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ECOGEAR

ENVIRONMENT
NORIES-TROUT

ECOGEARAQUA

As more and more anglers refine their game fishing, fishing gear has advanced to a completely new level.
ECOGEARAQUA present a new vision for fishing.
Take for example the light rig…. The angler is free to choose exactly what they want to use, rod, reel, line setting, jig head weight, hook size, etc is all up to the individual. If you use a heavy jig head and drop your bait to the bottom, you are not making the most of ECOGEARAQUA’s potential. ECOGEARAQUA has all the advantages of a lure, such as visual appeal and attraction. Not only will it increase the chances of catching fish for a beginner, it can also get that kicker fish for expert anglers when everything seems to be going against them.
ECOGEARAQUA is set to change lure fishing from the ground up.

What is ECOGEARAQUA?

In the Field

Lure x Bait Hybrid

ECOGEARAQUA comes from the concept of Lure x Bait Hybrid

It combines the action, form and colour of lure fishing with the attraction of bait.

Marukyu focused on 3 main concepts when designing the revolutionary new ECOGEARAQUA material.

  1. Extraordinary Attraction
  2. Environmentally Friendly Biodegradability
  3. Angler Safety

Amazing Attraction

Experienced Marukyu researchers have combined their knowledge of game fish to produce the ultimate combination of Amino Acids, and have managed to incorporate this into the actual ECOGEARAQUA material. By adjusting the amino acid blends for different target fish, they have created a material that attracts faster than ever before. Attracting and enticing fish over a wide area its releases large amounts of attractants right at the moment of hooking to give amazingly strong bites.

Over many field tests the material has exceeded even the testers’ expectations, and changed everybody’s concept of soft baits. Once an angler experiences the bites from ECOGEARAQUA, they can’t put it down!

Environmentally Friendly Biodegradability

ECOGEARAQUA is made from a water based polymer that is 100% biodegradable. Even the glitter used inside the lure is 100% natural and has a low impact on the environment.

Biodegradability test in lake. The lure has decreased by 50% in weight over 18 months.

Start

18 months

Currently Marukyu is involved in research with the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology further investigating biodegradability.

Compared with the image of the lures at the start, after 9 months there are large splits in the lure, and you can see that biodegradation is occurring.

Image from an Electron Scanning Microscope. Data provided by Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology.

Angler Safety

ECOGEARAQUA is made from a water based polymer and other highly safe materials.
We use only non harmful preservatives in our lures and also liquids, which are harmless to fish and anglers alike. We do not use any harmful preservatives such as formalin. We only use colourings that are certified for use in beauty products.

 

FAQ

We answer questions regarding the amazingly attractive ECOGEAR AQUA Series.

Q. What is ECOGEAR AQUA made from?

A. Both ECOGEAR AQUA and ECOGEAR AQUA KATSU SERIES are made from biodegradable water-soluble polymers, using materials carefully chosen to have limited impact on the environment. Apart from the main water-soluble polymer, it also uses other extremely safe materials. The preservatives used are recognized as food additives, and no materials harmful to the human body such as formaldehyde solution are used in this product at all. Also, the pigment uses chemicals used in cosmetics.

 

Q. How does ECOGEAR AQUA decompose?

A. Firstly, flavor ingredients (mainly amino acid) and additives dissolve in the water. Dissolved ingredients have a high level of safety and decomposition so there is no harm to the environment whatsoever. Although the decomposition speed is different depending on place and conditions, it completely decomposes slowly by microorganisms (bacteria) in the natural environment (soil, freshwater and seawater). Finally, it turns into water and carbon dioxide which are safe. (Refer to the experimental data of the decomposition process in freshwater and saltwater below).

 

 

Q. How are they different to other soft lures?

A. Under the concept of ‘HYBRID bait x Lure material,’ ECOGEAR AQUA can realize the same level of feeding as raw baits. It contains a large amount of attractive materials for fish based on our research team putting in a lot of effort to research and testing over a number of years. It contains the perfect balance of the main ingredient amino acid, which is effective for a lot of game fish. Compared to the ECOGEAR SOFT LURE Series, it contains 5 times the amount of amino acid and dissolves 1500 times more in the water (Comparison of our products). Once you’ve noticed the amazing attractiveness and feeding level, you won’t want to use anything else.

 

Decomposition process of ECOGEAR AQUA

  1. Remains in the water.
  1. Dissolution of materials. Flavor ingredients (mainly amino acid) and additives dissolve in the water. Dissolved materials have high levels of safety and decomposition, so there is no harm to the environment at all.
  1. Decomposition by microorganisms. It gradually decomposes by microorganisms (bacteria) in the natural environment (soil, freshwater and seawater). Finally, it turns into water and carbon dioxide which are safe.

Start of decomposition experiment

Changes in weight

ECOGEAR AQUA completely decomposed after 47 months of the decomposition experiment in seawater (Shimoda). In a flat swamp (Hanyu Yoshi-numa) it took 61 months to fully decompose, and in a clear lake (Ashinoko) its weight decreased to 17.5% of its original weight after 108 months.

 

Q: How should you preserve ECOGEAR AQUA?

A: Once you open ECOGEAR AQUA, you should preserve it by putting it in well-sealed containers such as AQUA STOCKER and ECOGEAR AQUA MINI BOTTLE with preserving solution. For zip-type packages, store it in a cold and dark place standing up so it doesn’t leak after completely fastening the zip, and try to use it as quickly as possible. Also, don’t store used and unused lures together, and try not to let rainwater or water droplets in the package. If you store different colored ECOGEAR AQUA lures together, there will be no color running.

 

Q: What kind of fish can you catch with ECOGEAR AQUA?

A: ECOGEAR AQUA targets not only Rockfish and Flatfish in seawater, but it is also effective for bream and Seabass. For freshwater areas, you can catch a wide variety of fish, notably fish eaters such as Bass and Catfish. Also, using the ECOEAR AQUA KATSU Series you can approach your target fish a lot more easily as it adopts shapes and smells specialized for the target fish.

 

Q: Is it possible to add a preserving solution?

A: In the ECOGEAR AQUA Series, we have a specialized preserving liquid ECOGEAR AQUA LIQUID that contains amino acids which can attract the fish even more and increase feeding, as well as ECOGEAR AQUA LIQUID UV which strong appeals visually to the fish. For those who need a preserving liquid, please use these products.

*The preserving liquid can gradually change color and generate white residue, however there is no impact on the quality of the product.

 

Q: Is it ok to eat fish caught with ECOGEAR AQUA?

A: Both ECOGEAR AQUA and our preserving liquids are made with materials that are highly safe and cause no harm to either humans or fish, so you can eat the fish that you catch. However, if a fish swallows an ECOGEAR AQUA lure, please remove it when preparing to cook the fish.

The following organizations contributed to experiments in the development of biodegradable plastic soft lures.