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  I've never used fluke bodies. Never. So for this spring I got some RT Slugs from Mr. Twister. I figured I'd try this fluke stuff. (I'm trying to prove that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!) Dang! Those things are as tough as tire rubber! I had thought they would be the same consistency as worms. I was wrong. So I gotta ask .... are all the fluke bodies hard and tough? Or are some of them soft, like worms and senkos? I can't see how the bass is gonna hook himself with these things I got now. I can't see the hook moving, and it's a 5/0.

     Thnx 4 the advice.   jj

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I agree! Dump those hard baits and pick up some Zoom's.

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I've seen some variations in the hardness of plastics from some manufacturers, but very little variation from Zoom. A hard fluke is no good. That hook has to go through a lot of plastic. Don't waste your time with those.

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Zoom Super Flukes aren't bad but my favorite is the River Rock Custom Baits Jointed Jerkbait. That is a soft bait that fish hold onto and it takes little movement to get the desired action out of it.

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8 hours ago, jimmyjoe said:

  I've never used fluke bodies. Never. So for this spring I got some RT Slugs from Mr. Twister. I figured I'd try this fluke stuff. (I'm trying to prove that you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!) Dang! Those things are as tough as tire rubber! I had thought they would be the same consistency as worms. I was wrong. So I gotta ask .... are all the fluke bodies hard and tough? Or are some of them soft, like worms and senkos? I can't see how the bass is gonna hook himself with these things I got now. I can't see the hook moving, and it's a 5/0.

     Thnx 4 the advice.   jj

I have to ask JJ, cuz I had an issue with another soft plastic, were the baits cold when you noticed this? I got a fluke type bait and put it on to fish and it was really hard...like you said, like tire rubber. One thing I did was to heat water to a bubble - just before boiling - and dip the plastic bait for like 2 seconds then check for suppleness. Let it dry straight.

 

I saved a whole bag in about 10 minutes. 

 

Give it a try, it may on may not work, but it's worth a shot IMO.

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55 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

I have to ask JJ, cuz I had an issue with another soft plastic, were the baits cold when you noticed this? I got a fluke type bait and put it on to fish and it was really hard...like you said, like tire rubber. One thing I did was to heat water to a bubble - just before boiling - and dip the plastic bait for like 2 seconds then check for suppleness. Let it dry straight.

 

I saved a whole bag in about 10 minutes. 

 

Give it a try, it may on may not work, but it's worth a shot IMO.

   I will try this. This morning. If they don't come around I will ........

 

4 hours ago, Crestliner2008 said:

Dump those hard baits and pick up some Zoom's.

   Thank you all!     jj

 

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The Zoom flukes I use aren't like that. 

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21 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

The Zoom flukes I use aren't like that. 

  Uh-oh. This might be the second time in my life I'm a Zoomie!!  🤣   jj

   (If you're not old-timer military, you won't get than one. Ask the bus driver to explain it.)

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I've only used the zoom super flukes so I can't really compare them to anything else, but they are soft yet pretty durable. I just started fishing flukes this spring and these have worked well for me. 

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The Mister Twister Sluggo's are old at least the ones I have, I think they only made them for a few years a long time ago unless you mean the saltwater ones by Exude which are soft from the ones I have used.

 

The Mister Twister are more rigid than others but that also gives them more of a darting action, its a different look than a fluke, kind of a copy of the sluggo which is kind of stiff.

 

Most flukes are good, Zoom really good, then the Strike King Caffiene Shad is my favorite but really soft and kind of like a GYB senko in terms of durability. Although mine are mostly seconds so I think they may have extra salt, but they work really good and cast a mile cause of all the weight...I think the ones in bags are the same though.

 

Mr. Twister Slugs will work....I throw the 4" Tri Alive ones in Firetiger every once in a while, I still have a bunch I picked up years ago when they were prototypes.

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  These are the Exude ones. But I've learned a lot here, and I now know enough to go whichever direction I need to go.  Thanks.    jj

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On 3/16/2019 at 7:37 PM, primetime said:

The Mister Twister Sluggo's are old at least the ones I have, I think they only made them for a few years a long time ago unless you mean the saltwater ones by Exude which are soft from the ones I have used.

 

Love the Sluggo! Really got me started in plastic jerk baits. Try the 9" size.....killer for big bass. :)

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Since you mentioned "Soft Like a Senko" you might as well get some Yamamoto DShads.  Made out of the same plastic as a Senko and in the form of a Fluke.  Case Closed. :lol:

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D Shad and YUM Houdini Shad

 

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Zoom Flukes or Caffeine Shads all the way i've had plenty of success fishing both. 

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Zoom flukes great baits at a great price.

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As @primetimementioned Sluggo seem to be rigid compare to others, but it would give you more dart action like Senko with a little wiggle on the tail. I have 9” version but have not caught any fish with it. If you really wanna fish Fluke style bait, you can’t go wrong with Zoom Super Salty Fluke.

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1 minute ago, JustJames said:

you can’t go wrong with Zoom Super Salty Fluke.

   That's where I think I'm going. Like ......... tomorrow.   😊    jj

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2 minutes ago, jimmyjoe said:

   That's where I think I'm going. Like ......... tomorrow.   😊    jj

Let us know how it goes, I love fishing Fluke even more so than Senko.

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7 minutes ago, JustJames said:

Let us know how it goes, I love fishing Fluke even more so than Senko.

  Don't worry. I will. I love seeing what new stuff and new techniques can do  .......AFTER I convince myself to try them, that is. One sand pit is open here, and one lake only has about 12' of ice on the shady side, so you'll be hearing from me fairly soon.    😀😀😀     jj

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Zoom Supers are plenty tough if you use a screw-lock hook.  This is one that a little hammer handle pickerel turned inside out.  Still fished it the rest of the afternoon.  

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   Just got back from the store. Those Zoom Super Flukes are great! Soft and easy to hook. I stopped halfway home at a little pond that was thawed, to see what the action was. I found out I like the action. I can make them walk the dog, or twitch them, or let them sink. Using a weighted 5/0 hook, they sink level. Astounding. I'm giving the Mr. Twister stuff to a friend. It wouldn't hurt my feelings if he threw them away, either. They had Berkley Powerbait minnows on sale, so I got some of those, too. They're not bad, but they're not as good as the Zoom.

   I can't wait to set up a Lindy rig or donkey rig with these. Good lake north of me only had about 10 feet of ice around the shady side yesterday, so things are progressing nicely.

   Thank you to everyone who turned me on to these!    😊   jj

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