In part three of our seven part series, Capt. Mike Hogan walks us through the top four lure categories (epoxy jigs, metal jigs, soft plastics + plugs) when targeting false albacores and their most effective uses and imitations.
Without a doubt Capt. Mike’s favorite lure to use when targeting bonitos and albies. They’re translucent, imitative finish for smaller, thin baitfish. They can be fished at a slower, medium retrieve speed without sinking out of the strike zone, they’re very versatile in the techniques they can endure and they’re very light and can be fished with light tackle.
The Hogy Pro Tail Paddle are used best for blind casting. The commotion from the paddle tail when they land and when they’re retrieved can draw fish in. They do not cast as far and are more prone to damage when blues are in the mix. Great go-to bait when albies are being finicky and you have to blind cast.
They’re very noisy and larger than what you would associate with bonitos and albies. The larger size makes them more visible when the albies are scattered providing a greater field of view for fish. When there is so much bait in the water and the profile is smaller, the big noisy profile plugs are good at calling fish in that might be scattered outside of the school. They’re also very easy to cast!