The double fluke rig aka donkey rig is one of the finest presentations on lakes where bass feed heavily on suspended baitfish. It originated on the blueback herring lakes of the south but its use has spread throughout the country (where legal). We stuck a camera below the water to gain a better understanding of why this double fluke setup dominates where bass prey heavily on suspended baitfish.
The aha moment comes quickly. Few lures can beat the realism of a soft plastic jerkbait on the move, in this case, the legendary Zoom Super Fluke. Similar to an Alabama Rig, the darting erratic nature of two tethered flukes gives the appearance of a baitfish school – a target worthy of the chase. The Texas-rigged soft jerkbaits excel at covering water quickly, be it open water or grass, while the darting baitfish action is a proven trigger for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass.
Be sure to check your state fish and game laws before fishing the double fluke rig. If it’s legal, it should be a worthy addition to your bag of tricks. Here’s an older Wired2Fish video that teaches how to fish the donkey rig.
FISHING TACKLE USED
- SOFT PLASTIC – Zoom Salty Super Fluke
- HOOK – Berkley Fusion19 Hooks Offset Worm
- LINE – Seaguar Tatsu Fluorocarbon