The Surf Striper Staple
The Shimano Coltsniper jerkbait is an old favorite among surf striper enthusiasts. Once you cast this lure it’s easy to understand why so many anglers use the Coltsniper compared to its peers.
|Length||140mm & 170mm (5.5 & 6.7″)|
|Weight||140mm: 1.13oz / 170mm: 1.87oz.|
Breaking It Down
The Shimano Coltsniper jerkbait features an internal weight-shifting system. During your cast, the weight shifts to the back for longer casting distance and moves back up front during the retrieve for better wobbling action.
This is not a unique feature when you look at lures like the Daiwa SP Minnow and Yo-Zuri Mag Minnow, but the Coltsniper does have an advantage. Shimano’s patented Propulsion Weight Management System keeps the weight from getting stuck during its transfer meaning you can cast without worrying about the lure spiraling out of control.
Lures such as the Daiwa SP Minnow also have amazing casting distance, but often times the weight will jam in the front, causing us to shake the weight free before launching it into the abyss. This means one more thing to worry about and can affect your effectiveness on the water.
We do appreciate how the eye in front sits flush with the face – although this may not have any real advantage it does give the bait a sleeker look.
Field Testing the Coltsniper Jerkbait
This is my current surf setup:
- Rod: Daiwa Coastal SP 10’6″ 1-4oz.
- Reel: Shimano Stradic 5000FK
- Line: 40lb PowerPro Super 8 Slick
I also have a light tackle surf setup:
- Rod: Lamiglas X11 8’6″ 3/8-1oz.
- Reel: Shimano Stradic 4000 Ci4+
- Line: 30lb PowerPro Super 8 Slick
I use the 170mm for my standard surf setup since it’s a bit heavier and can cast further. The weight difference isn’t huge but every little bit helps with distance. Even though my Lamiglas X11 is only up to 1oz. it still throws the 140mm a mile unless the winds pick up.
The casting is truly effortless. There’s no clicking sensation of the weight struggling to shift down the lure, you simply launch it and the Coltsniper takes care of the rest. Swimming action consists of a tight wobble similar to an SP Minnow.
Our hands-down favorite color is the Blue Sardine in both sizes. They’re fairly difficult to find right now (especially the 140mm) but you can scour Ebay for a few.
My rule of thumb is to not trust any stock hooks, period. Switch them out for 3x Gamakatsu, Owner, Mustad, etc. and you’ll thank me later. I recently watched a video of a personal best striper lost because the Coltsniper’s stock hook broke. Don’t let that be you.
Same goes for the split rings. I swap mine out to Owner Hyperwire Split Rings to eliminate any chance of the rings opening up during a fight.
Since my fluorocarbon leader has a snap attached to it, there’s really no need for the stock split ring on the Coltsniper jerkbait. It’s one more piece of tackle that can bend or break so I just remove it. Same goes for all other jerkbaits.