The soft plastic gulp baits were designed so they serve the purpose of an effective "reusable bait." If the fluke are tearing them up, then normal dead bait with or without a teaser would be a better alternative and most likely cheaper. I have tried soft plastics in the past for fluke, and the results vary greatly. I have had plenty of success catching keeper fish on twister tails on jig heads, but soft plastic shads are a whole other story. I can't even begin to tell you how frustrated i was when i would get hit after hit and reel up a soft plastic with a doormat bite out of it a quarter of an inch behind the hook. The problem that arises is when fluke, primarily larger ones, hit a baitfish, they hold it in their mouth for a while and hold only a small part of the fish. Some doormats will keep a baitfish in their mouth for a minute to verify if it is the real thing or not before swallowing. For this reason, soft plastic shads for fluke are not exactly the best option. I have tried small artificial shads on oversized heads to try and increase success rates, but it still fails. Out of 10 hits on an artificial shad, i normally will hook up to two fish, and one of which is hooked too shallowly and will spit it. my message, for fluke, i personally would stick with the real stuff. Hope this helps you out.
This post edited by NanbayFluker 04:24 PM 02/27/2008