I would have never considered using artificial baits, but with the new technology, it is really worth a try. Some claim that it may actually work better then real bait.
In my case the artificial baits work great (Although I just started using them, and havent caught any fish yet.)
Consider when using clams, they are very difficult to keep on the hook. From what I understand if you salt them it helps to firm them up. But with Artificial, like Fish Bites, it is almost like a cloth that it stays on the hook VERY well. It also saves time from going to the bait store every time, just keep it in your takle box.
I just got another rod, what I really want to try is fishing with one rod with artificial bait, and the other rod real bait. I think you can really get a feel for what works and what doesnt when using 2 rods.
My vote is that it is definitly worth it to have an assortment of them.
Sluggos are an artificial bait.. mostly designed for bass fisherman.. but there awsome in saltwater aswell.. There a soft plastic bait.. not a rubber worm not a twister tail . kinda like a limp baitfish that twitches well..
You can find em in any tackle store and definately walmart..
Big 9" sluggos are usually fished weightless. Search for Sluggos on youtube and you'll find a vid on dual hook rigging. You can also rig them with a squid tin. Port Jude makes them of just google. Smaller sluggos get put on 1/4 -1oz jig heads.
Hey Dogg, what size Gulp clams do you use? I've only used the 1.5" - 2" Gulp clams, and I've noticed bite marks, and I've had a few pickups but never anyone take it...Maybe I'm rigging them wrong? I usually just put a hook thru them twice...
I have always used the artificial clams with real clam in the surf. They tend to hold the real stuff on the hook better. I have never used the artificial eels by gulp but have used the tube lures that look like eels with a egg sinker and top and bottom hooks. just cast out and jig back.
Gulp Prnnie Shrimp, or in white or pink have outfished clam and spearing for fluke.
As far as the gulp clam, ive soaked them a few times with litle luck.
Berkley (the maker of gulp) also makes a prerigged eel that has great action in the water, but again, I have yet to hook up.
IMHO - real, fresh, not salted clams work best. Even better if you can pick them up naturally right off the beach after a storm.
Nothing like it.
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