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Bill Placement

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Here's my question. When deciding location of bill on your bait what effect would moving the bill up towards the nose or lower towards the belly have. My thought would be on deeper divers you want it more parallel so closer to nose more streamlined. But with shallow runners say something running 3-5 feet does it really make any difference. And if so what. Thanks guys

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Nobody knows everything about crankbait dynamics but it seems to me that when you cut the lip slot lower on the face of a bait, one effect is to produce more body roll.  Some like it, some don't.  On shallow running flat sided baits, roll generates more hydrodynamic signature so I tend to like it.  But like most things in crankbaits, there is no free lunch.  Roll energy takes away from diving depth.  Each design feature on a crankbait affects and is affected by every other design feature, so things are never simple.

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