How to Rig a Weedless Slug-Go for Albies

In the crowded world of soft-plastic lures, the Lunker City Slug-Go remains a top contender. This versatile fish fooler will take almost any species of Northeast game fish, including tuna, stripers, sea bass and scup. And I use it almost exclusively for false albacore, which can’t seem to resist the lure’s action and slim profile.

 The Slug-Go comes in a variety of sizes, to match virtually any type of baitfish, including large herring and sand eels. As for color, I prefer pearl, bubble gum, olive/white (Arkansas Shiner) and blue/white for daytime fishing, while black is my top choice at night.

Slug-Gos are effective when rigged on leadhead jigs to get them deep or increase casting distance. Hopping them over the bottom in a rip is a good way to score with fluke and stripers, or you can cast a weighted Slug around rock piles, pilings and other structure. However, my favorite way to fish them, especially for false albacore, is Texas-style on a plain worm hook. This weedless, weightless method is great for tempting school stripers and the aforementioned albies, and can be the only way to score in weedy conditions. In my experience, a 4 1/2″ pearl or Arkansas Shiner pattern Slug is the most effective for albies. It’s tough to cast, but can sometimes be the only way to score.