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My bass bait of choice

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1 My bass bait of choice on Wed Mar 11, 2015 6:42 pm

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Don't tell anyone, but if you don't get bit on this bait, you won't get bit.  When I go fishing for bass, fresh OR saltwater one of these Fat Ikas will be on a rod.  There are lots of ways to rig and fish them.  Now I see that Gary Yamamoto is making a saltwater model that has about half as many tentacles and a long, thinner body.  Some guy that was wading at sail cove at Perris gave me a demonstration on how to rig and fish this lure.  It was quite a successful demonstration!  While we were just standing waist deep he must have caught 3 or 4 decent bass.  That had to be 10 years ago or so, but these heavy plastic baits still produce for me, but I have doctored them up somewhat..  I even bought some of the "Tiny Ikas" that are great on the panfish.
And by the way, the name is actually pronounce EKA, with a long E sound, not with a long I sound..  It's Japanese for squid, according to Mr. Yamamoto.
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2 Re: My bass bait of choice on Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:03 pm

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I fish those. But I prefer the tubes which are really just a hollow version. I put them on the jig and often pack some sauce in the tube. Works nicely in the harbor. T-rig also.
Good stuff that what you got there!

3 Re: My bass bait of choice on Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:22 pm

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Komori thanks for sharing.


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4 Re: My bass bait of choice on Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:32 pm

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You know, when I fish the bays, I use a fairly heavy line, and I will hook the Ika just once, right thru the body, just under the skirt. This way, the bait spirals downward on a slack line with the tentacles trailing behind, looking just like a baby octopus or squid. I like the white/chatruese color. I go right up to a piling and free spool the bait down next to it. You have to be ready with your thumb or you sometimes end up with a backlash when the fish grabs the bait and takes off with it. It's really fun and usually very productive, but you need to use braid or a heavy line because of the mussels and barnacles on the pilings that can easily cut your line.

5 Re: My bass bait of choice on Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:37 pm

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Hey what's that other one called...with the little balls on the end of the tentacles?

6 Re: My bass bait of choice on Wed Mar 11, 2015 8:23 pm

Chomps

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Love the fat ikas especially rigged backwards.... Wax the one with balls is from damiki

7 Re: My bass bait of choice on Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:18 pm

Komori

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Just a short note.. The one with the tentacles with the tiny balls on their ends is the Damiki "Hydra".  I've tried them, but I liked the Fat Ika better.  But if you break off one of the Hydra balled tentacles, especially the red colored ones, and put a [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] Eagle Claw Circle hook through the ball, this makes for a really great Bluegill and crappie bait!  I've caught a few Rainbows on it too.  I rig it on a dropshot rig.

8 Re: My bass bait of choice on Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:06 pm

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Thanks for sharing do you texas rig them for the bay too?

9 Re: My bass bait of choice on Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:42 pm

Komori

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Yes, if I am fishing an area with eelgrass. You can rig it Texas style (skin-hooked 4/0 EWG hook) forward or backwards. If I am creeping it through grass or kelp, I'll rig it with the tentacles trailing behind. It goes through the grass better without hanging up.

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