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curved lips/ faces of plugs

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Has anyone tried a curved 'up' lip, like a shallow letter 'u' ? The face of a J-plug, by Luhr-Jensen is cupped like that to produce an erratic action. Thanks. :?

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I have never seen a J-Plug in person but it appears very similar to a South Bend Fish-Oreno. The "U" shaped lip surface is most closely associated with the Bass-Oreno but has shown up on several different baits.

I have made several styles of baits with variations of this lip surface. A shallow and steep lip surface can be used to make a wiggler while a long, sloping lip can be used to create a swimmer that makes a big "S" shape when trolled or retrieved.

If you have any specific questions please feel to ask.

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I believe this guy may be similar to the J-Plug, I call it a Wobble Darter.

It has a wobbling, rolling, swimming action on slow retreive and more erractic action at higher speeds.

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Yes, that is what a j-plug's face is. There is a hole thru the bait, where a beaded chain runs thru, with a treble or two is attached. Good salmon and trout bait. I wonder if any LARGE version have ever been made, for pike and muskie.

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Finlander,we were talking about that saturday out in the boat.We were talking about making larger j-plugs and using wire for the hook harness.I have fished j-plugs for salmon before behind a ball.Do you think they would need to be run on a downrigger?My no name bait in the picture forum was an attempt to make a shad bait with a tight(j-plug style) wiggle.Well... it fell short.Actually its not at all like a j-plug.It ended up more like a snake swim action.LOL! If making baits was easy, it wouldnt be much fun! The face of the bait I made is flat,and maybe it should be concave?I think to get that action it will have to be cylinder shaped not shad shaped like mine.Back to the drawing board.

Tom

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Finlander, I WISH I had a digital camera (soon :D ) Anyhow, there is a bait similar to the J-plug for pike and Muskie..it's called the "Bugsy" bait..I have three of them..You pay the postage, and they're yours!

LOL..I never had much luck with them..of course, I fish a river that is relatively shallow in the "hot spots" (where the creeks run in during hot months) and enjoy the topwater and spinners..it's all about confidence :grin:

Anyhow, pm me if you're interested and I'll get them out to ya.

Tight lines, Bart

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That looks like an idea a co-worker and I thought of a couple of years ago. How BIG are the baits and where are you at?

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