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Old 06-16-2017, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is your go to fluke rig when there is a lot of seaweed in the water?
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Old 06-20-2017, 07:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hiya Carlos, how's the new season going?

In any case, I don't fish where there's much seaweed at all. But if I did, I'd cut back on the
rig, in order to give it less "catch points" for the weed to hang onto. I'd lose my always-present hi-hook teaser and just go with the bucktail itself. Also, I'd try to keep the rig more vertical in the water column, so to minimize the line in the water. Less line, less chance of it picking up hitch-hiking weeds.

After a hour or so of picking lettuce off my lure, if the results weren't there, I'd move elsewhere. Hey. there's always another drop to try, right?
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Hey Pete...I've been concentrating on the phenomenal porgy fishing in the Western sound. Better than last year. Lots of 2lb and 3lb scup in the mix. Caught sea bass to 4.5lbs. (it hurt to release those bad boys). Anyway...just getting my fluke fishing into gear. Mixed reports on the fluke so far. I normally don't run into seaweed problems out on the Western sound but I have from time to time. I was a little surprised about your recommendation of a bottom jig no teaser rig. I was thinking the reverse. I had in mind a cannon ball sinker (no hook) with a single teaser (14") on top. Now... I have not used this set up yet, but it just seemed to make sense to me. What do you think?
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I think that having that dropper loop hanging off the main line is an invitation for the seaweed to latch onto.

I could be wrong though. Usually am, in fact. At least according to my wife, that is. . .
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fishing from either a kayak or a "bay boat" and rarely venturing past the jetty in the JI, I deal with weed. Fishing started late for me this year so no slipgut (yet!) eel grass is a horror off Matzahpizza, especially without having those motorized grass catchers in operation. (Made for lakes, the bottoms finally rusted out.) Anyway whether its that pretty branch-like red weed, the "lettuce" or the aforementioned evil eel grass, I find that when fishing either a Terminator type rig or a "Lep" rig, its the bottom or heavier bucktail that catches the weed, and if I do catch a fish at all, its on the less weedy, higher, teaser. But moving to areas of less weed is still the best option as Pete suggested. I am thinking of switching to a 3 ounce sinker on the bottom with two higher teasers on dropper loops above, but haven't done so yet.
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