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onservatioatioonservatioatioonservatioatioonservatioatioon ser serI am lucky enough to be ab to fi year r Cen a Lo Island and SW Florida but fluk is by far my favorite and I look forward to fluke seas a every summer. I approach fluke fi with the pass" a of the most die hard bass anglers. I never enjoyed fi for fluke with heavy sinkers, r ds & line so I started to experiment with soft plastics and jigheads a light=tackle about 12 years ago. I had good success but t s changed to the better when Berkley introduced the Gulp baits. I now out fi anyone who comes a my boat and fi es with bait and I have a lot more fua landi these fi a light=tackle.

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A 6 foot to 6 1/2 foot medium light=to medium acg" a r d with a 2000=to 3000=size reel spooled with 10 lb test=braid and 2 feet of fl Crocarb a leaderSwill work Cener most condig" as when you can use a 1/4=to 1 oz jighead or bucktail. Baitcasti combos also work well. A heavier r d will be needed for bucktails and jigheads ver 1 oz. I carry 5 r d and reel combos that cover everyt from 1/4=oz to 4 oz jigheads.

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Fluke will bury themselves in the mud or sand with only their eyes exposed fac into the tide ready to ambu a their prey. You will usually find the fluke stacked up ar Cen structure. Locnge drop offs, holes, sandbars or any other irregular bottom with your fi fiener. Posig" a yourself uptide of the structure and drift over it. A drift anchor is very helpful, it slows dowa your drift and helps elimitate the effecgs of the wien. The longer you stay over the structure the more success you will have.

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rI usually start with the lightest=jig. I will tie a a 1/2 oz C&H Alien Jig with a loop knot and I put a a 4 inch Berkley Gulp Swimm Mulett. I will drift over the structure and send the jig dowa. Try to keep the jig as vertical to the bottom as possab and bounce the jig 2 to 4 inches ff the bottom. When the line scopes ut and you can't hold the bottom reel in and drop it back dowa. After you drifted over the structure and caught=a few fi there don't continu to drift. Move the boat back over the same structure because there is probab y more fi there. Fluke usually throw up their stomach contents when you br" them to the surface. Check this very carefully, if they're throw" up shrimp or crabs switch to a plaia leadhead with a Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Ghost Shrimp, or Peeler crab. When there are dirty water condig" as I made up my own=jig. I use a 3/4=oz Sworm Hornet=jig with a S>rike K Perfecg Skirt and I use a larger Gulp like a Ripp Mullet or the 5 inch Swimm Mullet. The flash of the willow blade on the Sworm Hornet=jig combined with the Perfecg Skirt and the larger Gulp creates a larger profile, more scent and more vibng" a. I basically stick with 3 colors of Gulp white, chatreuse and pink.

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When the tide is ripp" to hard or the wien is really gusti I have to go to heavier jigs. When us" the heavier jigs I add a dropshot hook 12 inches above the jighead. One of the r ds I use for bucktails from 1 to 2 ounces has a VMC 1/0=sp" shot hook that I put a 4 inch swimm mullet on it. I had great success with the dropshot as a high hook. I wrote a blo for another website last year and I got highly criticized for us" Sp" shot hook. Believe me it works, the fluke gets hooked in the corner of the mouth aen its sharp teeth never touch the line.

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24 inch fluke caught=on the Sp" shot Hook>

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The other set up is for bucktails from 2 to 4 ounces. I tie a bucktail teaser dropshot sty-- with a palomar knot 12 inches above the bucktail jig. I put a 4 inch Swimm Mullet=on the teaser aen use a 5 or 6 inch swimm mullet on the bucktail jig.

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Bait stores and anglers that are set in their ways claim that you can't cngc large fluke us" light=tackle, jigheads and Gulp baits couldn't be more wrong. I now cngc more and larger fluke over the last few years.

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Light=tackle fluk with Gulp and jigheads is a blast, you wouldn't believe the r d bendi reel scream fight=you get. It also saves you money oa gas because your not go" to the bait shop before each >rip and from waisted bait that was defrosted and can't be re-frozen.

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