Author: Ryan Carson
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Fishing for fluke, bluefish or stripers any time I am fishing with bucktails, plugs or any other type of lure I always use teasers. There are many different types, styles and sizes of teasers that you can choose from. My moto when choosing which teaser to use is to match the hatch. My reason for doing this is simple. It creates a predator and prey image for game fish to see. Dozens of times I’ve had game fish slam the teaser over my lure just for the simple reason they didn’t want to miss out on an easy meal while stealing it from another fish or in this case my lure. Picture this. You have your lure 12-18 inches behind your teaser that is imitating a spearing. (see image below) This creates a scenario where your lure looks to be a single fish chasing a smaller fish through the water. I believe the presentation of teaser and lure combined makes it look a lot more appealing to game fish compared to fishing a lure by itself.
Another way you can make your teaser and or bucktails more appealing is tipping it with gulp, otter tails or some type of fresh bait to add to the action. Gulp and otter tails are a favorite of mine as they both produce fish. But there are those days where fresh bait might be the answer. Adding a killie, spearing, strip of squid, mackerel or mullet may just be enough to trigger the strike. All of these have their time and place. If there are thousands of spearing around it might be a good idea to try spearing on your teaser as this is most likely what the fish are currently feeding on
How to make the setup for Fluke :
I start with a 30# barrel swivel tied to about 30 inches of 20# fluorocarbon. About 6 inches down create a dropper loop for your teaser. That will leave about 20 inches below the teaser. At the end of the fluorocarbon I make a surgeons loop. (This allows you to switch out bucktails easily without the extra hardware.) If you want you can use about 40 inches of fluorocarbon and add a second teaser on to change things up a bit.
How to make the setup for Bluefish or Striper :
I start with a 100# barrel swivel tied to about 36 inches of 40# fluorocarbon. About 6 inches down create a dropper loop for your teaser. That will leave about 26 inches below the teaser. At the end of the fluorocarbon I tie on a 125# power clip to be able to change out lures for different presentation. If fishing on jetties or rocky bottoms I recommend using 50-60# fluorocarbon.
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