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Old 01-06-2017, 03:20 PM
Bill Krejca Bill Krejca is offline
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I stumbled across an interesting crazy plastic bait while browsing the internet. The bait has a side to side rolling motion when retrieved, not unlike a Rapala, except perhaps even more crippled minnow life-like. I have not been able to find any US source, however, many web sites from Japan, European, etc. Anybody have any info on obtain-ability here in the states? Hard to imagine, maybe, that it is not available to us.

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Old 01-06-2017, 06:00 PM
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no idea on US availability, but dont be afraid to buy from japan, assuming its a credible site.

i have personally bought baits, reels and rods from japan, from several sites. JPAngler, Japan Lure Shop, Digitaka, and Plat are all sites that i have ordered from. Ichiban tackle, japan tackle and pro shop otsuka (bass.jp) are also good sites.

for the most part ordering from these sites is similar to what you would expect from a stateside vendor, add the items to your cart, pay with paypal, you get an order confirmation shortly after and then a shipping email with a tracking number for EMS (japan post). the only one thats different in my experience is Plat, but it too, is pretty straight forward.

as for shipping, most sites charge about $15 per order for reels and baits depending on exchange rate, for rods its a bit more (anywhere between $25 (digitaka) to almost $100 (plat and a few others). and shipping is very fast, usually the items are shipped in 2-3 business days, and arrive at your door 4-6 days after order. rarely you get an item stuck in customs, but it doesnt happen that often (i have had one in customs for 2 plus weeks, but that was around christmas)

the only other curveball is duty, i have placed 7 (i think) orders from japanese vendors, and been hit with duty 3 times, 2 out of 3 rods were hit, and 1 reel, it depends on the value of the package with what you would be hit with, but it has been around $25 for mine (usually $400 package value or more on the ones that got hit)

for me getting products form overseas that arent available here or are MUCH cheaper than we can get them for here is part of the fun.

sorry for the long post, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask, and i will answer the best i can.
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:18 AM
Bill Krejca Bill Krejca is offline
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Canga - Thanks for the info. I don't think so far that I want the baits bad enough to order from overseas, but I may consider it.

I am just amazed that the baits in question are not available over here. The underwater videos on same show a fantastic wounded minnow action that would seem to have most fishermen reaching for their wallets! A similar bait, which can be found in the U.S.( and on videos, also) is called a Mylar Minnow, I may decide to grab a few of these before ice breakup.

Bill
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:06 AM
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I saw that yamamoto has a smiliar design swimbait coming out. Might look into that.
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Old 01-11-2017, 11:54 AM
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no idea on US availability, but dont be afraid to buy from japan, assuming its a credible site.

i have personally bought baits, reels and rods from japan, from several sites. JPAngler, Japan Lure Shop, Digitaka, and Plat are all sites that i have ordered from. Ichiban tackle, japan tackle and pro shop otsuka (bass.jp) are also good sites.

for the most part ordering from these sites is similar to what you would expect from a stateside vendor, add the items to your cart, pay with paypal, you get an order confirmation shortly after and then a shipping email with a tracking number for EMS (japan post). the only one thats different in my experience is Plat, but it too, is pretty straight forward.

as for shipping, most sites charge about $15 per order for reels and baits depending on exchange rate, for rods its a bit more (anywhere between $25 (digitaka) to almost $100 (plat and a few others). and shipping is very fast, usually the items are shipped in 2-3 business days, and arrive at your door 4-6 days after order. rarely you get an item stuck in customs, but it doesnt happen that often (i have had one in customs for 2 plus weeks, but that was around christmas)

the only other curveball is duty, i have placed 7 (i think) orders from japanese vendors, and been hit with duty 3 times, 2 out of 3 rods were hit, and 1 reel, it depends on the value of the package with what you would be hit with, but it has been around $25 for mine (usually $400 package value or more on the ones that got hit)

for me getting products form overseas that arent available here or are MUCH cheaper than we can get them for here is part of the fun.

sorry for the long post, if anyone has any questions feel free to ask, and i will answer the best i can.

I used to buy lots of overseas well known baits in colors not available to the U.S. Market. Since I have been getting real good with an airbrush to develop my own color schemes, I haven't been familiar with what is available lately, but I have never been charged a duty as I bought up to $300 dollars in baits a couple of times from Malaysia and Japan. The only bad thing is the delivery time which is up to 3 weeks.
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