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ive always been very successful with kastmasters of all sizes and generally just vary reel speed with some twitching. I bought a bunch of t-hex's , slim and bunker, that i intend to use as my primary this spring. same methods? I see people catching fluke with them. are you dragging them or jigging? Just looking for some presentation ideas. thanks - Scott
 

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Scott, T Hexes are great lures for the saltwater, They immitate sand eels very well. I fish them extremely slow, crawling them on the bottom with an occasional Lift of the Rod tip just to make them a bit more visable. I caught a few whopper fluke ( up to 6 lbs) with them after the 09 season closed this Fall while fishing for stripers. Bass, Blues, and Fluke all will take a T hex .




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ive always been very successful with kastmasters of all sizes and generally just vary reel speed with some twitching. I bought a bunch of t-hex's , slim and bunker, that i intend to use as my primary this spring. same methods? I see people catching fluke with them. are you dragging them or jigging? Just looking for some presentation ideas. thanks - Scott

Scott nice to meet you saturday.I was at the striperbites table when you came through.I agree with Joe.Most of my bass are taken with a slow crawling retrive on t-hex.I always pair my T-hex up with a teaser.My thing is location.I like to throw into a rip to get N-S or S-N movement on my presentation.I also have had luck when aggressive fish are about ripping my T-hex in as fast as I can reel!!!With the fluke for me anyway they usually come on the teaser I think I got one last fall on a 2 oz stealth t-hex.Well help this helps.

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ok so you are dragging them. would you do the same with a kastmaster or other metal? Ive always kept them up in the water column assuming it would pick up to much crap n the bottom. also most of my previous experience with metals was freshwater where you certainly couldnt drag it across rocks.
 

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kastmasters are more of a mullet/peanut/spearing imatation where as t-hex are more of a sand-eel. sandeels usually spend their time on the bottom in the sand so keep the long thin metals low and slow
 

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T-hex's are designed to be fished on the bottom that is why they are so dense and have a brick like figure. Kastmasters are ment to flutter as mentioned they are really meant to imitate a baitfish not really a san eel like the t-hex. Therefore Kastmsters should be not be dragged along the bottom occasional bottom contact won't hurt but you don't want to be dredging the sand with them.:cool:
 

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You can Jig Kastmasters with success from a boat just off the bottom,..but they are really better worked so they flutter casted out and allowed to drop then reeled back with occasional stops to let it drop, For me the bite usually comes on the stop as they flutter down ,...a Good intermediate between a T hex and a Kastmaster would be an Old standard Hopkins They work either way very well thats why they are still around...



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My thing is location.I like to throw into a rip to get N-S or S-N movement on my presentation.

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I also like a little bit of current when fishing my Thex. I think it helps keep it a foot or so above the bottom. I have a majority of my success keeping it just off the bottom, to middle of the water column. Though I have caught a few dragging. Usually it's after the lure has come off of a sandbar, or after I raise that rod tip and let it flutter down on the drop. I remember a nasty fall morning when they where hitting on a moderate retrieve and right after the raising of the rod tip to get it to stop digging in the sand.

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Hi Scott.
Thanks for stopping by Saturday at the show.
The guys here all gave sound advice about how to fish the T-HEX..thanks!

As mentioned,the T-HEX is streamlined and heavy for it's size,so it tends to get down quick.Very productive when it's snotty and the surf is rolling.
And I made them to mimick thinner bodied bait fish like sandeels, spearing, anchovy,silversides etc.....
They work well throughout the water column,from dragging,bouncing the bottom to up top.Like you mentioned,vary the retrieve!!

I made the PB-40 spoon to immitate wider bodied bait fish like peanut bunker and butterfish.This lure fishes different than the T-HEX, as the lip in front,and the wider flat body causes it to flutter on the fall,and plane up with a nice wobble on the retrieve.With a very fast retrieve I can get the PB-40 to skip on the surface which drives the fish crazy,and it's a hoot to see it get smacked like that!
As with the T-HEX,the PB-40 spoon can be fished on bottom,mid level and on top.
And both work well with the bucktail,a tubetail or a single bare hook tipped with a squid strip,grub or curly tail,a DOA CAL plastic,or a 4-6" thin rubber eel.(which is killer on the PB-40 ;))

Here's a piece from an article I did with the New Jersey Angler a few years ago:


........any questions,just fire away. Hope it helps!

".... a good metal lure is one of
the most versatile artificials an angler can have in his/her arsenal.There
are so many varied ways to fish them.The T-HEX can be worked throughout the water column.From down deep to up on top.

For fluke(summer flounder) slowly bouncing or dragging the T-HEX along the bottom will put it right in the zone the fluke feed in.As is,or with a
squid strip along with the bucktail is a great combo for the flatties.Also
replacing the bucktail with a single bare hook and adding a soft
plastic,like a mister twister or grub tail gets lots of hook-ups too.I like
to use the 1,1.5 or 2oz model for fluking.

For the bluefish,I suggest a more aggressive retrieve.Anywhere from a
moderate speed in the mid water areas,up to a blazing fast retrive which
will get it up, and at times,on top, skipping the surface.The blue eyed
demons have a hard time resisting this action.I'd also like to add that
false albies and bonito have regularly been taken with the smaller T-HEX's
with this fast retrieve.

Striped Bass tend,for the most part, to like the T-HEX Metals on the slow
side.All 4 of the sizes have produced bass,from schoolies up to some
respectfully large fish.And they work throughout the water column.On a slow retrieve with the larger models,it will bounce and skip bottom resembeling a sandeel escaping or trying to bury itself.Puffing up sand along the way.
Mid-column with a steady retrieve is probably the most productive.And definetly try a pause and reel style to your casts.At times,this can be the difference between getting a work-out just casting heavy metal,or a work-out catching fish!
As I said earlier,for the most part the bass like a slow metal.But for 2 weeks on Cape Cod a couple of years ago the opposite
was true.Seems the bass wanted slim and fast moving lures.The T-HEX fit the bill well,as the the shape mimicked the primary bait,sandeels,and was able to get out to where the bass were feeding.80-120 yards off the beach.Our group put some nice fish up to the mid 30# mark on the sand that year.
But as I like to tell people who ask,vary the retrieve on the metals.Work
it fast and work it slow.From top to bottom.The fish will tell you best
what's working."
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new to surf

i am learning how to surf fish and would like to know what a t-hex looks like.:huh:
 

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I think we all should send pictures of our catches with your metals(now ours) in fishes mouths to your photo page.
If I'm throwing metal the T-Hex is the go to mega positive mojo shiny thing with a hook that gets me lots of fish.
I love a 3oz T-Hex in a nor'ester.
 

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JL.............6# fluke............NICE MAN!!
Would love to see pics of that!
Definitely a nice fish from the sand. I thought it was a snagged skate, till I got it washed up on the beach. Wish I could have kept it. it was weighed on a digital scale and released. Steve, My Biggest to date is 10. 4 lbs caught 3 yrs ago out of Barnegat in Sept on my boat. I wish I could post pic but I can never get the darn things to load to the reply. My wife can though.


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