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 Post subject: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:21 pm 
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Decided to get up early and head to Ding Darling with an outgoing tide. Had very little success there las year after red tide but figured maybe it had recovered. I got in an did not see any mullet which made me question my decision but almost immediately got a hit on topwater. t was a big snook that took line screaming off the real and eventually gilled my line and broke off. I was disappointed but excited to see some life early on. Hit a bunch of the small islands and caught a nice 22" red on topwater followed by a 26" red and then one around 20" all on a redfish color badonka donk.

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Decided to let those fish rest and went further back. Switched to the Zman and cuaght 3 snook 23"-25" and saw a ton of big snook and a few good reds. I hit a very shallow cove and hooked another big snook over 35" who did some head shakes and a good run and broke off(gotta switch to 25lb leader I guess). Worked it for the next hour and caught a 22" red and a 27" snook followed by a 29" snook. I was planning to meet my kids at Lakes Park so had to leave before low tide. I think they would have been fish in a barrel when the tide dropped. Great to see Ding is back. Was not much grass or mullet like it used to be but the fish were there.

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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 2:38 pm 
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Nice to see topwater so productive. I stand corrected!


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 5:06 pm 
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Never fished Ding, but there are always good reports from there.


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 9:01 am 
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I did try topwater yesterday morning at pineland and had 3 good follows by reds but they wouldn't commit. I'm a topwater man to the core so if I can throw it I will. Did catch a 20" and 23" trout on top and a couple snooklets though so they are looking up.


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:22 pm 
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Great to hear topwater may be working again! I am a big TW fan also but it has just not been productive for me lately. I will give my favorite plug a good work out the next time out!


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:37 pm 
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Have any of the topwater guys gone to single inline hooks vs. trebles? I have and many of my friends that fish east coast, and Chocko have, and have not experienced problems with hook ups, but releasing is much easier. The "walking the dog" action is not affected at all. Just need to make sure you select the right size hooks. I've had some snook inhale a treble hooked topwater, and its a bear to remove, not to mention the fish is usually damaged.


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 5:09 am 
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Hi Sailor: I have just recently switched over to single hooks for the same reasons you mention: easier to unhook a caught fish and/or mangroves as well as personal safety. I cannot say whether I have had less hook-ups, but I have caught some nice fish on topwater since making the switch. I don't think the Skitter Walk (SW-8) action is affected at all when switching out the trebles with VMC inline 2/0 #7237CB single hooks.


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:28 pm 
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My super spook jr's work great with the inline hooks. I still have occasionally the hook grabbing my loop knot, or even the quick release clip I use. I guess that is normal.


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 Post subject: Re: Ding Darling 12/30
PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2020 7:30 pm 
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I had the opposite experience. I went to Owner single hooks on my Mirrolurer 7m and found that the action of the lurer was not the same. Maybe my imagination but I seemed to not get nearly the takes. Went back to trebles but I hate them!


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