Your top 3 favorite irons for barracuda, calicos, and yellowtail

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abcd

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Hey all,
Im looking to invest in more surface iron. What are your top three favorite surface jigs and colors for barracuda, calicos, and yellowtail? Not one jig for three fish, but for individual species. Thanks in advance, ab
 
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sdfishkiller

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19' Whaler: EL SUPER LIZARDFISH
Cuda: big ol gnarly krocadile.

Calicos: wounded soldier 7X

YT: minty fresh (swirly) 7X
 
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Redworm

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May 11, 2009
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21' Chris Craft Scorpion
Barries - Birdshit w/ single fixed hook.
Yellowtail - Mint green, bone white or scrambled egg.
Calicos - wounded soldier or green and yellow.

Size varies with conditions.
 
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seriola_killer

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Barracuda: Chrome/blue salas, tady, etc...

Bass: Salas 7x scrambled egg, mint sardine, baby shit

Yellowtail: Salas 7x scrambled egg, blue/white, bird shit, baby shit, dorado.
 
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FloMar

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Candy Bar, Candy Bar, Candy Bar.
For 5-6 years I watched an old friend throw this old old jig with not a speck of paint left on it.
He could catch the 3 species you mentioned and a few more on the same jig every trip.
These old jigs had the best movement, I prefer saying swimability, that I've ever seen.
These days you might find one somewhere, garage sale, . . . most likely though in a vending machine.
Brings back some great fishing memories.
 
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Knot Forever

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Oct 5, 2006
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Every old salt knows that cuda eat any color as long as it is blue & white. Tadt C, or 45, salas 7x. Yellows love the baby $hit or scrabled egg, or mint 7x or 6x jr. salas. Calicos sove the plastic and iron gets too stuck in the kelp where calicos live.
 
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hunster

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lil secret ill let u in on...dont forget black or navy blue for gray light/sunset hour for calis and barries...and if you're tossin jigs at nite for yellows and barries...white..there were plenty of times when i outfished bait with those colors at those exact times...besides that...any and all colors/jig styles mentioned are good...but if you cant get bit on white/blue/silver in any combination..they're not gonna bite...any and all jigs usually will have some of those universal colors on it as main color so...gluk!..and have confidence in ur selection..
 
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hunster

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Candy Bar, Candy Bar, Candy Bar.
For 5-6 years I watched an old friend throw this old old jig with not a speck of paint left on it.
He could catch the 3 species you mentioned and a few more on the same jig every trip.
These old jigs had the best movement, I prefer saying swimability, that I've ever seen.
These days you might find one somewhere, garage sale, . . . most likely though in a vending machine.
Brings back some great fishing memories.

hahah..i still have a few of those..only problem myself and alotta guys had with them was that they werent as sturdy and tuff as tadys or salas..always broke at the hook end...they made it lighter so it would swim better but lacked strength due to it..was a little flatter and lighter than any other jigs...cant tell u how many i broke in a wide open barrie or tail bite..got so frustrating busting 3-4 a trip alotta guys jus got tired of it..but it did get bit tho..really worked well on calis...
 
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kantstudien

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Candy Bar 112, Tady 45, Salas 7X. All in a custom "mint python," which Salas will be offering in the standard lineup soon, hehe...
 
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sitonmyface

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Color doesn't matter color doesn't matter color doesn't matter for yellowtail. My best yt jig got all the chocolate milk paint ate off of it so I painted it with white Killz and a sharpie. Then I put a bloodshot eye on the back of it works the same in black and white as it did before. Yellows 7X 45 A1 light old candybars if you can find em. If they wobble when you wind them fast good if they wobble then dart to the side and then get back to wobbling even better.

Barracuda-don't matter just don't wind too fast

Calicos AA A1 light yellow and green
 
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Scrambled egg for YT. I have about 6 in case I ever get into a good YT bite, but then again they stay in my garage for 99% of my trips since I started spearfishing. Scramble egg surface Iron.
 
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FloMar

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hahah..i still have a few of those..only problem myself and alotta guys had with them was that they werent as sturdy and tuff as tadys or salas..always broke at the hook end...they made it lighter so it would swim better but lacked strength due to it..was a little flatter and lighter than any other jigs...cant tell u how many i broke in a wide open barrie or tail bite..got so frustrating busting 3-4 a trip alotta guys jus got tired of it..but it did get bit tho..really worked well on calis...

You must have gotten a bad batch?
What ever works for you brother.

I still have one, and it's retired, and no paint just like my former pals jig.
Funny thing is it's the only jig I have left from being a kid, still a kid at heart but 56 years young now.
Maybe you shouldn't bounce so many fish? :rofl:
Just reach down and unhook them and onto the next fish is the way we did it fishin' those jigs.
Good fishin' to'ya!
 
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hunster

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You must have gotten a bad batch?
What ever works for you brother.

I still have one, and it's retired, and no paint just like my former pals jig.
Funny thing is it's the only jig I have left from being a kid, still a kid at heart but 56 years young now.
Maybe you shouldn't bounce so many fish? :rofl:
Just reach down and unhook them and onto the next fish is the way we did it fishin' those jigs.
Good fishin' to'ya!
hahahaa...yeah...we did bounce one too many gars....we had the 1st addition candybars and worked great to a point...we used to have a standing bet goin how many gars before it busted...i did lose a cpl ytail due to it bustin off in mid fight...i luved them but it jus kept bustin off on us!..
 
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