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Old 07-06-2013, 05:10 PM
Brad S Brad S is offline
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Default Special retrieve for darters?

I bought a couple plugs (cheap) from a local bait shop & I guess they were darters by the profile, but on a steady retrieve they had no action at all.

I complained to the b.s. owner & he told the maker who, the next time he made a delivery, offered to show me how to fish his plugs.

He made them move nice in the the water but I haven't been able to get the them to do so.

Any suggestions or advise. Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-07-2013, 08:43 AM
Willy-C Willy-C is offline
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Default Re: Special retrieve for darters?

Here's a vid of a tuna I filmed two years ago taken on a darter......single hook, no bill, very plain looking lure

third cast he hooked up 125# tuna

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Old 07-08-2013, 07:50 AM
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Default Re: Special retrieve for darters?

darters are generally used where there's a decent amount of current in order for them to swim properly. without good current speed, you'd have to reel most darters pretty fast in order for them to have much action.

Some darters swim better with less current than others, so if you experiment a bit with different brands/weights you'll likely find something that works better where you're fishing. I'm a big fan of the 3 ounce darters made by Tattoo Tackle.
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