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Hi raiders, merry xmas to all.

 

Tried this in 2018 & now I look at my original attemps I sort have to have a bit of a chuckle but yet everything is a leaning curve.

 

So enter Skute 2.0

 

Just started with a new aray of materials & learning from different sources.

 

I am calling this one "the lion"

 

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The next one in the series will be called "the whisker's slayer" 🤣

Dedicated to the next NB snapper trip.

 

Not sure how they will go but I will trying to target different species with different weights & different colour patterns.

 

Im just starting really but to me its more just a bit of a hobby within a hobby & while I can buy bucktail jigs to me its the feeling I will get out of producing a fish from something that I have made with my own hands that will give me the most satisfaction.

 

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Good luck with them when you try them on the fish KC. They will work provided right place, right time. It will be a great buzz when you do get a result from your own handcrafted lures. Keep us posted with your progress mate. bn

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15 hours ago, Green Hornet said:

Look good KC, not too bulked out.

Hope it produces for you.

Yes it will be interesting to get some results when I start using a few different one.

 

I have seen some on the net that are huge puffy things with long trails & you cant even see the hooks

 

To me you dont want them tolong otherwise it will probably be like using oversized SP's to the hook size, you just end up losing the back end of the plastic & hook up less fish.

 

The main target at the start will be flathead but I know they are pretty affective on snapper as well.

 

Just a bit of fun anyway 👍

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41 minutes ago, kingie chaser said:

Yes it will be interesting to get some results when I start using a few different one.

 

I have seen some on the net that are huge puffy things with long trails & you cant even see the hooks

 

To me you dont want them tolong otherwise it will probably be like using oversized SP's to the hook size, you just end up losing the back end of the plastic & hook up less fish.

 

The main target at the start will be flathead but I know they are pretty affective on snapper as well.

 

Just a bit of fun anyway 👍

I have no experience whatsoever with skutes, but a fair bit with saltwater fly.

I assume the "huge puffy things" you refer to would slim down when wet, like the ones those Big Angry Fish guys use.

I agree with you 100% on tying them relatively short too. Not too short though, as you don't want to impair the tail action of the scoot.

From a fly side of things, Google a clouser minnow. They are a terrific flathead (along with most other species) fly and I don't see why they wouldn't be effective tied on a jighead. A bonus is you don't need a stack of different materials and they're simple to tie.

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7 hours ago, Green Hornet said:

 

From a fly side of things, Google a clouser minnow. They are a terrific flathead (along with most other species) fly and I don't see why they wouldn't be effective tied on a jighead. A bonus is you don't need a stack of different materials and they're simple to tie.

Thanks, I'll check those out.

 

I have watched a fair bit ofdifferent youtubes from different people & you get a a little bit off some & morefromothers.

 

I have been basing what I am doing to start of with this guy, using some of the bucktail materials.

He seems to be pretty knowledgable & presents a good series of vids all be it for the northern hemisphere.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNa-v9eS67PqJTFV46PzzsQ

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Haha, nice one KC. 
That’s way better than the attempts I’ve tried. When the skipper came up, it was so quiet, that I gave his skute a go! He called it “the dart”. Cause that’s how it casted. 
Just can’t drag myself away from what works 🤔

cheers scratchie!!! 
 

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1 hour ago, Scratchie said:

Haha, nice one KC. 
That’s way better than the attempts I’ve tried. When the skipper came up, it was so quiet, that I gave his skute a go! He called it “the dart”. Cause that’s how it casted. 
Just can’t drag myself away from what works 🤔

cheers scratchie!!! 
 

Cheers scratchie, still in the development stage & untested but hopefully they will have some success, whether more success than SP's well thats another story?

 

Still I just like working with my hands & they seem to work well in NZ so Idont see why they wont work here with the right colour patterns.

 

If it happens that I catch fish I think that is an even bigger reward for something I have made over pulling a packet of something off the shelf.

 

But I will still have some packets of SP's in the bag of course just in case nothing I am doing with these is working :whistling:😁

 

 

 

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So just an update, I havent been fishing lately mostly due to the weather.

In saying that I looked at going yesterday thinking there would be a window in the morning before the rain & thunderstorms roll in, he fishing didnt eventuate but those storms sure did hit with a thud, winds reached 97kph in Botany bay apparently.

 

Anyway I have been continuing to make the skute in anticipation of getting out soon, the 4 on the left I am calling my practice run, the 4 on the right were the last 4 I did & I am starting to get the hang of it(I think anyway).

 

I bought some reflective glue on eyes which I will use on the normal jigheads but I also bought som TT Big Eye jigheads as well to try, never used them before so used some of then for the skutes & some I will throw some plastics on as well.

 

They arent cheap though @ $4 each, they do have another one called DemonZ that are a bit cheaper but dont look as nice

 

Hopefully later this week the weather will turn more favourable so I can give them a run & see if I can get some flatties on them.

 

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Looking good KC. Its always worth trying something the fish haven't seen before.

Not sure where you got yours from, but fly tying specialty stores sell all sorts of eyes that are pretty cheap. I also bought a packet of eyes that look like your ones on the right from a craft store for a couple of bucks. 

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