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Paul Roberts

crankbait lip design -what do you think?

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Hello All,

What a great site! I?ve got a question for you crankbait specialists?

I recently bought a couple great looking (size, shape and finish) but cheap super-shallow cranks from one of the big catalog houses. Well as you might guess they don't run too well. They have a very weak action. I'd really like a good shaker for bouncing around in shallow cover. At present the darn things scarcely wiggle.

I noticed all the super-shallow fat plugs I have (Storm, Dance, Bomber, Bagley, Mann, Rebel) all sport rounded lips. This particular plug has a large, wide, square lip. If I rounded it might I get more wobble? What do you think?

Upon further inspection, the other super-shallow cranks I have I am starting to think the problem may be the angle of the lip. It is very nearly 90degrees on this plug. The others all have a shallower angle. It may be a hassle but I may attempt to cut off the lip and reset it at a different angle. The lip is by far the longest of any shallow crank I have so I might have enough to work with.

What do you think? Would changing the lip shape add any wiggle? Or kill it further? How about lip angle?

Thanks in advance,

Paul

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Paul,

The lip comming straight down is to keep the bait shallow. Kinda like the Manns Minus 1. Put the lip at a 25 to 30 degree angle. Where is the line tie located on the lures? Are the lures wood?

Skeeter

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Well I started playing with them a bit and found I could get decent action by pulling the knot down to the underside of the line tie. Will have to put a spot of epoxy, or something, onto the center of the line tie to keep the knot from slipping up. I may not have to do any cutting and pasting at all.

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I just read on an old rapala minnow package that if you bend the line tie downwards, it will have more wobble, and if upwards, less. I know your bait's shape is dramatically different, but maybe if the linetie is bendable stainless steel, or even better, brass, you might wanna give this a try! If not, your solution seems very practical as well.

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