Do you love fishing? Regardless of which fishing store you go to, you find that fishing tackle comes in a large variety of shapes, designs, and colors. Among many options, Japan’s got some of the most awesome fishing lures. As it could be said to almost everything Japanese people do, they put meticulous attention to details and leverage all their artisanship, creativity, and wackiest ideas into making these novelty lures. I selected a few of my favorite to share with our blog readers!
1) Bandai G-Master Splash Heroes Mazinger Z Fishing Lure
Our favorite giant robot Mazinger Z is soooo cute as a chibi fishing lure. Bandai had a line of anime and tokusatsu-themed fishing lures called G-Master Splash Heroes back in 2003 (long sold out now), and Mazinger Z is one of them.
2) Bandai G-Master Splash Heroes Gamera and Kamen Rider V3 Lures
I have to show two more from Bandai’s Splash Heroes series because they are just so cute. Aren’t thse Gamera and Kamen Rider V3 fishing lures adorable? You can see how detailed they actually are for something that you are supposed to throw in water…
3) Tommy x Nintendo Pokemon Fishing Lures
These Pokemon lures would make me sing “Gotta Catch ‘em All!” while trying to catch fish! Gotta catch all the fish! (Well, maybe not, to be gentle to the environment)
4) Frog Products Boob Lures
Frog Products released these nice, round, not-too-bit, not-too-large, perfect boobs to lure fish. Maybe they lure human more than fish? They come in two color options…for your preference.
Unfortunately these lures are very difficult to find even on auctions. Keep monitoring on Yahoo Japan Auction from this link until it shows up, as they occasionally do!
5) Ryobi Ultraman Fishing Lure
Ultraman can help you find your catch underwater!
I love how much attention to detail they put into it. Even if you don’t fish, this would be a perfect addition to your Ultraman collection.
6) Ryobi Ultraman Kaijuu Lures – Alien Baltan and Pigmon
If there is Ultraman, we’ve got to have kaijuus too! Two of the most iconic and popular kaijuus from Ultraman: Alien Baltan and Pigmon are also available as lures from Ryobi!
7) Rascal the Raccoon Fishing Lures
Our beloved Rascal the Raccoon come in three different colors as fishing lures! Rascal is eating a toast, hopefully he’ll be able to catch fish for us too?
8) GAN CRAFT Tsuri Chichi Nagisa Collaboration Jointed Claw 178
Here comes the fun part: sexy bishoujo lures.
This lure is specially crafted for a fishing manga series on Shounen Sunday called Tsuri Chichi Nagisa. And they are actually made by a quality fishing tackle company Gan Craft too, instead of a toy company. You can enjoy outdoor fishing with beautiful Nagisa-chan!
9) Super Sonico Fishing Lure by Unagiinu
Here’s another sexy fishing lure, featuring Super Sonico, the popular mascot girl from Nitroplus.
This is actually a handmade lure modified from an existing lure “Strike King Sexy Spoon.” How fitting is it that the artist chose to put Sonico on it? The artist Unagiinu does a lot of customized “Ita-Lure” (痛ルアー) to make ordinary fishing lures more, um, attractive.
Here’s a little section of a fishing store displaying Unagiinu’s custom tackle.
10) Toys Frog Char Zaku Flash Jim Fishing Lure
Char Zaku should be able to fish 3 times faster than other lures (hopefully)! The 3D mono-eye is cute!
It should work really well for octopus catching too, since, reportedly, that’s how Japanese fisherman catches octopus…as shown in a Japanese TV show Zip. (News source: Kotaku) I’m not sure if it’s true or not, but give it a shot, right?