The Bait That MADE The Savannah River Chain

The Carolinas and Georgia are pretty well known for some phenomenal top water fishing, whether it’s an angry spotted bass lurking in a pile of cane, a bucketmouth up shallow, or a striper roaming open waterl, we all desire that sudden moment when the fish leaps out of the water grabbing hold of your lure. Well, the dog days are here, and they are hot, but the fish still have to eat. This time of year especially I put down, to an extent, the topwater walking bait and pick up the bait I have personally caught the most fish on, a fluke.

You can fish a fluke a number of ways making it one of the most versatile baits available and a must have on any of the Savannah River Chain of lakes, Lake Norman, Wylie, and Lanier(Duh). Keep it simple this time of year but be ready to move around. I start by targeting the longest points I can find, then as the sun gets hot I might run for rocky banks, humps, docks, and typical summer time structure.

Make long casts with the fluke; throwing it as far as you can past the structure and twitch it back. There is really no wrong way to work the bait but your goal is to have the fluke dancing back and forth about a foot below the surface. That said you don’t want the fluke to continuously break the surface; try and keep it where it is nearly out of sight below the surface. Vary your retrieve, work it fast, slow, and everything in between. Once you get into a rhythm its a piece of cake and you will see its the snap of the line that triggers the twitch. Try starting out by working the bait fast with a lot of twitches like a twitch twitch twitch pause pattern. Then if no success, slow it down, switch it once or twice and let the bait fall a few seconds, and repeat. Keep an eye on your bait as your work it back because you will often have fish following closely waiting for the prey to make a sudden evasive move. If you do have a follower, work it really fast. If that doesn’t trigger a bite let the bait fall as if it is dead.  

Pay attention to the setup as well. For me I throw the fluke on a spinning rod since the bait hardly as any weight to it; my reel has 30lb PowerPro Braid tied to a barrel swivel then a 2 feet fluorocarbon leader. The purpose of using a swivel is to help keep the bait down below the surface and allow the eradict action for which the bait is known. Fishing is about putting the puzzle together, a fluke is one of the quickest ways to do locate fish, then put numbers and quality in the boat.

Here is how I like to rig my fluke on the hook.

Thread the hook through the nose about 1/2″ and out the underside

Run the fluke up the shank of the hook so it nearly covers the eye

Thread the barb of the hook through the belly out of the back of the fluke.

Tuck the hook point into the back of the fluke. You can tuck it directly in the middle or towards the side of the fluke for more erratic action.

Sling at will

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