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Can you recommend a better alternative to the zoom super fluke?  I am looking for a 5 inch soft jerk bait that's a bit bulkier than the super fluke but not as long or large as the zoom magnum fluke. 

 

I used to fish the F&S sugar jerk 5 inch bait and really like the action of the tail in the water and the casting distance.  They don't appear to make them any more, at least I couldn't find them in the pearl white color that I am looking for.  Now I am fishing the zoom super fluke but do not like it as much.

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 Try the Mann´s Hardnose Jerkbait! They´re bulkier and a bit longer than the 5" Zoom Flukes:

 

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 They cast like a bullet, even weightless, and the action is great!

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I like the looks of that Mann's.

 

I've always fish zoom super salty fluke, it's a confidence bait but there is times when a bulkier bait would be better. Thanks for that

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Strike King Caffeine Shad is a solid Producer and a viable Fluke alternative.

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A-Jay

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Easy answer.....Yamamoto DShad.  Made out of the same material as a senko and weighs more than most any 5" fluke style bait.  Heavy enough to drag weightless like a tube.  It's one of my most favorite baits Yamamoto makes.  

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3 hours ago, A-Jay said:

Strike King Caffeine Shad is a solid Producer and a viable Fluke alternative.

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A-Jay

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preder the bubble tail action of the Caffeine Shad on the pause/fall over the Super Fluke

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Second the Mann's Hardnose. The nose is tough as nails and one will last a long time.

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42 minutes ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

What's the price range on them? I can get a 10pk of zoom flukes for $2.80

DShad is $5 for 7 of them. It will be almost impossible to find an alternative to the fluke at the same price point.

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1 hour ago, NittyGrittyBoy said:

What's the price range on them? I can get a 10pk of zoom flukes for $2.80

Try the Mann´s! I buy them here in Europe for 3.20€ /10pk, and, as others said, they are very tough. You won´t be disapointed...

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I just started using the Damiki Armor Shad and have to say I was impressed with the initial results. Sometimes it's good to be throwing something just a little different when a lot of other people are throwing the Zoom fluke.

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http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Damiki_Armor_Shad_Soft_Jerkbaits/descpage-DARM.html

 

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This year I switched from Zoom's Super Fluke to Z-Man's Jerk ShadZ. Their ElaZtech® plastic outlasts plastisol baits by 5 - 1 or more. I prefer nose hooking for the best action and also super glue (with Loctite Gel) a 3/64 oz. nail weight into the belly slot for a slow sink.

 

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It casts great and it sure does agitate the smallies!

 

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Yum Houdini Shad

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36 minutes ago, Will Wetline said:

This year I switched from Zoom's Super Fluke to Z-Man's Jerk ShadZ. Their ElaZtech® plastic outlasts plastisol baits by 5 - 1 or more. I prefer nose hooking for the best action and also super glue (with Loctite Gel) a 3/64 oz. nail weight into the belly slot for a slow sink.

 

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It casts great and it sure does agitate the smallies!

 

+1 on that. Elaztech really is durable. ;) 

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Caffeine shads are great baits but they fish a lot different than your traditional fluke. I prefer the caffeine shad jrs they engulf theses things.

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Thanks guys for all the replies!  I have a lot of options here.  

 

How durable are the DShad and the Caffeine shad?  Durability is important to me (but not as important as the action) since the main lake I fish at has a lot of grass and I fish weedless rigged “fluke like” baits a lot.

 

Mann’s Hardnose is $3.50 a pack of 10 at TW.  That’s pretty sweet!  I like the ZMan Elaztech series too so will check out the jerk shadz as well!

 

46 minutes ago, Burros said:

Caffeine shads are great baits but they fish a lot different than your traditional fluke. I prefer the caffeine shad jrs they engulf theses things.

Care to elaborate?  How do they fish different than a fluke?

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7 minutes ago, gjfisher said:

 

How durable are the DShad and the Caffeine shad?  Durability is important to me 

 

Care to elaborate?  How do they fish different than a fluke?

Not very durable but very effective, they are a lot heavier than super flukes and they have more action on the tail. Kinda like fishing a senko with a shad style tail.

   Never leave home without them!

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Those Zman's Jerk Shads look promising. I really need to get some of those. I love the Elaztech products for their durability and occasionally for their buoyancy. 

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You’ll get better action and durability with the Caffeine Shad if you use an Owner Twistlock Light 3/32 oz 4/0 hook.

 

It will last longer with a screwlock hook, but most importantly, the action is far better than a standard fluke.  The Caffeine Shad on this rig will swim more horizontally on the fall, then stop, change directions, flutter the bubble tail, and seemingly swim by itself in a different direction before going down.  Irresistible dying action.   Then jerk, jerk and start the process all over again.  Hard to do this with a standard fluke...

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3 hours ago, Will Wetline said:

This year I switched from Zoom's Super Fluke to Z-Man's Jerk ShadZ. Their ElaZtech® plastic outlasts plastisol baits by 5 - 1 or more. I prefer nose hooking for the best action and also super glue (with Loctite Gel) a 3/64 oz. nail weight into the belly slot for a slow sink.

 

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It casts great and it sure does agitate the smallies!

 

Do you have to add weight to them to sink, I know elaztec is very Boayant?

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My absolute favorite bait, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one fishing them! 

 

No matter the brand weightless fluke type bait is hard to beat!

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10 hours ago, Burros said:

Do you have to add weight to them to sink, I know elaztec is very Boayant?

I had added the weight before my first cast because I knew that once the salt dissolved it would float. And, as I used it, it seemed to ride higher in the water. So yes, experiment with nail weights until you find what you want regarding depth. 

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Long before any of these imitations was Bass Assassin's Shad Assassin.

 

It comes in 3-5-7"

It also comes in a 4" fork tail & a slimmer 6" Twitch Assassin 

 

https://bassassassin.com/product-category/freshwater/

 

 

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