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Strike King Spence Scouts
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Posted 06 March 2008 - 01:48 PM
I am looking to find some new or used Spence Scout crankbaits by Strike King. I would prefer the old wooden ones, but may be interested in the newer, plastic version. Used and abused is fine. Let me know.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 03:44 PM
Do a search on ebay with your thread title and you'll get about 10 auctions.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 04:05 PM
I don't want to go through the whole "auction" thing. I would rather do it on a one-to-one personal basis without the internet.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 05:46 PM
If you are interested in the Spence Scouts, take a look at the old Clark's Water Scout.
Posted 06 March 2008 - 05:48 PM
I have them in stock at the BPS that I work at in Baltimore. Last I looked I had atleast 5 of them.
You can contact the store and have them ship it if no other leads come up. Shoot me a PM and I'll set you up with the proper information.
Posted 07 March 2008 - 09:17 AM
Clark's water scout............hmmm, never heard of that one. Do you know where I could take a look?
Posted 07 March 2008 - 03:57 PM
I found a source that not only had the standard colors but a few out of production colors. I should be good for awhile.
Posted 07 March 2008 - 04:40 PM
Stream stalker, the plastic version of the Spence Scout is not worth the fuel to get them home. The Clark and the early Spence Scouts with metal hardware and lips are one of the best shallow water baits ever made and I buy them whenever I see them at tackle shows or on e-bay. On the old baits you will usually have to replace the skirts since the old rubber skirts get brittle and stiff but don't pass one up. To me it is one of the must have baits.
Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:34 PM
So what is exactly wrong with the plastic ones? Do they not wiggle right or what?
Posted 07 March 2008 - 05:54 PM
In addition, to the plastic spence, Cotton Cordell made an all plastic scout. The original Water Scout was made C.A. Clark Bait Co. The spence is the same lure but of lesser quality. You will have to hit the swap meets and ebay to find the old water scouts.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 07:31 AM
Of course the real way to do it is to make your own!! Make a pattern of a existing body and cut out some wood patterns of the same size and thickness. Then shop around for the metal hardware and presto a unlimited supply!! Probably could sell all you wanted to on the side also.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:39 AM
I think MuskyGary is right. If there was ever a lure that would be easy to duplicate/knock off, that has to be it.
With a good length of dowel, you could turn half a dozen blanks in a row in 30 minutes, and then fine tune one until it's right, and duplicate it on the rest.
If you think hardwood dowels are too heavy, buy some clothes pole, or rip some pine to the overall dimension you want, plus a little for centering, and turn it round. then shape it.
Could be a gold mine for you, based on what I've read from everyone here on how the original fishes.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:56 AM
Here are a couple pictures of a SK Scout and if you have a 2008 Barlow's catalog there is a Clark Water Scout on page 93.
The problem with duplicating this bait is making the hardware like the original. I have tried it more than a few times and without the original hardware can't get the same action, close but not quite. Then again maybe a good baitmaker could, think I still have some bodies that I turned a few years ago, somewhere, if someone else wants to give it a shot.
Posted 08 March 2008 - 12:24 PM
In Barlow's 2008 catalog there is a crankbait lip #410401 that closely resembles the one on the lure. I can't find anything close to the back fin though. Not sure if its necessary; would have to expermint with the new lure. (But isn't that what we all do?)