bass2

Hot N Tot Lure Bodies

16 posts in this topic

Does any body make the hot n tot lure bodies??? I have looked cant locate

I've have seen lot's of 20 on ebay for around $25 you will have to prep them for repaint

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Does any body make the hot n tot lure bodies??? I have looked cant locate

have you found what you are looking for? i would be interested in them too.please email me at emptycooler@yahoo.com thanks chris

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been looking as well.  Those bad boys have been good for me on the Missouri River the last few years.  I've been itching to paint some of my own patterns on blanks.  Any info appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Maybe I'm not seeing something, but they look to me like the only ballast is the trebles, and the metal lip, which extends back into the bait.

Is that the case?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Nope.  I'm pretty sure you're right with that assumption.  At least I've never found any with anything else to them.  They are one of the few store bought baits I've always had consistent success with on multiple species.  Bass, walleye, pike, freshwater drum, love them around here. They dig deep, have a great wobble and I''ve never had a fish throw one.  I went to Rapala/Storms website and in the FAQ they state quite clearly they don't sell blanks so that option is off the table.  

I'll end up making up some similar styled blanks myself sometime this spring (need some new tools to do so).  That is, after I get all my soft plastic poured.  I'll just have to decide upon a suitable wood.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The way the metal bill flashes when it X's, it reminds me of a chatterbait.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Those are great performining lures. A lot of people say that the original Storm Hot N Tot perform better than the new ones. Would you know if the clip that they use for the line tie, is available off the shelf. It reminds me of a leader component. Looks like a fun build.

Don

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I haven't had to look for that lip clip yet but I hope they are.  I also thought those clips looked like some sort of leader component.  Haven't had a chance to get through all my Hagens catalog but if recall, there were some larger snaps a person could modify a bit if the other clips are unavailable.  Necessity is the mother of invention.  

As for the older hot-n-tots outperforming the newer ones.  I haven't noticed any differing rates of productivity.  I think the new ones run run a tad different though I cannot quite put my finger on what that "different" is.   All I know is they are fairly consistent producers for me.

I know Producers made a knockoff version that actually wasn't too bad.  Had a few of those too and caught fish on them.  I checked out their website and shot them an email to see if they just sell blanks.  Will let everyone know what their response is.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I love this video:

 

 

Is the two slot lip so you can adjust the slip wire attachment from the front slot to the rear slot to vary it's diving depth?

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I seem to remember seeing some pre-Rapala Hot-N-Tot lures on Ebay a day or two ago. The price wasn't bad either.

 

Ben

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Mark,

I think a person could switch the slip wire attachment to the other slot if they wanted but I can't recall ever seeing anyone do that.  I know I've never done that.  Now thats got me thinking I should do that to a few of mine and see how it changes the lure action.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm guessing you could change the lie tie location to the forward holes but we never did it either. We just bend the lip to change the depth.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Still no response from the Producers website.  I'm just going to assume that they aren't interested in selling blanks.  No biggie.  I'll get around to making some blanks of my own when I get some more equipment for my shop.  Figure I can use the Hot n Tot body as inspiration and maybe come up with something a bit different.  I know I wouldn't mind having some with rattles,

We'll see.  I have too many irons in the fire right now and with temperatures finally getting back to normal, my fishing season is just about here.  Trout, pike, walleye and largemouth.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now