Clacker Fin Shad

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Clacker Fin Shad

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Here's a 6 inch cedar thru-wire shad. I've added stainless fins that move left-to-right with the shaking of the head. The fins rotate off of a single pin in the middle as the body of the crank bait moves. Works well and is definitely louder than a traditional rattle, plus I get the flash and the movement of the fins. It's a little rough as I've been running this lure for a month or so on the local water. Originally I designed a glider with this same fin set-up but it didn't have enough movement in the body to generate the clicking noise I was looking for.

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Really great idea.

But I'm still trying to understand how it works. You say it is the shaking of the head that makes the fins click. I am more inclined to say that because the head moves to one side, the fin on the other side would be more exposed to water flow, which will of course push the fin to the other side. I would say that it is the water which makes the fins click, and the water can do this because the head moves left and right.

This is a nice piece of engeneering, and I'm sure it wasn't easy to make.

How did you make the fin? Was it bent around a nail in the middle of it? I think another way to do it is to glue a small diameter metal tube at the middle of the fin.

Excellent work.

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Rofish, you are correct it is the head shake combined with the resistance against the water. The fin is built from one piece of stainless steel. I'll try to explain in words but a picture would be much easier to get the idea. The fins are as you see on both sides, in the middle I have a tabs that are folded back towards the tail with a 1/32" hole drilled in each with a brass tube that runs thru holes vertically, creating a hinge. Then I drilled thru the lure where a pin would run from the belly of the bait up thru the fin hinge and back into the lure.

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Very interesting design there, I bet that one is an original idea you got. And a great paint job to top it all off with to.

thanks, Jacob

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