The iconic Shimano Bantam name has been around since the 1970s, when the Bantam 100/100EX series of baitcasters revolutionised lure fishing. These industry-leading, lightweight, compact and precise reels were the result of listening to what anglers really needed.

Now, after continuing to work with anglers all over the world, the legendary Bantam name is back with a clear goal: to bring the fun of lure fishing to everyone! This time around, the prestigious Bantam lineage extends to a range of high quality, Japanese-designed and easy-to-use lures that produce results.

After extensive testing, Shimano Australia is excited to release five innovative Bantam lure designs, proven on a host of iconic Australian sportfish.

The Bantam Jijil FlashBoost is a new and exciting jointed finesse stickbait that has been designed to imitate a variety of common baitfish species. This lure has a unique action and can be used with a simple straight wind and pause retrieve for a subtle gliding surface profile or activate the Bantam Jijil’s ultra-realistic hinged lure head with gentle twitches of the rod tip and trigger those aggressive surface hits.

Featuring Shimano’s patented FlashBoost technology and Kyorin holographic scale, the Bantam Jijil is deadly on Australia’s iconic surface feeding natives like bass, estuary perch, mangrove jack and even flathead in skinny water.

115mm | 15g | Size #6 trebles RRP: $36.99

The Japanese domestic market Bantam BT Bait is a jointed subsurface swimbait designed for finesse fishing applications. The Bantam BT Bait moves through the water with a tuned “S” swimbait action and features a realistic profile and lifelike hinged PVC tail section for maximum swing width.  The Bantam BT Bait’s hinged body allows excellent stability through the air for long and accurate casts, allowing anglers to elicit strikes from the wariest fresh and saltwater predators.

The Bantam BT Bait comes in 8 natural and high contrast colours, including Shimano’s iconic Kyorin holographic scale.

99mm | 7g | Size #8 and 12# (rear) trebles | Spare PVC tail RRP: $34.99

The Bantam BT Force is a big, loud and innovative subsurface wakebait designed for aggressive, big bait eating predators. Designed in Japan, the Bantam BT Force features an aggressively-angled bib and integrated rolling weight to enhance body roll, action and sound on the retrieve. The hinged body and lifelike PVC tail creates additional noise and vibration to elicit strikes in the dark and raise fish from the deep.

The Bantam BT Force can be used with a constant steady retrieve to produce bites from monster-size Murray cod, barramundi, flathead and mulloway.

190mm | 50g | Spare PVC tail insert RRP: $49.99

The Bantam BT Sraptor is an innovative floating glidebait that comes with an adjustable tungsten weight system that allows anglers to fine tune the lure’s buoyancy and fall. The Bantam BT Sraptor features an oversized realistic PVC tail section to leave a sonic signature trail in the water and draw big bites from active fish. The BT Sraptor can be used with a steady retrieve for a side-to-side gliding action or a more aggressive “twitch and pause” technique to get the reaction bite from shutdown predators.

The Bantam BT Sraptor’s unique triple connection hinge eliminates torsional mechanical movement to produce consistent action and strength, designed for hard-hitting predators like Murray cod, barramundi, mulloway and XL flathead.

Available in 7 natural and high contrast colours.

182mm | 58g | Spare PVC tail, PVC weight sleeve and tungsten “nail style” chin weight RRP: $49.99

The Bantam Pavlo shad is a great deep diving Japanese designed suspending minnow. Available in 52mm and 59mm and finesse weights of 4g & 6g respectively, the Pavlo Shad is available in 6 exciting colours.

What makes the Pavlo shad truly impressive is the 1.2m and 1.7m suspending depths, making this the perfect lure to target Bream, Bass and other fish holding deep. It’s tight shimmy and consistent action make this a deadly lure that’s easy to work. The angled internal chambers are loaded with two large bearings designed to produce a deep sonic rattle and alert predators to it’s presence.

RRP: $24.99