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Old 03-05-2008, 02:08 PM
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Remember those schools of adult bunker last year? Big bass and blues creating a bloodbath .... I can almost smell watermellon.
13" long 6/0
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Old 03-05-2008, 03:11 PM
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Great looking fly. Personally I think bunker are one of the toughest baits to target large bass on with a fly. At least in Narragansett bay last year they were so thick that only the real thing got much attention. Fast, slow, no retrieve at all, it was very difficult to get a bite. I took a few nice fish but the fish/cast ratio was not great. Hopefully your results will be better. Finding some structure with bunker nearby seemed to work better than fishing directly around or underneath the school.

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Old 03-05-2008, 04:09 PM
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Yup Sean... I know what you mean. Almost makes one want to snag & liveline.
(sorry Juro )

Last spring in Jamaica Bay there were big schools of bunker. Tried fishing some nice big flys under the schools. No hits.... would of sworn there were no predators around. Just when we were getting ready to move on, I snagged a pogy w/ my fly. As I'm bringing it in to release... the poor snagged guy is murdered by BIG bluefish.... The blues and bass were there the whole time... but only eating the naturals.
as an aside: when fishing other areas of the bay where the pogy schools were not.... we hooked up fairly consistantly on 5-6" flys. Go figure!

I guess that is what makes it such a fun game!
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Old 03-06-2008, 05:45 AM
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Jim , another work of art. I have another suggestion for you . Add some bright red to the fly. I've notice the commercial H2O flies(used on large game fish) all have a bright red streak to help attract the fish. It might make the stripers think the bunker is injured. FishHawk
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