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RiverMan

wood choice for jerk baits

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A coworker of mine has asked me to make him some jerkbaits and I am wondering what type of wood I should use. I cannot get balsa in the BFE town I'm living in but can get most other common woods. I have noted that the cedar jerk baits I build have more of a wobble than a wiggle, much different than what I am used to seeing in shallow running lure. Would I see much difference by using pine?

Thx!

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How big are the baits going to be? I've been using maple recently and will be testing one in the pool today. You could also try cherry, oak , ash, basswood and even some softwoods though they will require a lot of lead.

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The baits will be about 4 inches long. The reason I am asking is the other day I was experimenting with some foam for minnow bodies and found that the foam body in the EXACT same shape as the cedar had a totally different action. I really didn't expect to see the degree of difference that I did...nice tight wiggle with the foam, wobble with the cedar. Just wondered before wasting too much time if I would even notice a difference between say cedar, pine, maple, etc., or if the differences would be so subtle it wouldn't be worth the hassle.

Thx Lunge.

Jed

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Riverman,

I am just wondering if your lures have a diving lip on them. If so try the following trick: Use round nose pliers to bend the tie-on point downward toward the diving lip. This drastically changes the amount of wiggle in my minnow baits. You may then need to retune the lure to get it to track left/right correctly but you may gain a whole lot more wiggle. I hope this helps.

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Hmmm, thx Hoosier and Lunge. Guess I will bend the line tie on one and see what happens....will try a couple different woods in the coming week.

Jed

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If you haven't used maple or ash before, a word of advice. Be very careful drilling your pilot holes so you don't break a bit....and be even more careful when using screw eyes (if that's what you're doing) as they will snap dfrom the torque.

I use:

1/16th inch drill bit and .092" Stainless screw eyes and I still cringe when I install them.

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I just stopped by the lumber mill here and they of course don't have ash or maple....I live in the most backward place on earth! They did donate to my lure-making cause a piece of alder and some poplar to try tho....so happy about that. Thx for the advice.

jed

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Make sure the poplar is well sealed. I had some homemade lyman lures (poplar) split on me because they weren't sealed well enough. Caught many fish though.

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