I was inspired to paint up some of these cleaner wrasse after a visit to Waikiki aquarium and was curious to see if they would actually work when fished outside of an area where the species lives. Being a cleaner wrasse, this fish performs cleaning duties on a reef and predators do not see them as forage food.
If you follow my page on social media, you’ll know that I’ve used this exact pattern to catch mahi mahi and yellowfin tuna off the coast of North Carolina and confirmed my theory! Fish are always opportunistic feeders, and action is key!
Length: 130mm (5 inches)
Weight: 1.75oz (50g avg)
Horizontal sinking flutter at freefall
Wobbling side to side swimming action with slow retrieve, erratic on fast retrieve
Reversible orientation to be used as a “slow jig” (hook on nose, leader on tail)
Slow to Medium retrieve, twitch/pause
Recommended hook sizing:
1/0 or 2/0 trebles, 3/0 to 5/0 singles