The Super Fluke is in every angler's arsenal. Some use it as a Carolina rig bait, others as a stick bait, still others use it as a topwater. Today Matt explains some quick hook and bait modifications that will open doors to completely different ways to fish the Fluke. If you've been using the bait with a single-use approach, its time to learn what you've been missing!
Below is a breakdown of the baits, colors, and hook options that Matt recommends for fishing Flukes and other soft jerkbaits in the Spring and Summer.
-Zoom Super Fluke: http://bit.ly/2aqys0H
-Strike King Caffeine Shad: http://bit.ly/2jjyvzr
-Bass Assassin Split Tail Shad: http://bit.ly/2JoeVCN
-Reaction Innovations Shiver Glide: http://bit.ly/2DUwrtM
Hooks and Hardware...
-Gamakatsu Offset EWG Wide Gap 4/0: http://bit.ly/2d07gvp
-Gamakatsu Superline EWG 4/0: http://bit.ly/2ac92XG
-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap 1/0: http://bit.ly/2aKGmHM
-Gamakatsu Finesse Wide Gap Weedless: http://bit.ly/2i57dOP
-Owner CPS Spring Medium: http://bit.ly/2b2YgDf
-Decoy Versatile Keeper: http://bit.ly/2NNtJci
Best Bait Colors are white or shad, Ghost, and Green Pumpkin.
Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2cgmMAe
Reel- Curado 150 DC: http://bit.ly/2yHtsp4
Line- 40 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: http://bit.ly/2clBRiQ
Leader- 15 lb Maxima Ultragreen: http://bit.ly/2ae97J9
by Rob Lever
The Author with a Nice Striper Caught from a Bridge Piling
Being from the northeast I get presented with a wide variety of fishing opportunities. While freshwater bass fishing consumes the majority of my time, every spring I spend time chasing striped bass; or “Stripers,” in the salt. Constantly looking for the fight of a fish that can get your heart jumping, this has had me turn to one of the best techniques I have used to date. And, it doesn’t have to be done from specialized deep sea boats, even a bass boat will do.
Simply taking a soft plastic jerk bait and pairing it with a lead head can be a deadly combination when it comes to the schools of bass that frequent the waters off the coast. After many years of playing with different combinations I have come across the perfect pairing that can be used to get your adrenalin pumping and give you an experience you will never soon forget.
I think most anglers know of Zoom’s Super Salty Fluke. Known for its versatility, “The Fluke” is an amazing bait that has bailed its share of anglers out on slow days. This technique adds to the list of uses for the fluke, and turns it into a saltwater power fishing mainstay.
When paired with the Lunker City Fin-S jig head the Fluke has a realistic flutter that fish can’t resist. The Fin-S has Lunker City’s patented “Lunkergrip” bait holder barbs that holds the bait in place. This design helps hold the fluke tight to the head when fishing in both fast current and also tide rips. This is important because most of your strikes are going to come with these conditions present.
The weight of the Jig depends on what water column you need to get too. The 1/8-ounce size works great for fishing around docks and area
Pearl White Super Fluke Rigged on a Lunker City FinS Head
s where the current isn’t too bad. This is great in early morning situations when fish can be found in shallow water. You can cover a lot of water
trolling and fan casting towards the shore.
The heavier1/4-ounce model is perfect for deeper fish and for strong current. Many times, with these types of conditions, you can see schools of fish protected from heavy current by bridge pilings. This is a great spot for a heavy jig head. Simply throw the bait into the current that is passing by the piling and let the bait do the work for you. As the bait moves by the school they will react and hit it.
The most important thing I have found about this set up is color. Two colors have proved to work in almost any condition. The White Pearl and the Albino have helped me have many amazing days, with both working from Spring to Fall months.
The Author’s Favorite Colors in Their Packages
The rod, reel, and line set up for this is all preference. Most freshwater guys prefer a bait caster with saltwater guys preferring spinning tackle. I use a 6’6’’ medium heavy Duckett Fishing spinning rod paired with a Lew’s Speed Spin reel. Again, it’s not specialized saltwater equipment, this is the same rod I use for some freshwater applications.
Line choice is also up to you, with my preference being on the lighter side. I want to be able to fight the fish but feel comfortable knowing that my line is safe. After much tuning I have figured out that 20lb braid with a 12lb fluorocarbon lieder is a great choice. Matched up correctly you should be able to make long accurate casts without putting much strain on your body or the equipment.
Retrieve this bait and you can see the deadly motion that is has. A twitch of your wrist during the retrieve makes the bait jump in the water column and the fluke tail moves just like a bait fish moving through the water. This sudden movement triggers bass’s predatory nature, they can’t resist from striking and killing it. The strike that feels just like a big bass crushing a spinner bait. I have had strikes that have almost ripped the rod out of my hand. Once you feel the strike use a sweeping hook set and hold on.
How you have rigged this set up is what makes it fun. You are searching for fish that can grow in excess of 40 pounds, and your ordinary largemouth bass rig can prove to be a fun way to fight it. Make sure your drag is set to let the fish pull line when needed. It might take a little longer to get that fish in, but it will help you land a bigger class fish that could easily snap your line.
Lunker City Lunker Grip Heads
My last point is not to get discouraged while fishing this set up. Many times blue fish can snag your bait and cut the line with their teeth and other times you could hook a monster that just is too big for your set up. This comes with the territory but worth the risk because my biggest fish on this set up was almost 40 pounds. Also do not be afraid to use this technique on freshwater. Many of the same situations I have seen “Stripers” hit this set up, I have also seen freshwater bass do the same. This can be a great way to catch the tricky suspended bass that we all encounter in summer months.
What are you waiting for? Get out there and try this rig! This is a great way to cover a lot of water and power fish is sort of a finesse way. The strike is addicting and the fight will keep you excited for the next fish. Tie on this versatile technique and you can enjoy some of the most productive fishing in both the fresh and salt water.
Flukes or soft jerkbaits really don’t get as much credit as they deserve.
They can be absolutely deadly when nothing else will work.
This is especially true when you’re dealing with pressured fish.
Say for example, you’re on a fishery where anglers are using rattling hard sided jerkbaits and crankbaits. The bass can get turned off.
They might start ignoring these noisy baits after a while. This is a key time to try a fluke.
Flukes normally come in sizes anywhere from 2 to over 5 inches. You can find them with all sorts of tail configurations.
Some have forked tails while others have a single pointed tail.
Some newer models have gaps built in for the hook to sit in.
What are they meant to look like?
Flukes basically look like a baitfish. Their soft plastic bodies usually create a darting action when you give them a quick jerk.
This darting can happen in random directions. One time it will dart left and the next it could dart right.
This randomness is more natural and can yield fierce strikes from bass.
When fished with little to no weight, a fluke will fall like a dead baitfish would.
When you combine the random darting action with a slow natural fall you have a deadly combo.
How To Rig A Fluke
Texas Rig Style Fluke
One of the most conventional ways to rig a fluke is a weedless or Texas style rig.
One of the problems with rigging this way is that if you bump into weeds or cover, the bait will slide down the hook shaft.
This will ruin the bait’s action and you’ll need to reel it in and fix it.
You can prevent this by using an offset hook. An offset hook has a bend near the eye.
This bend helps prevent plastic jerkbaits from sliding down the hook shaft.
Some anglers insist on using an extra wide gap hook (EWG).
This is important because of the height of a fluke can make it hard to set the hook.
In the end it really depends on how tall the fluke you’re using is or whether it has a slit in the body that the hook can pass through.
If it does have a slit then an extra wide gap hook is really not that big of a deal.
Nose Hooking A Fluke
Another way to rig a fluke is to nose hook it. Keep in mind that this is not weedless like the Texas rig is.
You’re basically just going to sun a short shank round hook through the nose of the fluke.
You can use a screw lock if you want to free up the hook even more.
So when does this rig work well?
When bass hit a fluke they normally hit the nose. As a bass is inhaling a baitfish, they’ll want to take it in nose first.
This will help the spines on the baitfish fold down and allow the bass to swallow the bait with no problems. Yes, bass will strike the tail, but will often turn the baitfish around before swallowing.
So, if you’re having trouble hooking bass because they’re striking short, give this rig a try.
You should see a big improvement in your hookup ratio.
Rigging a Fluke With A Treble Hook
A great way to improve hookup ration is rigging a fluke with a treble hook.
This can be effective when fish are not striking aggressively. It’s also a good technique for open water where there is not alot of cover to hang your bait.
I got this technique from pro Terry Bolton.
You need to get a rivet and knock the pin out. Then, use the pin to make a channel in the fluke.
To do this, stick the pin through the nose of the fluke until it comes out through the bottom.
It should come out by the back of the flukes belly area. This makes a channel for your line to go through.
Then, you take the rivet tube and stick that in the nose of the fluke. This will create a tube for your line to pass through.
Stick your line through the tube opening at the nose of the fluke. Once the line comes out the back end of the fluke, tie on a treble hook.
Then once the hook is tied on, you can draw it back to that one of the treble points is inserted into the rear belly of the fluke.
How To Fish A Fluke
Soft plastic jerkbaits are actually extremely flexible baits. They can be fished in many different ways.
Below I’ll describe some common ways to fish a fluke.
Don’t be afraid to try your own styles.
Twitch And Pause
This is probably the most common way people fish a fluke. You give the bait a few quick twitches with the rob pointed down and then pause.
When you twitch the fluke it should dart erratically in random directions. It should also dart up if you full up a bit with your twitch.
The pause allows the bait to fall like an injured baitfish. You then twitch it again a few times.
This action mimics a struggling or injured baitfish. Strikes will most often come when the fluke is falling.
You might not have tension on the line when a bass bites. So, keep an eye on the line.
Vertical Rise and Fall
Vertically jigging a fluke can be an effective way to catch fish.
Getting the weight right will take a bit of practice. You want to makes sure that when it falls, it doesn’t fall to fast and has a bit of that fluttering action.
You can let it hit the bottom then give it a couple of quick jerks up. Switch between a slight left and right angle between jerks.
Remember that as the fluke falls you’re like to get a strike.
Another effective retrieve type is the slow rolling retrieve. This is done by reeling in your fluke very slowly. You’ll need to be patient for this.
You’ll want to have your fluke on the bottom. This slow movement can mimic bottom feeding baitfish. These baitfish may be feeding on algea of small shellfish.
Many places in the US have Goby populations. Find a color that matches a Goby and try this technique.
Gobies are bottom feeders. Matching their behavior can be deadly for catching big Largemouth and Smallmouth too.
A Texas rig is common for this technique. But if you run a treble on the top side of the fluke, you may be able to get good hookups and be snag free.
If you’re fishing the bottom of over heavy cover, bottom bumping can generate strikes.
This can be especially effective when you’re fishing over a rocky bottom.
Adding a glass bead just above the hook eye can add some extra sound to your presentation.
There are also rattle pods that you can insert into a fluke for added sound.
Mimicking bottom feeders that are cracking shells with a visual and sound presentation could get some lunkers to strike.
Topwater Plastic Jerkbait Fishing
Flukes are great baits for fishing at or just under the surface.
Their darting and fluttering action is beautiful to look at.
To get the best action out of a fluke, it’s best to rig it either weightless or with a very light weight.
The natural movements of a fluke are what makes it so alluring to predators.
When you twitch it, it can go to the left or right. When it falls it can move completely erratically.
This is a topwater combination. Rig your fluke weightless with a Texas rigged hook.
I recommend a high quality spinning reel unless you have a baitcaster that can cast really light lures. I prefer Shimano reels. I wrote up a review on the best Shimano spinning reel. Be sure to check it out.
Once you cast, twitch the fluke in a walk the dog style.
This means give it light twitches from left to right and vice versa.
You can keep the rood tip pointed at the water while you do this.
The idea is to get the fluke twitching from side to side and the slowly falling in between twitches.
Whether you’ve been bass fishing for decades or you’re brand new to the sport, the Zoom Super Fluke is a bait for all ages and expertise levels. It’s a bait used by both professional fishermen in pursuit of millions of dollars and pond hoppers just looking for a bite.
The Fluke’s design makes it extremely effective while its simplicity makes it very versatile. To expound upon the versatility of the Zoom Super Fluke, here are five ways to rig it.
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Weightless Texas rig
This is the most common way a Zoom Salty Super Fluke is fished. You simply take a hook and run the point through the nose of the Fluke until the point emerges where the slit of the belly starts. Pull the nose of the Fluke up the hook shaft to cover the eye of the hook and then run the hook point up through the belly.
This rig works well with traditional worm hooks, extra wide gap (EWG) style hooks as well as straight shank hooks. With a straight shank hook, you will leave the hook point just below the surface of the bait’s back. With EWG and worm hooks you’ll want to run it all the way through and then skin hook the bait so the point isn’t exposed, thus making the bait weedless.
The bait is rigged weightless so that it can be fished along the surface which allows it to perfectly mimic a helpless or fleeing baitfish. It works really well with a fast twitch or a slower, wide swiping, side-to-side cadence. Allowing the bait to sink a foot or two is also really effective when the fish are reluctant to break the surface on a topwater bait.
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Double Fluke rig
If one Fluke is good, two Flukes are great, right? Schooling fish can be quite challenging to catch. There’s often a plethora of the real deal around so the bass have a lot to choose from and compare your offering to. If you’re having a hard time drawing a fish’s attention with one Fluke, adding a second will often do the trick.
This can be done with a three-way swivel, though that presents issues that an alternate way of rigging will solve. With the three-way swivel, you tie your mainline to one ring on the swivel and then two leaders of varying lengths to the others, each with a fluke on the end. Inevitably however, this leads to some pretty nasty line twists and, because the baits are stuck at a fixed distance from one another, you create a situation where a fish will likely pull off in a scenario where two bass eat the baits.
Instead it’s better to take two regular swivels, tie a Fluke and leader to each with varying lengths and then slide the swivel of the shorter leader up your mainline before tying the other swivel to your main line. Now, if two fish eat the baits then the fish have some opportunity to pull the baits away from each other without gaining leverage to pull off.
A scrounger is one of my favorite baits when building a category that best marries power fishing to finesse fishing. You have the subtleness of a Fluke paired with the aggressive vibration a ChatterBait all while giving yourself something different to target fish that would likely be accustomed to seeing lipless crankbaits, swimbaits and jerkbaits.
Rigging a scrounger is super easy, at first glance at least. Simply run a Fluke up onto the hook, right? Well yes, but… balance is extremely important when rigging and fishing a scrounger. If the Fluke is a little off center, it can cause the bait to swim to one side or even roll. The same will happen if the bill isn’t perfectly centered or if it’s bent. The fluke will also get pulled down on a scrounger. To prevent that, put a little glue on the shaft before sliding the bait up. And that’s not the only reason to keep super glue handy.
On most baits like this, the bills will rotate around the lead head. Adding a drop of super glue once you get the bill position dialed in will help it stay in place and, in the event it does move again, allow you to line the bill back up faster by bringing the two halves of the harden super glue back in line with one another. You can also take a marker and draw a small line from the bill to the lead head that you can line back up quickly if the bill moves.
To me, an underspin is like a finessy scrounger and a scrounger is like a power-fishy underspin. I’ll typically use a scrounger in slightly shallower, dingier water around more cover and use an underspin in clearer, deeper, open water. They both fish well on a mostly steady retrieve, but the underspin definitely offers up more versatility in the ways and depths at which you can fish it.
Where most scroungers spiral on a free fall, the blade of an underspin tucks in tight and allows the bait to fall fast and almost perfectly vertical. This allows an angler to fish deeper more effectively with an underspin. Pausing the bait on the retrieve and letting it fall suddenly into the face of a trailing fish is also very effective. Yo-yoing the bait continuously on the retrieve is another a great way to trigger strikes and the bait can even be dropped vertically on a suspended bass like a spoon.
There are numerous brands and sizes of baits like this. The best ones have a strong but light-wire hook and an effective way to secure the soft plastic without tearing it. A touch of super glue will again add a little insurance in that department. Just slide the Fluke on and you’re ready to go.
This a new way of rigging a Fluke for me that I’m not that experienced with but was quite intrigued by. I was recently introduced to this setup by Ben Adrien as he was using it to bat cleanup on a ledge. It’s again an effort to find the perfect middle ground between power and finesse while presenting a fish with something they’re not used to seeing.
A Fluke isn’t often found 15 feet deep, but the baitfish it’s made to imitate are certainly prevalent there. So Neko rigging a Fluke makes sense right away. By taking a nail weight and sliding it into the nose of the Fluke you ensure the bait will stay nose down and kick up a little mud on the bottom. Take a wacky tool and put an o-ring about a third of the way up from the nose of the bait and then skin hook the bait while running a whacky hook through the o-ring and there you have it. A Neko rig with a shad profile and something the fish aren’t used to seeing.
With a nice slow drag, the hook being positioned on the back of the bait will pull it forward while the weight in the Fluke’s nose keeps it down. Popping the bait will also create an enticing action as it imitates a dying baitfish struggling along the bottom.
Though we only outlined a handful of techniques here that a Fluke is perfect for, you can already see that it is extremely effective at catching bass from the surface to the bottom, in current and calm water and around schools of fish or suspended loaners. There likely isn’t a more diverse and effective bait and that’s why the Fluke has endeared itself to anglers for decades and instilled itself as a bass fishing staple forevermore.
Fluke rig bass
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