I have caught a lot of different kinds of fish using flutter jigs but none of them had the teeth like a King Mackerel or Wahoo. I was worried that the braid on the hooks would be cut so I made some hooks for jigs using wire leader material.
My questions are: do most people use wire on their hooks when targeting Kings and Wahoo? And when targeting fish with those sharp teeth do you use Tyger Wire for a leader?
Also would like to add a reply to the flutter jig article...
“FLUTTER SPOONS” ( aka metal jigs)
As a long term fishing guide I’d like to offer my personal experience with ”flutter spoons” over the past 31 years. A high quality “flutter spoon”, with a single tail hook, is the most versatile lure that can be used in both fresh & salt water. It can be cast, trolled, swim-jigged and vertically jigged. It is also very much underutilized as an effective trolling lure. The only thing it cannot do is float. I fish cross-country from Florida to Alaska exclusively with a size assortment of “flutter spoons” from 1/6 oz to 10 oz. I use only “flutter spoons” with a single siwash tail hook because it’s more effective for a larger variety of fish and without the unnecessary increased cost of assist hooks This is especially important for certain species, such as salmon, and critical when trolling. Traditional trolling spoons do not have the erratic, darting and wide-sweeping action of a properly-designed “flutter spoon”. An added bonus, when trolling for larger, lure-crunching species, is the option of dramatically increasing the hook size without any impairment to the “flutter spoon’s” action. I especially do this when speed-trolling this “flutter spoon” (bright chrome finish) in a wide circle over wrecks for explosive barracuda and wahoo strikes. It’s especially effective out of the rod holder on the inside turn!
Okay, if you are truly serious about increasing your catch rate, my money making, #1 ”flutter spoon” is a 1 oz Luhr Jensen Crippled Herring. In 2005 it was purchased by Rapala but is still sold under the Luhr Jensen name. Cabela’s is a major catalog retailer of the Crippled Herring. My personal favorite finishes are gold for Florida snapper and grouper and chrome for snook under bridges, barracuda and mackerel. For Pacific NW/Alaska, pearl white and glow-in-the-dark are deadly. Don’t take my word for it, see it for yourself. Download the Crippled Tech Sheet for valuable information in improving your catches.
Flutter jigs, speed jigs, butterfly jigs are by far the most versitile lures ever made. Early versions have been used for decades, if not even hundreds of years. I was exposed to them fishing in the Pacific for yellowtails and halibut, brought some back to Florida with me and they were quickly destroyed and eventually stolen by toothy critters.
To avoid loosing too many jigs to toothy critters. I keep at leat one if not two rigged with 12" of Not 2 Kinky titanium wire and the hooks are replaced with Mustad Ultra Point Ref. ARST49 3/0 treble assist.