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Firstly, i notice that its your first post. So a warm welcome to the Lure Forum Pat !!

Secondly, whilst i am no expert in DTM's, from my experience, the Surf will 'bite-in' more in a big swell, or when a surf is running. So i'd describe it as a 'wild water' choice. The Slim / Sld can pretty much be used in any conditions, other than when a big swell may be running, and you need the extra oomphhh of the Surf.

They all catch fish though, and i'm sure that some of the guys will be along shortly with some additional info.
 

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Welcome aboard Pat!

Pretty difficult one to answer I think actually. There's probably a little bit of personal preference involved as well. For example, in rougher conditions the surf is a great floating lure choice, but personally I prefer a sinking lure when its like that so the sinking slim/sld would probably get more use. If there was a sinking surf....!

The wider body of the surf will give it more overall stability when its getting rolled about though. Thats one of few differences I think really. You also get a bit of extra weight in a similar sized bait to the standard versions (I think), so can prhaps cast more easily in to the extra wind that may be associated with a bigger swell.

Tricky one to put a finger on.

The standard slim baits are perfect for most 'normal' conditions. Whether you choose sinking or floating really just depends on what you're trying to do and how you want to tempt a fish in to biting. The weight differences between them could also force a decision.

Can totally see why you asked the question. Tricky.
 

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They are all certaInly one thIng........bass catchers. I had the 120 surf In holographIc whIte last year and It was my "go to" lure, bass used to smash Into It real hard. I've opted for the 135 surf thIs year, they have an awesome actIon when the rod tIp Is flIcked,zIg zag aggresIvely to the sIde.

WhIch ever you choose, It wIll catch.
 

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Thanks for the replies lads, it gives me food for thought. I've caught plenty on the 125sld's and 145's but have nothing yet on slims or surfs. Maybe I just need to get out and try them more often. Andrew I have used the 120 surf holo white but have yet to catch on it. The first one I'd reach for would be the 125 sld holo sandeel. Deadly!!! Would it be that we are just matching the hatch in our respective areas?
 

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How are you Pat i fish the hell out of em
surfs
slims
90 s
125
135
145
175
have had any amount of fish on em all bar the 90 s yet to do the buisness, have about 7 or 8 different colours in the range, they cast great and best of all catch fish......
 

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How are you Pat i fish the hell out of em
surfs
slims
90 s
125
135
145
175
have had any amount of fish on em all bar the 90 s yet to do the buisness, have about 7 or 8 different colours in the range, they cast great and best of all catch fish......
Thanks, Barry that gives me a bit more confidence to give the surfs and the slims more of a go. Maybe if I leave the slds at home I'll have no option!!!
 

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ive started to use the sld 145 f,however i can feel the lure bouncing off the sand/gravel? (when waded out to waist) am i retrieving too fast? most of my marks are over rough ground but i thought i`d use these on the estuary but the water isn`t very deep:???:
 

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I'm surprised you're bouncing off the bottom at waist deep as the sld is a shallow diver. If you're winding in against a flow it may be diving deeper, although having said that it's rated to dive 3'. Nothing wrong with that, though, as it hits bottom it'll send up puffs of sand/sendiment. That always attracts interest.
 

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you can always try lifting the rod tip up to raise the level the lure runs at
 

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I like the 175 in that orange/gold colour,casts well and is what I would call "Totally Sorted".
Plugs like these inspire confidence even when conditions are not great.
 

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The DUO TideMinnow Slim SLD 145 (floating) is one of the best casting lures I ever tried.

I highly recomend it, especially in the "H-139 TS Clear Chartreuse Orange Belly" Color, just a awsome lure that will catch fish in clear and stained water.

Also, you can use it with a light rod that goes up to the 20 +- gram c.w., cause it doesn't make that much traction in the water, like say, a LC FM 130 MR.
 
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