Equipment Needed To Skip Lures Underneath Docks or Mangroves
Especially in the summertime, skipping lures below docks or mangroves is critical.
More often than not, the fish are seeking that shade from the sun provided by overhanging mangrove trees and docks.
Whether you’re new to skipping lures or not, this is what you need to get the job done!
Equipment Needed To Skip Lures [VIDEO]
Rods & Combos:
Line & Leader Material:
Lures & Hooks:
Rod & Reel
When it comes to skipping, you need a rod that has a fast enough tip to whip the lure out there but also the backbone to pull fish away from structure.
I have found a Medium-Power Fast-Action rod to be best suited for this type of fishing.
Pair that up with a 2500-size reel spooled with a 10lb braid and you’re in business.
The actual rod I use for this type of fishing is the Slot Machine Custom Rod.
It is a 7’6 Medium-Power with a Fast-Action tip.
As far as setups that won’t break the bank, the Most Popular Rod, Reel, & Line Combo is the way to go.
This includes a 7’6 TFO Pro with a 3000-size Daiwa Fuego.
For skipping, you will want to make use of the Dirty Deeks Leader Assembly to beef up the tip of your line.
Go ahead and tie on a 20lb leader as you normally would, however, add a small bite tippet section of roughly 8-10 inches of 30 or even 40 lb leader material.
I use a uni-to-uni knot to link both of the leader materials together.
The bite tippet is a crucial part of the setup – especially if you are targeting snook.
Their mouths can easily rub against the line causing abrasions that lead to break-offs.
Furthermore, you want to use a weedless hook on the end of your leader.
I recommend the Hoss Helix Hooks because they maintain weedless properties while providing the biggest hook gap to increase the hookup ratio.
Targeting Trophy Fish
When we’re actively going after the BIG fish, we need to step up our power.
I’m talking about using a Medium-Heavy rod with a 3000-size reel.
You can go up to a 4000-size reel, however, the 3000 will do just fine.
In this case, you also want to step the braid up to 15-20lb line as well as bump up the leader.
20lb leader would be fine for the bigger section, but the bite tippet needs to be at least 40-50+ lbs in strength.
This is useful for fishing concrete docks or those pilings with lots of barnacles.
You want to be able to get that fish hooked and out of structure rather quickly.
For the bigger fish, I prefer the Cashion Element Inshore rod.
It is a Medium-Heavy that ranges from 8-20 lbs of line.
This model in particular has a soft tip so you can effectively skip lures while having the backbone to battle monster fish.
The TFO Pro will work as well but you want to bump up to the Medium-Heavy model.
When it comes to skipping, you want to use larger lures that are a bit heavier.
The bigger lures skip better.
Lures like the 4-inch Mulligan and our 5-inch BOMBER are excellent choices for skipping.
The BOMBER is the best skipping lure I personally have ever used.
Its flat sides and weight are perfect for skipping below docks and into mangroves.
Lures with extra appendages or antennae sticking out are NOT useful for skipping.
Those appendages will grab hold of the water and put an end to your skip real fast.
Another great choice for skipping is a soft plastic jerk shad.
These again are great because of the flat sides but they are a bit lighter than the lures I just mentioned.
I hope you learned something from this video!!
If you have any questions, please leave them down below.
Also, go ahead and drop your favorite skipping lures or techniques I left out in the comments as well!!
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