deep diver single hook

mark poulson
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3" long, 1 3/8" tall, 3/4" thick, PVC trimboard, 27 grams with the bill and hook, another 9 grams of ballast in the belly near the bill to get it to hang down like I wanted.

The bill is 1/8" lexan, 1 3/8" wide, and sticks out 2 1/4". The line tie is 1" out from the lure.

The hook is a hook I use for horney toads, and I used a piece of 18 guage sst wire for the axle.

I wanted to make a deep diver that was snag-free, or close to it.

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Good Job, Mark. I think it will be virtually snag free. Several years ago, I made a shallow runner(app 4ft.) with a single hook like yours except the hook on mine was stationary. I ran it through every brush pile and stick-up that I could find and not once did it hang up. The bib would hit a limb or stick and the rear of the lure would kick up and it would just slide over the limb and do the same on the next one. But I never caught a fish on it either. I think I posted it on here somewhere. I like the idea of your pivoting hook. Look forward to hearing how it performs.


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Thanks guys.

The pivoting hook is Patrick Sebile's idea, not mine.

Here's what I just posted on the hardbaits forum:

Well, the good news it that it swims true, dives deep, digs, doesn't sang, backs up, and casts a mile.

The bad news is I didn't get bit.

I'm going to try and remove some of the buoyant material from the head and body by making the that part of the bait 5/8" thick, but keep the tail the full 3/4" so it says more buoyant. I got hung up shallow once yesterday, but I gave it some slack, and it backed right out of the brush it was hung in. The hook never got snagged.

Since it only has one hook, what felt like slaps during the retrieve may have been just that, but with no trebles slaps don't translate into hookups, so I don't know.

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Thanks for sharing , Mark , ....great design and beautiful execution !

How did you limit the swing of the hook to either position , it just by the shape or depth of the hook's accommodating groove or you've installed crosswise limiting pins ?

Greetz , Dieter

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It's just the actual groove. I made the bait with PVG, and used a sst wire through axle, so I think it should hold up okay.

I laid the hook on the side of the blank while it was still rectangular, moved it back until it seemed to have good clearance from the back of the lure to the hook point, and marked that point. Then I swung the hook down until it was in the lowest position I thought it should hang at, and marked that angle.

I drilled the side to side through hole for the axle pin, and the drilled out the end positions of the slot. I cut out the middle of the slot with an exacto knife. With a sharp blade, it only took a minute. Once I had the slot opened up, I put the hook in place, and tried to pass the pin through it's eye. I played around with the drill until I had the clearance I needed.

Believe me, discribing it is harder than doing it.

I'll post some progress pictures before I assemble the other baits.

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Thanks a lot for further explanations , Mark , ......I can exactly figure out about your working steps , ......sounds really easy to accomplish .

Gotta see , if I could find such hooks over here , but since those plastic worm rigs have made their way to Europe by now as well , it should not be that difficult .

Thanks a lot again , Mark ,.....good luck furthermore , Dieter

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