The best colours for maximum fishing success on twaite shads

Sabiki fishing for twaite shad in the upper Italian lakes, where these fish are also called agone or sarda, can be a very successful and entertaining at the beginning of the summer. In the right place, at the right time and with the right sabikis, you can catch over a hundred fish in one evening. And it's not uncommon to have these glittering silver "mini tarpons" on 2, 3 or even all 5 nymphs at the same time. Our nymphs have been specially designed, tested and manufactured to our specifications for this species of fish. Bright, eye-catching colours have proven to be the best and most catching patterns to lure these fish.

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Sarda or agone is the local name for the stationary form of the mediterranean or twaite shad. This fish species occurs naturally in many lakes in North Italy. This schooling fish is best caught with a sabiki during the spawning season. Here you can buy the best sabiki to successfully pursue these fish on your next holiday in the north of Italy.

Sabikis with nymphs in highly visible, bright colours have proven to be particularly catching:

  • white
  • yellow
  • silver
  • gold
  • chartreuse
  • fluo-orange

Head beads in bright contrasting colours as well as glittering tails and appendages enhance the visibility in the twilight. The nymphs of the sabikis for agone - twaite shad are tied by hand on golden quality hooks of sizes #10, #12, #14. The sabiki itself is carefully knotted with a strong monofilament, so that you can also land several fish at the same time without any problems.

The fishing technique for twaite shad is very simple and extremely catchy. In the summer months, they gather in large shoals after sunset at suitable places in shallow water. Inlets or areas where fresh groundwater flows into the lake are preferred. The sabiki rig itself couldn't be simpler: you attach one of our sabikis to the main line of your rod. This should be at least 3.5 m long. A soft tip prevents the hooks from slipping. Hang in a suitable casting weight to the front end of the sabiki. Fishing weights in the form of the jumping jack have proven to be particularly practical:

  • Thanks to their slim, streamlined design, they can be cast particularly far.
  • In shallow water you have less hang-ups than with a pear lead.
  • The buoyancy of the air-filled plastic tube also means they don't sink as quickly.

After casting, you immediately reel in the sabiki. When you do this, retrieve the rig relatively quickly and dynamically just under the water surface. In this way the sabiki nymphs come to life. The eye-catching tying materials glitter and reflect due to the fast movement, even at dusk. In this way, the fish become aware of the Sabiki and reflexively snap at it. The rush hour is relatively short. But it is all the more intense. When twaite shad are in a feeding frenzy, you will have a bite on every cast. On good spots you will often play several fish at the same time. A full house, i.e. a fish on each nymph, is not uncommon.