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I've been selling flukes for a few years.  They work well.  They catch fish.

I know that some folks don't feel they last long enough.  I guess some people want to catch a limit of aggressive stripers on one $0.40 plastic.  [smile]

I am going to start adding bubble bellies to my web site.  I've used these for years on the coast catching red fish, speckled trout, and sand trout. 

They work on stripers as well.

These are solid bodies.  No split such as the flukes have.

I'm only going to offer the colors I use:  glow w/chartreuse tail, electric chicken, and white/black ice. bubble1.JPG 


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These look very good, how long are they??
Larry

I will put those to a test on Tawakoni & Cedar Creek

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They are 5 inches long.

Here are some I've put on modified bucktail jig heads.  I'm giving them a shot tomorrow.  Another R  & D trip write off.  [smile]

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Those really look great.
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I still haven't gone out.  The winds discouraged me this past week end and today I'm working on the web site, drinking hot coffee and keeping the wood stove hot. [smile]
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Wish you'd get out there and test. Interested how the solid tail comares to split for dead sticking.
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Bandit, ain't no anchor tied to your butt! You can test too. [smile] I got a clean bill today, so I may test next week.........if it warms up. [wink]
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I'll be out soon......  [smile]

Kahuna will be out when it hits 70 again.  Wussie....

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I resemble that remark!
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I need some of those jig heads! Where can I get them?
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Really? Click on Reaxtion lures!
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Wish you'd get out there and test. Interested how the solid tail compare's to split for dead sticking.                 

Earlier this year we really got into some fish and I did some testing with flukes, I hooked them backwards and through the middle, they caught just as many fish, I was almost out of them and I cut down some sassy shads and took the paddle tail off to a solid tail, trimmed the belly off and they worked great as well, all the same color tested. White Ice.
I do believe unless its a fish every drop bite the color does make a difference though, the last 2 days for me the white ice and my guests the shad color worked very well, I like the ice color the best I admit. Size also is a factor, I personally like the 5 & 3 inch sizes.
I also cast flukes a lot and do well with them, this particular day I caught more on flukes casted than my guests did on sassys.
99% of the ones I use are split tail. 5"

The flukes and jig heads that AX posted look so good I would hate to loose one! I have tested lots of jig heads and flukes in the last few years but I have to say Ax's look better than any I have seen. I will get some and try them when I can, also try casting them.
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Dead sticking the other day.

Electric chicken bubble belly tore 'em up.

Had a couple of hits on white ice and caught a few on bubble gum flukes.

Guess they wanted a little pink.  [smile]


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All this week for me the white & pink ice were the best flukes, today a guest gave me a hot pink one and it did work too., I tried some 3" but they did not work as well as the 5" for me. A guide friend only uses chartruse and does well. 99% of mine are white ice used with a 1-1/2 or 2 oz jig head. I have learned that a mono leader to the jig head works better than straight braid.
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Larry, I agree.  With dead sticking I think clear mono at the lure is essential.

I've been having best luck on white ice and anything with pink in it.

Getting ready to hit the lake now.  [smile]

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Do they make a pink color dip? If so I want some.
I get kidded a lot about always catching fish on the white ice, guests ask what did you catch that on? I tell them white ice fluke, the kidding comes from that's about all I use!
I have tested it and learned the hard way on using mono to the jig head, it does work much better. The best I have used is clear mono to a barrel swivel to braid.

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I just found pink dip in the Bass Pro Catalog! I will have some today.
White ice with pink tail should be it.

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Hey Ax. Got your package yesterday. Everything looks great. 
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Hey Ax. Got your package yesterday. Everything looks great. 


Excellent!!  Send me some pics of BIG FISH.  [smile]

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Tomorrow's trip I am going to try the white ice flukes dipped in the hot pink sented dip, they look great and anything with pink seems to be very good. I do have some 2oz pink jig heads, that's a possibility also. Have you ever tried them?
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Yes.  I have a good many dead heads that I have painted pink and white.  I don't have them on the web site.  Maybe I should.

A pink and white head with either a pink or white ice plastic looks too good!!!!  If I was a fish, I'd bite it!!!

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I also make dead sticking heads up to 2.5 ounces that I use for myself.  I guess I should put those on the web site.

There is a lot of manual labor to those big ones as I have to reduce the area around the barb by hand (so that it won't split the plastic).

They work great but would probably be too expensive and folks wouldn't buy 'em.

I ain't a big enough operation to have new molds made.  The molds would run $400 to $600 each.

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I have a friend here who makes them in 2oz, I usually can get lead and it works good for both of us. One windy day I used 2-2oz in tandem, that should have told me it was waaaaay toooo windy!!! Today it would have taken a brick or 2!
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Yes...when we started out , I had 2, two ounce heads on and a trailer hook on the bottom head.

Still wasn't enough to stay vertical.....  [frown]

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Two pink? Guess that could be a double bubble rig. Royalty fee may be sent to........
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I usually fish tandem rigs, one white ice and the other pink ice with about 2' between them. 1-1/2 to 2 oz on the bottom and a smaller one above it or just a plain 3/0 hook with fluke. White-neon yellow/chartruse  jig heads.
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I never used the term "double bubble".  I don't make enough to dent their legal coffers.  [smile]

I tie a 2/0 hook with a screw lock on it to a 12 to 18 inch leader off the eye of the jig.  Then put a pearl / Chartruese tail off the leader.

Usually works.  Didn't yesterday.  [smile]

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For me the best thing I did to improve my hookups when dead sticking was to start using heavier action rods without the fast tip action, it made a huge difference for me. I have a friend who uses the light action with fast tip and he does great, go figure!!
Also using a 2oz jig heads if needed has really helped ALOT!!!
I love the dead stick style of fishing, it did take some getting used to it for me.

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These are some great lures guys. Get ya some
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After a long call with a friend yesterday I will add his take on it, he does all of the above and:
use a 7:1 ratio reel, after the hookset your rod is high and need to reel as fast as you can bringing it down to fight the fish to get slack out of the line, he dead stick fishes great so it does work, also fish with rod tip close to the water to get all the hookset you can when lifting it up rather than holding the rod higher.
My friend a few weeks back was leaving HiPort in the evening going home with 3 Shimano combos (I think all Shimano, not sure) in a dark colored rod bag, thew BLEW out going home!! Please contact if anyone heard anything.. I can get a full description of them if needed.
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Hate to say it Larry, but those rods are probably in someone elses rod box or pawn shop.
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Good news/bad news. I hope our current weather pattern holds. Afraid that means the end of Dead Sticking,but closer to top water on the rocks.[smile] Okiekids report of getting thread's throwing the net is great news.
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Kahuna I agree, I told him to go back that night and re travel the same route and do it again the next am. more eyes the better, he did not, he was just sick over it. I do everything in overkill tied down and all.
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The bubble bellies in Electric Yard Bird are still selling well for sure.  I have a problem keeping them in stock but with the supplier I have, I can get them in 2 business days.

I'm using the same electric yard bird right now as I had on 3 weeks ago.  Not sure how many fish I've caught on it but it's still in good shape.  Much tougher than flukes.

Prolly why they cost $5 for 6 instead of $4 for 10.  [smile]

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