AM blog contributor, Nick Marlow

Thursday is our Big Fish Blog and it’s the turn of Marukyu, the Japan-based bait innovators with products specially designed to catch UK fish.

The words below come to us from their man Nick Marlow (pictured right), the well-travelled former editor of Tackle Trade World.

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Marukyu’s Nick Marlow is in our team of bloggers. With his vast experience of the tackle trade, and products designed to catch quality fish, he is sure to be a good read.



Menai Angling’s Rory – with a superb lure caught perch

FOR many in the trade Christmas is viewed as a bit of a quiet time.

For obvious and bloomin’ cold reasons, less people fish… most companies have completed their trade shows – and this is seen as their ‘down time’ when they get to take holidays and spend time with their family…

No such look for yours truly though – I don’t think I have ever been so busy in my life!

Few of you will know that as well as doing some of the finest, if not the finest bait on the world, Marukyu has a sister brand called Ecogear (‘Ecogear UK’ on facebook).

Ecogear is a lure fishing brand – and as you all know – traditionally winter time is predator time – so I’m still rushed off my feet!

A couple of months ago – we launched our predator boards… a small range of Ecogear product put together with the perch, pike and zander angler in mind. The response has been nothing short of phenomenal – with reports of some simply huge fish being caught.

And the price of success? I’ve had to cancel all my Christmas break!

Ecogear Predator Board

On the Marukyu front we have some very exciting baits in prospect for next year. Packaging and production is now finalized – and everything should start filtering through into the shops early next year.

These are exciting times at Marukyu and without your help and feedback – we could not have got as far as we have got today.

The fact that so many of you have discovered the difference that Marukyu can make to your fishing makes everything worthwhile.

And with next year’s new launches, we know that you will be catching even more!

Ecogear pro staffer Ross Johnson with a nice pair of perch – caught on Grass Minnow

Top tip

The water’s cold – but the predators are still having it! Fish your lures slow and deep – the fish will eat but are not in full on chasing mode.

Baits fished close to the bottom, or hopped across the bottom, work particularly well at this time of year. Ecogear Bug Ants work very well for this.







From everyone at Marukyu, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – and if you manage to venture out on the bank over the next few days. Tight Lines also!

Winter fishing is not for everyone… but it can be one of the most rewarding times of the year… Good luck all!





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