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Old 03-31-2012, 08:21 PM   #11
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why ask for advice then bad mouth the advice given. The +25 are staple of most of the inshore fisherman for kings. He was just trying to help!
Didn't mean to bad mouth, just asking for some support for the notion that $12+ lures will outfish the less expensive options for spanish mackerel.
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Old 03-31-2012, 08:55 PM   #12
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Ouch! No $12 lures for me. I would get sick if I got broken off! I've been using the speck rigs some lately but the Spanish kept breaking them off. I switched over the the gotcha with a little better luck, and I made my own speck rig and trilled it behind a trolling weight.
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All great advice with varying prices, stretch 25's and even 30's can result in more species strikes like mentioned.

If kings are the primary targeted fish, there are definitely less expensive choices.

Cheapest I believe would be wire leader with trouble hooks using dead or live bait such cigar minnows / hard tails / menhaden. Slow trolling will produce very well around 3mb and gulf.

I sometimes use $5-$6 dusters with or without bait and troll a lil faster to keep the wind flowing well over the helm on a hot summer day and do just fine.

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:52 PM   #14
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Wow, they're pretty proud of those lures at $12-$13 each. I have a lot of crankbaits in my box that I seldom use because they don't catch fish. I think I have enough diving crankbaits that don't work very well. I can put spoons, flicker shads, rapala minnows, and speck rigs at any depth I want by controlling the amount of line out with diving planers. What tangible evidence can you give me to suggest these pricey lures will outfish the other options?
I understand that spending $12 might bother you some but for me its a no brainer when I want to put fish in the box... especially a mixed bag. If you are worried about the cost of fishing lures today, maybe you could just go to Mc Donalds like someone else said and use the straws... I might do that too if it can save me some money and produce. Lord knows I could use it to put gas in the boat I was just trying to give some advice of what you could use and how I like to do it. Hence the IMO(Its My Opinion).
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I understand that spending $12 might bother you some but for me its a no brainer when I want to put fish in the box... especially a mixed bag. If you are worried about the cost of fishing lures today, maybe you could just go to Mc Donalds like someone else said and use the straws... I might do that too if it can save me some money and produce. Lord knows I could use it to put gas in the boat I was just trying to give some advice of what you could use and how I like to do it. Hence the IMO(Its My Opinion).
I've had much more success in my fishing experience following advice that was based in first hand experience rather than opinion based on what someone heard from a friend or was offered from an ulterior motive (a friend or relative owns the business selling the lure). The only lure I would recommend with confidence is the MI Stinger spoon because we put over 250 trout in the boat with it last year. I think little of spending $200 or more to restock my tackle boxes with these lures, because they work so well.

Most of the lures I've owned came highly recommended, but simply failed to perform. Rapalas are mediocre. The only other lure that has shown promise for me is the Flicker Shad. Sure, any lure will catch fish once in a while, but I'm looking for more than once in a while, because spanish mackerel are fairly aggressive fish in their feeding, and a good lure should work if the fish are there and actively feeding. You recommended these lures for spanish mackerel. How many spanish mackerel have you personally seen these lures catch in the last 12 months?
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I have a feeling it wouldnt matter what I or anyone told you about what worked and how many fish I or they caught on a particular lure. Seems like it would all just be fish stories to you. Fish how you want to fish and with whatever lure seems to make you feel better about the kind of fishing you do. Apperently whatever you were trying wasnt working and thats why you asked for advice.... Good luck with your fishing. I hope you catch them all!
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I have a feeling it wouldnt matter what I or anyone told you about what worked and how many fish I or they caught on a particular lure. Seems like it would all just be fish stories to you. Fish how you want to fish and with whatever lure seems to make you feel better about the kind of fishing you do. Apperently whatever you were trying wasnt working and thats why you asked for advice.... Good luck with your fishing. I hope you catch them all!
I didn't think you'd answer the question.

Actually, it's been a few years since I've trolled for spanish mackerel, though I've had great success over the last few years trolling for other species. Life's to short to take advice from folks who have not actually done what I am hoping to do. Would you take elk hunting advice from someone who's not very good at killing elk? The internet has a lot of folks who offer advice out of their own experience, but it's also full of folks offering advice from stuff they's only heard about or seen on tv or seen on some other part of the internet.
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I didn't think you'd answer the question.

Actually, it's been a few years since I've trolled for spanish mackerel, though I've had great success over the last few years trolling for other species. Life's to short to take advice from folks who have not actually done what I am hoping to do. Would you take elk hunting advice from someone who's not very good at killing elk? The internet has a lot of folks who offer advice out of their own experience, but it's also full of folks offering advice from stuff they's only heard about or seen on tv or seen on some other part of the internet.
I personally almost broke the alabama state record for spanish on a stretch 25. Give the guy some slack he's just trying to help. These lures will work, but like mentioned above a speck rig, spoon, or a mcdonald straw rig will work better if targeting spanish.
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I have to agree with Guambomb I love using stretch lures. I rarely target spanish dont really like to eat em, but I have caught them plenty of times with the stretch lures. The ones I catch on the stretch are always a good size . what I like best about them is that I can catch all kinds of fish with them.

I know how you feel about the price and agree they are expensive but worth it to me.
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Old 03-31-2012, 11:17 PM   #20
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I dont understand why you ask for advice on the internet and then bash people that try to answer your question??..
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