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  1. Fished a river the other day. Had the most success by far using a #4 Mepps dressed Aglia. Combo: baitcast, 6' medium/fast, #15 braid with a 12" x #8 fluoro leader joined with a small swivel. Retrieved sweeping the current. After losing a couple #4's (if you're not losing some you're likely not fishing them right). I want to make my own if possible. Researched a bit. Most french blades are .025" vs .032'? I would assume most online suppliers are selling the .025". I did find a site selling .032". Mepps using .032" on their #3 gold blade. Trout/salmon fisherman swear by the thicker blades e
  2. Sorry for the delay, for some reason I didn't get notification of replies to my post. The red of the eyeball is is just under 11/16" so about 17mm. Darn good guess. Probably an educated one, right?
  3. This fish was caught using a regular sized Rebel Craw, gold back (molting) in August of 1990. That's why I entered this into "Hard Baits". Took my two sons wading in a river I know well in NE IA. They were only 9 and 7 years old. To prevent complaining we all used Zebco 33's mounted on some light casting rods. We were all throwing the rebel. When I hooked it I thought I may have snagged a carp. Whoa! Got so excited I didn't trust the drag and backed out of the river onto the shore to land the fish. Using a Zebco De-liar it scaled slightly over #5. The fish was mounted on Tennessee driftwood by
  4. Totally agree with Cuda, unpainted (dulled) is the way to go. Most open water walleye guys I know fish unpainted. Guess they've done their testing and have found the difference unworthy of separating colors in their boxes. Heck, 90% of the crappie, gill and bass jigs I use are also unpainted. It's about technique and not head color. I don't worry about line color either. Use a black sharpie to coat hi-vis braided lines for the first few feet. Hi-vis lines important for me to detect pick-ups while drop-shotting. I do something different for hard water season. All my jigs are coated with m
  5. Have to add to this. I've been thinning D2T with isopropyl alcohol, not same luck with denatured. have coated 800+ plastic body lures during past 3 winters. I apply with a 5mil latex glove using my index finger only. i apply a bit of pressure to keep the coating thin and causes the scales to reveal. No failures that I am aware of. Here's a MB Vision 95mm KO I did a couple years back. Blue-back golden shiner. Great rip bait!
  6. The orange color and whining wouldn't work for me. Might be why they've been deeply discounted during the past 6 months. Not so long ago the Kastking Speed Demon was the rage. Good luck!
  7. I'm usually a topwater freak and threw spooks, Cavitrons and ploppers. 4.5" - 5" paddletails are the most versatile bait I've found so far. Work them like a jig, throw them on algae mattes (better than frogs), slow roll or as wake baits. Give bass the time to eat them then hook set! For jigging a 6/0 x 1/8th oz swimbait hook on 7'6" Rainshadow MH w/telescopic handle and Lew's LFS #30 braid combo, for froggin' a 6/0 unweighted swimbait hook on 7'6" Shimano Sellus MH flippin stick and Lew's Super Duty #40 thin braid, slow rollin' or topwater VMC Drop Dead 5/0 3/32oz just about any 7' MH with you
  8. L if I know. Just being a smart a**.
  9. It's definitely a Fat Free Shad "Fingerling". Bill Dance originally endorsed for Excalibur then Bomber. Both were Pradco brands. From what an "expert' told me Excalibur lures was merged into the Heddon line a few years back. Bomber produced many of these "specials" for big box sporting goods stores some even packaged in Excalibur packaging. The "specials" were patterns that didn't make the cut in their main product line. The Excaliburs actually had better paint jobs. The plastic crankbait blank marketed by either name is exactly the same! Below is a 2009 1/4 oz 2.25" Excalibur Fat Free BD5F w/
  10. Hey Salty's. I guess I need to know a few more anglers. Could only afford this, but working on an upgrade.
  11. Yup, looks like a BD5F. Blanks available?
  12. Want me to duplicate this if possible. Bomber Fat Free Shad 8-10 round lip. Guess a few years back Gander had these on closeout. They told me it's the only consistent fish catcher in Iowa. Don't have a model #. Any unpainted bodies resemble this crank? I told them if I can't, just get a red fine line sharpie and go to work. One guy asked what's that? Hmmm? I showed them a 1.5DD, that body too thick.
  13. Cadman, I'm not aware of any indexing between the drive and pinion gears of a Stradic. Is it when the reel is under load or all the time? I know the line guide bearings can be a problem (noisy). Been a while since I took one apart, do they have the crappy black friction rings? If so, I always replace with the blue silicone rings. Has to be in the assembly process right? We've all been there. Here's how I would troubleshoot: First Google "Shimano Stradic Gen 1 rubbing". If you get nowhere doing this I would: Rotate the crank until you detect the rub, pull the side cover, mark drive gear po
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