pull the lure from the bottom and when it falls back down that tail is going to be flapping like hell as it sinks. And then finally when I allow the lure to hit the bottom and sit for a second that’s when I’ve been getting smashed, that and also when I just start my retrieve again.
I’ve used this single lure a lot over the past months to try to work it out and see if it’s a lure I’m going to want to have with me at all times wrassing. I must say it’s certainly worked for it’s place beside my already tried and tested lures. Something I’ve noticed with this lure is that sometimes when fishing and bites might dry up or I’m struggling to find fish, on goes the Sligozzo and wallop I’m getting smashed. It also somehow manages to evoke good hits as well, if you wrasse fish a lot you will know that sometimes they can just be a pain and be really picky and finicky. If I find this is the case I’ve pulled out the Sligozzo and it just seems to turn the fish on that more, I start getting the unmistakable smash and run we all love from wrasse. Also over the past few months I’ve been struggling for any decent size to my fish, but a couple of weeks back I nailed 3 good-sized fish in one session and they all fell to the Sligozzo.
A lot of lures that you will use for wrassing (apart from one brand) will eventually sooner or later get trashed, this is just part of the game. I have to say this Material that Molix are using for their lures seem to be that little bit more durable than other plastics I have used, which is a big deal for the wrasse. Ok so they are not wrasse proof, and on the Sligozzo yes it gets quite a slim on the tail end. This can make it a little less resistant to plucking wrasse, but on the other hand it is that thinner tail that gives the lure that extra defined movement so for me it’s certainly something I can live with. Plus a little tip, if your lucky enough to get your hands on some of these lures and you do have a wrasse nip the back-end of the lure off, don’t stop. I pulled up a Sligozzo lure with half the body missing, and it went straight back into the drink and carried on fishing with it. This time just a straight slow retrieve with nothing more. I managed to pull 3 wrasse out on that half lure and I can bet it thanks to those big ridges all over the main body.
So as you can tell even for a few months use of this lure I’m a pretty happy lad. And I shall certainly be stocking them in my bag for next year and hopefully nailing myself a 5lb+ donkey.
Visit www.fishonlures.co.uk and check them out so your ready for when the wrasse are hitting hard.