The Jackson Bottom Magic Saltwater Lure is a unique bibless sinking minnow that hops along the bottom like a small bottom-feeding fish. Its reputation quickly rose to one of the best and easiest lures to use on the market due to its incredible fish-catching ability and the range of species it's caught. The Saltwater model was designed specifically for the Australian market, with bigger sizes (65mm and 75mm) added to the lineup to suit a wider range of fishing environments. The saltwater version comes pre-rigged with two double hooks so it's not essential to change the hooks if you don't want to (we still do - see below - but that's personal preference). They also have a different colour range to the standard Jackson Bottom Magic Lures to better suit Australian conditions and environments.
Bibless sinking minnow
Sits on an angle on the bottom like a bottom-feeding fish
Long casting due to its shape and size
Extremely easy to use
Catches a huge amount of different fish species
65mm | 7.6g
The 55mm lures are fished exactly like the standard Bottom Magic 55mm Lure linked above, nothing has changed with these other than the hooks and the colours. So light estuary environments like fishing the flats, casting into structure, and drop-offs are perfect for these lures.
The 65mm Bottom Magic Lures don't change much compared to the other two sizes other than their weight and length. They can be used effectively in many estuary conditions, but are also better for deeper waters, faster-moving currents, and casting into beach gutters or off the rocks. They're also great for use out of the boat or kayak on shallow reefs and rocky outcrops.
The bigger 75mm Bottom Magic lures were designed for much deeper waters and although they're not much longer, they are significantly heavier so they sink much faster than the other two smaller sizes. These are more suited to offshore reefs with a bit of current, deeper inshore estuaries and rivers, and casting off the beach and rocks. They do work exactly the same as the smaller models though so there's no need to change up your technique when using them.
We've tried almost all combinations of hooks, but the best we've used and now use all the time is having a small assist hook on the rear hook point, and a small treble on the middle hook point. Shinto Pro Micro Assist Hooks in size 6 are the perfect fit for general estuary fishing for species such as bream and flathead. The beauty of these assist hooks is that once the fish is hooked on the assist there's very little chance of losing it because they can't lever the hook out due to the flexible assist chord, plus they add a bit of flare and attraction with their holographic tinsel and rubber strands. Shinto Pro 1X Strong Treble in size 12 are the perfect small treble for the middle hook point on the 65mm model, and they're incredibly sticky.
How To Use The Bottom Magic Lures
There are plenty of ways to work this lure depending on what you're chasing, but the most effective method and ironically the easiest has been this:
Cast the lure out and let it sink to the bottom
Wind in the slack line and give the lure 1 or 2 small twitches (making it 'hop' about anywhere up to 50cm off the ground)
Slowly wind in the slack line
Repeat the twitching every second or so. A slight pause here and there can help with the more timid biters
This effectively makes the lure look like it's a small bottom-feeding fish that's hopping along the bottom, largely due to the angle they sit at. This technique has proven itself over and over, landing fish like nothing we've seen before, and it's SO EASY.
When drifting in a boat or kayak we've also found that it can be easier again. By casting behind you (so you're drifting further from the lure as you move), you can do the same small twitch as above without having to reel in, because as you drift the line picks the slack up. A handy tip: keep your bail arm open for an extra long time after you've cast out so that the lure is well and truly away from where your kayak/boat is, it makes a noticeable difference.
The original model that was first to come over from Japan was initially designed for use in Japanese trout farms that don't allow barbs on hooks, hence the two barbless single hooks. The weighted chin on the Bottom Magic lure gives the minnow a unique action that replicates a small bottom-feeding fish, so a slow retrieve with small twitches here and there to make the lure hop along the bottom works wonders. These lures are great for throwing around just about anywhere in creeks, estuaries, along break walls, off the beach, around piers, near moored boats and basically any other structure. They're incredibly easy to use and have proven themselves many times over on a crazy amount of different fish species. With a range of light and dark colours, these lures can be used in all water and light conditions. We recommend upgrading the hooks on these for a much better fish landing rate, but it's not essential.
Released shortly after the standard Bottom Magics, the Bottom Magic Light Tune Lures are simply a lighter and slower sinking version of the standard 55mm lures. Built for shallow estuary environments like trout streams, creeks and flats fishing, they come equipped with barbless singles like the standard model and can be fished for the same sorts of species. Upgrading the hooks is again recommended but not essential.
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