How-To — Pro Tail Paddle

How To: Soft Bait Retrieves #140

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

Softbaits can be broken down into two categories: 1. Top Water: Top water softbaits are typically eel tail softbaits rigged with unweighted or lightly weighted Swimbait hooks and soft circle Hooks.2. Sub Surface: Sub Surface softbaits are typically rigged on jig heads or have the weights and hooks molded into the lure. Top Water: Unweighted and Lightly Weighted Softbaits Eel Tails In my opinion, unweighted eel tail style softbaits have the sexiest action of all lures on the market, making them worth the effort and extra time spent rigging, as well as learning to deal with the challenges of casting them...

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Striper Baits: Best Butterfish Imitations #120

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

Schools of baby butterfish often ball up in the fall and provide another food source that fish like bass and albies feed on heavily. Butterfish have a unique broad, round profile that is hard to replicate and still have a good swimming action with a metal lure. As a result, softbaits with a similar profile in bone or silvery coloration is the way to go. They are slow moving, so a slow to medium retrieve is ideal. Hogy Top Imitator: We have two deadly options for imitating juvenile butterfish. The best option is our Hogy Pro Tail Paddle in up to...

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Striper Baits: Best Mackerel Imitations #119

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

Like the juvenile herring, bass and albies get very aggressive when keyed in on small mackerel. They are fast moving schools, so be ready to be nimble. Obviously green is the top color for matching the hatch for mackerel. As fast to very fast retrieve is ideal for these little speedsters. Hogy Top Imitator: For Juvenile to medium sized mackerel our top imitators are the Hogy Pro Tail Paddles in Green Silver up to 6.5. A metal option would be our Herring Jig in green silver and lastly our 5” and 7” Charter Grade Sliders in Green Silver would give you...

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Striper Baits: Best Peanut Bunker Imitations #116

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

You know the fall has either arrived or is imminent when peanut bunker show up. Like the bay anchovy, peanut bunker ball up in great numbers just under the surface. Peanut bunker typically range from 2 to 3inches. And like both the bay anchovy and the silversides, peanut bunker too have a very distinctive color patterns. When they are dead, they appear to be silver as they lose their coloration very quickly. Don’t be fooled! But alive and well in their habitat, Peanut bunker have an olive twinge, with pink colorations. Your go to color patterns will be olive, ideally...

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Striper Baits: Best Juvenile Herring Imitation #115

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

Late summer and fall are the times when these small baitfish make their way out into the big ocean. Juvenile herring get balled up easily, but in my opinion often separate faster than other schooled baitfish. While schools of juvenile sea herring can appear at any time, juvenile river herring typically move out of their birthing waters and out into open water following a day or more of heavy rainfall. I personally find that predators keyed in on herring tend to be the easiest to catch. Their silvery blue tinge is a common color pattern. Juvenile herring are more chubby...

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