It’s a Prawn Thing Live Shrimp

The Live Shrimp Hot Legs is an ideal lure for chasing flathead in the estuaries with the hop and drop retrieve.

The Live Shrimp Hot Legs is an ideal lure for chasing flathead in the estuaries with the hop and drop retrieve.

The arrival of the Zerek Live Shrimp created a stir unlike the arrival of many other lures in Australia.

This lure catapulted to the top of the charts and, after more than 5 years on the market, still maintains its place at the top of the heap.

But what is it about the Live Shrimp that makes it such a user friendly lure? And where has the development of this phenomenon gone?

Back to the start

Jarrod Day with a Live Shrimp munching black jew from Weipa. Wherever prawns are found, the Live Shrimp is an incredibly good lure to use.

Jarrod Day with a Live Shrimp munching black jew from Weipa. Wherever prawns are found, the Live Shrimp is an incredibly good lure to use.

The Live Shrimp is a prawn-shaped soft plastic lure that is constructed from the virtually indestructible TPE (thermo plastic). It has a host of features that make it an exceptional piece of lure engineering and allow it to be rigged in multiple fashions. Three sizes (2”, 3.5” and 5”) also means there is a Live Shrimp that is suitable for every species in Australia.

Let’s look at the features first.

Josh Usher with a Copeton cod that inhaled the Live Cherabin 6” in glow colour. The Live range is just as appealing to freshwater fish as it is to saltwater fish.

Josh Usher with a Copeton cod that inhaled the Live Cherabin 6” in glow colour. The Live range is just as appealing to freshwater fish as it is to saltwater fish.

The Live Shrimp has unique rigging slots in the body to shield the weedless worm hook making the lure virtually snag proof while maintaining exceptional fish hooking abilities. The tail is segmented to provide a very realistic tail action and these segments are held together by Kevlar matting to give the tail exceptional durability. The legs are stiff, however this stiffness relates to their action in the water as they quiver realistically rather than fold up and over the body like they do in softer materials. The Live Shrimp also comes with an in-built rattle chamber to add extra sonics to the lure. This rattle can be removed when rigging the Live Shrimp on a jig head or if you feel the extra sonics are not required. And lastly fluorescent eyes add extra visual appeal to an already amazing lure.

Yep, there’s a lot to the Live Shrimp.

Add in over a dozen super realistic colours and the fact the Live Shrimp won Best Soft Lure at the AFTA Trade Show on its release and it’s easy to see the credentials this lure has.

The Live Cherabin provides a larger profile and is a sensational lure to use up north where big black jew like this are found.

The Live Cherabin provides a larger profile and is a sensational lure to use up north where big black jew like this are found.

In the Field

The Live Shrimp is at its best in the field – when anglers are throwing it at fish.

The most basic of retrieves for this lure is the drop and hop technique. This technique is simple to master with the angler simply casting the lure out to the target and letting the lure drop through the water column or structure and then being hopped a couple of times before being allowed to drop again.

You can hop the lure subtly or harshly and you can hop the lure with large hops or small hops, it’s totally up to the angler and the situation they find themselves fishing.

This retrieve makes the lure look for all the world like a real shrimp or prawn and is extremely effective in thick cover, be that snags, rocks, reef or weed.

Golden snapper, fingermark or simply choppers. It doesn’t matter what you call them they love smashing the Live Cherabin.

Golden snapper, fingermark or simply choppers. It doesn’t matter what you call them they love smashing the Live Cherabin.

A different retrieve is the slow roll. This is also a very simple retrieve with the lure simply being slowly wound back to the angler after the cast. The mechanics involve the angler casting the lure out, allowing it to sink to the desired depth and then slow rolling the lure back. You can mix up this retrieve with little shakes of the rod or rod tip pulses to give the lure a little more action, but this is not always necessary. This retrieve really takes advantage of the stiffer legs we talked about earlier as they look very lifelike on this retrieve, vibrating and wriggling on the retrieve. These leg movements look very much like the legs of a real shrimp as it swims through the water.

Extra Live Love

Scott Fleming with an estuary-based snapper that found the subtle retrieve of the Live Shrimp Hot Legs too much to resist.

Scott Fleming with an estuary-based snapper that found the subtle retrieve of the Live Shrimp Hot Legs too much to resist.

With the success of the Live Shrimp, several other models in the Live range were designed and released. The first of these was the Live Cherabin, a similar lure that was designed to look a lot more like the larger freshwater shrimps found in the freshwater rivers and lagoons up north.

The Cherabin comes in two sizes (4” and 6”) and can also be rigged with the supplied weedless worm hook or a jighead, however the tow point is in a different location coming out of the top of the head of the plastic rather than the nose of the plastic.

The Cherabin is a more slender profile (but with a robust head) with long forward feelers. There are also different colours available, yet many of the same strengths of the Live Shrimp are retained such as the Kevlar webbing in the tail, the internal rattle chamber and the TPE used in its construction.

The most recent addition to the Live range is the Live Shrimp Hot Legs. This lure is almost a hybrid between the original Live Shrimp and the Cherabin with features of both being seen in this version.

Somewhere down that gullet is a Live Shrimp Hot Legs. There is no better proof of concept than a barra smasging the lure so hard you can barely see it!

Somewhere down that gullet is a Live Shrimp Hot Legs. There is no better proof of concept than a barra smasging the lure so hard you can barely see it!

The big difference with the Live Shrimp Hot Legs is the body plastic, while still being TPE, is a softer compound allowing for extra movement in the long feelers and the legs. And it is the extra movement in the legs that is important here because the Live Shrimp Hot Legs features highlight tips on all the legs in all the colours. Many of these highlights are UV enhanced, however not all are UV. The non-UV leg tips are bold and black creating a real contrast to the rest of the legs and the bodies. The final difference is a slender body when compared to the original Live Shrimp. This gives the lure a real finesse feel that is difficult for others to copy.

The Live Shrimp Hot Legs also comes in two sizes (3” and 4”) and with two hook styles – the omnipresent weedless worm hook for serious structure and the stand-up jighead for more open areas such as mud flats, sandy stretches and freshwater lakes where you want the lure to sit with its tail up wafting around.

Summary

The Live Range from Zerek is a revolution in soft plastic fishing. From the smallest 2” Live Shrimp right up to the 6” Live Cherabin there is a size, colour and profile that will perfectly match your local crustaceans.

Paul Kanafa with a fairly typical saltwater barra. They just love the Live Shrimp Hot Legs.

Paul Kanafa with a fairly typical saltwater barra. They just love the Live Shrimp Hot Legs.

This range is definitely not just a saltwater range with all of the big name freshwater species also dining on these ultra-realistic shrimp representations.

From barra, jacks and threadies up north to trout, bream and redfin down south, the Live Range from Zerek is a range that simply produces fish again and again.

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About Wilson Fishing

wilson fishing Wilson Fishing is an Aussie family owned wholesale fishing tackle supplier and manufacturer. We specialise in developing quality products in Australia for Australian fishing conditions, employing over 50 staff members Australia wide. Wilson Fishing is famous for our Live Fibre range of Aussie built, Aussie designed fishing rods. Founded in 1946, Wilson Fishing is a 100% Australian owned and operated business. Our history has seen us develop relationships with some of the worlds premier fishing and marine companies, including Kilwell, Mustad and Surecatch and now Zerek Innovations.

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