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weight per size on balsa crankbait

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#1 stevo


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Posted 03 December 2005 - 06:07 PM

i was wondering if there is a system to use when matching the weight (how much lead) to the size of lure you going to make and how the lip size and angle effect the depth. iam trying to make crankbaits out of balsa that are about 2.5 inches 3 inches max. long. iam trying to get a system together . any advice would be great thanks :cry:

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Posted 04 December 2005 - 08:58 AM

There is no easy method that I know of because each piece of wood has its own density and weight, you can cut 2 blanks from the same board and they both will have different densities, best bet is to experiment and get a feel for the material that you are using

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Posted 05 December 2005 - 02:10 PM

On a new bass crankbait series, I test float the bait to see how much ballast will give it the right float attitude and bouyancy. Do it on a waterproofed bait with all hardware/trebles installed, but not yet painted or clearcoated. Hang lead solder on the belly hook. Weigh it or measure its length when you get the right amount. Once you have it, put in the ballast and test the bait on the water to confirm the amount and its position. Write that down and you have a pretty dependable ballast number for subsequent baits of the same series. You have to strike a ballance between too much ballast, killing the action, or too little, making the bait squirrelly and unpredictable. I haven't found any substitute for testing.