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Surprises of 2023= New Ideas for 2024!

 | By Seamus on 1/27/2024 2:45:00 PM | Views (21)

Hopkins No Equal- 3 oz.

In terms of fishing lures, 2023 brought some surprises.  Normally, I stick with the same stuff year after year because it has worked.  But, in 2023 I branched out a bit and found some surprising new effective lures which I had not used much of in the past. We'll give these a worked next season.

*Metal- I was out on a windy and rough northeaster in September.  I could barely cast my trusty egg/jig combo with the stiff wind in my face.  I had a big metal Hopkins lure (4H-3 oz.) in my bag that I barely used in the past.  What the heck.  I snapped that on and heaved a booming cast into the wind, way beyond what I was casting with the egg.  A few cranks of the reel and I was onto a decent over slot fish.  I was sold.  On just about every adventure after that day, I at least tried the Hopkins when I needed a long cast in rough water. It delivered good numbers of slots and over slots for me in that two week period of northeast roughness in September.

Yo-Zuri Mag Darter

*Yo-Zuri Mag Darters
- I was never much of a darter fisherman.  I tended to opt for skinny plastic swimmers like a Daiwa SP Minnow when I wanted a plug that swims.  But, one night, while plugging one of the breachways, I unsnapped the SP Minnow and snapped on a Yo-Zuri Mag Darter.  Right away, I hit a decent fish. I suspect there were mullet around and that smaller Mag Darter ( 5 inch) is a dead ringer for imitating a mullet.  I continued to use this plug and the larger Mag Darter (6 1/2 inch) for much of the fall as my primary swimmers, and I landed a lot of fish on them at night in moving water.  I'm sold!

*NLBN Paddle Tails- I used these as my primary paddle tails along with the NLBN jigheads. I used to fish Cocahoes a lot but these NLBN lures will far outfish the Cocahoe.  They have a tighter wiggle due to a smaller tail and that seems to elicit more hits.  When the bait was small, I went with the three inch models.  When we had large peanut bunker around, I went with the 5 inch models. I used only white colors. And, they were killers!

5 inch NLBN paddle tail

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This Fishing Report was submitted on 1/27/2024 2:45:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 2/1/2024 7:25:01 PM.


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