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What would happen if I had a deep diver lip, and used a line tie on the wooden bait, instead of on the lip? I have not done to much crankbait making, and I dont wanna do it if it wont work. Thanks for all the help so far guys.

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I posted this awhile back and someone mentioned that the lure would spin. I think if the lip did not exten beyond the nose or line tie it would work. Look in catalogs to see the manufacturers that have done it.

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How it works is a function of the body configuration to some degree. It requires a bit of experimentation.

Here's one that worked. I'm working on others to. My goal is to build a bait for musky (and another for walleye) that runs in the 4 to 9 foot depth range, but stays far from the boat during trolling. That way if you run the boat in wide lazy S curves, the bait will occasionally pass through more water that hasn't been disturbed by the boat and hopefully will partially eliminate the need for planer board (which I think are a hassle.)

While the pattern on this one is plain-Jane by this board's standards, its a proven color pattern for musky on my waters.

LeeesvilleYellowSlenderFlatShad2.jpg

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By the way if you look at Rollie and Helen's Musky shop, they offer the lip configuration that I used. It's a #5 and can be resized for a variety of baits. I've had great success getting the #5 to run on a variety of bait body-styles. Its a dependable and insenstive lip, meaning that is isn't subject to tricky tuning, etc.

If you feed out enough line on a bait with that lip, it will go deep enough to say hello to musky, pike, largemouth, northerns, and walleye at a variety of the depths where they hang out.

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I would use 1/16 inch because a walleye bait is usually smaller than a musky/pike bait and the thinner lexan imparts a better action and vibration.

It's also less expensive and easier to work with overall.

The bait pictured above is about 6 inches long and the lexan is 1/8.

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if the lip is to long your lure will flip forward onto it's nose:eek: . I might just happen to know a person who had this issue.:lol:

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