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2 Ways to Better Fluke Fishing - Part 1 of 2

Hello folks, I’ve been fishing for fluke for years and I absolutely love it. I’ve jigged with bucktails and have also dragged the bottom with cut-bait to catch them. Both methods work quite well. Caught some nice doormats through the years…. great memories.

If you’ve tasted fluke, you’ll agree that they are very delicious. Their fillets are beautiful, whitish in color and totally bone free. These points contribute to the popularity of this fish. Even the big ones taste great as their flesh is very lean.

Their fighting qualities though, I would rate as poor…. a few tugs here and there…. a few head shakes….that’s about it.

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But personally, I don’t care about their fighting abilities in this case. I just picture a platter of baked fillets lightly seasoned and cooked to perfection.

When we at Thundermist developed the Viper Spoon, we designed it keeping fluke in mind. We found that rigging it on 3-way bottom bouncing set-up either drifted or slow trolled, worked the best regarding catching more fish and putting more keepers in the boat.

We also found that this method out-produced bucktail jigging and bait-dragging when we tried all 3 methods simultaneously. The bait-dragging method sometimes had its downside when the cut-bait would make contact with bottom often collecting weeds or becoming dirty with mud. When this happens, the result would be fewer hits in my opinion.

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We found that the action produced by the Viper Spoon rigged with a whole squid is too irresistible to be passed up by fluke.

This discovery would bring us to the conclusion that we would definitely stick with the 3-way bottom bouncing method using the Viper/squid combination as our primary way to catch fluke….hands down….without question.

A properly rigged 3-way set-up along with a boat speed of approximately 1 mph either drifted or trolled should allow the Viper Spoon to flutter about a foot or so off bottom – in plain sight to be spotted by a hungry fluke.

The slow, steady speed of the Viper Spoon traveling basically parallel with the bottom makes it an easy catch for the fluke to take the offering.

All is good except there is a part of the 3-way fishing that I didn’t like. The problem was that my leader line kept wrapping around my sinker line every time I was ready to fish. Could it be that the tension given by the weight of the sinker caused the 3-way to spin, which in turn, wraps the line? The fact that the sinker also spins around probably doesn’t help matters either.

But, I can tell you what I did to solve this hard problem: and I’ll do that next week in Part 2.

Until then, good fishin’
Claudio




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