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Lunker Punker Wood Type

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Really did try to find out by searching. Could someone tell me what type wood Black Dog uses for the Punker. Thanks in advance.

They are made in China, I do know that, as is lots of stuff these days...not sure what they're made of though.

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Those are pretty big baits, so I'd think you could use a variety of woods - basswood, cedar, paulownia. If you get the total weight and volume similar to the original, it should behave similarly.

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The chinese often use willow. The walk the dog concept behind the Lunker Punker is an idea that has been around forever.................I fished spooks 30 years ago. You can easily make basswood or western red cedar do the same thing.

RM

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I've made them from Douglas Fir and Pine. Both work, the Pine is more buoyant and easier to walk.

I've made them from PVC decking, and they work just fine, too.

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I have made some of my own walkers very similar to lunker punkers in size and shape and have had very good success with basswood.

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I painted some for them for the bassmaster classic show 2 years ago and they are willow. Hope this ends it.

The Rookie

Thank you one and all.

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Just FYI, when selecting wood for a crankbait, the main criterion is buoyancy, determined by wood density. Willow's nominal density is 26.2 lbs/cu ft. Yellow poplar has the same density and there are woods like basswood (23), cedar (20), paulownia(16) and others that are less dense and more buoyant. In the end, you want the bait to float the same and behave the same as a L/P. That's more a function of where and how much you ballast the bait, and the finish steps you use to reach the same final weight than it is the wood type, per se.

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