The website only listed Eddy Mebel. I figured it had to do with his name.
I bucket tested my Heiddy with hooks and it took 3/8 oz of lead to get it to sink with just the very top surface out of the water. Once I add paint, topcoat, and leader, it should produce a slow sink rate. I will try to video a water test after I compete the finish.
Thank you for your help.
Great , .......looking forward to see it , ........good luck , Sonny !
Around here in Europe such glidebaits were first introduced as pike lures , ....big logs at first , ......coming from the American muskie fishery .
Some tackle dealers imported them and at the start there weren't even suitable rods available nor anybody knew how to fish these lures , ......that was around the early to mid 1990's , I suppose .
Those sinking gliders , but also floating divers , began to receive a lot of promotion in the local European fishing magazines and soon local manufacturers came up with own models , .......which became somewhat smaller than the previously imported American lure models , ......guess , because these were pretty inconvinient to be worked all day long ?
But these baits , in Europe we call them "jerkbaits" , had soon stuck amongst the local pike anglers fraternity , just because they proved to be so darn successful on local pike .
Sooner or later anglers found out , that not only pike would strike these lures , but also zander(European walleye)and trophy perch would gladly take a bite on occassion(I've once hooked a 20"+ perch on a homemade 4 1/2" glidebait , but lost it a boatside) , .....so manufacturers began to offer a few even more downscaled models to especially be able to target above mentioned species , ..........nowadays a few glidebaits are available in only 2" length , ....here is quite a famous model , the "Salmo Slider" :http://www.angel-uss...baits_salmo.htm
Such glidebaits must be fished in a few different manners , depending on the individual models , .......some work best with very hard rips of the rod , others require only little twitches from the wrist , ........one can experiment with downward or sideward movemnts of the rod as well .
Some baits even have a catching appeal when just reeled in constantly , ............when fishing a new glider for the first time , the angler should do some practice casts nearby to be able to see , what his lures does with certain ways of rod tip manipulations , ........some lure models are more versatile than others this way , .......the angler should always combine all possible actions through each retrieve for best success .
Some more words of explanation from the web :http://www.muskyal.c...tures/Glide.htm
Here a very well explained text , sadly in German language only , maybe one can scan it into a translation program , dunno ?http://www.jerkbait.com/lexikon/
All in all I strongly believe , that such baits are well worth a try on your local American bass , .....I absolutely don't see any reason , why different species of predatory fish should not take these lures , as long as the baits can be offered in their prefered hunting,- or strike zone .
greetz , Dieter