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Hey guys, I was browsing at dick's on Saturday and picked up a pack of these in Houdini. I didn't have any luck with them, but I was swimming them Texas rigged on a keel weighted hook.

How do you guys fish these?

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Caught several nice fish on these lately in watermelon rigged on weighted swimbait hooks.

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My usual retrieve is a steady retrieve, slight speed up, then stop so the bait swims nose first down to the bottom. IMO this imitates a fish diving to grab something off the bottom to feed on. I vary my retrieve depending on what I find works, but this is usually how I start using this bait.

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I too enjoy the smoke shad color in the swimming fluke. Usually a moderate retrieve with some small sweeps of the rod involved. This will speed it up for a second then let it die for a second, then back to regular, then repeat.

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I fish big flukes nose hooked on a 2/0 Gamakatsu Wide Gap Finesse hook with a very fast, popping retrieve, almost like a topwater.

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I tried the Zoom Super Flukes in White Pearl, Arkansas Shiner and Watermelon Seed. Casted a whole day of them without a bite. Casted them a few times while on the boat without a bite too. 4/0 EWG Gamakatsu, black, Texas rigged, sometimes weighted but mostly weightless. I gave up on them. I might try them some other day in the future but for right now I'll be using my new jigs!

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I fish big flukes nose hooked on a 2/0 Gamakatsu Wide Gap Finesse hook with a very fast, popping retrieve, almost like a topwater.

I like to do this in open water as well. But there's a lot of vegitation down where I fish alot so I opt for a texas rig. I there a way to rig it more weedless with still a nose hook? I tried the weedless hooks, just not a match for the nasty weeds.

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I just don't bother with a fluke in those conditions. Wrong bait for the situation, something like a jig, or T-rigged worm/creature is a better choice.

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I like regular soft jerkbaits weightless, but the swimmin variety is awesome on a scrounger or a chatter style bait.

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Swimming a fluke or any small soft body swimbait through vegetation is a deadly technique when the shad bite is hot as well as swimming a jig. I use a Musted powerlock 1/16 oz weighted swimbait hook.

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I just don't bother with a fluke in those conditions. Wrong bait for the situation, something like a jig, or T-rigged worm/creature is a better choice.

Franch, you know I hate you, but I can't stand to see you out on the water without the best gear for the fluke : )

I fish it exactly like you and I used to use/defend the Gammy Weedless Finesse Widegap to anyone that questioned me about it's hooking capabilities. That is, until I found this....http://www.***.com/Gamakatsu_Weedless_DropSplit_Shot_Hooks/descpage-GWD.html

You hook the fish SOOOO much better, and that silly lil' weedguard actually does a great job at keeping the snaggy stuff off.

Good luck flukin', my man!

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I just don't bother with a fluke in those conditions. Wrong bait for the situation, something like a jig, or T-rigged worm/creature is a better choice.

I usually go to one of those, but the fluke bite has just been on fire here all year.

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I just don't bother with a fluke in those conditions. Wrong bait for the situation, something like a jig, or T-rigged worm/creature is a better choice.

If your shying away from a fluke in thick grass then your missing out on one of the best grass bites! Once fish get off of a frog, I'll throw a fluke in the same areas and drag it ontop of the grass and let it fall in the holes. Catches alot of fish and some big ones too!

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Put it on an underspin jighead, and let it fall around submerged brushpiles or paralell to steep dropoffs, that's where the swimming flukes really shine.

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I haven't used the Swimmin Fluke but I've been catching tons of fish on the Cane Thumper which is a really similar bait. I've been using it with an Owner Weighted Beast 6/0 and the big fish have been crushing it. Most of my bites come on the initial fall or the fall when I stop it in the middle of the retrieve.

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