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ILC (in line crank)

What im up to:

Always been afraid to fish diving cranks, for the price of one crank i could buy two whole bags of plastic baits... Now that im building my own its even worse! Thats alot of work to leave at the bottom of the lake!

Enter the "ILC"... Catch a stump bass? Log bass? Rock bass? Dock bass?... Simply break off that pesky hook and wait for your beautifully crafted lure to float back to you

These proto's are only "gen 1"... More shapes/sizes/variations to come...



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If your going to fish crankbaits your going to have to accept the fact that your going to lose some. If you'll invest in a good lure retriever it will greatly reduce the number of baits you'll lose.

 

Being afraid to fish a crank in the gnarly stuff you might as well be fishing something else. Especially with shallow cranks. Banging cranks into limbs, stumps, rocks, etc and having them deflect off of these objects is what triggers most of your bites in the first place.

 

You won't lose many shallow cranks in the first place since most of them are well within reach of any lure retriever. So man up and throw them in the thick stuff and watch what happens to your catch rate.

 

Ben

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Exactly my point....... But after pondering the possibilities of this design, i found that it has potential to offer more advantages than previously stated....... Some of which im not ready to share yet....

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Interesting concept.  Must be a little tricky to weight though since the lure can roll on the line and you don't get the benefit of hook weight for stabilizing.  Also, going to need a real nice line exit point so it doesn't work the line and wear it out.  I can't see how the lure can swim and have a real free action without a line tie with a split ring or snap to let it work freely.  Best of luck.

Barry

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Thanks Barry!... ALOT of testing left to go... The line tie issue was one of my main concerns, but i was pleasantly surprised at how well it performed at slow speed on the 1st swim!

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A teflon tube thru the center (which may already be what you are doing) will help with line wear.  A bobber stop at the front may reduce the likelihood of hook drop when you pause or let the line go slack for some reason.  

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Thanks Bob!... For these i just used what i had laying around, its a coffee straw going thru the center.... I have alot of tweaks to make going forward, teflon is a good suggestion!

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