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"The" Super Strike Zig Zag Darter Thread
Sep 18 2012 1:14PM
|Now that we can integrate the forums into the online store, I figured we'd post some threads on popular items and get the community input on their use. Where better to start than with Super Strike, and what better lure to start with than the Zig Zag?|
So how 'bout it? Where, when, how does everyone use them? Any good Zig Zag Darter stories to tell?
Sep 18 2012 2:30PM
|after i started fishing with grega few years back and he would routinely outfish me on darters i decided i need to add them to my arensal. I read zenos book which has a great chapter on fishing them. |
i do the slow retrieve, dead straight and slow and every fourth crank a light open hand tap on the rod, usually the hit comes right after the turn. i hardly ever stray from that retrieve unless im not getting into fish, then a little faster or a harder pull, ive also had luck moving the rod in a sweeping motion, especially if the surf/current is slower.
i love them in sweeping water over structure, most of the RI coast line looks like it was designed just for darters.
almost always the first plug out of my bag as long as the surf isnt massive.
all yellow is my go to, along with my secret squirrel color, but i usually carry all yellow, all white and blurple. In the spring i was throwing one of the calamari painted ones, they couldnt resist.
they hit the darter with a lot of force, and that plug seems to get swallowed more often than other plug i fish, even small fish swallow it.
one thing i do is crush the barbs on the back of the plug, does less damage to the fish and i land more fish as they hit the belly hook and the crushed barbs wont keep the darter stuck to its side and allow extra leverage. Bill wetzel did a seminar on fishing them this way so i felt good about the way i was fishing them.
lots of rigging options, most of mine have 6x 3/0 and 5.5 split ring on the front and 4x 3/0 and 5.5 split ring on the tail. not a fan of siwash hooks or flags on the back of my darters. for bigger surf i use 4/0 on the belly which helps it dig in better.
love my ss darters and i always have at least one in the bag.
Sep 18 2012 3:18PM
|heres a few more pics i had on the phone. |
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Sep 18 2012 4:54PM
|I don't use darters too often, but I'll occasionally bust out a SS darter in the canal. They work great about an hour before and an hour after the turn when it is dark. I have fished them with both a treble and a sparsely tied siwash on the back and haven't noticed a difference. I opt for a tied siwash on most my plugs though. All yellow is my favorite, but gold/white and black/green/white have worked for me too. I keep telling myself I'm going to use darters more, but it never seems to happen.|
Sep 18 2012 6:32PM
|Great pics Chef. Illustrates what you were saying about the fish inhaling the darters.|
Sep 23 2012 7:13PM
|Never really fished Darters much until about a month ago. I was fishing with a friend of mine, after about 45min of fishing he decided to swim over to a rock about 20ft to my left and started throwing an all yellow S.S. darter ( i was throwing everything but). First cast he hooks a fish in the 35# range! about 4 casts later another fish in the low 30's. I couldn't believe it. Need less to say i have picked up a few darters since then and have had success. And i agree with beaver, they work well in the canal as well.|
Sep 24 2012 3:01PM
|Great story Jaime. Darters and big fish do seem to go hand in hand. I'd love to know more about the history and design of the SS Zig Zag Darter. Like how the concept originally came up and specifically about the challenges of moving the lure from wood to plastic. Anyone have any info on that or seen an online reference?|
Found the man himself describing how to fish them thanks to Surfcasters Journal, at the end of the video he tells about one night where color made a difference. After Chef's "secret squirrel color" comment I'm wondering how many have seen that happen while fishing darters:
Nov 13 2012 11:35AM
|Pretty cool Zig Zag, many thanks to Steve |
Nov 15 2012 3:19PM
jenks please get a run of swe ones made, blue head, white body with the saltwater edge logo in blue.