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Alternative Lipless Crankbait Designs?
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Posted 11 October 2008 - 04:22 PM
Many people are of the opinion that it has all been done before. But I maintain the opinion that there is a lot more out there to be discovered.
Respect to Pete and Diemai and anyone else that displays an ounce or two of originality.
Posted 12 October 2008 - 02:22 AM
Thanks Dave- some would say we must be bored, but at least we are happy and bored
Posted 12 October 2008 - 10:17 AM
Guy's, Sorry it took soo long to reply. I have been at Kentucky Lake all week. The # 353 that was discussed earlier is a great search bait. It's compact and easy to throw. I also use this bait alot. It has a different sound than most lipless baits. Good Luck! Mike
Posted 12 October 2008 - 11:47 AM
"Hunting": when a crankbait is retrieved and runs slightly off track to the left and right at unpredictable intervals while maintaining a basically straight course back to the boat. Hunting is seen as desirable because it more closely mimics how real prey fish swim. You have to experiment with build details to get hunting action. It requires a bait that swims in the narrow window between "out of control" and "too straight and narrow to look alive". JMHO, it's easy to end up building more baits that are "out of control", so it's a questionable build target unless you couldn't care less about how many "duds" you get on the way to a few hunters. Deflecting a bait off cover, or twitching the bait during the retrieve gets similar results, so I don't worry about hunting and don't hoard/treasure the baits I have that do it. Throw to the gnarliest part of a laydown and twitch it out, hitting every branch you can! Nobody said a crankbait was supposed to last forever!
Posted 12 October 2008 - 01:08 PM
Thanks , just have to join in Pete's previous post , lol !
Thanks for further explanations , your describtion undermines , what I had thought , a "hunting" action would be .
Ocassionally one or another of my homemades in the past had turned out to swim that way , I considered them as rejects , since they lacked that rythmic wobble , that I was after .
Guess , that I should think over my attitude , lol !
greetz , diemai
Posted 13 October 2008 - 01:38 AM
Bob - "Throw to the gnarliest part of a laydown and twitch it out, hitting every branch you can! Nobody said a crank bait was supposed to last forever!"
This is the best part about not paying for them, fishing with gay abandon - not quite sure what a "laydown" is, but presume it is a fallen tree, or a 'snag' here.pete
Posted 14 October 2008 - 01:01 PM
Haz - Right on both counts! I build lures for friends/myself and one good reason is that it is very irksome losing $15-20 custom lures to shore cover snags. Make them yourself and fish them as they SHOULD be fished - with abandon and confidence. I fish and see crankbaits as almost purely functional objects. And yes, a laydown is a partially submerged tree that toppled into the water but did not float away (which would make it just a Hazard to Navigation!).