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I use everything from a Conquest 50/MBR782, Conquest 50/NRX802, Conquest 50/MBR783, Antares AR/MBR843, Antares HG/MBR843 and a mix of FC or braid but from now on, it's all braid.

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Mh/fast casting rod with a soft tip, 30lb power pro 15lb fluorocarbon leader any reel capable of casting a weightless fluke or caffeine shad, d shad etc. I use a 4/0 - 5/0 Gama Ewg hook for 5'' soft jerkbaits

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What type of rods, reels and line do you guys like for fishing Flukes?

7 foot medium heavy open faced spinning real and rod, A bait caster simply won't give you the correct action and will wear you out

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7 foot medium heavy open faced spinning real and rod, A bait caster simply won't give you the correct action and will wear you out

I used to use spinning gear for flukes, and I still do sometimes, but I definitely prefer casting. Longer, more accurate casts are a plus. Also I've gotten used to casting.

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I fish windy Southern Illinois strip pits. Your not going to throw flukes on a bait-caster unless you just get kicks out of constant backlashes.

The configuration of the bait-cast rod w/ eyes above the rod (for some reason) doesn't lend itself to jerking around a fluke. Even on dead calm days.

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I throw them on my jerk bait rod...a Loomis TWR802 with a chronarch 50 and 10lb flouro...the NRX 853 also fishes them well.

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I fish windy Southern Illinois strip pits. Your not going to throw flukes on a bait-caster unless you just get kicks out of constant backlashes.

The configuration of the bait-cast rod w/ eyes above the rod (for some reason) doesn't lend itself to jerking around a fluke. Even on dead calm days.

I use casting gear all the time on windy days and I have no problem with little jerks, drags, tugs, pulls etc using casting gear. This little guy fell to a Bluegill Flash Fluke.

 

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Your casting non weighted flukes into the wind on a bait-caster? Your more talented than i am. Much easier to grab the correct tool for the job though. :)

A Super Fluke is a pretty heavy and dense bait. I'm not saying that I am out there casting into a 30mph headwind, but if it's not to windy to fish, I am using casting gear and I don't even own any spinning gear for bass so I always use casting gear.

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I have throw smaller flukes on 2 different outfits.  A 6'10" MF Fenwick Smallmouth with Curado 51E and a Daiwa V.I.P. 6'9" MF with Ambassadeur 1600C.  I did manage one backlash with the 1600c when I tried for the other side of the lake throwing into wind strong enough to make whitecaps.  The 51E is a little easier to backlash in wind if not careful.   Really wouldn't want to throw these small ones on a MH rod.  I won't disagree that a spinning rod might be a tad easier in wind.  :teeth:  I'm kind of like John except I do have a few spinning combos, I just seldom use one cuz I prefer baitcast reels.

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I use casting gear all the time on windy days and I have no problem with little jerks, drags, tugs, pulls etc using casting gear. This little guy fell to a Bluegill Flash Fluke.

 

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^^ Nice combo! And fish.

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^^ Nice combo! And fish.

Thank you!

 

A little bit about this catch.......I thought that he was going to die because he was bleeding and he had the hook in his gullet. I had to cut the line and reach up through his gills and rotate the hook downward and push it out. It only pushed out without a fuss because I ALWAYS smash the barb down on my T-Rigged hooks with a pair of pliers. I pushed the hook out and held him in the water for about 8-10 seconds and he swam off with no issues. 

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I use pistol grips med fast action.Longer rods hamper the twitch.like i say if you aint using a pistol grip with topwaters and flukes you aint gettin the full monty out of them lures

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I use a 6'10"-7' Medium-fast spinning rod w/8lb fluoro. I prefer to fish my flukes weightless.

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I use a 6'10"-7' Medium-fast spinning rod w/8lb fluoro. I prefer to fish my flukes weightless.

 

I tried adding a weight while at the river for 2 reasons, 1) to get it down quicker, and 2) to use it on a MH rod.  I didn't like the added weight.

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