I have been using the Adhek Penipen sticks in various sizes for about four years now, and it has become one of the limited number of lures that I never leave home without. They have a great record of catching quality fish all around the world, and now that they are reliably available in Australia at attractive prices via The Lure Locker, it seems like a good time to publish a review.
|Grumpy black GT on a Medium Penipen|
- Long Penipen - 150 grams - 26 cm long, rigging advice: 2 x Gamakatsu Recorder 6/0 or 7/0 trebles.
- Medium Penipen - 125 grams, 24 cm long, rigging advice: 2 x 5/0 or 4/0 trebles.
- Short Penipen - 100 grams, 20 cm long, rigging advice: 2 x 4/0 or 3/0 trebles.
- Baby Penipen - 30 grams,14 cm long, rigging advice: 2 x 1/0 trebles.
While the Long and Medium Penipen models have made their name as GT lures, the smaller versions obviously have other uses. The Short Penipen is definitely an interesting size to try for large tuna and kingfish, and is also the right size and profile for host of larger reef predators.
|Very solid GT on a Medium Penipen|
|Omani Bream caught on a Baby Penipen|
There are a number of different retrieves which can be used, but the lure was designed for medium paced sweep. Just work it laterally and towards you, always leaving a little slack in the line before you pull, and the lure will swim with a very enticing tail kick. You can also work it with a twitch and pause. I think because of the head design, you can use this lure successfully in water which might be considered too choppy for many floating sticks - a big advantage. Those not familiar with techniques for working surface stick baits will soon catch-on with this lure, while it is also a favourite of many more experienced top-water anglers.
|GT on Long Penipen|
Could this be the best mid-priced lure of its nature out there? It probably is in my view.
My friends at The Lure Locker now have this relatively under-exposed lure readily available in Australia at very keen prices. Why not visit that site and see for yourself?
Finally, just to show that I really do like them, here are a few of my own Penipens :)
If you have questions at all about what I have written, please feel free to post them here. Cheers, Mark.