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Diving Bills..just Not For Diving Anymore
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:03 PM
For the past few years I.ve been playing around with diving bill placement..(I've even placed them near the tail of a bait,,you get a cool top water wobble!)..The past year I've been playing around with a new bait concept that is 180 degrees of what we are use too...We all build floating baits that dive when retrieved..What about a sinking bait that swims to the surface when retrieved?
Think about the uses of such a bait..Think how you could swim it and follow the contour of a subsurface hump in the water....of follow the top of a submurged grass line?..Another use is you can actually make your bait look like a small bait fish feeding on the surface..Or let your bait sink through a school of fish then swim it up through them...What other uses can you see?
This can be achieved by building a sinking bait then attatching the "rising bill" in one of two ways...You'll notice the one bait has the bill coming out of it's forehead facing forward at approx. 45 degrees (we will call it forehead bait) and the other has the bill in the normal location but facing back word at about 45 degrees.Now both baits will swim and wobble to the surface and when you stop the retrieve they sink..Even with in these two baits you have a couple different uses from one to another....Example with the forhead bait you can swim it to the surface and use the very top of the bill to cause a surface commotion while the entire bait stays in full view under water.....The other bait makes a great bait that you can buzz right on the surface..Like I said before you can make both of them look just like a little fish feeding on the surface by bring them to the surface and stop/starting your retrieve.
I've even tried this concept with Shad baits,Trout shaped baits..etc and they all work.
I'm sure I've worked with this project for so long that I'm missing some uses that are right in front of me...What have I missed?...Have fun with it...Nathan
Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:05 PM
For some reason the picture didn't post...I'll try to fix that..Nathan
Posted 21 October 2012 - 06:16 PM
I've played around with that concept on a minnow shaped lure before, but never even thought about doing it with a different body style. Thanks for waking up some brain cells Nathan.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 04:13 PM
I can see how that would work...The diving bill would then be rear facing like my top bait....The only difference is the bill location...Nathan
Posted 22 October 2012 - 04:23 PM
Those baits would come in handy bank fishing where you go from deep to shallow.
Posted 22 October 2012 - 07:40 PM
I have placed the bills a midship facing forward..but never backward.The action was only so-so.The diving bill in the tail area facing forward makes for a nice top water bait.(the further back the bill is less it tends to dive)...Nathan
Posted 22 October 2012 - 10:13 PM
You are the perfect example of why people freak when they realize that "they live among us", they being you.
Hahaha You think different, that's for sure.
I live next door to a woman who writes vampire books, and makes a living doing it. I am always careful when I go out late at night.......
Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:21 AM
Now I know what to get you for Christmas Mark. A garlic necklace.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 01:23 PM
Very interesting concept. One ? though. When dragging it over and through cover, does it hang up or deflect? Just wondering since the lip helps against snags a lot on a diving bait.
Posted 23 October 2012 - 02:52 PM
My guess that this would not be a style of lure I'd use around cover.Neither version offers any deflection before the hooks would snag...Nathan
Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:05 PM
If the bill was wide enough and facing to the rear it should protect the hooks some from hanging upon snags as it would hit before the hooks and deflect up over the snag then keep moving up away from it as you retreive the lure???
Posted 26 October 2012 - 06:02 AM
Wishn4fishn, I like your idea, A whole new concept for the banking basser