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Getting Back To Fishing - Artificials what do you use? & How

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I'm about 90% pop'n corks and jigs or bare hooks when i fish the backcountry and have had some good success.

 

Recently, when fishing I was side by side with a buddy....he was doing the live shrimp and I was using some gulp swimming mullet under a pop'n cork....we were both hitting reds along a bank we were fishing...

 

So far, I have some gulp swimming mullet, some voodoo shrimp (they work well), and just bought some Zman shrimp to try after seeing a recent episode on Flatsclass - ok, i'm a sucker TV fishing shows  stuff they show.....

 

So, All you arti-experts........

 

WHAT ARE YA THROWING??? AND HOW???

 

DC

 

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Depends on water clarity. I have a couple "go-to's" for soft plastics and dirty water. I prefer murkier water too so...

Saltwater assassins- Chicken on a Chain

Gulp- White shrimp with chartreuse tail

Both with Z-Man Trout Eye 1/4oz jig head

Clean Water I use SaltWater Assassins Opening Night

 

every now and again I'll Texas Rig with a 1/8oz bullet weight and a gulp shrimp

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Unweighted jerk baits 5 to 7 inch.

Top Water plugs. Nothing beats the strike on top water. Skitterwalks The Spook and Top Dogs

But, I will still take 500 pilchards and hand you your hat.:D

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🔝

This .

If I have to go arti ...

It's Gulp n jig.

Have caught every species in the water on that .

Oh ... I'm lazy so , a chunk of ladyfish , in the rod holder is my go to . 

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Lots of options on this subject....everybody fishes differently but still we all catch fish...after many years I have simplified a few things for myself.....

Trout / Redfsh / Flounder: 

Top water at daylight or overcast:  Zara Spook Jr. ....red head / silver or white body

screwtails : DOA " Copper Crush " or DOA " Arkansas glow" on 1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head depending on current or depth

paddletails: DOA "Copper crush" "Fiji chicken" or Slayer Lures " buttery nipple" .....1/8 or 1/4 oz jig head depending on current or depth

Tripletail : 

on crab pots or range markers....Paradise Popper (popping cork) with 12" to 36" leader / Mustad 5/0 needle power lock hook in 1/32oz with DOA 5" or 7" jerk bait in " copper crush" " glow" or DOA Airhead in "hologram silver. "  also have used to DOA SnaKoil in  " avacado red" ( yes this is a freshwater bait but the tripletail don't know it 😀 )

Artificial baits **** bottom line : they all work, every brand, you must have confidence in artificial to be successful with them. I have bought a thousand different types over the years and have finally narrowed it down to what I like for certain situations...also..my tackle bag no longer weighs 50 lbs !  I keep it simple....JJ

the catch below was at daylight yesterday morning.... Zara Spook Jr until sun got up hot, then screwtails. It wasn't a boat load, but after two weeks of hurricane cleanup, very dirty water...I was happy to get a chance to fish for a couple of hours.

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"Match the hatch" so to speak for the type of fish you are seeking and pay attention to water color. In reality in most large tackle shops the lures, rigs and jigs catch more fisherman then fish! But no mater what you can never go wrong while live baiting.

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I rarely use bait, and rotate between 3 artificial baits: white or green gulp jerkbait on either jighead or 3/16 oz swimbait hook, gold spoon, and 3 inch gulp shrimp white with chartreuse tail (my favorite redfish sight fishing bait). 

I throw some topwater but we have had so much floating grass lately it's been tougher, and quite honestly the fishing is pretty poor right now. 

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When I have friends or family come down and wanna catch, hook anyway, tarpon I use a 7" Hogy with a 7/0-9/0 circle hook through the nose. Looks absolutely ridiculous but the tarpon crush them. 

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I mainly sight fish in very shallow water so use Gulp about 95% of the time - Gulp shrimp in Natural or New Penny or Gulp Jerk Shad in white/chartreuse on a 1/16 oz or 1/8 oz Flutter hook, rigged weedless. I also will break out the baitcaster and throw Top Dogs or Top Pups in deeper water when the sun is low.

I haven't bought live shrimp in at least 5 years - not that I have anything against live bait, but where I fish most of the shrimp are destroyed quickly by pinfish or catfish. Few survive to find a redfish or trout. Most guides in our area stake out and soak cut bait or finger mullet.

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17 minutes ago, RobVan said:

Most guides in our area stake out and soak cut bait or finger mullet.

My favorite lazy man fishing...usually always brings home the slots :)

 

dc

 

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Assuming your asking about targeting reds and trout.

If I am sight casting fish I use a soft plastic. If I am working an area and not sight casting, I'll use top water, suspending twitch baits and lip plugs. My favorite hands down is top water. I never use a popping cork.  

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The Chernobyl Shrimp for reds and triple tail and craft fur glass minnow for snook. Opps, wrong section for flies. 😄😄😄😄

dh

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17 hours ago, Donh said:

The Chernobyl Shrimp for reds and triple tail and craft fur glass minnow for snook. Opps, wrong section for flies. 😄😄😄😄

dh

 

hmmmmmmm......

 

dc

 

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Snook, redfish, trout love this pilchard replica. Yozuri. Also love to toss white bucktail tipped with fresh shrimp. Catches everything.(does that count as arti?) 

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3 hours ago, Fishtails said:

Also love to toss white bucktail tipped with fresh shrimp. Catches everything.(does that count as arti?) 

With a spray of gulp juice.....heck yeaaaaahhhhh !!!

dc

 

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14 hours ago, Fishtails said:

Snook, redfish, trout love this pilchard replica. Yozuri. Also love to toss white bucktail tipped with fresh shrimp. Catches everything.(does that count as arti?) 

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Ok I gotta find this one....it might led to more of these

 

 

it it might lead to more of these 

 

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Or more of these

 

 

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I try to stay away from using a popping cork and gulp simply because it reminds me of bream fishing as a kid. Just sitting around waiting on a cork to go under. Lol I use a lot of top water lures and poppers so get the excitement and rush of the fish crushing it. Get a lot of misses but even the missed ones are a thrill. I like any  lure I can "walk the dog" with in two colors depending on water clarity. Clear I go with white or bone and dirty I like a black body and orange belly. Another lure I always use is  Cotton Cordell rattling Redfin in black and orange or crome. It's a subsurface lure I've caught a lot of reds on. While I'm up front tossing lures my girlfriend is in the back of the boat with a new penny under a cork killing me on reds most of the time! 😂 So go figure 

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Sunrise:  top water. Concave face that pops or Skitterwalk.

always have a light jig head with 3-4" paddletail (color depends on water color).  Sometimes 5" jerk bait on light weight hook.  Mirrodine mini.   All the stuff in my tackle box and basically these 4 lures I use 90% of time

shrimp pattern fly and .this time of year when Reds are nose in the mud, I tie a stupid looking black/brown piece of yarn that kinda looks like a worm and let it sink.  

If i "must" catch, chunk or live bait...but that's rare in my world (it is however the guides go to so their clients catch).

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