FAVORITE BAITS FOR BOILS

cfulton

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#3
Depends on your goal. If you like the blast of a striper knocking your lure half way back to the boat, there are many surface lures, most of which are listed in Wayne's lure lists. If you have rookies or youngsters on board I switch them to a white or blue/white bucktail jig. They can throw it a mile, it catches as many, if not more, than surface lures. The advantage of this is you no longer have treble hooks in the equation. Fish can be unhooked much easier/quicker, you don't have to dislodge hooks from deck carpet, nets, fingers and almost everything else in the boat. My go to lure if I had to fish for survival would be the white bucktail jig. Chuck
 

GregC

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#9
3oz Cotton Cordel silver spoon. Casts far and can be dropped if they go down. Works great for me.
My favorite technique as well, but silver or silver/blue Kastmasters in 1 or 1-1/2 oz. You can fast retrieve across the surface (rod tip UP) or if they go down you can count it down to depth and "jerk bait" it or "jig" it back to the boat. Often the "big-uns" will cruise below the school, waiting for something to fall down to their more temperature comfortable depth.
I always have a second rod with a Kastmaster ready to go while I'm using a top water popper at first(cause its just so much fun!), but I usually wait 'till I have fish in the boat to pick up the topwater rig.

GregC
 
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#12
Yozuri Mag Popper (No longer made) for LONG casting and guaranteed striper attraction. Second choice: Excaliber Zara Spook Jr. in blue hologram (Bill Dance signature). Anne doesn't bother with the surface action, she starts right of spooning below the boils with a WallyLure 1 1/2 oz. jig (No longer made). Anything in your tackle box that they will hit is the best lure.
 

cfulton

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#13
I used to make my own surface poppers. Use 3/4" dowel (4-41/2 " long) and shape it on a lathe with a tapered tail. Cut the nose on a bevel then route out a cup shaped in the tapered nose with a large drill bit. This will give the popper action. I then dip them in a clear wood sealer to insure they did not soak up water. After that dries, I dip them in white enamel paint and dip the head about 1" in cardinal red. A small olive jar works well for dipping the paint. When dry install 3 small eye screws in the nose cup, mid way back on the bottom and the tail. Load the eyes with a hook of your choice. They will work as well as any store bought lure in boils and the bonus is you made it yourself. You can also add body art with colored magic markers and/or glitter. The stripers will not care...they love it all. Chuck PS: I quit giving them to Wayne, he kept loosing them on fish :)
 

wayne gustaveson

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#14
I used to make my own surface poppers. Use 3/4" dowel (4-41/2 " long) and shape it on a lathe with a tapered tail. Cut the nose on a bevel then route out a cup shaped in the tapered nose with a large drill bit. This will give the popper action. I then dip them in a clear wood sealer to insure they did not soak up water. After that dries, I dip them in white enamel paint and dip the head about 1" in cardinal red. A small olive jar works well for dipping the paint. When dry install 3 small eye screws in the nose cup, mid way back on the bottom and the tail. Load the eyes with a hook of your choice. They will work as well as any store bought lure in boils and the bonus is you made it yourself. You can also add body art with colored magic markers and/or glitter. The stripers will not care...they love it all. Chuck PS: I quit giving them to Wayne, he kept loosing them on fish :)
I kept asking Chuck to include WW or wayneswords in the body art but he never did that. I am sure stripers would hit it better if they thought they could get 15 seconds of fame by appearing on the website being held by Chuck Fulton :)

Its hard to find something boiling fish wont hit in a decent boil. It is just as important to position the boat correctly so a long cast can reach the fish without spooking the school. Find fish, get close but not too close and then enjoy catching them on your favorite lure.
 

wayne gustaveson

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Staff member
#17
I used to make my own surface poppers. Use 3/4" dowel (4-41/2 " long) and shape it on a lathe with a tapered tail. Cut the nose on a bevel then route out a cup shaped in the tapered nose with a large drill bit. This will give the popper action. I then dip them in a clear wood sealer to insure they did not soak up water. After that dries, I dip them in white enamel paint and dip the head about 1" in cardinal red. A small olive jar works well for dipping the paint. When dry install 3 small eye screws in the nose cup, mid way back on the bottom and the tail. Load the eyes with a hook of your choice. They will work as well as any store bought lure in boils and the bonus is you made it yourself. You can also add body art with colored magic markers and/or glitter. The stripers will not care...they love it all. Chuck PS: I quit giving them to Wayne, he kept loosing them on fish :)
For those that want to see a Chuck Fulton Surface lure made out of 3/4 inch wooden dowell. Here is what they look like. YES I have caught a number of stripers in boils on this lure 20170912_083023.jpg .
 
#19
1 oz KM...either in all silver or blue/silver. Hard to beat IMO. Burn it on top for explosive topwater takes, subsurface, or jigging. White bucktail jigs in white would be my second, probably tied with a super spooks. It did feel like we could throw anything out there our last trip and they would hit it. Incredible boil sizes! Love it!