Based on a WEC E1

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Paulownia wood, 2" long, 3/4" max width, weight .47-.49 oz with trebles, epoxy topcoat.

I wanted a "Plain Jane" shad pattern because I fish these in a clear lake and want as few negative cues as possible in the paint pattern. The WEC E1 is really well designed (yeah, I bought a few!). It's heavy enough to cast well, with a square lip that rebounds well off cover, and large #4 short shank trebles that don't tangle. A very practical design for fishing shallow cover. The E1's from Zoom WEC have very high build quality, which their $21 cost reflects.


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Really hard for me to understand that a 2" long crankbait can accommodate 2 #4 treble hooks that do not tangle. Aren't they oversized for a tiny lure? Perhaps not, if you say so.

You've done a beautiful work here. Very nice colors. I bet these will be winners.

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Really hard for me to understand that a 2" long crankbait can accommodate 2 #4 treble hooks that do not tangle. Aren't they oversized for a tiny lure? Perhaps not, if you say so.

You've done a beautiful work here. Very nice colors. I bet these will be winners.

Rofish, SHORT SHANK #4 trebles come on a real E1. I hesitate to put oversize trebles on baits but there it is a definite trend among tournament bass fishermen here in the U.S. and the E1 is ballasted and built expressly for that hook. It has its belly hanger installed a little forward compared to "average" (like the Lucky Craft RC 1.5, another example) and the trebles don't tangle. I use VMC Rapala short shank #4's from Cabelas on these cranks. The new Mustad short shank #4 Kevin Van Dam wide gap trebles also work nicely. I think the #4's provide extra holding once hooked and the extra spread of the treble may hook fish that a #6 hook will not on a fat bodied bait (yeah, it may also snag cover more often, though!). Van Dam won the last Bassmaster Classic fishing a 1/2 oz lipless crankbait with huge #2 KVD short shank hooks last winter, so the 'big hook trend' will continue.

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