In Europe, they call this lure a pilker. We call it a FLICKER. In Europe, they fish this lure like a jig. A Flicker is considered the number one lure in all of Europe and most of Russia and its satellite countries. The name Pilker means "minnow" in German.
Gapen's first introduced the Flicker in a testing program in the year 2001. Added to its European style cousin look alike, Gapen's introduced the Flickers in GLOW paint and a holographic finish. These fish-luring qualities were then topped off with a bright red treble hook, a feature incorporated in many US-manufactured lures. Anglers claim red hooks represent a bloodied bait, making it for more attractive to gamefish.
Use the 1/32 oz. and 1/16 oz. for all panfish, the 1/8 oz. and 1/4 oz. size for larger gamefish, such as bass, walleye and trout. One-ounce and 2 oz. size for deepwater.
How to Use the FLICKER:
Gapen's FLICKER is used in a similar fashion to a lead head jig. Action given the lure is ot lift and lower the lure in irate movements with a "twitch" and "roll" in between lifting and lowering.
Because the lure is made of a light tinput material, an environmentally safe metal, and has a slight bend to its body, the Flicker has a natural, side-to-side motion when lifted and lowered.
By reviewing the diagram, we'll take the angler through "How-To" use the Flicker in deeper waters.
A and C represent the lure as it is dropped towards bottom. Once bottom has been obtained the angler should lift the Flicker off bottom--twitch it a couple times--then retrieve a turn or two on your reel handle. After the flick or twitch, allow the lure to settle once again, but not quite all the way to the bottom (leave a foot or two). At this point, flick the lure once again and lift upwards. Depending on where the targeted fish are in the water column, this same action is repeated all the way to the surface.
If such action does not produce a strike the entire process is repeated once again at the point marked B. Points B and D represent the retrieved track of the Flicker as it is brought back to the surface. This erratic action of the Flicker represents the movement of an escaping baitfish or a wounded minnow.
To increase the attractiveness of a Flicker, the angler may elect to tip one of the treble hook's barbs with the head (only the head) of the area's most-used minnow. This manuever will add a desired scent to the bait.
When working trout and bluegill, add a maggot to a 1/32 oz. size. For crappie and perch, add a minnow head to a 1/16 oz. size. For smallmouth bass, add a tiny piece of crawler to a 1/8 oz. size. And, for walleye, striper, lake trout and largemouth bass, add a minnow head to a 1/4 oz. and 1 oz. size. The Flicker can also be just as fatal on northern pike.
Surprisingly, this is an extremely effective lure on all salmons, brown trout, and lake trout in the 1 oz. and 2 oz. size. It can be casted, allowed to sink, lifted and retrieved, then allowed to settle once again. Such a retrieve represents a wounded baitfish attempting to revive itself in the water column.