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White Ash For Baits

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Has anyone used white ash for cranks and topwaters? If so what was your experience. I know it is a hard wood and it is used in baseball bats a lot. I came across a bunch of good looking ash for free and was wondering some of the finer details of working with this wood. Thanks in advance for your help.

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Has anyone used white ash for cranks and topwaters? If so what was your experience. I know it is a hard wood and it is used in baseball bats a lot. I came across a bunch of good looking ash for free and was wondering some of the finer details of working with this wood. Thanks in advance for your help.

I used some ash many years ago when I made several 6" grandmas. It can hard on tools and isn't particularly easy to work with, but boy is it solid. 'Ole esox is gonna lose a tooth when he bites into those babies. The action is very slow, at least compared to the WRC that I normally use in ost baits.

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I was thinking the same thing on white ash it is very hard to work with smaller benchtop tools I made a few pencil poppers and a couple of LC gunfish Knock offs out of it I like the wood because it is very heavy and bouyant and makes small baits fly alot farther than standard basswood or fir

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White ash has a nominal density of 41.8 lbs/cu ft, which is quite high compared to most woods used for crankbaits (most popular crankbait woods are in the low 20's or lower). The raw materials used in a crankbait are dirt cheap versus the value of the finished bait - most of the value is the work the builder puts into it. I think it's a wise investment to buy the best stuff you can find, certainly including the wood.

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Thanks for the feedback. I got the stuff for free. So I guess I will try it out on a few baits. I normally make my baits out of basswood.

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The topwater baits didn't come out that great performance wise but the cranks I made actually came out decent with the white ash. Just thought I would give an update on my results.

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What type of topwater baits did you make? I would have thought those would have been ok.

I made some prop baits. They weren't bad but I really liked the ones I make out of basswood better.

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