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Tom S

Crankbait weighting problem

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Is it best to keep the weight on flat sided crankbaits as low as possible?On my flat sided cranks I was using a lot of lead to get them to sit right in the water and to keep the belly down at high speeds. I wanted to use as little lead as possible thinking it was robbing action by adding too much weight, so instead of drilling 2 big holes in from the bottom and filling with lead, I thought I would mill a slot in the belly and lay mojo sinkers in the slot and epoxy over. That keeps the lead at the very bottom of the belly and uses less lead to balance. Am I thinking right?? I did try this and I was not happy with the action, but I changed other things on this bait as well so I dont know what is causing the problem. I used white cedar instead polyboard and its thru wire instead of screw eyes.

Tom

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Shape (how deep belly it is), tow eye position & lip angle does play a big part in having the lure run straight at high speed too. Can't tell much without a look at ur lure, post a pic.

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Hmmm, I did something wrong on posting that picture.If you go to the photo forum and search " Walter" it will pull up abetter picture. Sorry, my computer skills suck.

Tom

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what is the bait doing rolling? blowing out I don't worry as much about the weight being low just as long as it's balanced in the water and the lip angle allows for a smooth angle of decent my weight is all in the lower 3rd of the bait horizontally and the front 1/2 if the weight went beyond the halfway point it was bad but those look great your on the right track my baits are a bit different but the theory's should apply the same

Good luck

John

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Thanks guys!

LaPala thank you for taking the time to do that! I have one question. What purpose does the shape of that front weight serve? I have not seen weight shaped like that before. Ok 2 questions, and how do I go about making that?

Tom

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Liberty of a drawing program??? LOL, but that shape would have the weight concentrated in lowest point & the bulk control the COG

U figure out how best to do that shape, too many choices. Custom cast, hammer a round weight flat & cut out, shape the cavity in lure & pour lead in, many more to list all. Whatever works best for ya, may not need that shape even.

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