Lunkerhunt Leech

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Lunkerhunt of Toronto, Ontario, has created a 3-inch and 5-inch soft-plastic leech in 2017 that recently caught the eyes of a veteran Midwest finesse angler who thought that we should publish a gear guide it.

It is aptly called the Leech, and Ronan Duckenfield sent us a sample of them to work with and thoroughly describe.

Here is what is we discovered about them.

According to our measurements, the 3-inch Leech s exactly 3 inches long.

From the tip of its anterior section to the end of its posterior section, its entire torso is extremely thin. Our measurement notes that its anterior is slightly more than 1/16-inch thick. And the thickness of the posterior section is slightly less than 1/16-inch.

Its anterior section is wider than its posterior section. Its widest spot is situated about 13/16-inch from the tip of the anterior section, and at this spot, its torso has a width of 9/16-inch.

At the junction of the anterior and posterior sections, its torso has a width of about 1/2-inch.

At 3/4-inch from the end of its posterior section, it has a width of 3/8-inch.

The tip of the anterior section has the shape of an arrowhead. It is likely that most anglers will describe this tip as the Leech’s head.

The end of the posterior section has a blunter-shaped arrowhead and most anglers will describe this tip as the Leech’s tail.

The folks at Lunkerhunt describe the Leech as possessing “an anatomically correct design.”

The epidermis of its entire dorsal area is lined with scores of minute ribs.

The epidermis of its ventral area is possessed with scores of minute ribs, too. But within the first 11/16-inch of the tip of the anterior section, it is embellished with an oval-shaped feature that has a smooth epidermis. It is 9/16-inch long and about 5/16-inch wide at its widest spot.

Likewise, the epidermis of the last 11/16-inch of the end of the posterior section has a pointed-oval shaped feature that has a smooth epidermis. It is about 5/8-inch long and about 3/16-inch wide at its widest spot.

Both of these small oval-shaped features increase the thickness of the torso about a centimeter.

According to our measurements, the 5-inch Leech is 4 1/4 inches long.

It possesses many of the same physical characteristics as the 3-inch Leech.

From the tip of its anterior section to the end of its posterior section, its entire torso is thin. Our measurement notes that its anterior is slightly more than 1/16-inch thick. And the thickness of the posterior section is about 1/16-inch.

Its anterior section is wider than its posterior section. Its widest spot is situated at 1 1/4 inches from the tip of the anterior section, and at this spot, its torso has a width of 3/4-inch.

At the junction of the anterior and posterior sections, its torso has a width of 5/8-inch.

At 3/4-inch from the end of its posterior section, it has a width of nearly a 1/2-inch.

The tip or head of the anterior section has the shape of an arrowhead.

The end of the posterior section is blunt, possessing the motif of a flat-head screwdriver.

The epidermis of its entire dorsal area is lined with scores of minute ribs.

The epidermis of its ventral area is lined with minute ribs, too. But within the first 3/4-inch of the tip of the anterior section, it is adorned with an oval-shaped feature that has a smooth and almost glassy epidermis. This feature is 9/16-inch long and 5/16-inch wide. And the epidermis of the last 3/8-inch of the end of the posterior section has a lanceolate-shaped feature that has a smooth epidermis. Both of these small features increase the thickness of the torso about a centimeter.

The Leech is available in the following hues: Black, Meatlocker, Sandy, and Watermelon. The Meatlocker hue looks similar to the traditional green-pumpkin-goby hue.

It is impregnated with fish protein.

They are buoyant and durable. Lunkerhunt describes them as being neutrally buoyant, which allows them to exhibit “a natural action at all times.”

Midwest finesse anglers will affix the Leech to a jig either near the tip of the anterior section or near the end of the posterior section. The hook of the jig will be inserted into the Leech’s torso at the smooth oval or lanceolate features on each of the ends of the ventral area.