finlander

speed trolling

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I fish more with the boat than make lures. Lures will start again during the winter months. But...how would I go about doing a bait that would stay down and not blow out to the side if I wanted it to troll at 5 mph? Muskies are a target. Cant wait to hear what F.F. has to say.:lol:

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Finlander,

I make Musky Trolling baits called Musky Rockets. They are a cross between Wiley's and Musky Specials. They will not blow out up to 6 or 7 mph. I have been making them for years. They catch fish, trust me. I will be glad to share with you, let me know. There are some posted in the gallery if you look under my name.

Rod

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There are two guys, members of Mich Muskie Alliance that make baits down here, real close in the design of yours. What I see is your tow eye is lower on the nose. You make them out of cedar. I was looking for help in making one myself, that would stay down. Kingfisher makes a Slasher that wanders abit around 4 to 4.5 mph. Another member, in Grand Rapids, makes one that will go to 7 mph+ and not blow out. Is it just more weight, like in the belly? I looked at your site, sweet looking lures for sure. Thanks, Bruce in Muskiegone.

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I experimented alot with lip size and line tie placement before I settled on how I do it now. The key for me was the distance from the line tie to the lip. I do not use any weight. Baits are turned on a lathe and I am very finicky about getting everything exactly centered with the line tie. I take them to the lake and put them behind the boat for the final test. Usually if there is a problem I can micro-adjust the line tie to fix it.

Rod

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I'd look at the designs of the saltwater lures for tuna and wahoo for inspiration. For example Dennis Braid makes a diver advertized for uo to 10 mph, and available up to 12" long. Theres more by Yozuri, etc.

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