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Salem Shootout - Tube'N'worm

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Excellent. So your rod tip is down in the hooksetting position, and you're moving the bait/tracing bottom with your reel. You're in contact with the bait and mindful of how current and contour changes is acting upon the lure. I know exactly what you mean when you say there's enough action in a straight tail plastic to elicit strikes...it's a subtle bait but there's a lot of secondary movement to the tail/body, esp if you go light on the jighead/weighted hook. You don't need a paddle tail to create action.  

 

I find it very difficult to twitch big soft plastics efficiently in the kayak, even with what's considered UL in saltwater (5.5oz rod, 200 sized baitcaster), the slack line twitching is just awkward as hell from a seated position. I'm going to slow things down significantly...if it catches fish and saves my wrists it's win-win. Thanks for the breakdown! 

 

1 hour ago, The Riddler said:

There isn’t one way to fish plastics. With that being said my rod tip is down.   As soon as you have a hit set it.  Sometimes you have to be fast. I will use the rod and move the reel handle to set.  The reel handle technique I learned from Slappy.  It works!

 

If I am fishing at night I do not like to twitch the rod to work the bait.  it can be a hard habit to break especially early season.  How I get corrected is others are catching and I am not!  Its time to slow things down. Sometimes you can get aggressive, stop and pause, splash some water even but you can’t go wrong with no rod tip movment and just enough jig weight to swim it along the bottom.  Its like working a needle sometimes.  Doing nothing other than moving it along works.

 

 All my baits are straight bodies like the hogy baits. Believe me there is just enough action on the bait to get bass attention by just swimming it along picking your rod tip up and down too, to go along the contour especially if Bass are glued to the bottom scrounging for crabs and lobsters.

Things change too.  Even with the amount of bunker around in my area we can still get bass to feed  at night. They just seem to be up in the top of the water column and can’t get a fix on the bunker at night but will shadow the bait. Up here in Boston and points north season long bunker is new to us. Sometimes it kills the night bite but  lately it hasn't there is still bass wanting to eat the rubber which is a good thing for me. 

 

I will say it again and this is probably the last time I will say it....take a standard fish finder and throw it out the window.  If you are a jigger, side imaging  sonar is where its at!

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1 hour ago, GeoffT said:

Ka-ching! 

He'll have a gold grill on it before he's done. Maybe some painted flames along the side. White wall Wheelez on a Mullet Miller conversion cart. Custom machined billet Heineken holder, YOLO.

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1 hour ago, buddha162 said:

Excellent. So your rod tip is down in the hooksetting position, and you're moving the bait/tracing bottom with your reel. You're in contact with the bait and mindful of how current and contour changes is acting upon the lure. I know exactly what you mean when you say there's enough action in a straight tail plastic to elicit strikes...it's a subtle bait but there's a lot of secondary movement to the tail/body, esp if you go light on the jighead/weighted hook. You don't need a paddle tail to create action.  

 

I find it very difficult to twitch big soft plastics efficiently in the kayak, even with what's considered UL in saltwater (5.5oz rod, 200 sized baitcaster), the slack line twitching is just awkward as hell from a seated position. I'm going to slow things down significantly...if it catches fish and saves my wrists it's win-win. Thanks for the breakdown! 

 

Just keep it simple, basic and uncomplicated. I think kayak anglers have certain folks up on pedestals like they are doing something special out there. Trust me even those folks laugh at it.  If you put in your time and have a few tools you can catch the same fish too.

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2 hours ago, The Riddler said:

Just keep it simple, basic and uncomplicated. I think kayak anglers have certain folks up on pedestals like they are doing something special out there. Trust me even those folks laugh at it.  If you put in your time and have a few tools you can catch the same fish too.

 

Haha that was apropos nothing, but I agree! I don't fish for bass much but I'm always interested in tactics. There are an untold number of ways to retrieve a jig, any of which can work under certain conditions. Thanks for sharing. 

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