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Daiwa Shoreline Shiner
Why we Love the Daiwa shoreline shiner? Before we get into what makes this a mega lure, I’d only just purchased one last year. Incidentally, the funny thing is I had a Shoreline Shiner in my spare lure box I didn’t even know I had. Unbelievably, I just thought it was a crap lure I’d been given from the tackle shop. I never even checked to see what it was. You can see the red lure in the picture above. Honestly, it wouldn’t be a pattern I’d normally pick.
Daiwa, as you already know, is one of the biggest tackle companies in the world. So why have I overlooked Daiwa’s amazing selection of lures? I obviously become conditioned to buy IMA, Tacklehouse, Duo, and Megabass lures. Yes, I was aware of their stunning rods and reels, and I even have a Daiwa rod and reel.
How I first heard about this lure
Now then, the first time I heard about the Daiwa Shoreline Shiner was at the beginning of 2018. Ironically, we were not fishing because the weather conditions were unsuitable, wind, water clarity etc. They never normally are for the first 3 months of the year. However, in Pembrokeshire, they can fish nearly all year round, which is amazing.
Generally, Facebook can be a great source of information when it comes to tackle and fishing tactics. Incidentally, I was looking through some of the pictures of bass that people had caught. Now then, the one post that caught my eye was a post with multiple pictures. This bloke had fished right through the night. That’s why this post, in particular, got my attention because the majority of the fishing I do is through the night.
The Shoreline Shiner Shimmered in the Picture
I could see this amazing lure catching the light of whatever camera they used to take pictures of the fish. I just had to comment to find out what it was. Fair play, the bloke responded almost instantaneously and told me the exact model. Amazingly, I found the exact lure on Amazon straight away. Little did I realise how many Daiwa lures there were? The lure is the Daiwa Shoreline Shiner R50 +SSR.
Why do they have those completed codes?
Ironically, I can’t take the credit for working out what SSR stands for or even the R50. Typically, I had a little moan on one of our videos about subsurface lures on the YouTube channel. Basically, I moaned about why they call the lure another name rather than a poxy code like SSR FSS blah blah! Now then, this kind gentleman Lee Smith kindly pointed out how the Daiwa lure code works.
Understanding the code for the Shoreline Shiner
Here is what he said: Great selection there! The Daiwa shoreline shiners are my favourites out of that lot; for some reason, they don’t have the lure weight on the bottom as there are a few different ones SSR – super shallow runner. LD – long distance ( the newer ones with internal shifting weight) R50/R40 is the running depth. SL is lure length. The last letters on the lure are F for floating or S for sinking, and I always check if I’m casting an F or a D, especially in shallow water, as I don’t like losing things.
My personal Best with the shoreline Shiner
What a night! The venue we were fishing, for me, has been a mixed bag for two good reasons. 1. I always seemed to blank there, although one night we did do really well. I caught 7 fish (PB). 2. When I had fished this particular spot on other occasions, we fished the tide on the drop. The only thing is you would get the odd swell that would be eye level, and we are wading out in the water. Ultimately, this meant you had to jump over the waves…great! Not that I ever fell over, that is, not there anyway. You can bet your life that the minute you turn your back to change your lure, that friggin wave would smash into you. Right, that’s enough of my moaning.
Night To Remember, Why do we love the Daiwa Shoreline Shiner?
Moving on, on this particular night, we were fishing the flood right through to the ebb, but it was dead calm, with no wind and a big tide. And, great news, we didn’t have to wade in the water. Moving on, I tried a couple of the normal white lures but not a sniff. I switched to the Shoreline Shiner, then bang! Straight away…fish on.
We kept on catching until high tide, but then the fishing went dead. But when the tide turned, the fish came back. Ultimately, to cut a long story short, I beat my previous PB (amount not biggest fish) and had 20 in total. I actually caught the same as the Bassman. Now to me, that is an achievement. The times I’ve fished next to him, same lure, same everything, and he catches, and you don’t. But he will always put you right, and 9/10 it would be your retrieve being too fast. I would not notice, but then I would slow my retrieve down…bang…fish on. In all honesty, he gets as much enjoyment seeing you catch as he does himself.
Other Lure Fisherman
In all fairness, the Bassman is a bundle of knowledge; I would never have caught the fish I’ve caught if it weren’t for him. With that being said, he has some rules and fishing that night was no exception. First off, we fish with lights off all the time, which can be a bit of a nightmare. Incidentally, that night right around 12.00 a.m., about 6 lights turned up right up the other of the bay. Now, the night before, the Bassman had been slaying the bass when two other lure fishermen turned up. He said. Literally, the minute they turned up with their lights on and those other lures hitting the water, the fish had gone. Session ruined. He said they didn’t even realise he was there…or did they?
As a rule, it doesn’t bother me about other people turning up, but after our epic night, I totally understand: Too many cooks spoil the broth. Luckily for us, the invaders stayed up at the other end of the bay. Thank god, I felt more like a commando than a lure fisherman.
The fishing was a nightmare that night, even though it was a great night of fishing. The problem with not having your light on (even though there was some light from above the cliffs) was that some of the fish were nailing my Shoreline Shiner as if it was the last morsel on earth. Yes, on more than one occasion, the greedy bass had taken that lure right down their throats. Ultimately, my hooks snapped, trying to get them out, but hey, still a fantastic night fishing.
Daiwa Lure options
Basically, there are many different Daiwa lures, but there are normally 3 types for the Shoreline Shiner.
- Shallow Divers
- Medium Divers
- Deep Divers
For actual Daiwa lures, here is a list of different options. Make sure you check the type of lure you purchase is correct.
- Cross Wake
- Lazy Slim
- Sea Bass Hunter
- Salt Pencil
- Trick Upper
- X Roll
If you want the Shoreline Shiner R50+SSR, you can purchase it via Amazon click here; I’m afraid other than eBay, that’s the best option at the moment, but things could change. In short, unless you order from Japan, I think you may struggle to get it.
For all the other types of Daiwa lures go to Amazon
So, in brief, I feel like this lure is a lure of a lifetime. But remember, there are lures in my box that people say are their best lures. Now then, I will not mention any lures by name that wouldn’t be fair. In short, some of those lures I had never caught a thing on even when I knew the fish were there. I honestly don’t know whether it’s location, the ground you are fishing, or the state of the tide. Ultimately, and in my opinion, with lure fishing, there is no free lunch. You have to graft and work out what works for you. Sometimes this amazing sport leaves me baffled, frustrated, and ecstatic, all at the same time. Happy fishing, folks!!