This is the 5th generation of my ongoing project... The Slip Crank
This one is a medium diver (7ft).. Carved from PVC.. Painted with Krylon.. Tule scales.. D2T topcoat
An "un-losable", "un-spitable" crank bait... The line through design means the hook is not attached to the lure... We all know a crank bait floats at rest, so in the event of a snag, you stop reeling and the Slip Crank floats up the line for retrieval .... You lose the hook, not the lure...... Also to this credit, the detached hook means a fish can spit the lure during a fight and lose any advantage provided by the leverage of said lure
To get the idea, here's an old video from the second model I ever made
FIELD TESTING AND DEVELOPMENTS:
First and foremost, in almost 2 years of making and fishing these Slip Cranks, I have not lost one yet.. I throw them into any cover with confidence, sometimes even purposely looking for a stump to snag just so I can watch my little creation do its job
Second, there have been plenty of developments, but none as big as the "tuning eye"...... We all know how to tune a crank bait by bending the line tie.. But what if there is no line tie??.... I tune my slip cranks from the rear... The hook (and bead) rest on a wire eye located behind the exit point... By bending this eye left or right, I can change the pull angle of the hook.. Effectively tuning the bait
Before this discovery, I almost gave up on the idea.. I could only get 1 out of every 4 or 5 baits to run true.... But now the game has changed!