I would try a wider bib first. Wider than the bait and narrower than the bait where they join. A wedge Bib. Also move the ballast closer to the bib. And finally if that does not work, move the line tie closer to the bib.
i would just try one thing at a time.
Sounds like the body of the bait is dictating the action. You need to put the bib in control of the bait and doing these things will do exactly that.
Nice looking bait! Hope you get it swimming soon.............
Thanks for the feedback, I definately agree that the mass of the bait is dictating the action rather than the bib.
I decided to try a wedge bib as you say, no difference.
I then put the same wedge bib up front right near the line tie - sucess - nice swimming action, the only problem is I have now made a shallow diving plug, which I am sure I can use.
I used carved PVC for these baits; although bouyant, I think I need a more bouyant material such as balsa. I think had my baits been made with this I would have now acheived my goal. As the extra bouyancy would keep the bait afloat, this very property of the bib trying to pull the bait down and the bouyancy keeping it afloat should cause a very nice "disturbance" on the surface of the water.
So far, I have only played with PVC for my swimbaits and these wakebaits. My reason for doing was that it is easy to carve plus there are no water logging issues. Are there any more bouyant materials (Plastics) that I could use?
I now will of course have a go at a Balsa or Cedar wakebait too.
Another question, that I have been thinking about for some time.........
A lot of surface baits are jointed, a lot have a single body. In my mind, if a surface bait has a good side to side action, the single bodied bait would move more water and create more of a disturbance, becasue the jointed bait would follow the first section rather than kicking out more. Is this the case?
Edited by gordon, 25 October 2012 - 12:52 PM.