Back in 2002, my fast-developing addiction to surfcasting had led me to Montauk, the Mecca of my favorite pursuit and home to a few of the most hardcore and pioneering fishermen in the world.
Accessories for Fluke Fishing
Taking extra commercial fishing jobs to money my dependency, I rapidly fell in love with another of Montauk’s well-known gamefish: the summer flounder.
Dealing with the half-day fluke boats, I became obsessed with establishing the most efficient technique for targeting these hard battling and often finicky fish. As fluke policies continued reaching near-ridiculous proportions, all keepers unexpectedly needed to be pressing “doormat” status simply to make it into the box. Perhaps more significantly, it ended up being essential to weed out the countless brief fish littering the bottom.
How to Choose the Best Baits, Rigs, Lures For Fluke Fishing
After numerous summers of trial and error, a few fishing friends and I arrived at a rig that seems to accomplish simply that. With a couple of adjustments to the “fluke ball” rig, we have actually been able to fish large baits that weed out smaller sized fluke, all the while keeping it in the strike zone of trophy-sized flatfish. As the rig began to show itself as a big-fluke catcher, we jokingly began calling it the “fluke bomb” rig, and the name has stuck.
When producing this rig, the first piece of conventional fluking equipment that needed to go was the hook. The standard fluke hook (Kahle-style hook) came into popularity when summertime go to pieces size limits were in between 12 and 13 inches, and those little balanced out gold hooks did a number on those pan-sized fish. Now that the measure is nearly two times that size, these little hooks leave a little something to be preferred. In fact, with the existing size restrictions on fluke, those under-gunned hooks in fact do more to injure your cause than help it. In order to comprehend this point, you’ll have to imagine what the mouth of a 22-inch fluke actually appears like. It is much closer in shapes and size to a striped bass or bluefish mouth.
A shiny chrome ball weight is main to the rig. I ‘d seen these chrome “fluke balls” while working in numerous deal with shops through the years, and I’ll confess, I mostly passed them off as a trick. Normally you’ll see them with two swivels soldered at 12 o’clock and 9 o’clock, and a hook-and-skirt connected straight the swivel at 9 o’clock. The set-up looked like a poorly created bucktail jig to me, and I doubted it would be as efficient as the Spro bucktails that are my favorite for bucktailing fluke. However, seeing simply the chrome ball itself for sale in all the appropriate weights spawned an idea for a brand-new fluke rig to fix a reoccurring problem when deep water, strong currents or large numbers of anglers prevent bucktailing from being a practical alternative for doormats.
My “fluke bomb” starts with a 50-pound-test barrel swivel attached to a 3-foot area of 30-pound-test Seaguar fluorocarbon leader material. Put a 6-inch dropper loop at the middle of the leader material and attach a large teaser with great deals of flash. I like a bucktail/marabou combination tied on a 6/0 Gamakatsu circle hook. I go with chartreuse and white most of the season, but from time-to-time, other colors like red, blue, orange and yellow will draw attention from the large fluke in the area– particularly late in the season. This large, fancy teaser above acts much like the teasers used marlin fishing– drawing fish in for a more detailed look only to have the large tracking bait seal the offer. At the end of the leader material, I connect a snap swivel to which I clip a fluke ball of sufficient weight to hold bottom. I then cut 2nd 3-foot length of 30-pound-test fluorocarbon, attaching it to the 9 o’clock position on the fluke ball with another snap swivel. Connect the hook for your primary bait onto the trailing end of the leader product; the precise hook will vary depending on the bait being used. For “snapper” blues (juvenile bluefish), I want to use a 5/0 Gamakatsu live bait hook.
The bait I use for this rig follows a basic but quickly ignored approach– use the largest bait available to doormat fluke at the time of your trip. These choices differ though the season, so you’ll have to change your bait option based upon the time of year. In spring, my bait of option is a big squid, rigged whole. As the season progresses, snapper blues rapidly become my preferred bait. I have actually try out many strategies for rigging the snapper, and I continue arriving at one of the most basic and first I ever learned: rigging the snapper in the exact same way you ‘d rig a shiner for largemouth-bass fishing– from the bottom lip through the top.
Catching Snapper Bluefish for Bait
Among the great things about snapper blues is that they are quickly obtained, and even headboat anglers can capture a supply of them before the boat leaves the dock. Getting to the dock about an hour prior to departure ought to provide you lots of time to load up on bait for the journey.
An economical and durable 5 to 6-foot, ultralight spinning setup and little assortment of trout metals are best for quickly filling up on snappers. I use a 5-foot, medium-light action Ugly Stik spinning rod with a Cabela’s Fish Eagle FE500ULB spinning reel. Long casts and intermittent twitches during a quick obtain with an 1/8-ounce silver Kastmaster from the stern of any fluke boat should attract plenty of attention from the ever-present summer snappers.
Fishing the Fluke Bomb
When fishing the fluke bomb rig, I use an Avet SJS on a medium fast-action Lamiglas Tri-Flex blank. I actually enjoy this established for a range of factors. To start with, I delight in the positioning of the drag lever on the Avet. It’s setup like a conventional overseas drag, permitting me to effortlessly engage and disengage the reel with my thumb. This is a near essential reel attribute for correctly fishing this method, because you’ll be continuously letting out and getting line in order to remain in contact with the bottom. The Tri-Flex from Lamiglas sets nicely with the Avet and the fast-action model is ideal. The responsive pointer enables the rig to be bounced easily along the bottom and the meaty foundation of the Tri-Flex will battle even the most persistent flatfish off the bottom.
Examine the bait to make sure the presentation is natural prior to sending it to the bottom. I will pay out simply enough line so that the rig is in the present, but I can still see it, in order to examine if the bait is spinning unnaturally. Upon striking bottom, I leave the reel in complimentary spindle, applying pressure with my thumb as I hop the rig along the bottom with gentle lifts of the rod suggestion. How much action to provide the rod is greatly dependent upon the size of the swell– the objective being to bring the fluke ball 2 to 4 feet off the bottom, causing the large tracking bait to “wave” enticingly in the existing.
Keeping the attract totally free spool achieves two important things for the angler. It allows for easy changes as the depth changes and the boat pitches, and it makes it easy to instantly offer slack line to an assaulting fish. Decreasing the rod tip and “thumbing” some line off the spool is essential to obtaining good hook-ups when using big bait. After reducing the rod and providing a biting fish some line, lock up the reel and give your best Jimmy Houston impression. If you swing and miss out on, which will occur with any method from time to time, instantly put the reel into totally free spindle and drop back 10 to 20 yards of line. With the fresh taste of snapper blue on the brain, the doormat will often want give chase in order to complete the meal. With a little practice, this method quickly becomes force of habit and is one of the most surefire ways to boat double-digit doormats all summertime long.