1 and only 1 Popper???

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  1. Vermonster

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    So, heading out Wednesday for a full day in hopes of yellowfin. I've read some of the reports, and seen that the poppers are working from time to time. I grew up fishing poppers and topwater stuff for bass and such, and loved that type of fishing, but haven't ever done it in saltwater.

    Anyway, I don't get out a lot, so I am a very economical fisherman. Don't like to spend a ton of $$$$, and don't feel like I need 20 of each lure. So I ask you, if I wanted to just grab 1 popper to play with Wednesday if we get into a good school, what Make/Model/Size and Color pattern would you choose?

    They look like they range anywhere from $17-35 or so, so I'm only getting 1...... LOL
     
  2. PE Pete

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    Hey Sean, if you're going out all day with only one lure make sure you're knots are good.
    Treat ya self mate buy two....
     
  3. yellowfish26

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    Guaranteed they will want the ones you dont have
     
  4. Fishin_Buddy

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    Halco roosta 160 in fuselier...fish 40# string.
     
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    Well, the treat is the trip itself.... LOL

    Got this, plus 3 weeks to get a rifle for my kids deer season, plus other stuff. Gotta spread it around a bit..... ;)
     
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    Ok, I'll look into it. Bringing a 20, 30, and 40# setup...... Thanks.
     
  7. thedonnguyen

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    I went out last week and threw the Shimano pop orca with no love. Another person was throwing a smaller Halco, 90 I think, and got a few. Couple weeks ago my friend was getting blown up on the Shimano popper. All depends on their mood.
     
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    Yeah fair enough mate... get those knots right bro..
     
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    Poppers are cool no doubt, watching the fish blow up on them, but don't forget the skip jig is very effective for reaction bites from YFT and can be thrown farther typically when using something like a 7X light with a single hook...
     
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    You’re welcome. That popper and color has been the most consistent this season. Do yourself a favor and bring a box of mustad #2 hooks as well. Save your Gucci hooks and fluorocarbon for when it is fishing, not catching.
     
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    All ready to go with those..... ;)
     
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    Halco roosta 160 bonito... killed lots of yellowfin and bluefin with it. I use 40-50# pound leader (3ft.) Tied directly to my spectra.
     
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    For most situations, I agree that the Halco popper is great. I also like the Yozuri Bull Pop. But when the bite is really tough, they are blowing up on the surface but just not biting the usual lures, there is a special lure that I picked up in Hawaii back around 1980 that is either a prototype or a knock-off of a Pili Plug that seems to have magic powers. I am so afraid that I will lose it that I only fish it on 80# fluoro.

    Maybe someone who is good with resin will make them again. . .

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    I tend to side with Jaimie in that I'd rather fish a bit smaller popper. My suggestion would be a Halco 135 over a 160, probably in that bonito colorway. There are some bigger yellowfin around now, and they've been eating the 160 pretty good, but if they get on microbait, they may only want the smaller version. They seem to care more about the action than lure size most times, but I've only ever seen them want the smaller one over the bigger one if not both.

    I absolutely hate the Bull Pop, the body isn't hard enough and their teeth can get stuck in the lure without the hooks ever sticking if they don't inhale it. The Halcos are really hard, and their teeth slide right down the lure to the hooks.

    Gary how much does that thing weigh? I think I might be able to help you out with remaking some of those.
     
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    What are the dimensions of that popper, Gary?
     
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    I caught 5 yellowfin on 5 casts in a row last week on the YoZuri Hydro Popper on the Searcher...Right size for these fish.
     
  17. DennisV

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    Halco 105 yellowfin

    IF you have a spinning rod to throw it with.
     
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    The big halco roosta with a yellow belly for the YFT.
     
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    Which size the 3.5” or the 4.75”?
     
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    Arima-bob: It's 4 inches long, 1 inch high at the lip, 1 inch diameter. Solid resin (I think from a surfboard maker) with a thin holographic insert. It originally came with two lame treble hooks, I dropped the front hook and went to an Owner ST-66 treble on the back, a 3/0. It doesn't pop very well, but it has a neat wiggle with a climb and drop action on a retrieve, and fish seem to like it.

    I like to buy lures that are recommended by the locals when I travel, and then use them in other parts of the world just to see what might happen. No big surprise, fish eat things that look and act something like another fish, but smaller.
     
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