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Old 06-17-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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hey guys today was my first time using plastic baits. I went with a brown doa shrimp(the one that comes with the hook already in it). It didn't go to well, I only caught one trout. I don't think that I am retrieving the bait right. I tried slow reeling with a twitch every now and then. I also tried fishing the shrimp about 15" under a weighted cork just how I would with a live shrimp, twitching every so often. My cork method produced the one fish that I did catch. How should I be fishing this bait?

I also tried a redfish magic spinnerbait with no luck. How should I be retrieving this bait?

By the way I wade fish the grass flats in Panama City if that makes a difference in how to fish the bait..

Thanks for any info guys.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:23 PM   #2
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Good question! I found a BUNCH of DOA shrimp on clearance for $0.33 each. I bought ALL of them and have caught nothing on any of them. Like you, I tried the slow retrieve/twitch, the sink/twitch, and under a cork. Nothing. I've used about half of them so much that they became waterlogged and turned milky. Still no fish... Same problem with Gulp. I'm starting to think DOA shrimp and Gulp are something they tell non-locals to use, so they can snicker about it all day after you leave...



Refish magic on the other hand works WELL for me. You can sight fish for reds with it. Just get it near em and reel! BOOM!!! Blind fishing, you can also run it parellel to reeds. Or find dropoffs and channels where the reds cruise. Pull it from shallow over the drop and slow retrieve an little to let it sink into the deeper water a little. Sometimes they like it flopping aout of the water a little on a fast retrieve. You just have to play with it a little.
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Old 06-17-2012, 02:46 PM   #3
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Last fall I used DOA shrimp about three feet below a poping cork. Caught many specks and reds doing this. The cork was one I really like made in Mobile by Gates its called no slack tackle.com


I ordered some of his corks and they are tops also ordered a hook callled bobcat named after bobby A. fishing guide.

This work well with Gulp Three inch shrimp.

I pretty much use gulp three inch srhimp and also a white two inch gulp shrimp on a small jig hook light weithed. Last year I trolled in Fish River with a two inch on the right and a three inch on the left on the bottom drifiting with the wind and they hit the two inch all the time that afternoon. Go figure that one out.

Normally I just hop or fluke the three inch off the bottom slowly and they hit it. Hope this helps.
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Actually both lures doa shrimp and gulp work great. I use both on almost all of my charters. In panama city you need to throw a clear gold glitter doa. The root beer colored shrimp is a little to dark for those clear waters. As far as working the lure I like working the lure extremely slow. Let it just settle on top of the grass and twitch it up kinda hard then let it just flutter back down. The lure will do all the work. If the wind is blowing over 10mph I would not use that lure go to a jig head and a doa shad tail or gulp. Good luck I hope this helps. Caution using gulp this time of year will get expensive due to all the pinfish! Just FYI.
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thanks for the great info guys
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If there's trout around they'll eat it the way you're using it.
No trout around, no bites.
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Seems like I've had my best luck bumping the DOA shrimp off the bottom/grass using a popping cork. I usually use the clear DOA with gold glitter. What are some of the other preferred colors? Somebody gave me a milky/clear/tan combo with a bright orange tail and I haven't tried it yet,
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I usually tie a green with silver glitter DOA on with a 1/4 split shot about 20 inches up the line and I pull the line up real slow and reel in the slack on the way down then let it sit for a bit then pull up real slow and reel in the slack and repeat
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thanks guys, lots of good info here
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I was once shown to cut the Artifical legs off and take something sharp and split the joints on the tail. I have found that it works better for me.
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