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I haven't used them exclusively in a long time until recently. I've been getting good results keeping them at the surface, twitching them and reeling, like a top water plug. It seems like its been working pretty well so far since the bass have been chasing bait fish. I was missing many fish due to my hook choice. Which hook do you use for the zoom fluke, the one with the belly slit. I got great results near my home lake wacky rigging on wacky hooks but there's a lot of slop here where I have been fishing.

I have 3/0 4/0 5/0 ewg hooks and 3/0 worm hooks

what I notice is that on the regular worm hooks, there isnt much space btween the body of the fluke and the tip of the hook to get a great hookup

my ewg hooks the tip tends to point down into the direction of the body instead of being parallel with it when all the way exposed.

I think I used to use straight shank hooks but its been so long I dont remember since I have always been wacky rigging. I know I could have probably googled my answer but I wanted to hear some advice/techniques/tips you guys use.

Thanks

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I use a 4/0 offset ewg Gammy for super flukes. Never had an issue with rigging or hooksets. Master of fact that's all I have ever used for flukes.

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I changed all my EWG offset set hook's to the skip gap.

I think they hold all soft plastic's much better especially the super fluke, which I use a 4/0 also.

Mike

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Same here 4/0 EWG for super flukes.I have tried various different screw locks, shapes etc... and i keep coming back to the EWG 4/0..I use the same hook in correspondingly smaller sizes for the other flukes on your list...i will also nose hook them with an octopus hook when on the river or when getting snagged isn't as big of a concern.

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Another vote for 4/0 EWG for the Super Fluke.

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I use a 3/0 EWG for flukes, or 4/0 if I want it to sink faster. I rig it upside down with the hook point in the belly slot. I fish them by letting them sink to the desired depth, and using a twitch/pause retrieve, varying the amount and intensity of twitches and the length of the pauses. Use lighter line and a slower retrieve helps you fish deeper.

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The magnum fluke calls for a 7/0 EWG and the fluke jr. a 1/0 EWG gammy.

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Arkie Jerk Bait Heads 1/32oz Never lost a fluke fish with these. They have just enough weight to keep them just below the surface, they work great.

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Thanks for the advice fellas

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http://www.doalures....ry/75/hooks.cfm

I just started using the 3.5/0 the long neck is nice for the 5" flukes or the skippy shads, also use them for my zoom swim'n flukes too. since I been using the hook ups have been better than the BPS 4/0 EWG I was using I noticed the same thing about them pointing down. These are specific to plastic swim bait and jerk bait versus worm dunno if that makes the difference or not.

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When used traditionally, I use the same Arkie's that Basshunter1961 does and they work great. I have played around with flukes on a 3/16 shakey head this year and was surprised how many fish this produces both in rivers and the ponds.

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Most of the time I fish them on or subsurface. I do not twitch them, I pull the fluke with an arm movement the reel up the slack, I have gone back to a standard 4/0 worm hook. If I fish them in open water a jig head is my preference.

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I really started fishing flukes last year after reading about them on BR. I like to use a weightless 3/0 hook with a Super Fluke, and let it sink on its own.

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Wow! Guess I learned something this time! I've fished flukes for a couple of years and always had them with the hook point hidden in the belly slit. So I guess it rode upside down. I always thought it would be easier to slide the bait through lily pads with the hook that way. I've caught lots of fish with them this way and had no problem in hook ups.

I'll have to try it the other way, with the hook shank folding into the belly slit and then skin hooking it on top.

For those of you that have tried BOTH ways, which do you find more effective?

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It really helps to have the hook perfectly centered, I seem to have less of a roll over problem using a worm hook vs a ewg.

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Silas, I too started fishing the fluke upside down, and like you had good results. They seemed to hit it on the fall more when it is rigged upside down. On the other hand, rigged correctly, it has a better darting action when jerked imo.

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I got the rust off now and things are back on track. I prefer the hooking them the alternate way. The hook slides out of the belly and my hook up ratio is much better. Lastly I can catch tons of fish on the same fluke and it doesn't tear up. I caught 6 yesterday in about 30 minutes using it like a top water bait not really letting it fall. That seems to be the key where Im fishing. The fluke looks almost perfect in terms of damage...so little of it.

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Yesterday I was using the 5" fluke wacky rigged on a size 1 circle hook and also just through the nose from top to bottom with great results.

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I fish it for largies in weeds like everyone else: 3-4/0 etc

But something out of the box: nose hooking it with a gamakatsu EWG finesse hook (I use it for wacky rigs as well)

I typically fish this on spinning gear for smallies

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Haven't tried it, but I like the looks of a double fluke rig.

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I like a 3/0 or 4/0 EWG when fishing around cover but I like to nose hook my flukes with a #2 mosquito hook when fishing in open water. Much better hook up ratio for me plus I like the action it gives it.

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