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91% Recommend this product (67 of 74 responses)
By Northbar
New york
December 24, 2020
Awesome lure but after you catch about 40 fish the paint is gone 👀
By Jesse
Good jig
July 24, 2020
High price for this lure but it really is a killer. An all around good bait.
By jesse
Avalon, CA
great action
June 18, 2020
this lure is a great bait for just about anything. I love the anchovy look of the color. Bass can't resist it. I can't wait to try it out on the tuna this year.
By B
San Francisco, ca
June 11, 2020
This lure swims near the surface with a side to side swing. Really easy to use, just cast and retrieve and before you know it.... fish on!
ProsEasy to use Cast great
ConsFouls easily if weeds get caught on lure
By Joe T.
orlando Fl
Walk the dog simply by retrieving
May 28, 2020
Walk the dog simply by retrieving it’s true it actually works I own I handful of these various sizes and colors. I Fish Sebastian inlet and have caught Snook, Jacks and blue fish so far
By Joe
Medford, NJ
Crazy action
April 1, 2020
This bait has awesome action and a great profile that the fish love. This is one of my favorite lures to use off the jetties but it is also a great tuna lure if the hook is swapped out for a stronger one.
ProsAction Profile
ConsGets caught in the wind when casting.
By Eduardo
Is one of my favorite lures
February 19, 2020
This lure give some fun when no other lure work
ProsVery easy to move, and very efective, y have see how it call the atention of many fish like almost no others lured A very good casting distance
ConsThe hook damage the paint very fast, something that should nor happen whith a lure of that price To my first one a tarpon broke the split ring very easly so i recomend to change them
By Chris B.
Waxwing WW088
January 22, 2020
I recently purchased the WW088 Sardine Waxwing from TackleDirect. The service & feedback was very good considering it is very difficult to source a reliable supplier for Waxwing lures. I can highly recommend TackleDirect to anybody looking for quality fishing products.
By Gavin
Brooklyn, NY
Almost the only thing I use
October 25, 2018
I surfcast in the NYC-LI-NJ area, beaches mainly, a few rock jetties. Also fish in Martha's Vineyard in August, beaches. The Bone colored Waxwing (size: Boy) has probably caught me over 50 fish in the last few years. Mainly school stripers, but also a few keepers. Also I've caught blues, albies, mackerel (in Maine), flounder and sea robins on this thing, everything hits it. It has an amazing waggle to it, swims about 2ft below surface on a regular retrieve, and casts exceptionally well on my 9' surf rod. I fish during dawn, day and dusk, not a night guy, so maybe that's why the Bone color has worked best for me. I also love the double-hook, it looks like a tail, helps with the waggle, and doesn't get messy like a treble can when unhooking your fish.
By jamie
Killed cuda
December 21, 2017
Had handfull of cuda hit these off SoCal shore.
By Wang
Portland, OR
easy casting lure with good swimming action
December 20, 2017
So easy to use and control the action! Shimano lures are the best! i would hope to have bigger sizes and heavier weight for GT casting.
By Max R.
Prague , Oklahoma
Great top water action
August 14, 2017
I fish these every where I go from Mexico to Costa Rica and San Diego , I've had luck with bluefin , dorado and yellowtail under kelp patties These things just work ! I've had luck fishing these things at different retrieval speeds all with the same great results !
ProsFish will hit these things not so much the color but the nice swim pattern they have .
ConsPricey !
By Frank
San francisco
Awesome action
August 3, 2017
This lure has crazy action in the water. Can't wait to put it to use very soon.
By Kai
Carpinteria, CA
Looks aren't everyting
August 2, 2017
If I didn't know better, I would think this lure is a gimmick, but it really works! Took a couple of Waxwings on a recent 8-day trip out of San Diego. The yellowtail jumped all over them.
By mostafa
willow spring, nc
Lt eye feel
August 5, 2016
Love the action of the lure, made five cast from the surf on a Sandy Beach and the left eye fell off. Casts well for my 8 and a half foot IMX surf rod however a bit disappointed about the durability of the product.
ConsIf you're paying over $14 for a product that I should at least stay on for a season. Considering I was casting from a Sandy Beach everything should have stayed on and the construction of the lure should have held up for at least a season. I just wasn't expecting and I to fall off it after 5 casts
By Albert L.
Melbourne Beach, FL
Nice Lure
November 14, 2015
Tried it a few times for Blues, Mackerel and Tarpon but have not had much luck with these. Maybe I need to give it a few more tries before putting it away for the Surf
By Jean- M.
September 3, 2015
Great product
By Fidel
Panama Central America
Good lure for surf casting
August 26, 2015
A must in my surf casting tackle bag
By Fidel
Doral, Florida
Good lure for surf casting
August 26, 2015
I like how i cast them, the action and how they fool the fishes. Is a must on my tackle bag
By daniel
san diego, CA
April 28, 2015
By Lori
Va Beach, VA
Shimano Waxwing Jig
April 23, 2015
Nice jig for the surf, good for big blues and other fish :-)
By Doug
Berlkey, Ma.
looks great
February 26, 2015
Can not wait to use
By Daniel M.
New Canaan, CT
Waxwing Jigs
February 17, 2015
Awesome lure. Fish gobble this thing up. The side to side action is great.
By Gennady
Nice lure
February 5, 2015
Looks like a nice lure. Haven't had a chance to try yet. Planning fishing trip to Panama.
ProsQuality product
By andre
Boynton beach, FL
good casting jig
January 31, 2015
This jig is great for casting on weekends or schooling fish like tuna
By Michael
Boynton Beach, FL
January 28, 2015
Great new lure
By Mircea
Incredibly realistic motion and beautiful colors
January 25, 2015
I used this Shimano jig in Costa Rica and had excellent results. It is an excellent bait for tuna fish species. I recommend with confidence.
By David
Rishon Le Zion, Israel
Great for bluefish
January 23, 2015
Great for bluefish
By Michael
Ottawa, Ontario
small but deadly
January 17, 2015
got this lure in black/silver, and it just looks like a little baitfish. It's small, but it is deadly if you cast it into a school of fish. It doesn't make a big splash in the water, because its such a small lure. But if you want to match the hatch.... this is one to have in your box! Great for inshore to! anything will eat this little guy
Prosgreat size range ideal for matching small baitfish nice colors solid lure/hooks
By Michael
Ottawa, Ontario
Great lure
January 17, 2015
got the pink jig. Looks great. nice middle size lure, very all-round size I would say. good size for fishing from shore, inshore or offshore. Super fast shipping
Prossolid construction quality hooks, very sharp great looks all-round size
Consnone, makes you want to order more ")
By Michael
Ottawa, Ontario
Awesome looking lure
January 17, 2015
I ordered the Blue Sardine waxwing, and it looks so good. Very real. It has some weight to it (2oz), so it will cast a good distance. Very sharp, quality (owner) hooks. Can't wait to try it shipping to Canada was super fast with DHL. Got here the next day for $20!! regular US mail shipping would have been $12, so very impressed with that.
Proslooks great solid construction quality hooks
Austin, TX
Great action and castability
January 7, 2015
Love the action of these lures and it comes in all sizes to target the species you are chasing. Quality materials and superior action. Another Shimano winner.
ProsQuality, craftmanship
By max
Redding, CT
January 5, 2015
works really well casting for blue fish and trolling for stripers
Prosaction smooth casting durable
By stephen
victoria, TX
kick and kick
December 31, 2014
Swims and kicks fish like it, so do l.
By stephen
victoria, TX
fish like this lure
December 31, 2014
Caught a black fin, had fun.
By Dale
Mililani, Hawaii
This is my go to lure when fish are being picky
December 28, 2014
I absolutely love the Shimano Waxwing! I fish here in Hawaii and for the most part the water is clear and the fish are smart. The Shimano Waxwing Lure has become my go to lure when the fish are being picky. It has excellent action and draws the fish in and incites strikes. I usually use the larger waxwing lures because I am targeting larger fish (138 Sr. lure). However, as a testament to these lures effectiveness, in addition to the larger fish, I have also caught fish the same size as the lure while fishing.
ProsThe lure works
ConsThough it is cheaper than the lures that cost $120 each. The waxwing cost can add up when you are buying multiple lures.
By Carlo g.
Varazze .17019- Italy
well made lure
December 27, 2014
great lure fantastic results
By matt
myrtle beach sc
Very good lure
December 12, 2014
Fished them for bluefish and stripers. They caught quite a few blue fish
Proscaught a lot of blue fish
Consvery exspensive
By AbdullahSAEEDD G.
November 15, 2014
By craig
Baytown, TX
most versatile size in the line up
November 6, 2014
Easy to work--bomb it out there, point your rod tip at it and begin reeling. Find the correct pace...too slow and fish lose interest (unless competing). Too fast and you induce spin-out. Once there, they crush it. Love artificials because the fish seem to hit it harder/ more aggressively. This particular size (and the next size up) is easier to fish faster than the smaller ones. I have a few that I'll replace as they get torn up, but I'd buy more if they were cheaper.
ProsGood action, easy to work. Casts well. Catches fish!
ConsA version that could be reeled faster would be great!
By craig
Baytown, TX
Big Daddy
November 6, 2014
Used for offshore casting instead of poppers around rigs and weedlines, decided to try this subsurface instead of a hard swimbait or stickbait. The swimming action is as easy as it gets, just reel it in! No Tuna or ono yet, but the kings, cuda, mahi, and jacks have all found it irresistible...not exactly an inexpensive lure, it now carries battle scars from the toothies. Because I fish a lot I have tried all sizes except the smallest--the Daddy and the Senior work the best because you can reel it in at a better pace without spin-out. Find that sweet spot...
ProsEasy to work, good action. Catches fish!
ConsPricey, if worked too fast, spins out.
By craig
Baytown, TX
WW Jr.
November 3, 2014
In general I like the waxwing jigs. I have several of the larger models. The 2.2 oz seems to work the best in my opinion, as far as actin goes. But here's the thing...they have a definitive sweet spot for retrieval speed. Too slow and the fish lose interest. Too fast and it spins out. Once you find that spot--it works great, hang on. In this particular size, it won't do what I need it to.
ProsCasts well, has a good action.
ConsWould like to see it as a countdown type lure to cover more of the water column. Pricey.
By Jose
West Hills, CA
Catches fish.
October 20, 2014
Cast and retrieve fast in a straight line and get ready to get hit.
By Phil
Ft Lauderdale, FL
Shimano does it again
July 6, 2014
Excellent casting, retrieve and positive hook-ups. What's more to say, it's Shimano
By Christian
Orlando, FL
One of my favorite lures!
April 18, 2014
First and foremost, THIS THINGS CAST A MILE! I could not believe the distance I was casting these lure using a 7'6" rod. I use these on the surf and I can reach rolling Tarpon way out in the surf, I had two lines out with live mullet and the Tarpon were hitting this thing all day. The Mullet were never sniffed.
ProsCasts a mile, great action, catches fish!
ConsHurts when you loose one cause they are expensive but worth every penny.
By Tony
Amazing action
March 28, 2014
I tested this lure out, it has a great darting action. It will get a lot of use this spring.
By julian
March 14, 2014
Just got these in the ghost shad color. Very nice, can't wait to use them.
ProsRealistic paint
By Alon
Petach Tikvah, israel
my go to lure
February 15, 2014
I absolutely love the waxwing. it casts very far and the action is just great.
By ilya
Amazing quality, looks ver realistic
January 19, 2014
Looking forward to catch more striped bass, blue fish
By Ian
Surprise Pez Gallo Slayer!
January 3, 2014
After a slow day surfcasting, and trying assorted surface/skipping lures, I put on a Waxwing Senior (Green Mackerel). It immediately created a frenzy with the ladyfish and then... BAM! a nice Roosterfish took the Waxwing and the fight was ON. This was the hot lure for the rest of the day. Caught my 2nd, and 3rd career Roosterfish from the "Lighthouse beach" at Las Arenas, Mexico.
ProsCasts well. Great subsurface action. Color selection excellent.
ConsSome missed bites/hook sets. Maybe a stinger at the "head"?
By Yuriy
East Meadow, New York
Shimano Waxwing Jigs
December 6, 2013
Shimano Waxwing Jigs
Proslook nice, swim perfectly, great fish imitation
Consdo not attract fish, may be not for fall season
By Gary
Sprngfld Gdns NY 11413, New York
very realistic
December 5, 2013
These is one of the best Lures you can buy for the pelagic's they have a great swimming action and the hooks are very strong , works Great for YFT .
By Michel A.
great for casting on Blue Fin Tuna and trolling on Albacore
December 3, 2013
Easy to use , cast very well, you need to retrieve faster than other lures to get the desired swimming motion .
Proseasy to troll , cast very well
ConsRetrieving should be fast, if you retrieve slowly you lose the required motion .
very cute, very realistic swimming!
November 22, 2013
very cute, very realistic swimming!
Prosvery cute, very realistic swimming!
By Hatem
Sprngfld Gdns, NY
Great lure
October 19, 2013
I hooked nice size Dorados with it in a few seconds. We came across a school of Dorados in the gulf last week, while my buddies where throughing live bait at the school and getting them hooked, I just through the Shimano Waxwing 118 bone and bam, hooked in few seconds. I love it, and I would always use it for the same situation. I am buying the rest of the sizes and different colors to share with my friends next time.
By Sovang
cherry point NC
Great fun in the surf
October 13, 2013
when no one else is catching, these are still bound to catch something in the surf. had a great day. Lost my bone waxwing JR though!
ProsGreat actions, Hooks great!
Consheart sinks when you lose one, $$$$
By Abraham
Fresno, CA
October 13, 2013
Cast far for its size n weight.
ProsGreat finish colors and sharp hooks.
ConsPrices but hey its shimano jigs..
By Sovang
Havelock, NC
Great Lure
October 8, 2013
I love the way it moves through the water. Crafted very well.
ProsDurable hooks have not rusted after multiple uses
By Sovang
Havelock, NC
Great Lure
October 8, 2013
Caught bluefish in the surf using this lure. It looks great in action. SO EASY to use. best luck straight to my line with no leader.
ProsGreat action. Great quality. Hooks haven't rusted like other lures.
ConsPrice Price Price. Very expensive to lose. Cannot use from a pier.
By Robert C.
Iwakuni, Japan
Great jig
September 26, 2013
Great jig for yellow tails here in Japan, action was fast and steady.
ProsEasy to use, does not require much experience to use.
By Robert C.
Iwakuni, Japan
A must have in tackle box
September 26, 2013
Used it today for first time, the action is great and very easy to use. A must have for yellowtail fishing in Japan
By John
Philadelphia, PA
Great Action
September 1, 2013
I love the action of these lures. Drives the fish crazy
ProsThe action
By adam
el cajon, CA
Fish Catchers
June 27, 2013
This is my go to lure I love these own 8 in total now ,,,Calico killers, will be lip rippin on Tuna this year.
ProsSwim natural buy one and youll see.
ConsTo flippin expensive the price needs to drop.
By Chris C.
Dubai,nited Arab Emirates
Shimano Waxwing
May 21, 2013
This lure is one of my favourite's as I used this lure on one of the best fishing days I have ever had. Nearly every cast I put out there I caught a fish. I would recommend this lure to anyone heading to the Halaniyat Islands in Southern Oman or anywhere there is big pelagic fish.
By Mike
Key Largo
Shimano Waxwing
May 19, 2013
The movement that this lure has sets it appart from other lures which is a good thing. The body of the lure is of good quality and will take abuse from toothy fish (baracuda and mackeral) as well as your normal Snook / Redfish population.
ProsVery good movement Good color patterns Well made
ConsMakes no sound
By Gary
Sprngfld Gdns NY 11413, New York
April 8, 2013
i like the zigzag action of the lure it really turn on the bite , the hooks are very strong and can handle big fish with no problems .
By David
Diego Garcia, BIOT
Worst lure I ever Bought
April 8, 2013
this lure does not catch anything.. I have tried it in theindian and pacific oceans and neither have given any results... I don't recomend this lure to anyone.
Consthe fish don't like it... it never hit for anything. casting, or trolling noting bites it.
By Alon
Petach Tikvah, israel
great lure
March 8, 2013
love this it casts great and the colors are awesome
Proscasts far sharp hooks great colors
By Alon
Petach Tikvah, israel
good lure
March 8, 2013
very nice lure. it casts great and i love the colors on it
Prosgreat action in water casts well sharp hooks love the colors
By Rick
Niantic, CT
Best lures last year!
February 21, 2013
So these came out (I think) late last year about the same time as the false albacore rush here in LIS. A couple of buddies brought them along when we went hunting for falsies. We caught 26 that day and the guys(2) that were fishing the waxwings out fished the two of us who weren't by a margin of 2 to 1. They just catch fish. This was proven over and over again when we were fishing for blues, stripers, even black fish later on as the season wound down. One day a guy caught 6 different species on the same lure!
ProsJust catches fish! Easy cast and retrieve.
ConsPricey and hard to find in stores!
By Mohammed
December 3, 2012
Very nice to use for Tuna, cuda and GT.
By Mohammed
December 3, 2012
Very nice lure for Tuna, cuda and GT.
By Bill
Port richey, fl
Awesome lure
August 8, 2012
Love the shimano waxwing. First cast produced a snook and many more after that. Reds also hit it.
ProsEverything Swims realistic Looks realistic
ConsWish it was weedless
By Chris
Atlanta, ga
Good Lure, but pricey
July 17, 2012
These lures work for sure, but I've lost plenty to King Mackerel, which gets pricey in a hurry. Also great for Tuna. Have hooked Cobia and AJ on these as well.
ProsEasy to use, they catch fish

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