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  1. Hey everyone, I’ve never used buck tails before, but after reading and watching John skinner, I’m Excited to go out and try. I’ve purchased a wide range of buck tails (.5oz to 1.5 oz) and otter tails. However, I noticed some “contradictions” in two of skinner’s videos with the book. From my understanding, when using buck tails you when to present the lure near the bottom to target fish. To do this, do you cast and then wait until you feel the “tick” indicating you’re at the bottom then slowly retrieve? Or do you do a slow retrieve as soon as the buck tail hits the water? From what I’ve read, in shallower waters (5 ft and less), you should begin reeling immediately since your lure is always going to be in the strike zone. However, I’m confused on what to do for areas greater than 5 ft and may have rocky bottoms. If I wait until it hits the bottom, then the lure will most likely get stuck. Any help would be greatly appreciated since I’m a little confused right now. I hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
  2. Hello SOL, this is my first posted question. I recently purchased a 710z which I absolutely love. As per my reading of SOL I've spooled it with Fireline Original. It's working great and I'm stoked. However when watching one of the incredible Mr. John Skinner's videos on bucktailing he was giving many reasons why it's imperative to use braid (lack of stretch, more action on bucktail, abrasion resistance) The Fireline seems like it doesn't stretch like mono and I'm assuming it would be fine but wanted to ask the opinion of the more experienced. Thanks so much. I've learned so much reading this site.
  3. I know it's not fluke season for most of us, but I just posted one of my best underwater videos. Two of the fluke actually eat the camera in this one. Enjoy.
  4. I caught plenty of action on this one. Lots of fun watching what's going on down there, and how stripers can be plentiful and just ignoring your offerings.
  5. I'm new to using lures and plugs for stripers. As recommended by many on this site in response to earlier posts I read Skinner's book on bucktails and Zeno's book on Surfcasting with Lures. As a lifetime fly fisherman, I am fascinated with learning bucktails. I've sort of figured out using the right weight bucktail in heavy or lighter surf to avoid being on the bottom. My problem is as I get lower into the water column, I get hung up on seaweed and constantly on this stuff a local guy called "muck". Kind of brown, spindly looking growth that seems like its everywhere. I finally pulled off my TA clips to avoid some of the mess but still can't seem to reel a bucktail more than two reel turns before encountering muck. I have caught fish (most in SOCO Rhode Island) but I have to believe this crap is severly hampering my presentation. Any thoughts or recommendations? should I just go to surface plus and tins and hope for the best? Maybe just look for a nice, bucolic, New England trout stream. any feedback is appreciated, thanks
  6. Was just trying to get a couple of keepers when this 27-incher hit my Gulp shrimp on the beach lip. The wash had lots of sand fleas and almost all of my hits were in tight. A nice summer option when the surf isn't too big.
  7. This was a blast jigging up nice fluke in the 80-85-ft water with the relatively light jigging rod and a 3-ounce bucktail. It was the perfect day for it.
  8. After watching underwater videos of bucktailing, bait strips, and killie on a floating jig head and seeing the fluke follow all of these for long distances, the killie on a plain hook view is interesting because there was no following - they just ate it and fast. That said, the killies didn't attract fish like other offerings. In fact when I switched from the killie on a fluke candy teaser to the plain hook, my action dropped right off. Out of all of these methods, nothing has come close to the productivity of the bucktail and teaser both tipped with Gulp. Through all of these videos I'm bucktailing and getting way more action on the bucktail rod. This is consistent with the comparisons we did fishing when Gulp first came out and I was still skeptical about it.
  9. After watching the underwater strip bait video that I did a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to see how fluke react to live killies. Some more fun underwater action. Enjoy.
  10. This was recorded in Long Island Sound on Friday. What amazed me most is the speed and violence with which they strike the bait strips. I wasn't surprised that they prefer the bucktail and Gulp combo over the meat, but it was interesting to watch them pass on one to go after the other. This is the first time I've been able to get both the bucktail and meat in the same video frame. Enjoy.
  11. Here's an uninterrupted and unedited 18-minute fluke drift where I was trying out a Tsunami Glass Minnow teaser. You can definitely do just fine with a Gulp grub on a bare hook for a fluke teaser, but I have to admit the Tsunami teaser worked real well and seemed to stretch the life of the Gulp. The hook is excellent. I really thought the shank was a little short, but that just meant there was no room to pull the grub (4-inch swimming mullet) down. I thought the fish hooked easier too. I swung 22 times, hooked 21, landed 20 on this drift. 15/20 were on the teaser. I used the same two gulp grubs for the entire drift and then some. The fluke by me are moving like crazy this year. The spot where the drift was recorded was devoid of life a few days later. Areas that had nothing when this drift was recorded have the bait and fish now.
  12. This trip started out looking like a loser with just some small fluke caught along the sandbar edges I started on. When I made a move to darker colored mud bottom, a got into a nice bite of better fluke that were spitting up small crabs. The Gulp Shrimp worked great on these fish. I should have switched to casting a little sooner when the current slowed because I was into an instant fast-paced bite when I did switch.
  13. The drift was slow on the beginning of this trip with no wind so I started off casting and never went back. A fun change of pace casting up onto the bars. This was a few days ago (7/30).
  14. Last season when we didn't have sandeels in the areas where I fluke fish I noticed that the fluke that I cleaned often had small crabs and/or shrimp in their stomachs. This was particularly true in some of the muddier areas of shinnecock and moriches bays. I had some gulp shrimp that worked well in Florida, so I decided to try them for fluke, and they worked great. I normally use the 4-inch swimming mullets. Early this season in Long Island Sound we were again without sandeels, so I started fishing the shrimp again. On the trip in this video I did find sandeels, but left the shrimp on. My daughter and I had a blast on the fish, and a large percentage took the shrimp. They're very durable, because there's nothing to tear. They do slide up the line with a fish, but I just slide them back in position and rehook them. They're in the boat and yak to stay now. The trip is broken into two videos that are longer and less edited than usual, partly because a couple of people had asked me to expand on finding fluke, so I tried to do that. I also think less edited gives a better feel for what was going on. This was a fun trip a few days after my daughter's college graduation. Enjoy. Part 1 - Finding Fish Part 2 - Limiting out