Owner is a brand that most hardcore anglers associate with high quality terminal tackle, what many may not realise is Owner also produce a range of quality hardbody lures under the Cultiva banner that are well suited for targeting a large variety of Australian species. I’ve been a huge Cultiva fan for more than a few years now, so I was pretty chuffed when Pure Fishing took over control of the distribution of Cultiva Lures in Australia.
Lets take a look at some of Cultiva Line up!
Cultiva Mirra Shad
This little lure is a bream killer, its body represents a fine 50mm bait fish profile that weighs in at 1/7th of an ounce, which makes for easy casting. Thats a big bonus for old casting gumby’s like myself. Its slender profile has really good hook exposure which helps to convert bites to hook ups. In a nut shell its a small lure that you can cast in a bit of wind and gets plenty of bites.
The Finish on the Mirra Shad is all Owner quality that features great life like eyes, holographic colours and hooks that will make you bleed just by looking at them. What more do need in a bream lure? Well I reckon there’s one more important factor that makes a lot of difference.
I love bream lures that suspend when they are stopped in there tracks. A lure that rises rapidly out of a fishes face when its paused just doesn’t seem to get the same results as a lure that stops and suspends or very slowly rises. The Cultiva Mirra Shad performs this trick very well and has a nice tight high frequency action.
I fish the Mirra Shad everywhere from rocky edges to shallow flats and oyster racks. I’m no bream pro, but the Mirra Shad has produced the goods for me on many occasions.
Cast em tight against structure, preferably with a bit of shade, twitch em down, wind slow and pause, remember to pause, this will bring the cagiest of bream undone.
Rippen Minnow 65
This lure measures in at 65mm as its name implies and weighs 1/4 of and ounce, it casts like bullet and is a fantastic option for big bream. Don’t be put off by its extra size, it’s only a snack for a bream over the 1 kilo mark. The Rippen Minnow ticks all the boxes just like its little brother the Mirra Shad, but will temp bigger predators, trust me, I’ve fished it!
Zippen Ziggy is something out of the closet, he’s a big mother at 80mm and 1/3 of an ounce, but bream smash ziggy. He’s a walk the dog style stick bait that’s really easy to use. Ziggy can be cast over the horizon and comes into his own when there’s a bit of wind on the water. His forte is luring big fish out of heavy cover with his large footprint and water displacement. Ziggy has a solid rattle and awesome action and has been tied to end of my leader since the weather warmed up. Don’t be put off by his size, he loves to pick a fight with packs of hungry bream and has a pretty good hook up ratio. Give him a go, you wont be disappointed, he surprised the hell out of me.
Another fantastic topwater lure for larger species although I’m hearing reports of guys catching bream on the 95mm model, “thats right 95mm”. Iv’e caught every thing from kings to barra on this cool looking lure. They cast really well and have a great action, but be prepared for heart stopping explosions (check out the shot below of the barra attacking the dancer). The Tango Dancer is without a doubt one of my go to top water favorites for larger species.