Two anglers take a moment to make a plan and take in the morning sunrise on a beautiful day in Florida Bay.
The plan was to fish with Capt. Colby Haine and Rich down here in Pine Island this weekend. We were supposed to have Colby down to fly fish the giant snook I have locked up but the weather conditions were just terrible for Saturday which was the only day he had free. We had a good tailing tide early so we opted to launch early in PI and see how the weather would prevail. We had 15-20′s with not as much sun light as I would have hoped.
The morning tide looked as it would produce many opportunities to cast to tailing fish…this ended up not being the case. We poled countless flats in the wind to find nothing. Lack of life every where we went. It was about noon, we had seen a total of 3 redfish all day and with the weather had to scratch the snook fishing. It was a last chance winter area that would be protected from the wind – when we finally made it happen. We found many very stupid fish……when light was available it was easy. Capt. Colby or Capt. “Twiggy” for the day had just some bad luck! He did manage to almost network two aggressive reds into eating his fly with a twig attached to it!!! I, other hand was very lucky, I had a fish eat my fly twice (farmed it both times), laid out again and came tight….stupid fish I tell you. It was a great wind battering day to say the least. Ill be down in the glades Wednesday so I should have another report.
I have been working on developing a fly that is great for my area that can produce both snook and reds. I was denied hard at first by the fish, but I found an area a little south from me where this fly works wonders. Its a very basic fly, but can be worked differently to imitate shrimp or baitfish. I have it tied in many colors – this one was working down south. I have some the other patterns that have not been tested yet, I will post the results.
I had an opportunity to try out a few lures from Reaction Strike. This company in based in Indiana and have been in the business since 2003. They are a freshwater lure company that has been working into the saltwater scene. My good friend Daniel Lee of Lee Fishers International and Tampa Fishing Outfitters gave me a pack of a few assorted lures that they will be carrying and I thought why not write a review. Beside my brief write up I did a video as well.
PRODUCT REVIEW: Split Tail, Jr. in 4” and 5’.
Fluke* and jerkbait fishing has been around for a long time. But until the Split Tail, Jr. every other fluke/jerkbait was essentially the same bait by a different manufacturer. The Split Tail, Jr. changes all that. This bait is hollow inside, creating a much slower fall if fished with an unweighted hook. The real power of the bait is the ability to add lead in the hollow cavity. You can add a rattle too, if conditions dictate. We even have Pros adding scent, and another uses foam to enclose the cavity creating a waking jerkbait. As we said, there is no fluke or jerkbait on the market that is in the league of the Split Tail, Jr.
This bait is available in 4 or 5 inch sizes and comes in a 5 pack! Proprietary final dipping process locks eyes and paint patterns below a clear layer of soft plastic! The beautiful finish you see when you buy the lures will last until the biggest, meanest fish in your waters absolutely chomp them.
As you can see there is an assortment of color patterns that you can choose from:
Appearance = 9 out of 10
Nice detail. Eyes are cool. Appeals to the consumer with the variety of color patterns. Unique design
Durability = 7 out of 10
Due to the portion of the cavity that is empty. When inserting “objects” into the cavity it can tear if too aggressive; but can stand a few good bites. Can stretch this lure quite a bit before it breaks.
Movement = 10 of 10
Can be rapid, slow, twitched, jerked….
At 1st, when using this lure I rigged it with a 5/0 Twist lock light keeper hook by Owner.
TwistLOCKT LIGHT with Centering-Pin Spring (CPS-patent pending) is a lighter version of our TwistLOCKT bass hook. With guidance from bass fishing professional and lure designer Gary Yamamoto, the TwistLOCKT Light was created as the ideal hook for rigging Senko-style baits and other thinner profile plastics. The weighted version not only helps sink or “swim” a rigged bait down into the strike zone, but helps to increase casting distance. The weight is positioned low on the shank to provide a keel” effect so that baits rigged weedless-style will swim naturally (as opposed to rolling or flipping when weights are inserted inside soft baits). The weighted version is ideal for Swimming Senkos, swimbaits, flukes and other small profile plastics. With Owner’s unique “Centering-Pin Spring” (CPS – patent pending) attached to the hook eye, baits can be “permanently” secured by inserting the pin in the center of the nose of a soft plastic, which can then be screwed onto the TwistLOCKT coil spring so that any bait will rig perfectly everytime! The “Open” gap allows for more positive hook sets. Features include a 30° eye-bend, an X-strong forged shank, Super Needle Point, and black Chrome finish.
It was not rigged weedless. I inserted a glass rattle by D.O.A.
give the lure some noise. I noticed that there was nothing from keeping the rattle from falling out, so I cut a small piece of Gulp to insert behind the rattle. This helped and also added scent. Since I have no weight to this lure, the added gulp also gave it some suspension. After casting a few times I would lose what I inserted into the cavity. Seems as the lure is in the water the cavity tends to expand a little. What I found that works is to rig this lure Texas style. It is weedless AND from the inner shank portion of the hook, this will keep your goodies inside of the cavity. I made plenty of casts without loosing anything. This was the trick.
For those of you that are looking for something fresh and like using split tails, this Reaction Strike Lure could be one to try. With the added feature of adding your “own personality” to the lure you could have fun and catch plenty of fish.
Go get you some…………… Keep it Hardcore!