NJTramcar

Let's talk Sluggos

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Used rigged 9" sluggo first time.

 

It was night and water was pretty calm.  I was out back.

 

I cast out and slowly retrieved with a little twitch.

 

I caught one fat blue but that was it.  Only one out of three guys that caught.

 

What are:

 

1. The proper conditions for a sluggo

2. The proper retrieve when fishing one.

 

Thanks.

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3 mins ago, NJTramcar said:

Used rigged 9" sluggo first time.

 

It was night and water was pretty calm.  I was out back.

 

I cast out and slowly retrieved with a little twitch.

 

I caught one fat blue but that was it.  Only one out of three guys that caught.

 

What are:

 

1. The proper conditions for a sluggo Any time boofish aren't around to destroy them.

2. The proper retrieve when fishing one. Whatever works, there is NO WRONG WAY to fish them. I've caught stripers (and other fish) on herky jerky retrieves, slow steady retrieves, and no retrieve at all.

 

Thanks.

 

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Probably any conditions.

It's all in how you rig it for that given situation.

You can research it .....there's many many ways to rig that bait.

I recommend learning how to pour your own too.

 

 

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If you can get a sluggo right in front of the fish, you have a good chance of catching it. I wish they put more bass attractant in them, and reduced the amount of bluefish juice. It's really hard to get a hard lure down where you can bounce a sluggo on a jighead.

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Save all those stubs in gallon zip bag then remelt them for another series of fish.   

Kaching!!!!!  Save $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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I know I got lucky catching one.  As I said,  I was only one to catch. 

 

These are good suggestions so I can catch another. 

 

Are these more of a fall lure or anytime?

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I used Steve McKennas technique with the weights in the body of a 9" sluggo fished with a stiff 9ftr. while constantly giving the rod short rapid jerks in fast moving water, it works....

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Guys not an expert for sure , but many hours fishing the surf. Glad this thread was initiated.......I have had great success when no one else was catching and not much going on and just started fishing a lead head,  much like a gags  with a 6" - 7" rubber tail on the bottom and fishing it like I was working a pencil popper. Just jigging it making it look like a wiggling eel or whatever........has worked many times and I continue this technique to this day with success. Just another opinion......tight lines.

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1 hour ago, chitala383 said:

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There, that should do it.

I would say the 9” rigged and weighted Sluggo ( with two 7/0 Gamaksku hooks and four 3/32 oz. Lunker city insert weights) can be fished in many surf situations. I think the only conditions which it doesn’t work well is when the water is deep and fast moving like you would find in many of the inlets along the coast. In those cases a lot of surf guys put the Sluggo on a lead headed jig which allows the rubber bait to get  down in the strike zone. The other situation where I would use something else instead of a Sluggo would be in extremely rough surf like on a beach or reef when rolling surf makes it impossible to fish anything but a bucktail . Other than those specific surf locations/conditions,  the rigged and weighted Sluggo can be fished successfully in most spots you will encounter.
- I prefer to fish the rigged Sluggo with a moderately fast retrieve. I cast out and let the lure settle and sink a bit then I start retrieving while sweeping the rod with short jerks . I continue that action throughout the retrieve but halfway back on the retrieve I lay the rod down to my side parallel to the water while continuing to pump the rod in short jerks. This keeps the lure subsurface throughout the retrieve. This is just one way to retrieve this lure. I’m sure other guys have different retrieves that work for them. I think it’s a matter of spending time on the water fishing this incredible striper lure. 

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