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Weightless Super Flukes Ideas

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I guess I never saw the light until this past weekend.  I've always been a senko guy.  I was fishing it weightless with an exposed Gama octopus hook rigged about a 1/4" down the head.  Wow, it was deadly.  I was thinking of the best ways to add just a little weight to better throw them on a baitcaster.  An ideas would be appreciated.  I want to keep the same hook setup and plan on using 10# fluoro with a 6'9" medium action rod.

I did buy some nail weights.

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You say you want to keep the same hook setup but changing to a heavier hook is one way I add weight to a fluke I've also used the nailweights and weighted flutter hooks along with smaller weighted swim bait hooks

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If you like senkos then try yamamoto dshads. Casts a mile with a 4/0 ewg and shimmies on the fall like a senko.

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Montanaro, so what you are saying is that they are heavier than the zoom brand?  I have t-rigged flukes a lot and found that the action is better just tipping it with an octopus or finesse hook.

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I fish the YUM money minnows with no weight using the dying minnow twitch. Sometimes I use the hook that has the lead in the middle.

It's my hot bait for November too. If it's snowing it's a plus.

Anytime is money time yummy.

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Use a nail weight or a ribbed finishing nail.

Experiment by putting it in the nose, body or the end.

Mike

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Nail weights, split shot, weightless, shakeyhead, dropshot, texas rig, the Fluke is a classic. Can't go wrong!

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Dshad have heavy salt content increasing total weight.

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Strike King Caffeine Shad are saltier and heavier as well.  They also sink faster, obviously.

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You can also use a thicker wire hook to cast just a tad father. Something like an Owner Wide Gap Plus works great

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I use a bass assassin flukes, their color selection is insane. Weightless 3/0-5/0 or spring lock weighted 3/0 EWG.

I learned the tandem fluke rig and had a lot of fun in the spring but somehow haven't picked it up in a while its just been topwater. Im taking a year off senko type baits but I loved fishing the flukes as this was my first year trying them. Try the tandem rig its not that hard to get the cadence down. 

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use a double fluke rig. Twice the weight, twice the bait, triple the action (at least).

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I use 1/16 oz mojo slip weights with flukes. Not weightless, I suppose, but pretty light. And it comes thru weeds far better than any other weights I've tried

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I use 1/16 oz mojo slip weights with flukes. Not weightless, I suppose, but pretty light. And it comes thru weeds far better than any other weights I've tried

Choporoz : That light of a weight - just curious if a 1/16th oz. bullet weight (easier to find) would not provide the same result as a mojo slip weight (mojo out of business ???)

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Choporoz : That light of a weight - just curious if a 1/16th oz. bullet weight (easier to find) would not provide the same result as a mojo slip weight (mojo out of business ???)

Out of business?  First heard.  That would be distressing.  I'm a big fan of their weights.  (In fact, I've been using the Rockhopper the last couple of weeks and I love it.)

 

The two biggest differences for me between the mojo weights and a bullet are 1. The mojo slip sinker comes through weeds better than any weight I've tried, and 2. Without pegging, the weight seems to 'find a better place along the line'....that doesn't make a lot of sense, I suppose, but when I use a bullet, even a light one, it tends to settle down to the hook fairly quickly; the mojo seems to take a longer time to make its way down to the knot -- that is, it acts a little more like a c-rig --- the weight, when it stays up the line longer, I feel, gives the fluke more freedom for its erratic, jerky nature...whereas the bullet slides to the knot quickly and handicaps the movement some...probably hogwash, but that's how it plays in my mind and if it affects my confidence, I guess that's all that really matters sometimes

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I guess I don't personally understand.  If you have a rig that is producing really well, then why change it with different weights to force it on a bait caster?  I will be the first to admit I am not a finesse guy and don't through a spinning rod much- but I always have a couple in the boat because a weightless fluke is best thrown on a spinning rod.  Change your setup to match the bait you are throwing, don't force it the other way around...

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Plenty of people throw normal sized weightless flukes of baitcasters. No need to pigeon hole yourself

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The setup in my profile pic is my favorite set up for flukes and it is slowly becoming my all time favorite set up

 

6'8" MF St. Croix LTB

Shimano Chronarch 150hg

15lb Izorline XXX (will be 16lb Sniper next time I re-spool)

 

I can cast a Fluke quite a way out

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The beauty of most soft plastics is that there are so many different rigging options, some of which the majority of anglers would swear couldn't catch fish.  Go ahead and experiment to your heart's desire.  I, personally, like to rig a Fluke on it's side to get more of a gliding action out of it. 

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I've teamed up with a buddy fishing a weightless fluke directly under a zaraspook. Long cast with the spook wait until the spook gets about halfway back to the boat and then try to hit the Zara spook with your super fluke and walk the dog with both back to the boat. I've had some surprisingly great days with this technique

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Thanks everyone for all the responses. I dropped my line to 10# InvizX and added some small nail weights.  The rod is M action and with the exposed octopus hooks I don't really need to kill the hooksets.  Hopefully I can report back after this weekend with my results.

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