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Fluke Fishing

Dear Jim,

I have been fishing flukes for 2 years now. I have caught a lot of different species with various colors, but my hook up ratio is awful. I have found that hybrids are the only game fish that "hook themselves". I use wide gap 3/0 - 5/0 Owner hooks (the heavy hook sinks the fluke faster and noses the bait forward on the fall). My spinning reel is lined with 8 - 12lb P line, and a medium heavy rod with a fast tip. I don't seem to get the right action out of the fluke with a slower tipped rod.

How can I improve my hook up ratio?

thank you,

mark


Mark:

I expect you are trying to set the hook too quickly.

You will hook virtually every strike, IF you let them start to swim away with it first. DO NOT set the hook when the strike occurs. The fish will hold that lure and then start to swim away from the resistance he feels. Give to him until your arms and rod are fully outstretched towards the fish (just like when setting using a shiner). Then, when the line is fully tight, hit him hard. It also helps to use a non-stretch line, such as Fireline or Power Pro

Jim P.




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