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Holy smokes......THE most productive bait I have ever used.

Way more fish caught vs. far fewer baits lost.

Really contemplating getting rid of my most of my jigs, beavers, and craws, in favor of this bait.    Not all...But most.

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Here in SoCal been like the biggest bait for a while.....catches numbers and a few nice ones

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Exactly what hook are y'all using?  

I fished them a few times and like them but it seems to take a special hook to have room to go through and yet still have enough gap to hook the fish. 

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1 hour ago, Silas said:

Exactly what hook are y'all using?  

I fished them a few times and like them but it seems to take a special hook to have room to go through and yet still have enough gap to hook the fish. 

Size 5  EWG Trokar hook...but whatever size 5 you prefer

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How are you guys rigging them... skirt forward or backwards? With or without weights. I have a pack that has yet to be used as I'm still figuring out the best rigging options.

 

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I've actually been using 3/0 EWG, rigged skirt up, weightless.  I've just been scooting it along the bottom.

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1 hour ago, Heron said:

I've actually been using 3/0 EWG, rigged skirt up, weightless.  I've just been scooting it along the bottom.

How have the rest of you guys been fishing it? I have two packs I've been dying to take out and use in the ponds around here.

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Trokar tube hook. Skirt forward.

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6 hours ago, Heron said:

I've actually been using 3/0 EWG, rigged skirt up, weightless.  I've just been scooting it along the bottom.

This is how I rig mine.  

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Is the Fat Ika much different than the Damiki Hydra?

I've been using the Damiki Hydra on and off for the last couple years and I haven't seen huge benefit to using it over a craw style bait or even a worm.  

 

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14 hours ago, DCales84 said:

How are you guys rigging them... skirt forward or backwards? With or without weights. I have a pack that has yet to be used as I'm still figuring out the best rigging options.

 

I rig them weightless, backwards with a  5/0 EWG gammy hook.

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I posted a couple days ago that I really like rigging it backwards for skipping under docks... It really scoots forward on the fall and triggers strikes.  However I can't seem  to get any type of realistic retrieve this way, it curly cues back to the boat.  Anyone rigging it backwards with a good retrieve method?

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22 hours ago, Heron said:

Holy smokes......THE most productive bait I have ever used.

Way more fish caught vs. far fewer baits lost.

Really contemplating getting rid of my most of my jigs, beavers, and craws, in favor of this bait.    Not all...But most.

You guys are killing me. I thought I had ordered everything I needed from the TW sale and then I see this thread. New to Fat Ikas, looks like something I need to add to the arsenal. This website is gonna break me lol.

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Here of pic of the 4/0 DeepThroat hook

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VMC Fast Grip 4/0 Wide Gap

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Also along with the Hydra mentioned, Keitech has a solid bodied tube

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6 hours ago, Mosster47 said:

So this is a Hula Grub without the action? 

It's fatter and heavier than a hula grub.  When you rig it skirt up it falls body down and when you pop it you get nice action from the skirt.  They cast like a bullet. It's my second favorite soft plastic behind a senko.  I love gycb.

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6 hours ago, Mosster47 said:

So this is a Hula Grub without the action? 

Watch an underwater video of the action. It's pretty impressive.

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2 hours ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Are you guys using braid with fluoro or straight fluorocarbon to fish these?

I actually use straight braid on this setup. Never had a reason to add a leader on. Maybe I'll give it a shot with some of my extra FC.

 

These baits last for forever. In one outing I can run through a couple senko's, but I'll be using the same fat ika for multiple outings. Bought a couple bags last spring and still have only opened one of each color.

 

fyi I use a 4/0 gamakatsu EWG and my main colors are Green Pumpkin and Black w/ red flake. Both have produced.

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I use fluoro on my weightless plastics.  

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My smallie smasher. I Have the Ika body mold and rig them like this.  Remelt the used plastic

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