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About 10x10

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    fly fishing a little plugging not too much else
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  1. Break yer rod yet?Ya dopey cape codder
  2. I got spots.Wanna see'em?
  3. That's a pretty good size shad.We get them down here that size fairly common.Over 8lbs. is big here.
  4. Anybody want to go?I'm leavin in 3 hours.
  5. Drive to Mv hammer fish get more fish drive back fill up truck drive back up hammer more fish drive back get more stuff drive up hammer fish.
  6. I catch them day or night but at night they are more surface motivated. It's rare to see weaks breaking water in the daytime but they do it a lot at night.I notice that as soon as the first hint of light comes in the morning they start to go deeper but still hit if you go to sinking stuff til there are finally on the bottom.
  7. [This message has been edited by 10x10 (edited 05-10-2002).]
  8. While it's difficult to get everything to truly stick to the hook and not spin it's not impossible.Try this,rough up the hook shank a little with a file in the area you intend to attach the thread,put a small amount of crazy glue on the hook shank at that point and than start your thread wraps so the crazy glue cements the thread to the hook.When you tie on your hair tie it on in small amounts bit by bit rather than one big bunch.Coat the head with rod building epoxy and put on a turner until it sets up.That will do a good job of giving you a tough long lasting fly that doesn't slip on the hook.
  9. snot balls
  10. Absolutely they spin like a top, especially smaller fish.We call'em wind -up fish sometimes cause they spin around so much.Makes a mess outa your line sometimes too. Don't underestimate the power of a big bass in the surf.I've seen them do all kinds of horrible things to terminal gear.Catching a 40 in a boat is one thing.You can have your hands full with a fish like that.But in high running surf your lucky if you land that fish if it's hot.At least on plugging tackle. The bass has all the advantage.Things happen you never even thought about happening, like there's 20 pounds of mung on your line and a 40 pound fish,and your fishing 17 lb line. Or some skippy la la yuk brain idgit casts over your line with the fish of life time on as your holdin on fer dear life walkin it down current hoping everything holds together cause you would really, really like to see this one.
  11. A hook on a swivel helps prevents the fish putting undue pressure on the hook and hanger when it twists and spins. If the hook can only rotate 180 degrees and the fish rotates on it's axis lets say 270 degrees something has to give.Usually the hook fails or pulls out.More often than not I suspect it is usually the result of the back hook being stuck in the fishes head or shoulder and the middle or front one in it's mouth.This can happen with or without a swivel for a hook hanger.The fish now has some solid purchase to pull the hook in it's mouth out against.If the tail hook is in the fishes mouth,when it spins and twists the whole lure will spin with the fish.I have a feeling that fish are lost more often than you would think because of the other hooks on the lure hooking the fish in the body somewheres.Not to mention it doesn't do the fish any good getting a hook in the eye or body. Another reason to find an alternative to treble hooks.
  12. You can find books on how the big companies like Creek Chub ,Heddon ,etc. made lures on the internet. Try some ofthe big book sellers or E-bay. A patent does not mean you are the only one who can use that process or method.It means that anyone else that does has to pay you for the right to do so. I an not an expert on patent laws but I think there is a time limitation on how long the patent is good for.Obviously no one is paying Creek Chub's present owners(Pradco) for the right to use a metal lip or paint scales on their lure. Read my previous post a little more carefully.They did not use 15 coats of primer they used as many as 14 coats altogether including primers paint and varnish.The lures were dipped if possible as this is way faster and cost effective method of painting with better uniform results.Spray paints were used for all paint jobs that could not be dipped.Most of the painters were women.The used the best quality paints available at the time. As far as screw eye versus wired through as to which is stronger it's a moot point until something breaks.If a screw eye pulls out you lose the fish, a wired through plug totally eliminates that possibility.Since all the companies pretty much used screw eyes on their lures it obviously is fine for most applications.The exception is that when they made lures for bigger heavier fish that could and did tear out the hooks they switched to wired through construction. If you are using split rings to attach the hook why would would you use an open-eye hook? And if it broke after you fished it a year or so maybe you should have replaced it beforehand.Like when you noticed it was a little on the rough lookin side.
  13. That fish was caught this past week.
  14. Ok, here is why you wire through plugs. This a direct quote from the Creek chub collectors handbook.Creek Chub patented the wired through plug by the way. "Developing lures for big game fish brought new problems for fisherman and innovation by Creek Chub.After being attacked by Northern Pike or Musky,a lure often would be weakened and even hooks would pull out.After experimenting with several ideas,Creek Chub developed the through wire construction method.A wire inserted through the body served as the line tie and support for all hooks,virtually eliminating the chance of a hook pulling out." There ya go.Straight from the horses mouth so to speak.If you care to second guess a company as successful as Creek Chub was be my guest. I don't understand your reasoning Jenty.Why is it more desirable to do something the hard way anyway?I don't argue that one way is better or worse but by your own statement you seem to think that a more time consuming method is better.Why? As far as the sealing the wood blank before painting question they didn't.Each lure had as many as 14 coats of either white or black primer,paint and varnish applied. Other Creek Chub inventions are the metal lip and how to paint a scale pattern using mesh. As far as what other companies did and or do I don't know.Why don't you ask them?I'm sure you can call Gibs or Habs and get an answer. You know if you guys went did a little research on plug making you would find that they pretty much had it all figured out by about 1935 or so.It's all documented and available to the public.To my way of thinking why reinvent the wheel? I know Charlie generally tests his plugs over and over tweaking them until he gets what he wants.I have some peanut bunker swimmers he made a while back and they swim really nice.I feel a little guilty I haven't given them a good workout though.But why bother going through all that?Just copy what the big guys already made.It's pretty much what your doing already anyway the hard way. If your having fun reinventing the things fair enough, I can see that. And I don't understand how a split ring can rotate 360 degrees on a fixed eye either.Would you please explain that to me?
  15. Awwww.