Product Review: Search Wider, Swim Well Lure from Ja-Do (Valley Hill) – Erda Teufel 125F

For these days, we are trying to review some products shipped from Japan, which we were interested and pretty keen to use, as they are usually sold out but some Japanese anglers say “incredible” – Ja-Do lures (Valley Hill).

And now we are producing the review for one of those lures, Ja-Do Erda Teufel 125F, the seabass mid – deep diving minnow.

Specialised and Different Type Lure in Ja-Do range

Ja-Do is the saltwater fishing brand from Valley Hill, one of highly motivated bass fishing brand. This lure range is not that many like Shimano / Daiwa, however each of them has its own characters, very specific and effective.

Now I introduce you this lure briefly at first.

This lure Erda Teufel 125F is designed especially for seabass fishing, but unlike the other Ja-Do lures. The length is 12.5cm, which is the longest of their lures, and the swimming range is deeper as 40cm – 120cm (as told by official).

The basic swim action is wobbling, and it will be changed from slow to fast action.

Now let’s see how this will work.

Make Longer Distance – You Can Search Wider Area than Others

I will expect you will feel this lure is a bit heavier than others, despite this is designed as floating minnow – that was what I felt in the first impression.

The reason of this weight is the sinker inside the body – as you can see it in the movie above.

This lure has 3 of rounded sinker inside the body, and this moves back to middle. When you cast this will sit in the back, to make longer distance, and when wobbling it sits in middle to make rattling noise like crack, crack.

You’ll see the nice distance when you cast right.

The testing area is from rock shore, with wave breaking point, and the target was Tailor. Because of this system this lure could reach well above and over the wave breaking area, where the other lure could not reach.

And as you can imagine, often fish are around that “ureachable” area. As we expected, through these tests fish sometimes stayed 60 – 100m off from the shore, but they were not attracted to jigs.

In such situation, this Teufel worked very well.

Different Type Of Swim Action Gives You More Choice

Now let’s see how it swims.

Like told above, the basic action is wobbling. When you are reeling slowly you won’t really feel the vibration much. We are actually assuming this deadly-slow wobbling action can work on calmer area, especially when pressure to fish is high and tensioned.

But in this area, unfortunately it was not working very well. Probably, because the wave is breaking and higher, therefore this did not attractive fish good enough, or fish would not see the lure inside bubbles.

Therefore we switched to mid to high speed action instead, then the action changed from slow wobbling to stronger, uneven wobbling action. And with these stronger action, the inner sinkers makes cracking noise through wobbling.

And when it’s with high speed, the swimming range is getting just under the surface. You can actually change the swimming range and action just by different speed, that you can also see it in the above movie.

And this stronger action, was actually matched to the Tailor very well. As soon as we switched to mid – high speed action, with twitching or darting, they started biting. And surprisingly, the bait fish they eat was just like around 5cm long white baits!

“The Teufel’s high speed moving is vertical, so if the fish is attracted by vertical action this Teufel will work well.” as of Ja-Do staff’s advice, the vertical and uneven action from this lure Teufel worked very well to these Tailor. And one more reason we are thinking, is the crack noise that the 2 sinkers make in wobbling. Like rattling Egi lures, this noise tells fish where the lure is in wave breaking – noisy situation.

We also tried with other lures and jigs in these situation Teufel works, we did not really have much bite, interestingly. But as soon as we switched back to Teufel we had a reaction from fish.

And moreover, other anglers did not really catch any at those days.


How lures work can be varied by situations, that’s true. And more closed and calm area like canals, bays, rivers, lakes etc. this can be a bit tricky or too strong or too big to use.

However, more tough area like wave breaking shores, beaches, off the rocks, etc. This can be very strong weapon for you.

Especially, you see other lures do not work, and want to try some different things, this can be your next option.

Even for these calm area you may be able to use dead-slow wobbling action with Teufel, using drifts. Or if biting range is deeper than other lures…

At least, this lure fascinated us very much through those testing.

We can strongly recommend you to have these..


Type Size (mm) Weight (g) Hook Size Ring Size Price (yen)
Middle range minnow 125 18 #6 #3 1,900

Colour variation:
JAPAN RH / Clear Sardine / Gizzard Shad / Fireworks / Card / G Chart / Burst Meteo / Chaore C / or / P Cotton Candy / Black Candy / Matte Ghost / Blue Blue

Ja-Do Seabass Lure ERDA Teufel 125F

Ja-Do ERDA Teufel 125F

Size: 125mm Weight: 21g Price: 1,732 yen –

Buy ERDA Teufel 125F

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* All product information and images are basically from Ja-Do official website.

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