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Posted 06 October 2012 - 11:49 AM
I'm starting a two-joint "slammer" knockoff....curious where to put ballast...on my other top waters (poppers and punker style) i usually have weighting a little past center... any suggestions? Thanks, Surfk9
Posted 06 October 2012 - 01:22 PM
Since the "slammer" is a wake type bait, I would do as you did on the others, just a little past center to get the maximum side to side motion. Just my .02.
Posted 06 October 2012 - 06:19 PM
Since your essentially building a swim bait the general rule of thumb is to place your heaviest ballast towards the front with it getting lighter toward the rear of the bait. This has a tendency to make the head stay still and let the following, lighter sections move side to side. A lot of advice I've read here at TU says to put no ballast at all in the tail section. The heavier you make the back sections the harder it is to get them to perform the swimming action.
This is for baits swim baits without a lip. I'm not familiar with the slammer so if it has a lip then ballasting may not be as critical as if it had no lip.
Do a search on ballasting, or weighting, swim baits and you should get lots of reading material.
Edited by RayburnGuy, 06 October 2012 - 06:22 PM.
Posted 10 October 2012 - 03:54 PM
I havent made a slammer but I would try NO ballast at all. My thought is that being round the hooks may just be enough to keep it running true.
Posted 14 October 2012 - 11:50 PM
If you plan to use them as surface baits, you don't need any ballast on Slammers. The large hooks, eyes, and rings will take care of it.