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Secret weapon this year
« on: March 02, 2015, 11:46:02 AM »
What are people secret weapon for the upcoming season? I for one just bought the Rapala Shadow rap, and the lucky craft slender pointer. Also trying deeper crank baits.

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2015, 12:02:27 PM »
I can't tell you it's a secret.  :-X  But I will be throwing a jig 95% of the time I'm not throwing this years secret.  ;D

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2015, 01:18:04 PM »
haha figured i would get responses like that. good luck

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2015, 01:55:03 PM »
got some swimbaits ill be using a lot!

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2015, 03:19:44 PM »
I don't know if I really have any secret baits to try. I'm really looking forward to trying some custom swimbaits I got this winter though. I think a couple of them are going to be really good.
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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2015, 07:03:42 PM »
Going to throw a swim jig more, and I'm working on a new prototype buzzbait I just configured last night.
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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2015, 09:29:18 PM »
Late last fall I did real well with a Keitech Fat swing impacts on a 3/4 oz head dragged deep in places an temps that I would normally silver buddy. Looking forward to seeing how it works in the spring. I find that the fish early in the spring are where I left them the winter before. I made a bunch of heads using the poisson head mold using mustad 5/0 wide gap hooks 1 oz- 3/8 oz. The lighter weights are to slow roll ticking the bottom rather than dragging in the depths

Also made a lot of swim baits love them with either a Gambler Easy swimmer or menace grub trailer......a new bait for me last year and one I now have the confidence to use a lot.  For 25 years I threw an arky jig 3/8 oz black and blue most of the time. Starting to experiment more

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2015, 11:10:32 PM »

Also made a lot of swim baits love them with either a Gambler Easy swimmer or menace grub trailer......a new bait for me last year and one I now have the confidence to use a lot.  For 25 years I threw an arky jig 3/8 oz black and blue most of the time. Starting to experiment more

@Eric-Maine, when you say you made a lot of swim baits, are you talking about swim jigs, or soft plastic swimbaits?
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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2015, 01:38:51 PM »
my error.....swim jigs not swim baits. Maybe when my grandson gets a little older I'll take up pouring plastics. Loved to make creepy crawlers as a kid.......lawyers took that away from the next generation

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2015, 03:05:38 PM »
my error.....swim jigs not swim baits. Maybe when my grandson gets a little older I'll take up pouring plastics. Loved to make creepy crawlers as a kid.......lawyers took that away from the next generation

That's what I thought @Eric-Maine. And are you referring to Bladed swim jigs? If so, I gained a ton of confidence in them last year too. They are a lot more versatile than most people think.

So what did the lawyers do to stop creepy crawlers? I remember those too, although I never had any of my own.
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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2015, 03:29:44 PM »
Not bladed..... regular. I assume it was the threat of lawsuits that did creepy crawlers in. Fire and burn danger; young users and so on

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2015, 04:02:28 PM »
Not bladed..... regular. I assume it was the threat of lawsuits that did creepy crawlers in. Fire and burn danger; young users and so on

Gotcha. I need to gain more confidence in non-bladed swim jigs. I know they catch a ton of fish too.

And it's funny you mentioned the heat from the creepy crawlers. I remember being at a friend's house and smelling how hot that stuff got. I'm sure there were plenty of kids who got burned by them.
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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2015, 05:56:59 PM »
I was amazed. Start with a green pumpkin swim jig 3/8 oz with a menace grub. Throw it at targets just like you would your regular jig and fish it like your regular jig initially and then finishing the retrieve like it was a spinnerbait. The head is great in the grass and I would use this jig all of the time except it doesn't skip as well as the arkie. In the spring it works in open wter but in the summer it shines swimming it through vegetation. I will always have one tied on from now on. Gamblers big easy and easy swimmer are also great trailers though wouldn't work that well fished as a standard jig on the bottom. 

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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #13 on: March 04, 2015, 12:24:19 PM »
Thanks @Eric-Maine. Great info!

Do you prefer a specific brand of swim jig?
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Re: Secret weapon this year
« Reply #14 on: March 04, 2015, 12:37:46 PM »
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