Binu and Maruthu,
Can you tell me if lures used in the US surf fishing for stripers and bluefish (lures such as needles, darters and bucktails) would have any relevance for surf fishing in India?
I have ordered some of each to try out in Australia but would be interested to know of your views. I have my doubts as some of these US lures imitate sand eels etc. which may not be prevalent in our waters.
I lost the last few bucktails I had, to fish and to snags when I moved back to India. I used to fish bucktails a lot for stripers, but I did not have much left. Darters work really well in current and needle fish/darters work really well at night, but the places I fish here in India do not have much current and I don't fish much at night.
I have found some place in Tamil Nadu having a very nice drift with decent fishing. Planning to hit that place during the 15th of August long weekend. I will be fishing darters in the dark and will update you on how it goes. I fished bucktails there once, but I did not have much success with them. Cudas were hitting our poppers with terrible hookups.
I find bucktail lures to be effective near the rocks.
I have had Mangrove Jacks hit my bucktail jigs, but were not getting hooked
I am sure bucktails could be fished anywhere. I usually use some sort of trailer with a bucktail jig like a pork rind. But I have found recently that a soft plastic curly tail gives more action, and is easier to fish. Pork rinds are great when there are toothy fish around. But I haven't fished bucktails much in India. Maurthu mentioned he had missed some good strikes on bucktails.
Darters would also work. Most darters are bigger profile lures and they sort of zig zag randomly through current, it should be a great night time lure.
Needlefish I don't have much confidence in them.. I have caught striped bass on needlefish a couple of times, but don't throw it much. It's more of a confidence thing. But with the limited time I have fished them, they are great.
When I fished in India, I go with lures that I have good confidence in like poppers and swimming plugs.