Any Way To Make A Jerkbait Suspend Less
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Posted 15 December 2011 - 07:18 PM
Might be a strange one but maybe someone knows. I fish a shallow lake, most of my fishing is 1 to 4 feet. Most jerkbaits suspend deeper. I have a few that are good but would like to modify the one's that don't. I.E... LC pointer 100. Getting tired of feeding the lake with LC's, lol
So if there is a way, or maybe there isn't. Can you please let me know
Thank you, Tony
I even sold my vision 110's just so I don't feed the lake.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:04 PM
Im not a pro, but I think if you could find a way to adjust the relation between the line tie and the lip youd get it to dive less. I think you could take some length off the lip and it would make it dive shallower.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 09:13 PM
You can try using smaller split rings and hooks...or try shaving the bill down a little bit. I have been shaving the bills down on some mag warts. I can get them to run 2-3' shallower, but have never done a jerk bait.
Posted 15 December 2011 - 11:29 PM
You can try bending the bill back a little, at a steeper angle. Heat it with a propane torch slowly!! I do this on floating jerkbaits to make them wake alot easier. I can take a bait that dives 2-3 feet and make it were it barely dives a foot. But I suggest practicing on a couple of cheap baits before trying it on a luckycraft!
Edited by Gentle, 15 December 2011 - 11:33 PM.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:58 AM
Never thought of sanding the bill
So maybe a bigger snap
I have heated deep diving crank bills before to make them sort of wakebaits or shallow runners. So same idea.
Great idea's thank you
Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:08 AM
It works on jerks, too. I've shortened the bill on a Bomber Long "A" many times. You can make it dive 8-10" instead of 2-3'. The more bill you take off....the less wiggle you'll have, tho.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 09:20 AM
If you want it to dive less, the bill alterations listed above are the way to go.
If you want it to not sink as it sits, I don't think you can alter the ballast in a Pointer without ruining it.
If I wanted a shallower running jerkbait, I'd buy a couple of Pred. Bass' X80 knockoffs, and play with their ballasting and bills. They start out as floaters.
Here's his link:
I put a few ball bearings in the head section, so they hang a little head down but still float. If I add more, they suspend or sink. The ball bearings are loose, and act as a weight shifting element to help me cast these little baits, too.
Edited by mark poulson, 16 December 2011 - 09:30 AM.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:29 AM
You can try making the bait swell by holding it in boiling water. This works with the older long A's and makes them super floaters. It does not take long for the bait to start the swelling process so go easy on holding in the water.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:10 AM
Lucky Craft jerkbaits are not weighted properly. They sink. No matter what the water temperature, they will sink. The best thing for you to do is to go to the Rogue's with the small butyrite lips. Trimming the lips on SOME baits works. On others it does not. Trust me.... been there done that. If you are really bent on using the LC jerkbaits here is what you can do. There are ball bearing weights on each side of the middle hook hanger. If you hold the bait up to a light you may be able to see them. Drill the belly and take the back one out. This will allow the bait to float and stop it from sinking.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:07 PM
I haven't tried braid, just up to 17lb mono and the mono didn't make enough differance. Maybe 20 or 25. I can get away with thicker line. I fish slightly stained to stained water.
I'm not hell bent on using LC's I just have them and would like to use them without feeding the lake. I do fairly well on them in the first pull or 2 until they go to deep. Maybe it's just a confidence thing.
The EEratic shads and Spro McSticks are what I have switched to. The EEratics are good as long as I'm not ripping them. They really suspend nice. I just starting using McSticks so the jury is still out of them but at least there the correct depth and suspend nicely in cold water.
I'm going to try all the suggestions, not just on LC's but other jerkbaits as well. I have enough to try it on, lol
I really appreciate all the advice.
Thank you, Tony
Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:34 PM
Tony, if you'd like to experiment with the Bomber Long "A", I have tons of 'em. They are floaters, however, but they will swim to 3-4'. They just don't suspend, although, Bomber does have some spenders. I can send you some...just say the word.
BTW, free of charge.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:47 PM
Hey saltshaker, if your giving away long A's, count me in, I'll take some bone colored ones.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:06 PM
I thought I'd help out Tony with his experiment. Who knows...maybe we'll all gain some knowledge out of it.
Bombers are made in Arkansas, ya know.
Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:37 PM
If your "feeding the lake" with your baits I would suggest buying a good lure retriever.
Posted 17 December 2011 - 12:18 AM
I have 3 of them. Most of my fishing is from shore. Fairly tough to unsnag one from shore. I have saved a few but I guess the rocks are tough in the lake I fish. I think they eat lures, lol
Posted 17 December 2011 - 03:55 AM
I didn't realize you were fishing from the bank. Like you said, a lure retriever wouldn't do you much good. If your fishing water that is only around 4' deep then maybe a pair of waders?
Posted 17 December 2011 - 01:22 PM
Tony..if your only fishing in 1 to 4 foot of water you should NEVER!! I REPEAT NEVER!! lose a bait in the lake unless you cast 80 foot up in a tree or the fish breaks your line... if you don't have a lure retriever take your rod and reel all your line in until you get down to the bait and push. 99 percent of the time your rod will knock off your bait. I don't remember the last time I lost a bait I couldn't get off a stump or brush or rocks in less than 6 feet of water. Just what I do.. just try not to break your rod... If you get hung up as much as I do you will get the hang of it and before you know be purdy darn good at getting it un hung.
Im too cheap to buy a lure retriever Ben!
Posted 17 December 2011 - 04:22 PM
If I had your money I'd burn mine.
Posted 18 December 2011 - 12:10 AM
I have saved lures the way your talking about fishing from the boat, but it's tough from the bank. Most of my fishing is from the bank. I fish everyday possible. Sometimes it's just for 10 minutes before work. I start work at 11:30 am so I can fish more from the bank. I fish at least 5 days a week. Weather it's for 10 minutes or 2 hours.
When's it's warmer out I do walk in and get my lures back were possilbe. I've been warned about wading in the lake. The rule is no wading but I don't care. I really enjoy walking in and fishing in the summer. I only get told about it when someone complains. I fish a semi private lake. I've been fishing there for 40 years and have done alot for the lake so I just most ignore them and keep wading.