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Joined: Jan. 2004
||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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