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Michael Murphy New Ima Lure Concept

Michael Murphy of Ima Lures talks about his custom design Signature series Wake Bait, Swimbait,Jerk bait.



IMA-Skimmer Grande


Ima Lures Skimmer Grande

The Ima Lures Skimmer Grande is a topwater walking bait that subtly glides across the surface replicating the action of small shad that are often found roaming the surface. The Grande size Ima Skimmer retains the design of the original, but increases the size from 4.5″ to 5″ in order to mimic lager species of forage that predatory fish feed upon. The Ima Skimmer Grande possesses a slim profile that has proven to be one of the most appealing bass lure shapes ever. As a result of this subtle shape, the lure will glide across the surface softly much like the wake of a lone shad as it seeks refuge from the predators below. There’s a whole lot to be said simply for this slender profile and silhouette, and the Ima Skimmer Grande is really the only topwater hardbait that has perfected it.



A large part of the Skimmer Grande’s action is caused on the ending movement of each zig or zag as the tail-weighted back end of the Ima Skimmer Grande stirs the water slightly causing a natural boil. So every time that the Skimmer zigs or zags left or right, the final movement of the weighted tail interrupts the consistency of the slick surface and the lure slips out barely ahead of the boil, just like a desperate baitfish narrowly escaping a bass’s lunge.The Skimmer Grande’s action then becomes a non-stop series of ever-widening boils emanating behind it. It’s like having a school of surface-feeding bass on the scene, all boiling the surface behind the Ima Skimmer’s tail. If there’s ever anything that gets a non-committal bass to bite, it is other bass feeding in front of it – and that’s the competitive feeding cue that the Skimmer’s tail-stirring movement sends out to all bass within range of sensing the surface-feeding boils trailing out behind the Skimmer.

The IMA Skimmer Grande measures 5″ in length and weighs 5/8oz.


IMA Skimmer Grande Specs

  • Length: 125mm, 5in
  • Weight: 17g, 5/8oz
  • Classification: Top Water
  • Hooks: Owner ST-36 #4

Folsom Lake Ima Flit Video with Nick Lynch

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Nick Lynch catches Largemouth, Smallmouth and Spotted Bass at Folsom Lake Ca, on the Ima Flit 100 and 120.

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Wanta Get Bit? Get Flit! Ima Flit 120 jerkbait


-3 Hooks: Made with three hooks.  This design helps increase catch ratio when fish are in a reactive mood and not willing to aggressively feed.  Most commonly an asset in colder water early and late in the year and in post frontal situations.

-High Pitch (small bb’s):  Most Commonly resembling to baitfish in the Herring family (flat sided, as opposed to a round sided smelt), which includes Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, to imitate sound in colder water conditions and in post frontal situations.

-Triangular Internal Chamber system:  This unique system maximizes sound by ricocheting bb’s at constant angles.  With this design it allows for a controlled sound among all jerkbaits that come out of production, allows the jerkbait to be consistent in sound, and keeps the bb’s from getting stuck in crevices.  This design emits a controlled sound and maximizes consistency, maximizing it’s realistic and unique sound.

-6 to 8ft dive depth:  Most common depth, within visible sight, of suspending baitfish and predatory fish aimed to catch in colder months and post frontal situations.

-Flat sided, wider back:  A common shape of baitfish resembling in the Herring family.  If taken a cross section of, both will appear triangular in shape, as oppose to oval in shape, more resembling of a smelt or minnow, which is less commonly fed on by Bass.

-Forward pointed, skinnier bill:  This lure has its action built into it’s design.  Many competitors make a lure and adjust the bill width and size to give the lure its action.  This will only create more resistance wearing the user out much quicker.  The bill angle, length and width is designed for strictly the depth, where the body is designed for the action by resembling the shape of Herring, which includes Gizzard and Threadfin Shad, and giving a similar cadence, resulting in a much user friendly, less tiring lure.

-Flash:  With how the sides of the jerkbait are designed, they reflect light slightly downward, naturally the direction from which a strike will most likely come from, as oppose to outward and in any which direction like most competitors.


-Jerk Pause:  Starting each jerk with a slack and ending with a slack after single to multiple jerks.  Increase frequency between jerks and pauses as fish activity level increases and as water temperature increases.  Work the lure with your rod top close to the water to maximize depth, bringing the rod tip up as you would like to work it shallower or through or over shallow cover.

-Deadsticking:  Working the lure with very little contact with the lure itself and inching the lure forward by bringing up the slack and using the weight of the line to move the lure forward.  Start out with a couple cranks and with the Jerk Pause technique to get the lure to depth before working the deadsticking technique.

Recommended Tackle

-6’0″ to 7’0″ depending on height:  You want the rod as long as possible, but just short enough to where your rod tip is not dragging in the water on the Jerk Pause technique when your rod is pointed downward.

-8lb-14lb line:  The lighter the line the better, when you can get away with it.  This will maximize the natural action of the lure.  As there is more cover and debris to wear line easier, increase the weight of the line.

-Reel:  Most reels can be used, but suggest using a 6.3:1 ratio or greater for easy use.

Flit 120 – Available in 18 colors

Flit 120 – 114 Table Rock Shad


Flit 120 – 171 Boned Shad

199 – Clear *NEW*

100 – Silver Flash

101 – Gold Flash

102 – Clown

104 – Chartruese Shad

105 – American Shad

107 – Olive Herring

108 – Misty Shad

109 – Ghost Minnow

113 – Brown Flash

115 – Blue Shad

116 – Tennessee Shad

125 – Matte Bluegill

150 – Ghost Tennessee Shad NEW COLOR

151 – Pro Blue NEW COLOR

152 – Phantom Craw NEW COLOR

Product Review IMA Pinjack-200 Crankbait


IMA 200

Designed specifically to come through cover without hanging up or losing effectiveness, the Ima PinJack 200 is an all-around, versatile crankbait that can catch fish in shallow cover or on deep rock banks. Offering a precise wobbling and rolling action, it dives with ease down to 6-8 feet on 10-20lb line. Its design also incorporates a small internal fixed weight, which maximizes diving depth while preventing the lure from tumbling and getting fouled on the cast. The diving angle is also tuned so when you come in contact with weeds or cover, you can softly lift up on the rod and the Pin Jack 200 will back-slide and glide over the cover. Available in a range of detailed colors, every aspect of the Ima Pinjack 200 Crankbait is made to maximize performance in this most efficient mid-depth crankbait.

Ima Lures Length Weight Depth
Pinjack 200 2.25″ 7/16oz 6-8ft

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Ima Lures new mid depth crankbait the Pinjack 200

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PinJack 200 Crankbait Sets New Standard for Mid-Depth Excellence

Small-profiled crankbait will work in a wide range of circumstances


 TEMECULA, California – Building on the success of the Square Bill and Beast Hunter, Ima Lures introduces the PinJack 200, a small-profiled mid-depth diver that marries Japanese artistry to the needs of bass anglers around the globe.

 “It’s like a mini Beast Hunter with a Square Bill body,” said Elite Series veteran Fred Roumbanis. “It hits a spot that not a whole lot of crankbaits meet. With 10- or 12-pound line you can get it down in that 8 foot range in a hurry.”

 South Carolina pro Michael Murphy added that the new lure has certain attributes that others in its class do not. Specifically, “it is very castable and comes through cover incredibly well. In fact it’s almost impossible to hang up.”

 When fish are scatted in the pre-spawn and post-spawn phases, this lure can locate them quickly as they go to or from their spawning grounds. With its unique wobble and roll action, it has a different acoustic pattern than any other small crankbait on the market and it has proven deadly on even wary bass. In fact, Roumbanis said that oftentimes after he catches a few fish out of a school with a Beast Hunter, he’ll go back through the area with the PinJack to try to eke out a few more bites. Usually the one-two punch pays big dividends.

 Ohio pro and noted crankbait aficionado Bill Lowen added that this lure, like all Ima products, runs exceptionally true on every cast, which makes it deadly for fishing in current. He’s made sure that some of his signature colors, like “Lowen’s Hush Hush” are available to everyone.

 The PinJack 200 will initially be available in a total of eight proven colors. It will retail for $16.99

 ABOUT IMA LURES: Established in 1998, Ima Japan is one of the most prestigious and renowned manufacturers of hard baits for both saltwater and freshwater species in Japan. Since developing a United States office in 2007, the company has been the leader in bringing innovative, imaginative and realistic pro-inspired lures to the American Market. Ima products are marketed and distributed in the US through Optimum Bait Company in Temecula, California.

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IMA Jerkbaits for Smallmouth Part 1

 Ima Jerkbaits for Smallmouth Bass by Dobyns Rods pro Staffer.



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New Bone Floating Flit Adds Range to Ima Lineup

New jerkbait wakes, dives, calls bass from long distances



TEMECULA, California – Ima Lures introduced the Flit 120 jerkbait in 2007 to rave reviews from members of the fishing industry, tour-level pros and weekend anglers alike. Two years later, the company brought the Flit 100 to market, for times when the bass “want a snack, not a meal.” Now Ima adds a third member to the series, the Bone Flit 120 Floating, with the same profile as the original, but made of a different plastic that keeps it higher in the water column.

“The floating Flit was introduced in Japan last year to take advantage of Lake Biwa’s bluegill pattern,” said Matt Paino, VP Sales of Ima Lures. “This lure is deadly around shallow grassy areas and the brightly-colored lips make for some incredibly brutal visual strikes.”


South Carolina pro Michael Murphy, a jerkbait expert and one of driving forces behind the earlier iterations of the Flit, raved about the characteristics that distinguish this new family member: “The plastic has a different density and that’s what really sets it apart,” he said. “You can fish it with a variety of retrieves, but it really excels when you wake it. People tend to fish too fish when they wake a bait but with this one it’s easy to get the cadence exactly right. During the pre-spawn or spawn, it’s like nails on a chalkboard for big female bass.”


Ohio pro Bill Lowen used the Floating Flit successfully in two early season Elite Series events in Florida, but said it’ll also be deadly on smallmouths in clear waters from east to west, and most certainly in the Great Lakes. “I’d say it’s the best floating jerkbait I’ve ever tied on a rod,” he stated. “It’s very buoyant, but it’s also wild and erratic, like the original Flit, which is something you don’t see in other floating jerkbaits.”


“The strikes you get on this lure are really explosive, like what you’d get on a frog,” Murphy added. “And because the bills are painted in bright colors, like many Japanese lures, that’s a good strike indicator.”


The floating Flit is available in four colors: Flash Bluegill Bone, Natural Bass Bone, Flash Bass Bone and Chartreuse Shad Bone. It will retail for $17.99.


ABOUT IMA LURES: Established in 1998, Ima Japan is one of the most prestigious and renowned manufacturers of hard baits for both saltwater and freshwater species in Japan. Since developing a United States office in 2007, the company has been the leader in bringing innovative, imaginative and realistic pro-inspired lures to the American Market. Ima products are marketed and distributed in the US through Optimum Bait Company in Temecula, California.


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