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Foiled Floaters

My all time favorite hard bait by far is the Rapala original floater... ive made several versions in the past, and they all worked and caught plenty of fish, but all had minute flaws... i spent more time testing and getting this design right......... they are 4" long, 3/8" wide carved from PVC trim board with #4 VMC hooks and 1 gram of ballast weight spread along the belly with #5 lead pellets from a small game shot shell, 0.6 grams in front of the hook hanger 0.4 grams behind..... the action is perfect with a ton of "Y"/roll giving off a great flash

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Its a toss up between the floater and the trusty texas rigged worm, not sure which ive caught more fish on, but the two combined account for the vast majority of bass in my fishing life

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Great work! Thanks for the weighting info. It can take a lot of trial and error to get it right on any given design. PVC is nice for testing the amount and placement without the need to seal them like the wood versions. 

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I also tested with one 1/32 oz weight in front of the hook hanger, it swam with a more x action, looked ok but not what i wanted... you get more flash from the foil with a y action

Finally got to real world test today at the lake... perfect day for it!... cloudy, dead calm, 60 degrees outside, water temp in the low 50's... caught 3 largies and 1 abnormally large spotted bass (batteries died in my scale, id estimate about 3 lbs on the spot)

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