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Old 08-04-2015, 12:05 PM   #1
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Tuna Poppers

Hey guys. I'm starting get into the topwater action for tuna and mahi and amberjack and wanted to know what plugs you use and do you change out the hooks or rings and which ones are the best quality.

I'm heading back to Venice during Labor Day and have a couple spinner 8000 that I want to use for topwater.

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Old 08-04-2015, 03:07 PM   #2
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As far as out of the box fishability and affordability I would recommend the OTI Komodo and Wombat poppers. Both come with Raptor 4x hooks and rings and will run you around $22-25/each. I also recommend the Halco 130 for a stickbait to try throwing. On those you will want to upgrade at least the hooks if not both hooks and rings. I bent the stock hooks on a 60 lb YFT. Halcos run around $14/each. Another good affordable option is the Jigging World Bulldog popper. I have used them a few times as well and have been pleased with the results. Those come unrigged so you will have to buy hooks and rings, but not a big deal if you were going to change them out on a stock lure anyway. You can fully rig them for about the same price as the OTI lures.

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Old 08-04-2015, 03:14 PM   #3
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Awesome thanks for the info. I saw the Komodo and they look nice and I saw the jigging world ones too and I kind of like how they come with rings and hooks. I like to modify my stuff sometimes. I've had trebles in my fingers before and will never use trebles on them again for sizable fish.
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Sorry Jigging World don't come with hooks and rings, a plus for me.
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Don't forget the Maguronis. Also this year I've noticed smaller poppers are doing better. Yozuri sashimi bull and tuna Hunter jr work good. And btw $25-30 per lure is about my limit. The fish don't care.


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Thanks for all the advice. I think I'm going to order about 8-10 from Jigging world and put my own rings and hooks on them.

I've lost the high dollar poppers as well and it sucks when you lose a 50 dollar lure, yet the last one I still have is 15 dollar one. Just wanted to make sure they'll hold against bigger yft.
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You shouldn't have to upgrade the components on our poppers or Maguroni lures unless you want to switch to singles
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You shouldn't have to upgrade the components on our poppers or Maguroni lures unless you want to switch to singles

I agree. That is why the OTI poppers and stick baits comprise the bulk of my lures. I was talking about the Halco lures having substandard stock hooks and rings.


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We did well out of venice last fall using poppers from www.strikertackle.com They have good deals on the popper sets.
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