- Length: 3 inches (80 mm)
- Average weight: 0.7 ounces (23-25 grams)
- 0.063 inch (1.8 mm) thick heavy wiring
Proteus series is the latest offering by StrategicAngler® for 2021. The remarkable success of the clear bodied, UV enhanced Naia series led to the final development of the Proteus series to date, conceptualized many years before.
This lure was aptly named Proteus since the design came about while fishing in 2015 with Capt Glyn Austin of Going Coastal charters out of Sebastian, Florida. During a testing trip, we arrived in an area filled with life but our targets were widely dispersed. Casting to our quarry proved difficult so I tied on the smallest and heaviest lure I made, a 5 inch Mikros-sink. I was able to cast the compact Mikros with enough force to reach the trajectory required to land several fish, but could have used a much heavier version for distance. That day, I hooked and landed a very special Dorado with the most spectacular of colors I’ve ever seen. This personal experience, now frozen in time by San Diego artist Brian Hebets can be seen and obtained here: as a one time commemorative and collaborative 10 year anniversary piece of 111 sets. No more prints/matched numbered and signed pieces will be made.
Getting home that day, I drilled and added weighted slugs to the 5″ Mikros and tested them out in a pond. In an attempt to enhance the body shape, I found myself grinding away perfect lures for hours, then days, into weeks then months. I made over 20 variations of this new concept that year, all to no avail. I wanted a compact, 3 plus oz lure that swam as good as it cast but did not want a metal jig. The conceptual lure got benched after its many forms because it had to be perfect. Most of the designs failed during wet testing so I moved on to other projects the next year.
Walk – Proteus can be made to walk with a right, left, right cadence using slow rythmic pumps with the rod tip down. The slower the better.
Sinking wobble– Let the lure rest at free spool after casting. The lure will sink with a wide side to side wobble exposing its flanks as it goes deeper. Majority of the strikes come at free spool so watch your line and get ready to close that bail for the hookset! Mix up the retrieve to achieve different presentations.
Sweep– The Proteus series does best with slow sweeps of the rod tip versus the traditional hard sweeps most stickbait anglers are accustomed to. The lure is perfectly balanced without the need of a belly hook so imparting softer sweeps will make the lure dance with ease.
RECOMMENDED HOOK SIZES
size 2 to 1/0 trebles -or- 2/0 singles and up
SINK RATE PROTEUS 80:
Hook size/weight dependent: average 1 ft/second (hook size and current may affect sink rate)