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Swimbait Opinions...

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Im making a few jointed swimbaits and im not sure the rout I want to go. The ones with a tongue-N-grove type hinge look better but I think it hinders the swimming action compared to the straight cut baits.

Whats the official word on this?

Here are some random examples...

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Maybe make one of each, see how they swim, and then you will know. I've made plenty of tongue and groove type baits that have great action. Either way I don't think you can go wrong. Be cool to see it when its done.

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I prefer the T&G compared to the straight cut, while the straight cut has more action especially when twitching or stop and turn, the T&G style seems more realistic to me in the water. I only fish the smaller swimbaits though, 8" or less. It may be different with larger baits. Just my opinion.

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The reason Bill Siemantel, and Spro, used straight joints on the baby BBZ is that they take up less space, and that's a big concern on a 2", 4 piece lure.

I've found that V joints create a smoother water flow, and enhanced vortices (thank you Vman) and are critical for good swimming bigger jointed swimbaits, especially at low speeds. At least, that's been my experience.

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I think the v-cut joint works fine. Its by far the most used on large swimbaits. I personally don't think it has a dramatic effect on the action. I think it just looks more slealth. I personally think things like how wide the gap is and the size of the screw eyes have more impact on the action that the actual shape of the joint. Tons of proven swimbaits using that basic v-joint though...AC Plugs, MS Slammers, Triple Trouts, BBZ-1, Ragos baits, etc....its everywhere for a reason.

J My 2 cents.

JK

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why not piano hinge style? by far the best joint

Time consuming. I only have about a one hour a night to get stuff done.

Thanks for your thoughts fellas. :yay:

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