How To Retrieve The Mulligan Paddletail Near Oysters

This is how to retrieve the Mulligan Paddletail near oysters to trigger more strikes!

Oyster bars provide instant hotspots to target redfish, seatrout, snook, and flounder.

The challenge is swimming your lures as close as you possibly can without getting hung up or stuck in structure.

Here’s how to catch more fish on the Mulligan near oysters!

How To Retrieve The Mulligan Paddletail Near Oysters

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Using Smart Fishing Spots, we found some oyster bars on a flat to show the best ways to retrieve the Mulligan to trigger more strikes.

The first thing you need to be mindful of is the type of hook you’re using.

I recommend using a weedless weighted hook when fishing tight to any structure, especially oysters.

As long as the oyster bar is in less than 3 feet of water, weedless weighted hooks are game-changers.

If you’re fishing in deeper areas, I would go with a Hoss Weedless Football Jighead to get down in those deeper pockets while keeping its weedless properties.

Oysters will easily hang onto any exposed hook and then you’re stuck with the headache of trying to unsnag your lures.

When fishing tight to structure, it is also critical to skin-hook the hook point in the lure to go completely weedless.

Retrieving Over The Oysters

We found an oyster bar that’s in about 1 foot of water sloping off to 3 feet along the edges.

Especially during high tide, I like to buzz the lure right over the top of the oysters.

To do this, rod positioning is very important.

When fishing over the shallower part, keep the rod tip up.

As soon as you feel any of the oysters, speed up the retrieve.

You want to get close to the oysters but not close enough that the lure gets wedged and stuck in between them.

As soon as I feel the bar start to drop off, I’ll lower the rod tip down a bit to follow the contour of the oysters.

It is very common for predatory fish to hide out right along that deep edge close to the structure.

As you move the rod tip and drop the lure down, it will pass right in front of the fish’s face and they can’t help but take a swipe at it.

After you catch a fish, be sure to reset the lure on the hook and bury that hook point in the plastic.

Retrieves Along The Edge Of Oysters

In this case, cast out along the edges of the oyster bar and keep the rod tip down.

As soon as you feel any of the oysters, bring the rod tip up immediately.

You don’t want to get hung up in the bar.

The idea is to keep your rod tip down as much as you can to keep that lure as low as possible.

But again, as soon as you feel the oyster, raise the rod tip up.

You can also try different speeds as well as mixing in twitches as you work the lure along the edge.

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The Mulligan is an excellent, all-purpose lure that is perfect for targeting inshore redfish, seatrout, snook, or flounder.

It is 4 inches in length and works all year round.

When rigged on the Hoss Helix Hook, it is the best combination for fishing around oysters or mangroves in less than 3 feet of water.

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4 months ago

Great tips for that lure.

Craig Peebles
4 months ago

Hey, I would love to get some tips on spors to fish in Morehead and Beaufort area early next week. Will be inshore for trout.

Steven Busby
4 months ago

Great video. Not that I’ll be fishing over any oyster beds any time soon, but noe I’ll know how to fish them.

Ronald Peedin
4 months ago

like this

Frank Hunnes
4 months ago


Thanks for the great tips again. We all certainly appreciate it!

Thomas Utley
4 months ago

Definitely a good video and very informational for those who may not know how to fish oyster bars and their surroundings… Your video is actually proof in the pudding sort of speaking … Job well done Luke …… !

Dennis Wheelus
4 months ago

How long is leader and what test line on leader.

Dennis Wheelus
4 months ago
Reply to  Dennis Wheelus

Never mind, I see it

Jan Radjeski
4 months ago

Great points there Luke. Thanks for always putting yourself out there.

Cedric Thompson
4 months ago

Great strategy. I will use the technique on my next outing.

The last time I focused on oyster bars, I got frustrated because I lost my terminal setup 3 times.

Thanks for the money saving tip.

4 months ago

Always great to have the fish help you make your point! Point taken…. thank you Sir!


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