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Fishing The Hogy Flatfish
By Capt. Mike Hogan
the backyard here at Hogy Central, we know big striped
bass eat flounder. So do big summer flounder (fluke),
cod, ling cod, halibut and many other highly sought-after
Hogy Flatfish are available in two sizes:
5 ½-inch, 3 per package
The larger of the two Hogy Flatfish designs seems to
have the most applications with the striper, cod, and
cobia angers. Due to the extra length, the flounder
Feature the Hogy Premium Blend of plastic, amazing
Numerous Rigging Options
Depending how you fish them, they glide, settle and quiver
like a real flatfish. How you rig them will vary based
on your fishing conditions. Here are some of our favorite
1. The Hogy Flatfish Fished on Jig Heads:
the Hogy Flatfish is really quite simple. The nose on
the bait is padded out to support Jigs heads up to six
ounces. In fishing the Hogy Flatfish, the name of the
game is SLOW. Raise your rod tip and lower it to let
the flatfish glide back to the bottom. A good method
in depths up to 30 feet.
Step 1: Select the appropriate sized jig head. We like
1- or 3-ounce jig heads for the 5" flatfish and
a ½-ounce jig head for the 3.5" flatfish.
Step 2: Insert the jig head so that the hook exits the "back" of
the bait fish. The nose is thicker than the rest of the
body to support grip barbs on jig heads.
Fishing Hogy Flatfish with Jig Heads: Casting a jig
head rigged Hogy is a bit challenging, kind of like casting
a deck of cards. What that means is you're somewhat limited
in terms of casting distance. Jig head rigged Flatties
are perfect for shallow water situations where you can
fish the bait slowly across the bottom. A lot of our
customers are also sight casting to large cobia with
jig head rigged flatties.
whole idea behind the drop-shot rig is that the hook
is attached directly in-line to the leader, so the hook
actually rises and falls in sync with the leader as it
bumps over the bottom or is twitched by the angler. The
result is that the Hogy Flatfish quivers in an extremely
tantalizing manner. As the rig rises, falls and bounces
on the bottom, the energy associated with the movement
with vibrate right through the soft bait.
Any amount of weight can be used on the drop-shot rig,
so the rigging method lends itself very well to deep
water fishing and serves as an extremely effective "pin
point" fishing technique. Deepwater game fish stacked
up in a small area don't stand a chance with the Hogy
Flatfish dancing in front of their faces.
1: Attach sinker to the snap located on the bottom of
the rig. We prefer a slightly heavier weight than would
normally be required to hold bottom, allowing for more
aggressive twitches while maintaining contact with the
Step 2: Attach Hogy Flatfish to the single hook on the
drop shot rig. We prefer the 7/0 Owner offset worm hook
for the 3.5" Flatfish and the 11/0 Owner for the
5" Hogy Flatfish.
Step 3: Connect barrel swivel to running line. We prefer
braid running line for this method due to its sensitivity.
With the Drop Shot Rig: Simply let the rig down to the
bottom but be sure to keep a straight line to the rig
- no slack! If drifting the sinker's bouncing movement
will impart action to the bait. Additional rod twitches
will enhance the bait's action.
Just like the name suggests, the halfway method is a
cross between the drop-shot method and rigging on a jig
head. The Half Way Method is great way to twitch the
Hogy Flatfish in shallow water of depths up to 30 feet.
Rigging with the Halfway Method:
Step One: Take a snap and run it through the eye of
an offset worm hook.
Step Two: Using the same snap, pass it through the eye
of a "casting sinker," which is basically a
teardrop style weight with a barrel swivel protruding. The
end result would be a "weedless" rigged flatfish
designed to fish on the bottom with some of the "twitch" of
a drop shot rig.
Fishing with the Halfway Method: In shallow water, fish
the flatfish the same way you would a jig head, popping
it along the sand or mud. When vertical jigging, use
enough weight to allow the bait to thump along the bottom.
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