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When at the beginning of the last century American lure producers first introduced the multi-piece fishing lures into the market, many people predicted a revolution in sport fishing. Today we know that there was no revolution( at least not the fishing one) and actually there was none till this day. Except that the few anglers who had such lures in their possession, were careful to hide them deep in their tackleboxes as secret weapons. In some situations they were the only thing that could catch lazy predators. But like in the World of fashion, some trends keep coming back; and thanks to modern technology some old ideas are being made into perfection. Frisky is exactly such a model. Our crazy “crookie” has enough magic qualities to make him simply impossible to ignore.

 

Salmo introduced this model back in 2006. When our headquarters have literally been flooded with praise about this 7cm plug, we decided to construct its 5cm little brother. Few years later the smaller version hit the mass production and right know the Frisky family has two sizes and two different lure versions, although all are floaters. The shallow runners are easily recognizable by their characteristic short and crooked bill. The deep runners (DR) have long and straight bills. In general Frisky is perfect for all the traditional spinning techniques. But because its superb castability, it can also be utilized by baitcasters and is also perfect for light trolling.

 

The table below shows the basic size categories of the Frisky

 

Model Wersion Lenght [cm] Mass [g] Hooks Line [mm] Fishing depth spinning / trolling [m]
FR 5 sr floating 5 5 2 x # 8 0,18 1,0/1,5
FR 5 dr floating 5 5,5 2 x #  8 0,18 1,5/3,0
FR 7 sr floating 7 8 2 x #  6 0,23 1,0/1,5
FR 7 dr floating 7 9 2 x # 6 0,23 2,0/3,5

Before we analyze the best fishing conditions for which Frisky would be best suited, let’s talk a little bit more about its unique qualities. First of all, it is incredibly aerodynamic. The specially designed weight system and the proportion of body weight to volume, makes it easy to cast this lure even against the wind and drop it accurately on the spot. This is possible even in spite of its two piece body, and the distances it can reach are virtually impossible to duplicate with other lures of this type. Another important fact worth mentioning is the special profile of its rear end part. It was specially constructed to avoid any tangles that are so common with all the other lures of such type. Despite its broken construction, this lure has very aggressive action with large amplitude of side swings and also high frequency. Because of that, you can easily feel the Frisky’s action on the rod and easily pick up all the signals from underwater.

The spring salmonid madness

The multi-piece lures were for many years a secret weapon of trout and salmon fishermen. Especially in the spring time, the Frisky’s aggressive action is the ticket to provoke a strike from sluggish predators. We can easily fish it both with and against the current. Usually a steady retrieve is the best option, but it is important to remember to change the rhythm once in a while. A few fast cranks on the handle followed by a short pause or by short twitches of the rod tip are a few time tested combinations. When the fish are active, I personally prefer to use a shallow running version and fish it with the current. A feeding predator will rise even from the deepest hole to attack an aggressively wobbling intruder that dared to trespass his domain. It is crucial to always reel up any slack in the line. A lot of the strikes happen when the lure just floats with the current. The effectiveness of our hookset will depend on our concentration and keeping a constant contact with the lure. On the other hand, when fish are inactive or sluggish (that usually happens when it is cold), that is when I reach for the deep diving version and fish against the current. I let it go under all log jams, holes and undercut banks and anywhere where the fish rest or wait in ambush for their prey. When fishing against the current, I like to stop my retrieve and let the Frisky work freely in the current or make it dance with a delicate twitches of the rod. If the fish followed our lure but did not strike, we should change the color of the lure to more bright (CMD,GT or even FI). This tactic was proven effective on even the most experienced fish. The Frisky’s aggressive action makes possible to retrieve our lure across current very slowly which is crucial when fishing for salmon and the sea-run trout. We cast slightly upstream and almost without any reel cranking we let the current to drift our lure across the river. Only when it will end up next to our river bank that is when we slowly start to retrieve our bait. Fish usually strike when our lure comes out of the arc and with the plug as aggressive as Frisky, it is really hard to miss the bite.

Large rivers and lakes

It quickly became clear that despite Frisky’s small stature, its potential goes way far beyond the salmonid fish. Perch, pike, zander and even asp will find it very hard to ignore its tantalizing wobble. Our job will be foremost to find the baitfish on which all of the above predators feed. I recall a fishing trip two years ago with one of my friends. We were fishing a large reservoir and despite trying different lures and spots we could not catch anything. Finally we found an underwater hump with large schools of baitfish. The large arcs on our fish finder meant that large predators were also present. We tried all of the classic lures: wobblers, jigs and plastics with no results. Finally when we were about to give up, I decided to troll over this spot and in a fit of desperation I grabbed a deep diving 7cm Frisky in GT color. I bet on aggression and contrast and it paid off with perch and sanders. Although none of them were trophies, but nevertheless they saved my fishing honor. Later when we were analyzing our success, I concluded that with a large number of natural food, only the lure that gives strong signals and vibrations can be spotted by the feeding predators.

Frisky proved its effectiveness many times. When trolling the deep water, we use a shallow running version but we have to add additional weight 1.5 meter in front of the lure. Like with river fishing, jerking the bait from time to time may increase its effectiveness. Since it is a light trolling, therefore we will usually hold the rod in our hand. And honestly, there is no other feeling in the world like that of a sensation of nicely vibrating lure that is abruptly stopped by a fish strike.

Fishing set up

The best gear to utilize Frisky is with a classic mid power combo. Rod of about 2.3-2.7m should be more than enough, considering the incredible aerodynamic of this lure. The diameter of our line should be determined by the species of the fish we will hunt for and the character of their habitat. When fishing for trout, I use 0.20-0.24mm line of about 4-6kg strength. With Frisky’s aggressive action, we can quit worrying about dulling the lure’s vibration with a thicker line. I connect the lure to the line by a simple snap swivel. When fishing in a place where pike is present, I also add a proper leader to prevent any bite offs. When fishing for zander, I use the braided line of about 8-12kg. Because my lakes have a varied depth and structure, I add 1m fluorocarbon leader to prevent any cuts to the braid.

Frisky will not dramatically revolutionize your fishing. But it is worth to have it in your tacklebox because it is the most effective in difficult conditions when all the classics fail, especially when you need a strong impulse and vibration to provoke the fish to strike. In the hands of an experienced angler this crazy “crookie”will also drive the fish crazy, and will be frisky enough to catch even the most wary lunkers

 

Mateusz Baran

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