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Capn Jimbo Offline
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Posted: June 21 2004,18:01

Those who know me know my love for cuda.  Agressive, fun to catch, lightning strikes, runs and projectile jumps.  As long as it's not at you.

I can't tell you how many I've caught with my comfort lure, the good old 3/8 oz. slider head jig, short white nylon skirt and a copper rooster tail.  Great action.  Just head for the flats, cast over a pothole and rip it through as fast as you can, one jig per revolution.

Works every time, and hundreds of cudas this last year.  Lots of hotdogs, and plenty of medium cuda to maybe 28 or so inches.  Very respectable.  But I have thing for BIG cuda, meaning 3+ feet.  Big enough to raise the hairs on your neck.  Big enough to be sure NOT to bring in green.

Both Chef and I have had a couple of these guys on topwaters, a real thrill.  Now we've all read that tube lures are the bomb for these big guys.  And heaven knows I've tried em.  But never worked.  Not once.

But down at Islamorada, after catching maybe 10 decent small and mediums I decided to give my green tube yet one more try.  Remembering that KC down at Kingsbury had advised me the BIG guys hang out in deeper water, that's where I went.

Maybe 4 to 6 feet deep, just off the flats.  Nice waves and winds.  And cast it over the larger potholes common to this area.  Well, I'll tell you this was the key.  Deeper water.  Ripped it through the water, nice jigs, make it look like a scared needlefish (the intention).

And it worked.  One smashing hit after another.  And no losses due to the wire leader.  Great.  Had a blast.  The keys seem to be these:  light green potholes in deeper water.  Wind and waves actually are favorable.  Store the tube curled, so you get that needlefish "wiggle" when you rip it.

And hang on!  Loved it....

Anybody else have some big cuda techniques?  How bout flies?

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perception dude Offline
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Posted: June 23 2004,08:03

Spend the 8 bucks and get a red/white yo-zuri. With one of these lures i have caught more cuda, all sizes than you can imagine. Both the big 30+" fish, and the 11" fish that don't know what they're doing eating this lure.
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Posted: June 23 2004,15:06

Which one?  Floating swimmer?  Or the suspending or sinking model?  What length?  Or are you referring to a topwater?

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Posted: June 24 2004,18:09

I agree with p.d.
I have had great success with a Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnow, floating, red/white, 5 1/4" long.

When using my SOT, this is my trolling lure of choice. I have also taken serious hits from Tarpon on the same lure.

Tough lure, sharp hooks and take a beating.
They have the teeth marks to prove it. :cool:


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Posted: June 24 2004,19:31

Just the standard floating crystal minnow, 5 3/4 sounds right. Also if you've got the cash cudas will slam saltwater assasins in the orange color, it can be a waste of plastics if your missing hook sets.
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Posted: June 25 2004,11:06

I've always used pink tubes with 2 treble hooks and always hooks up. I like to pump it through the water at a good pace, initially letting it sink a bit. biggest yet was just under 4 feet.
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Posted: June 28 2004,09:26

Caught a nice one in Islamorada a few weeks ago (off a dock, no yak that trip) on a red/white mirrolure. Bent the hook.

For flies I use a modified clouser minnow. I tie it on a long shank hook with the head & eyes @ the bend of the hook, leaving the majority of the hook shank bare. I use craft fur for the wings. Tried bucktail but it didn't last too long, craft fur holds up quite well but it's short. I'm going to try polar fiber or some other synthetics for longer flies. Still, it works well on all sizes of cuda. I've caught the little cigar cudas up to 2-3 footers. Pretty sure I had some even bigger ones on but with a light tippet...well you know!
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Posted: June 28 2004,13:34

Someone's gonna be smelly...
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Posted: June 28 2004,15:05

You guys have it all wrong, Cuda's are just like us...they like to hook up with gals like this -



Edited by Capn Jimbo on June 28 2004,15:17

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Posted: June 29 2004,10:01

Don't you find it difficult to cast them though? ;->
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