bluegill spybait 2

3 1/2" PVC trimboard spybait, 1 1/4" tall, 9/16" thick, 24.9 grams (including approx. 4 grams ballast).

All Createx and Wildlife colors, two dips in AC1315 for top coat. .072 X 7/8" sst screw eyes for both props, and for the belly hanger. All the hardware is from Barlow's.

I made it with the ballast in front of and behind the belly hook hanger, so it falls nose first at an ROF of one foot per second, but swims level on the retrieve. The props give it enough resistance to keep it up at a med. retrieve.

The other spybaits I've made, and the store bought Duo 80 G-fix, all fall level, but swim nose up, because of how they have to be ballasted to fall level, and have the quiver on the fall.

This bait doesn't quiver, but it does swim level. I'm hoping the props give it enough water displacement to add some quiver on the retrieve, or at least make it look alive.

Fingers crossed!


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Hello Mark, good looking bait, I have never heard of a spybait until you posted one back a while ago. Hope it gets the job done.

 

One question, when you talk about the quiver as it is falling, what kind of action is that?  Thanks for sharing.

 

John

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Thanks John.  Look up spybaits under hard baits on Tackle Warehouse.

The quiver is how the slow falling bait wobbles side to side as it sinks horizontally.  Because of the paint schemes, the bait's sides flash as it wobbles.

I was able to achieve this in my shad spybaits, which are jerk bait shaped, by figuring out the ballasting amount and locations for a horizontal fall, and then drilling my 3/16" holes up from the belly to past the centerline drawn from line tie to rear hook hanger.

I played around, and found that by pushing the ballast (3/16" lead wire) up past the centerline so it was divided 1/3 above the line and 2/3 below it, the bait was stable on the retrieve, but fell with a wobble.

Once you see one of the Duo Realis baits fall in clear water, it will become clear.

I wasn't able to get mine to rock as fast as the Duo baits, but they do rock.

I wanted the bluegill to fall nose first, so it would swim horizontal, instead of nose up like the shad baits, so I weighted it more toward the nose.  In the process, I somehow lost the wobble.  I think it has a lot to do with the bait being 1 1/4" tall, and shaped like a flat bait, instead of the shorter, more rounded shad baits.

You know how flat sided cranks don't wobble as much as rounded cranks.  I think the same thing applies here.

Sorry to be long winded, but I had to think of why I did stuff, and you know thinking isn't my strong suite.  Hahaha

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John,

I saw that video a couple of months ago, and I liked how it moved, so I made one.  They do quiver on the fall, and I had to do the same higher ballast to get mine to do it, too.

I foiled mine and it really flashes.

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John,

I saw that video a couple of months ago, and I liked how it moved, so I made one.  They do quiver on the fall, and I had to do the same higher ballast to get mine to do it, too.

I foiled mine and it really flashes.

I met the guy who invented it at a Tn Sportsmans Show. He said it is all that he fishes now, night, day and all four seasons. He said it catches fish year round and good fish.

Glad to hear that you made one let us know if it works for you.

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