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Fishing w. Bucktail & Rabbit Strips - Another HOP AWAY From Uncle Josh

 

 

 

Fishing with Bucktail & Rabbit Strips - Another HOP AWAY From Uncle Josh.  Rabbit strips are another inexpensive, customizable and convenient alternative for your Uncle Josh pork rind alternative trailer strips.  They are great for striper bass, bluefish and fluke.  I started using rabbits because I had some laying around from some of my fly patterns and thought... it just makes too much sense to use them as a trailer!  Rabbit strips have a full flaring buoyant action and have an amazing natural wiggle fish can not resist.  Rabbit strips can be cut to size but I like 4" - 5" strips the best for most of my saltwater fishing needs in place of Uncle Josh pork trailers.  These fishing strips come in many colors to suit your fishing needs.  I generally like red, white, yellow and chartreuse strips but you can get just about any color.  The rust color makes a killer sandworm all on its own!

You can trim the hair off the top and make your bucktail sink fast or keep em full and bushy for a more buoyant action helping your bucktail come alive unlike anything you have ever seen.  They are quite durable and can withstand attacks from multiple fish.  My favorite part is they remain on my bucktail through the season with no need to move them in and out of messy juice.  No drying up, easy and fast on the water to get you that extra cast.  You can even tie them right up on your bucktail so you done ready to fish. 

I have several videos with them in use you can browse through and Dave from Relax & Fish right here on you tube uses them in many of his videos so you can check them out.   Dave also has a ton of other fishing action so be sure to subscribe to his channel.  The link is below and in the video as well.  Thanks as always for watching and hope you enjoyed the video as much as we did making it.


Relax & Fish - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1BLlOFF0TPygl_GuZj8HfQ

Catching Striped Bass on a Bucktail & Rabbit Strip Trailer - https://youtu.be/VjC_iPu0oLU

Catching a Couple of Schoolie Bass - Slow but Decent Fall Run Start - https://youtu.be/5dVXpMpQOrQ

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FISHING TIP - How To Make Uncle Josh Pork Rind Trailer w. Craft Sheets

 

 

 

Fishing Tip - How To Make Uncle Josh Pork Rind Trailer with Merino Wool Craft Sheets.  I had a few questions about these strips from a previous video I did.  So here is a follow up on the whole procedure on making a Uncle Josh pork rind alternative with Merino Wool craft sheets.  The fishing strips are great for striped bass, bluefish and fluke.  They can be used in any situation in any size you need them in fresh or salt water.  The wool fishing strip is strong when wet, easy to make, inexpensive, customizable and fun to make.  You could make a hundred 4" strips easy with a 12" by 12" sheet which will last you seasons to come!  In addition there is no mess or heavy juice and you can leave them on your bucktail right through the season.

You can buy the merino wool sheets in any craft store or find it online.  It comes in different blends.  I don't think the blend is too important but I have used 25/100 and 50/50 and found action and durability is much the same.  Buy a bunch of sheets in different colors and cut as you need them.  The are between $1 and $2 dollars a sheet.  In the video I show how you cut the merino wool first horizontally then vertically.  You can vary your size as you may need for your fishing situation.  I use the fishing strips just as is after that first cut.  But you can also sure them up with some cement and a hole in the lead end of the strip for a longer lasting strip.  You can also tie right onto your bucktail the same way you would with hackle feathers as well.

Strong enough to withstand the abuse of toothy critters, inexpensive and easy to make, convenient to carry and use and the ability to customize these strips make them a logical choice to use as your trailer over expensive and messy Uncle Josh alternative baits.  In a final note I learned about these strips from an age old surf angler this is not one of my creations.  We all learn from each other so keep an open mind out on the water and hopefully you will give these a try!  Thanks as always for watching and hope you enjoyed the video as much as we did making it.

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Winter Bay Herring Fishing - WALKING THE DOG with Sabiki Jigs

 

 

Winter Bay Herring Fishing - WALKING THE DOG with Sabiki jigs.  The herring fishing continued this week and the schools seem to be slowly building up deeper inside the bay.  Met up with Gregory and we had herring right in the jump.  Tim later joined us to get into the action and we all racked in a bunch of winter goodness.  Most of the herrings were on the bottom and we worked our sabiki rig's and flasher's slowly.  Gregory used the term "walking the dog."  Not like the old Zara Spook but most fish were had covering a lot of water with our rigs slowly bouncing on the bottom - just like walking the sabiki rig.  Tim jumped on the bite for a sweet batch of some pickled goodness!  Hopefully the herring stock builds up and the madness thickens with some mackerels mixed in!  Only time will tell what father fishing brings!  Thanks as always for watching and hope you enjoyed the video as much as we did making it.

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Beach Striped Bass Surf Fly Fishing & CHICKEN SCRATCH Deceiver

 

Beach Striped Bass Surf Fly Fishing & CHICKEN SCRATCH Deceiver.  I did some open beach saltwater surf fly fishing for the striped bass that been hanging on the beach.  I took the fly rod out for a spin for some schoolie bass action.  Took a few minutes and some casts to find my rhythm but got the fishing going.  I been getting a lot of the stripers on yellow teasers the past few weeks so I made up a few Chicken Scratch Style Deceiver flies and they did the trick.  The bass were close in so I did not have to haul too far, most fish were 40 feet or less off the surf. 

For those interested in fly fishing I was using a 9wt rod, with 9wt line that had a 30ft 8/9 fast sink rate.  Leader was just 3ft of 30lb on about 2ft of 15lb flouro carbon material.  The fly as mentioned was a Chicken Scratch Deceiver on a 1/0 hook with a few strips of flashabou, nothing fancy no eyes, no bells, no whistles.  The wind was angled head on but slightly opposite my casting arm which helped a bunch.  I can slip all kinds of fancy casts in but I prefer to throw the book away and go rogue.  Some days it looks pretty and others it looks plain awkward but do what works and get it out there. 

It was pretty good fishing had well over a dozen and drop several in the end due to knowingly fishing with a dulled hook.  I could not ask for a better day of fishing!  Thanks as always for watching and hope you enjoyed the video as much as we did making it.

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Surf Fishing Warm Sunny Bright HELLO YELLOW Bluefish Days!

 

 

Surf Fishing on Warm Sunny Bright HELLO YELLOW Bluefish Days!.  Was poking through some old videos to publish and ran through this series.  It was shot in late May on a moderate sunny day.  What I noticed was kinda neat was that the predominant color used for the bluefish was yellow.  I used yellow needlefish, bottle darters and poppers.  All yellow.  The needle produced 2-1 from what I do recall from the days fishing.  I believe I also tried other colors which did not yield any strikes.  A great video to show how effective color can be on certain days for certain species of fish.  Of course any color would have yielded results but I feel confident on my methodology so I stick with it and will stray from the yellows if I do not get results.

A quick note on needles is I like to fish the slow, pause and fast rips in no particular order.  The needles I use have a slow drop so on the pause it is sinking very slow so will yield action and on the slow retrieve rides up to the surface.  I will also sometimes work them right on top for some violent strikes.  Just vary your retrieve till you find what works that day.  Nice looking back on sunny days and thanks as always for watching and hope you enjoyed the video as much as we did making it.

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