Internal Weight transfer system
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Posted 31 March 2008 - 08:14 AM
Dear overseas fellows,
I need your expertise regarding hardbaits technology. Which developped the internal weight transfer system to achieve better accuracy and casting distance ? I'm taking about technology similar to Yo-Zuri patented Magnet-Weight Transfer System.
It seems to me Yo-Zuri was one of the first company on the market but I'm not sure, Lucky Craft being very close.
Well if you have any input I highly appreciate !!
regards from France
Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:33 AM
The company who perfected it in Japan is Zip Baits. Their Orbit 80, a jerkbait that weighs only 5/16 oz, casts better than any jerkbait that size, and has the most erratic action of any jerkbait on the market, except maybe the new Flit by Omni.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 09:50 AM
(Great minds think alike. This is a edit because Mark posted the same information I did while I was looking for the links.)
Look at Zipbaits.
Here are some of the links because it can be tough to get around the site.
This next on will show how they do it. Will not be that easy for a handmade.
For the other members that want a fun little crankbait, the B-Switcher is a blast and easy to make long cast. Top quality.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:08 AM
The system they use seems pretty simple really.
The idea of internal magnets is interesting in a very different way too. InFisherman wrote a bit about polarizing downrigger cables for trolling and raised some interesting questions about possible effects on the fish. Haven't heard much about it since, but I quit reading the magazine years ago.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 10:37 AM
That's a great website. Thanks.
No doubt their jerkbaits and cranks, especially the lighter ones, are terrific, and cast better than any other lure their weight and size.
Posted 31 March 2008 - 11:01 AM
Thanks for the quick reply.
Sorry but ZIP baits products came out mutch lately.
Lucky Craft Staysee 60 SP was released in April 1995 in Japan.
Any input for earlier models with a weight transfer systen ?
thanks again !!
Posted 31 March 2008 - 07:30 PM
I designed a bait on paper in the mid 80's that had a weight transfer system. I don't have the paper any more, but the bait had a wire hanging from the bottom that had a hex nut type of ballast. It ran from the mid hanger to the rear hanger and the bait had a carved out belly like a Greyhound so it could slide free. It would/could have shifted back to a more neutral position on retrieve. At that point I was still carving baits out of green wood from the yard.
I never made it so I guess that doesn't count.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 08:15 AM
According to Ichiban Tackle..Daiwa TD Minnow early 80's. I would of never got this one right.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 09:00 AM
Thanks for the input DeHeron,
Do you know if the first generation of TD Minnow ( designed in 1994 according to Seiji's bio) was already suspending ?
Posted 02 April 2008 - 05:19 PM
No I don't. But thanks for mentioning Seiji. I have been trying to come up with that name since I ran across that site a month ago, and then could not find it again. It has been driving me kookoo.
Posted 02 April 2008 - 06:14 PM
Mark...have you tried megabass' smolt? Weighing in at around an 1/8oz and with a good finesse reel (I use a TD Sol) you can hum it about 25yds. The action is some of the best action I've ever seen in a small jb...I took it out this winter when it was 30f outside with a water temp of about 40f and when nothing else was getting them to eat, I pulled the smolt out and caught 6 within an hour. I love jerkbait and when they shut off it's one of the best I've thrown. Just FYI...