I took various measurements of "minnow type" cranks to see if there were some definite parallels that could be drawn from one bait to the next which could then be taken to design and production of others. I would paste the spreadsheet here but it turns into a giant mess when I try and I am too lazy to fix the whole thing into neat columns. Anyway, here is what I did and what I found.

**What I did:**

I measured a total of 6 jerkbaits comprised of one Lucky Craft Pointer, one Bomber Long A, and 4 Rapalas. I would have liked to measure 20 more but this is what I had available to me. I took measurements with calipers to the nearest millimeter of body length, max width (side to side) and max girth (back to belly). I also took lengths of max bill width, and bill length. I determined bill angle with the use of a protractor using the center line of the bait as the constant parallel. With this info I also calculated values for body length divided by bill length and body width divided by bill width. I tried many other different ratios but could not see any consistent trends from these data and thus did away with them. I wouldn't bet my life on the measurements but they are close.

What I found:

What I found:

1. The bill angle on the baits (keep in mind these are minnow style shallow runners) varied

**from 38 to 50 degrees.**

2. Bill Width on the baits varied from 10 to 15mm, bill length from 13 to 19mm.

**In all cases bill length exceeded bill width.**

3.

**The tow-point for all of the baits I looked at was attached to the body (not the bill) and below the horizontal center-line of the bait.**

4.

**Body width was always equal to or very near the bill width.**In the case of the Lucky Craft Pointer for example these numbers were 12 and 11mm respectively.

I think if a person had a hundred baits (or better yet 500) in front of them it may be possible to develop some very strong mathematical relationships for new baits saving us a considerable amount of time in the end. Of course there are many other variables to consider such as body material (plastic, cedar, pine, etc.), balast, wind direction, moon phase, etc., but it may be possible to find a range of constants for each of them.

So after this what did I find out? Put together a bait, cast it out, and see if works, lol.

Jed