Viewer Question: “I saw your Field Test Review in my monthly On The Water Magazine. What size/style Viper Spoons do you recommend for Fluking in Long Island waters? What type of rigging is needed with these spoons for deep water fluke? And finally, what is the weight of these spoons? Thanks, Jim”
If I had to choose one size Viper Spoon, it would be size SP4. My favorite colors for Fluke/Flounder are Silver, Gold, or Bleeding Pearl Chartreuse. Although the beaded model will work great, because Fluke and Flounder love bucktail, I would prefer the bucktail model.
How to Rig It
This size SP4 Viper will accommodate a whole 8-10 inch squid or a cut-bait strip up to say 12 inches long.
All the other sizes of Viper Spoons will also work, but again, I prefer the size SP4. (My next choice would be a tossup between the SP5 & SP3 sizes)
The Viper Spoon is a light thin flutter spoon which will provide great action even at very slow drift speeds. This is a huge advantage for taking fluke.
In our experience with fluke, we know that they are not afraid to take large slow moving baits which results in catching larger fish.
The basic set-up to catch fluke with Vipers is with the use of a 3-way swivel and sinker.
To your 3-way, tie a 2 foot long drop line down to a sinker (sinkers can be anywhere from 3 to 16 oz - generally the deeper the water, the heavier the sinker).
Next, tie a 24 to 30 inch long leader line from your swivel to a snap that attaches your Viper. And finally, tie the line from the rod to the remaining eye of the swivel. Your set-up is complete.
What to Use
To begin fishing using squid for example, you would begin by impaling the tail end of the squid to the hook closest to the spoon then impale the remaining hooks along the length of the squid. Your bait should be nicely streamlined for great action of the Viper.
With your motor off, you will probably have enough drift speed to operate the Viper (no need to troll).
Test the action by dropping the Viper under 1 foot of water. If the viper has a nice rocking motion then your drift speed is good and you can send the rig down to the bottom.
Keep the sinker in constant contact with bottom and try to keep your line as vertical as possible to allow the Viper not to drag bottom.
Watch the rod tip for subtle bites as they could be large fish.
Fluke are attracted to the flash of the spoon and the overall action of the spoon/bait combination from a distance away and will hone in to investigate. As it gets closer to the spoon it will attack the trailing bait.
Hope this answers your questions Jim and thanks for writing.
We also have a video on this matter: Video Rig for Fluke and Flounder
Good fishing! Claudio.