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Apple Panic 07-01-2016 06:03 PM

Fluke - when to set the hook
 
This question is for jigging on a party boat.

For years, I have been delaying setting the hook when the bite is weak thinking that the fish is just playing with the end of my bait and hasn't swallowed it yet.

After watching some of the incredible underwater video of John Skinner on youtube, I think I am going to change my mind and will try to set the hook as soon as I feel anything. If I miss, the fish will come back according to the videos.

What do you guys do when the bite is only a slight tug or just weak?

SaltLife1980 07-01-2016 08:25 PM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
I set the hook like there is no tomorrow every time no mater the type of hit. These fish will chase your bait so if you miss once they come back

tjd24 07-03-2016 12:53 PM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
When I'm jigging fluke, I try to cross their eyes whenever I feel a bump. If you miss and keep jigging, they do tend to follow and strike again

Apple Panic 07-03-2016 10:16 PM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
Thanks guys for the info. I will try that and report back on the result.

SaltLife1980 07-05-2016 08:54 PM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Apple Panic (Post 452614)
Thanks guys for the info. I will try that and report back on the result.

Hope you get em!

Apple Panic 07-06-2016 12:32 PM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
Ok, here is my report. I was on a non-sponsor boat out of AH on 7/4 with my son for a 1/2 day trip in the morning.

The first hour or so, we had a really good drifting condition as it was light wind with the tide. You had to catch something in that hour or otherwise there was a good chance you went home with nothing.

My setup was a 2 oz bucktail with spearing with a gulp minnow on a trailer hook. It was what the fish wanted I guess as I was bringing up one fish after another when no one else seemed to be doing anything.

I was trying to set the hook as soon as there was a slight hint of a bite. I would say half the time, the fish came back for the bait and the other half, they did not even though the bait were still there. So, my result is kind of mixed.

I ended up with 2 keepers and 2 robins while my son just had shorts (about a half a dozen). He was dragging bait though.

Gerry Zagorski 07-13-2016 10:25 AM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
In general, Fluking definitely works better when you have your rod in your hand working your bait and detecting strikes or sometime just a little extra weight. However, there have been days where a dead stick and not setting the hook works best.... A few weeks back we were bucktailing and that was the case...If you held your rod and tried to set the hook, no fish. If you put it in the rod holder and let it practically bend over you hooked up.

Every day is different.

One thing has been very consistent over the years bucktailing and that is to make sure you tip your hook with a spearing or something. Time and time again you get a hit and once the spearing is gone no hits until until you put another spearing on.

Apple Panic 07-16-2016 01:42 AM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gerry Zagorski (Post 453871)
In general, Fluking definitely works better when you have your rod in your hand working your bait and detecting strikes or sometime just a little extra weight. However, there have been days where a dead stick and not setting the hook works best.... A few weeks back we were bucktailing and that was the case...If you held your rod and tried to set the hook, no fish. If you put it in the rod holder and let it practically bend over you hooked up.

Every day is different.

One thing has been very consistent over the years bucktailing and that is to make sure you tip your hook with a spearing or something. Time and time again you get a hit and once the spearing is gone no hits until until you put another spearing on.

Thanks Jerry for the really interesting info. WHo would have thought that dead sticking could work better than jigging :eek::eek:

One question about the spearing. If you are using a high low setup, would the spearing go on the heavier bottom bucktail or both?

Gerry Zagorski 07-16-2016 12:51 PM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
Definately on the upper/teaser hook with the gulp since that is what most of the fish will hit. Does not hurt to tip the bucktail as well.

PeteyHD 07-22-2016 10:41 AM

Re: Fluke - when to set the hook
 
Set that hook like it's your job! Fluke are very aggressive and will chase the bait if you miss on the first few swings.


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