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#16 Plug

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Posted June 16 2010 - 02:14 PM


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Sometimes I'm a little too slow and the lure just floats in the current.





Not necessarily a bad thing.
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Posted June 16 2010 - 03:53 PM

Bonz, I had the same problem as you. If you put in the time, have patience and are willing to experiment with different retrieval techniques you will figure it out. Like everyone else has said SLOW is the key. That being said how SLOW you retrieve will depend on a variety of factors to include type of reel you use, the current where you are fishing, and what the fishing are actually hitting on. Every model reel has a different line retrieval rate so no one can give you an exact # of turns per second and even if you told them what type of reel you are using the retrieval rate would still change based on the current and how active the fish are. The size of the bomber can make a difference as. I initially started out with the 17A's and had absolutely no luck! Everyone told me bombers where great fish producers and I didn't see it. Just as I was getting ready to give up I tried the 16A's and what do you know I started to have some success. I am know a firm believer in always having a few bombers in my bag. As for color, stick with the basics black, yellow and school bus. Hope this helps. Lastly and most importantly, make sure your are fishing where the bait is. It will not matter how fast/slow your retrieve if the fish aren't there. My recommendation is next time you find yourself in some fish put that lure you were using back in your bag, take out that bomber and start experimenting. You know the fish are there so it's just a matter of time before you figure out what retrieval technique works for you. Hope this helps.
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Posted June 16 2010 - 03:58 PM

I also find that when fishing bombers and similar lures that an appropriate sized/action rod helps. Some are too heavy/stiff to allow one to have a good feel of the action of the lure at the end of the line. With my "lighter" rods, I can accurately feel when the lure digs in or begins to wobble all so gently.
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Posted June 16 2010 - 04:14 PM

A black bomber is my new favorite plug. Long A 16A fished on a slow retrieve at night. I went out Friday night and Sunday night for the high tides and caught I think 8 stripers. Definetly go slow.

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Posted June 16 2010 - 06:10 PM


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Thanks for the advice, Ledge. I've always struggled with how slow is slow. Sometimes I'm a little too slow and the lure just floats in the current.

Question about those nasty cross currents or sweeps as we often see in NJ. If you've got a strong left to right, you gotta cast to the left, correct? Which means you need to reel faster to account for the speed of the water.





Yes. Exactly. That might be a time to also try the retrieve suggested by Jig Man which would immitate a baitfish struggling, then resting, in the current.

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Posted June 16 2010 - 06:11 PM

I'll just add that fishing bombers in warm shallow flats in early spring on light tackle is about as fun as it gets. Stripers fight like hell in the shallows. In contrast a bomber would not be my go to when approaching a deep water rip

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Posted June 16 2010 - 06:25 PM

Don't know about stripers, but snook love a reel and twitch retrieve. Chartreuse /silver and baby striper are killer colors.

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Posted June 16 2010 - 06:43 PM


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In contrast a bomber would not be my go to when approaching a deep water rip




Maybe not a first out of the bag, but they can be deadly fished on the "seams" and at the edge of back eddys of deep water rips. Think about where Mullet or Bunker etc are found at night in the fall - closer to the surface. IMHO

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Posted June 16 2010 - 09:20 PM

Thanks for all the advice guys. I was working the lure slow, but it sounds like I was reeling too slow. This is a sub-surface swimmer, correct? I have basically been fishing them in stagnant water and have kept them floating on the surface. It appears that I have to speed up my retrieve to get them down below the waterline. I stopped at a B and T in Rocky Point and they told me add a teaser to the lure. How far in front of the lure do I tie the teaser? The Bombers I have are the A-Salt 16A.

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Posted June 16 2010 - 09:24 PM


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Maybe not a first out of the bag, but they can be deadly fished on the "seams" and at the edge of back eddys of deep water rips. Think about where Mullet or Bunker etc are found at night in the fall - closer to the surface. IMHO





interesting insight. thanks emgred

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Posted June 16 2010 - 09:33 PM


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I initially started out with the 17A's and had absolutely no luck! Everyone told me bombers where great fish producers and I didn't see it. Just as I was getting ready to give up I tried the 16A's and what do you know I started to have some success.




Have other members experienced this, too?

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Posted June 16 2010 - 10:30 PM

1. Throw bomber into rip.
2. Let the current impart action to the lure without reeling in. Let it drum and swing in the current for as long as possible.
3. Hold on.

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Posted June 16 2010 - 10:57 PM

is the "bomber lure" a specific lure or just the brand?

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Posted June 17 2010 - 10:02 AM


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is the "bomber lure" a specific lure or just the brand?




Bomber, as discussed here, is a brand name for a plastic minnow type swimmer aka jerk bait. Bombers do have a different action than other lures that look very similar.

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Posted June 17 2010 - 10:11 AM


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Thanks for all the advice guys. I was working the lure slow, but it sounds like I was reeling too slow. This is a sub-surface swimmer, correct? I have basically been fishing them in stagnant water and have kept them floating on the surface. It appears that I have to speed up my retrieve to get them down below the waterline. I stopped at a B and T in Rocky Point and they told me add a teaser to the lure. How far in front of the lure do I tie the teaser? The Bombers I have are the A-Salt 16A.







I tie a teaser roughly 28" to 34" in front of the main lure. I keep my teasers short (5") to make them easy to handle and have less tangles.
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