By Mat Cameron
Even for the high standards and levels of ingenuity from Megabass, the Anthrax is nothing short of outstanding. It is arguably the most versatile surface lure on the market, which is of great benefit for the angler as the retrieve can be varied to trigger that strike from the fish.
The 83mm Anthrax is a baitfish-profile lure, which basically is an upside down fish. Complete with incredible detail such as flared gills, intricate fins, scales, trademark Megabass eyes and more life-like features that make this lure stand out from the rest.
But the beauty of this lure is how you wish to work it. This floating surface lure can be used wake-bait style but slow rolling the retrieve with keeping the rod tip high, where the lure will created a side-to-side disturbance as the lure swims across the surface of the water. If you want the lure to continue a constant swim, but want it sub-surface, lower the trod tip and keep winding the reel. With this sub-surface crank retrieve the lure will swim up to 30cm deep.
If you want to create more attention to the Anthrax a popping or blooping retrieve can work well, where small twitches are made down with the rod tip when the lure is on top of the water. This is the most audible way to fish the Anthrax, as it does cause quite a loud bloop and splash when done correctly.
However, the most consistent retrieval would have to be the rip and pause technique. This is where vigorous twitches or rips are made down with the rod tip in quick succession, followed by a pause. Often 3-6 rips followed by a 5-10sec pause will provoke the fish into striking the lure, where the dual trebles will do the rest.
The Anthrax is equally as productive across a wide range of structure, including rocky cliffs, submerged boulders, standing timber, submerged weed beds, undercut banks and more. Predominately a bass lure, the Anthrax 83 has accounted for many Mangrove Jacks, tailor, trevalley, cod and other predatory fish. Don’t be afraid to use them anywhere fish are feasting on baitfish, because these lures do have to be seen to be believed!