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I tried to catch fish yesterday with a Fluke but it did not go very well. I am thinking this bait imitates an injured baitfish?!? I had a spinning rod with 14lbs test mono and a 4/0 work hook. The line was unwinding wrong and had a few birdnests, it was a little windy out but not terrible. I could not feel the bait moving in the water. Do you think I should use a ligh action rod and a lighter line for this bait?

Any tip is appreciated. Thanks.

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How were you fishing it? A fluke is meant to be fished with short, erratic jerks.

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Sounds pretty good, all you need to do is vary your retrieves.  A fluke is definetly not the bait I will pick up in the wind though.  Its best in slight breezes but not in gusts.

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In your opinion, do you use spinning or b/c to fish flukes?

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You may have less line problems with a lower pound test. 14# mono on spinning gear is just asking for trouble.

If you feel that you need a line test strength higher than 10#, use braid.

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You may have less line problems with a lower pound test. 14# mono on spinning gear is just asking for trouble.

If you feel that you need a line test strength higher than 10#, use braid.

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Thanks for the replies everyone. I have a light  spinning rod with 6 lb test mono and I will try the Flukes on that set up next time out. I will keep you posted on the progress.

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Consider using a 5/0 hook, reducing line size to 10-12.

A swivel about a foot up will help with weight.

My brother loves those things., on a recent trip to Tolendo Bend he caught a 6.8 LM plus he pounded lots of others.

I gave him a pack of weighted hooks, I like to use those to speed the fall and to help the feel.

Stay with the fluke, they will bite that when they won't hit anything else.

The wind makes it tough.

Water melon red is hard to beat.

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If you can't feel the fluke you definitely have too heavy of a rod.  Lighten up the rod and stick to it.  It took me a little while to get the hang of it but once I did it was game on.  

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Thanks guys.

Now as far as where to fish it, I was trowing the Fluke to an area where you could see weeds maybe 6-10 inches from the surface, thinking that a bass may be in the weeds and see the bait. does that make sence to you all?

I was bank fishing.

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Thanks guys.

Now as far as where to fish it, I was trowing the Fluke to an area where you could see weeds maybe 6-10 inches from the surface, thinking that a bass may be in the weeds and see the bait. does that make sence to you all?

I was bank fishing.

You can use it anywhere. Weeds, stumps, around structure, under docks.................you name it.

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Don't want to steal your post but how do you guys rig your flukes( 4/0 hook 5/0 hook? spinning reel, casting reel? rod? how you rig the hook on the bait( I know sounds stupid never fished one.)

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Don't want to steal your post but how do you guys rig your flukes( 4/0 hook 5/0 hook? spinning reel, casting reel? rod? how you rig the hook on the bait( I know sounds stupid never fished one.)

Although I do not use the Fluke as much as I use Senko type baits, I throw all of my weightless lures on a pretty limber baitcasting combo.  The limber rod is one of the most, if not the most important aspect of fishing light baits with a baitcaster.  

When I do fish a Fluke, I use a 4/0 Mustad Wide Gap Hook.  I also use a barrel swivel about 10 to 12 inches above my bait.  I also use a fluorocarbon leader.

Back to the topic at hand.  I am relatively new to fishing weightless baits and have more experience fishing baits that require slow presentations along the bottom.  The following is just what has worked for me.

I fish all soft jerk baits according to the conditions at hand.  If it is pretty windy, I won't even really consider throwing one as I do not have the patience to fight with the wind.  

First I will cast the bait out and let it sink naturally on slack line for a few seconds (the time I let it sink depends on the water depth) and then begin working the bait with a series of jerks and pauses.  The amount of jerks and pause times always vary usually depending on what kind of mood I think the fish are in.  If they are active I jerk more and pause less and if they are less active I do the exact opposite in jerking very little and less often and pausing for extended amounts of time.  

One of my friends used to insist on using 14 pound line on his spinning reels that were sized for lines close to those with a 10 pound line diameter.  Fourteen pound line is very hard to manage on a spinning reel and I have found that it really decreases the distance you are able to cast while using a spinning combo as well.  

I would say downsizing your line diameter and using a barrel swivel will pretty much eliminate your spinning reel woes.

Hope this helped.   ;)

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Love fishing flukes weightless.

I fish the smaller ones though on a 2/0 - 3/0 offset round bend Gammy hook.

Definately want smaller line and a lighter rated rod for this style.

I go with 6-8 lb test line with a 6'8" extra fast tip medium action Avid.

Fished with Medium fast 7 foot rods and it didn't go as well (I like a faster tip).

Like others have said....don't fight the wind (toss a spinnerbait in those situations), and go with your lighter rated rod. To mix it up....maybe throw a split shot about 8-10 inches up your line and drag em.

Some of my biggest fish last year came on fishing a fluke jr.

This was my most productive fluke bait and color last year. You can get them from *.com which is a sponsor here on the board.

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http://www.*.com/description.php?id=646

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I fish flukes in pearl white and watermelon seed on a regular worm hook 3/0 with a spinning reel.... I use 10 lb. test line mono and pinch on a #7 split shot about a foot above the hook...  

I like to fish it kinda medium/fast with the rod tip low- twitch-reel- twitch reel.... Another one on here talked about Watermelon Red and I caught a lot of fish on that color as well...

Good luck. ;)

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I fish fluke type baits on 15-20 lb braid on a medium spinning rod in the lilly pads and can feel it pretty good, the wind will make it a lot harder.

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I just picked up a pack of Zoom's Magnum Super Fluke. They look awesome and should target some bigger fish.

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You guys should check out the 7" Fin-S. I've been experimenting with these lately and they're pretty awesome, especially the pearl color with a forked tail dipped in JJ's chartreuse...delicious  8-)

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Don't want to steal your post but how do you guys rig your flukes( 4/0 hook 5/0 hook? spinning reel, casting reel? rod? how you rig the hook on the bait( I know sounds stupid never fished one.)

My bread and butter is a watermelon seed, 3/0 gamagatsu (sp?) hook, 6'6" med heav berkley bionics rod, with a KVD spinning real.  

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I keep seeing on the answers one comun color, WATERMELON and something else but always watermelon. What natural fish this color imitates or what is the reason bass seem to bite this color for many of us in diferent places on the country?

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I keep seeing on the answers one comun color, WATERMELON and something else but always watermelon. What natural fish this color imitates or what is the reason bass seem to bite this color for many of us in diferent places on the country?

For me the different colors are all about the conditions of the weather and water you are fishing.  In a clear river on a bright day I would recommend either Smokin' Shad color or Baby Bass.  These two are very bright and visible and the sun catches the small reflective specks in the plastic.  However in over-cast weather and or murky water I would recommend the Watermelon Seed color.

Here's a pic of the colors I prefer.  (The colors that have worked best for me)

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Those are Smokin' Shad, Baby Bass, and Watermelon Seed.

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Don't want to steal your post but how do you guys rig your flukes( 4/0 hook 5/0 hook? spinning reel, casting reel? rod? how you rig the hook on the bait( I know sounds stupid never fished one.)

I'm gonna throw together a step by step to show you how I rig my super flukes. (which i notice we are talking about a few different types in this thread)

This is how it will look when completely hooked, texas style.  I have used Eagle Claw lazer sharp off-set hooks, size 1/0 for these flukes.

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Step one. Stab your hook into the very center, frontal part. Should have a small circle there. Doesnt need to go very far in, just around the barb.

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Poke your hook tip out the center of the bottom.  Try to make this L shape bend match your hook's so that they fit eachother w/o moving around loosely. Step2.jpg

Now push the hook on through until only the tip of the hook's ring sticks out the front. You want your hook to be facing the top of your fluke too.

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Next you need to find where your hook meets the top of your fluke, as in where you will push your hook through to the top.

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I'm marking the spot w/ the tip of my thumbnail. ;)

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Now the confusing part.  You want your hook to poke up through the very center of flukes back, exactly where your hook met it when lined up side by side.

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Finally straighten the fluke out and see how it looks.  8-) Try to keep your hook centered as much as possible in the flukes body.  If it is off balance it can spin your bait.  (it will still work however)

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Hope that helps with rigging your flukes.  Try to use a lighter line w/ as little line twist as possible, as this will also spin your fluke in the water.  (Which may or may not be a good thing  :-X )

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I tried to catch fish yesterday with a Fluke but it did not go very well. I am thinking this bait imitates an injured baitfish?!? I had a spinning rod with 14lbs test mono and a 4/0 work hook. The line was unwinding wrong and had a few birdnests, it was a little windy out but not terrible. I could not feel the bait moving in the water. Do you think I should use a ligh action rod and a lighter line for this bait?

Any tip is appreciated. Thanks.

I love fishing Super Flukes. when I need a shallow running jerkbait. Fished weightless, it stays within a ft of the surface. When I need to get it a little deeper, I use a 1/8 oz split shot crimped about a foot up the line. I've also tried crimping the split shot on the hook shank (EWG 3/0 hook) but I like the action better when it's on the line.  As for line, I've changed my whole approach this year, and I've gone with #10 Braid with a 4 ft #8 mono leader on a quality spinning reel. Right now I'm still using one of my Shimano 2500 Stradics.  I prefer a 6'6" rod rated 6-12 lb test and a fast tip. Favorite colors are white & Pearl.

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