In my opinion, a “lipless” slider used as a trolling plug is the most under rated trolling play going. The lure is easy to use, adaptable and fishy as hell. A lipless swimming plug that can be fished at all depths. Suitable for striped bass, bluefish, bonito, albies and ground fish. Can be fished at all boat speeds up to 8.5 knts. The Hogy Charter Grade slider comes in a variety of natural and attractor colors.
Canvas Factor: High: This lure was designed for canvasing. The carefully balanced body has a deadly wobble that wobbles with ease at all possible striper trolling speeds. For best canvas style searching, go with bright highly visible colors such as the Albe Crack glow color.
Tactical Factor: High: A very noteworthy feature about this lure is that it has a a perfectly horizontal descent when stopped due to its precise balancing weights. This feature is huge for those anglers who employ the “search and drop” technique where you take the boat out of gear and let the lure drop to the fish. (A technique especially effective on lead-core) The slow, horizontal drop is a more natural presentation, similar to that of a wounded herring. A jig would sink quickly and a traditional trolling plug would flat up to the surface. The lure is weighted so has some natural sink rate but would swim deeper than a few feet under the surface when trolled. This is a very useful trait in a swimming plug because unlike a traditional billed swimmer, you can easily alter the depth of this lure with lead-core by shortening the length of line out to reduce depth or letting more line out to go deeper. You can really dial the depth of this lure in and keep it there. Match the hatch with size and clolors. 5” for juvinile squid, peanut bunker, small herring and tinker macks. The 7” for full sized versions of the aforementioned and also to imitate ground fish when trolling in rocky areas for striped bass.
Set It and Forget It: High: The Hogy slider will swim perfectly with the rod left in the holder. The tip of the rod will bounce slightly when the lure is swimming properly and stop bouncing if weeds are dredged up. This lure trolls at all speeds: from snail’s pace to high speed. You don’t have to worry much about this lure once it’s deployed.
Interactive: High: Again, when paired with lead-core, you can adjust depth two ways: 1. By letting out/shortening trolling line length and 2. By taking the boat out of gear. Since this lure has a fairly nuetral buoyancy, it repsonds well to drop backs to stalk a fish that missed a strike. Furthermore, since the lure swims well at all speeds, you can surge the lure by cranking the handle on the troll to induce a strike.
Capt. Mike’s Favorite Situation: My favorite situation to use the Hogy Charter Grade slider is in situations with scattered targets where the fish could be anywhere in the water column. In open water, I find the slider really shines in a search and drop situation. (Boat out of gear to drop lure on a fish you mark on the fish finder). I also lure sliders for trolling along rocky shorelines where I tend to let enough line out so I can fish slow and low to the bottom. “If I’m not bumping bottom once in a while, I’m not deep enough.”