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Does anyone know of a fluke/hook combo that consistently falls horizontal and shimmies as it falls?

 

I have a fluke I made out of a swimbait which sometimes does on a VMC drop dead hook but other times does not. I’m looking for something that will give me that action consistently. 

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The Yamamoto D-Shad is basicly a fluke-shaped Senko.  It’s a little more durable then a Senko but far more fragile then a Zoom Super.  

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Zoom fluke on a 5/0 offset worm hook works for me. 

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Not sure it’s the shimmy you’re looking for, but a 5 inch Caffeine Shad (the fluke style, not swimming paddle tail) on an Owner 4/0 Twistlock Light 3/32 oz has its own movement. This particular fluke has a small air bubble in the tip of the tail - on the fall it shimmies some horizontally since its belly-weighted, sinks about a foot, then turns, wiggles the tail and sinks/swims again on its own in a different direction.  Much more natural movement than a standard style fluke.  

 

Deadly, but again don’t know if that’s the shimmy movement you’re looking for.  

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Yum houdini shads do it if you pop out the diamond tale, D shads also do it as do Zoom.  I rig all mine with 4/0 wide gap offset hooks.  I also stretch mine before rigging, not sure why i started doing it, but it seems to move some of the salt around or something because it changes the falling action.  

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OSP do alive jerkbaits have a senko shimmy on the fall with an unweighted hook.

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Strike King Caffeine Shads look really good on the fall as a previous poster already mentioned.

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Caffeine Shad should do the trick

 

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Hmmm,  Yamamoto D-Shad, Zoom Fluke, Strike King Caffeine Shad, Yum Houdini Shad, OSP Alive Jerkbait, and a 6" Slugo.    

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Rig it sideways. Works for me

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For sure the Yamamoto D-Shad. It was actually @TOXIC who recommended this bait to me on one of my previous threads. 

 

I've been really impressed with this bait. You can work it exactly like a senko where the initial fall will produce a lot strikes and then continue to work it back by sweeping up your rod and let it fall again on semi slack line. You can also work it like a hard jerk bait by popping the slack. The plastic is heavy enough that you can fish it without a weighted hook. 

 

The tail shimmies quite a bit. I'd say it's slightly more pronounced than the senko. It has a bit more higher frequency then a senko's wobble.  

 

I think this bait goes under the radar and is very underrated. It's essentially a fluke shaped senko. Looks super realistic and a really high quality bait. 

 

There was a sale at Cabela’s not long ago for these baits. They were selling it for $2.88 a pack, so I bought like $50 bucks worth of them.

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I never get in the boat without a DShad rigged up but I don't respond to every post on this site because I don't want to sound like a broken record.  A little tip I used to do to give the DShad a different look...I would take my line cutters and cut the center section of the tail out giving the tail a "Y" look.  It gives it a little more action if I am going to be dead sticking it a lot.  I also put a "How to" post up a while back on rigging a DShad to get it to dart left, right, up or down.  It's a much more versatile bait than many realize.  

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*It's called a Strike King Red Eye Shad - best shimmy on the drop / fall going ... All kidding aside , I don't think Flukes are especially known for any shimmy qualities - for soft baits a Yamamoto Senko rigged wacky style is about as good as it gets for shimmy on the drop / fall .

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On 4/1/2019 at 5:50 PM, FCPhil said:

Does anyone know of a fluke/hook combo that consistently falls horizontal and shimmies as it falls?

I don't know what this means.  Do you mean stays horizontally oriented (does not dive nose-first) as it falls?  any hook that doesn't have a forward weight should do this with any of the major fluke-style baits. No?

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This is not the same profile, but has the action you are looking for.

 

 

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This isn't exactly an answer to the question but I think nose hooking flukes with an octopus hook is overlooked for the added action it allows.

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Another vote for the Caffeine Shad. Only fluke I've fished that shimmies on the fall. I'm pretty sure it's the flat underside of the tail.

 

1 hour ago, Pickle_Power said:

This isn't exactly an answer to the question but I think nose hooking flukes with an octopus hook is overlooked for the added action it allows.

That's basically a homemade Banjo Minnow. Fantastic action and a subpar hookup rate as compared to a weightless Texas Rig.

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