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mossy maker

sus. jerk?

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Been wanting to make some suspending jerkbaits and was hoping you guys could share some tips to hopefully speed the process. Do you get the action right and then weight for suspension or do you get it to suspend and then work on the action?

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It's a catch 22 both way is equally workable. But my take on suspending lure is that it depends so much on water tempreture/density to really suspend so I never bother. Make a very slow floating lure & use suspend dots to adjust to the when where u are fishing.

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are you referring to musky style jerkbaits or pointer style jerkbaits? for musky style baits i find action depends on body shape, weight distribution and line attachment, for bass "jerkbaits" you need to add lip size and angle to the list- my process would be -

carve body. attach line tie, hook hangers. and weigh bait(temporary attahcment) to suspend.

test the lure action, adjust lure action by - tweaking/ or changing line tie location/changing weight distribution, and also lip angle/size shape- i sometimes even make some minor alterations to the lure body shape.

there are so many variations and each can affect the action that the process is one of trial and error, and should occur kind of simultaneously.

I personally would not make a finished floating bait that had a good action , then weigh it to suspend and expect it to swim the same way. i find the weight kills the action significantly if you do this.

Peter

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