Worm soft baits?

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AndrewRawlingson
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Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:30 am

Got this TAS itch that worm-style soft baits would go well in NZ. How good would they be over worm beds!? Thing is, you can't buy them very easily. Anyone ever tried them?

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Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:05 am

I haven't tried the Gulps, but did really well on Mr Twisters. I found I got best results with a Carolina style rig, twitching the rod tip to match the length of trace/leader to make the worm twitch into the puff of sand the sinker sucked up as it moved. Pause for 4-5 seconds then repeat. Strangely I also did really well on kings up to 1m in the Bay of Islands when dropping the lure to the bottom (not on the retrieve though).

Carolina style rig - can be tied in many ways, but here's the idea:
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Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:31 pm

I often use them, slack water I have had reasonable response, using just worm hooks if conditions allow, if too much wind current I run them drop shot style....

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Wed Feb 22, 2017 12:37 pm

I've cut them into shorter lengths on a 3/0 flasher rig to entice terakihi (ran out of bait). Worked OK.

I've also dragged them on a running rig and picked up the occasional gurnard. But the rig with squid fished did better.

I think they would catch flounder on the right rig. Flounder will nail the black fuzzy lip from a mussel.
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Wed Feb 22, 2017 2:19 pm

thanks for the comments. may prove useful.
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Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:10 pm

They are have there day and are really good

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Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:06 pm

If you are interested in the flounder rig. An older guy in Havelock showed me this rig ... he used to fish off the old timber wharf there and catch quite a few flounder. I've tried it too, with good success as above using mussel lip for the bait.

1) Tie a swivel on your leader with a ball sinker above it (like a running rig).
2) Tie a length of mono with two dropper loops onto the bottom end of the swivel
3) Tie a slightly heavier sinker on the bottom end of the dropper rig.
4) Put a couple of little sabiki hooks on the dropper loops
5) Bait up - mussel lip or try the gulp worms.
6) Cast out as far and flat as possible and when it hits the bottom retrieve a little to straighten the rig up.
7) Brig it in a wind or two every now and then
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