What To Do When It Goes Bad
- Part 3of 4
(Murphy's Law Re-Defined)
By: Dennis Bryant "The Fishing-Professor"
"QUICK, BASIC, REPAIRS
TO DO BEFORE YOU HIT THE WATER"
(WITH SIMPLE-TOOLS USUALLY AT HAND)
Before we even start, a note to
any skeptics and/or 'legal-eagles' that may be monitoring these
pages: Though possibly being totally argumentative to other
individuals involved in the art of lure making: the following
statements are my own personal practices and observations. Each
learned, and perfected, during the more than 30 years that I've
practiced the art, and participated in the professional side
of the sport. I am totally confident publicly sharing my personal
points of view, and, with the product improvements produced
as a result of these shared learning experiences. I hope to
continue for another 30 years, to assist anglers of all expertise
levels, improve on their personal abilities, and their own productivity
in their chosen sport. OK! Enough said!
We now know what makes Spinnerbaits
and Buzzbaits work, and, we also know what can go wrong with
them. Let's get to the BASICS, and learn a couple of tricks
on how to do simple repairs to them while we're on the water!
But, let's begin at home first, before we have to do it on the
water through necessity.
Necessary tools: Nothing in this tool-list
can even remotely be considered as a piece of high-tech machinery.
1 pair - hands you are allowed to take off your gloves in the
1 pair - eyes with the aid of corrective lenses if necessary
1 pair - needle-nosed pliers or a decent pair of fishing pliers
1 old ball-point-pen ink refill cartridge - empty is best, but
any old one will do!
Since you're not on the water quite yet, this
is a great time to try these techniques out in the comfort of
your own home workshop, or hobby room, or even your living room
if your wife will let you bring your new, combination, 30-gallon,
possum-belly tackle box/insulated lunch box in there.
First thing to do is to gather up your collection
of spinnerbaits, and sharpen the hook on every last one of them!
Next: replace the skirts on those in desperate need of help.
Next: sort the spinnerbaits into two piles: one pile with stainless
steel shafts, and the other with titanium shafts.
Inspect the ones that have titanium shafts,
and replace the blades if necessary and either return them to
your tackle box, or give them to the neighbor's kid to learn
on. New technology may sometimes be good, but that's not always
true. There is nothing that you can do (not at home nor in the
field) to repair a titanium-shaft spinnerbait or buzzbait without
the use of specialized tools (except, for the possible replacement
of a swivel, a blade, or a skirt). If you're intent on doing
the following steps to Titanium- shafted baits, check with your
local medical supply house for titanium wire bending tools intended
for the local dentist!
A WORD OF WARNING TO THE WISE:
NEVER purchase a spinnerbait or buzzbait
that has a Titanium shaft (you know, I should leave it at that,
but I won't) from a neighborhood lure-maker, or a bargain-store.
Pre-formed titanium spinnerbait & buzzbait forms purchased by/for
most of these individual sources, may or may not be tempered at
all, not in full, or may be only in part of the form. Most "Bargain-Barn"
baits are made so that one shaft size fits all lures. It just
isn't so! With so many blade and weight options available, each
one requires a specific setup, in order to balance out correctly.
Why take a chance, and lose that once in a lifetime fish!
OK, now that that's said, we can
finally get to work!
Next: one-by-one, place your already sharpened,
and newly re-skirted, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits onto the ball-point-pen
refill at the point that you would tie it to your line, and
examine each one individually, as it hangs free (hook-point
up, skirt hanging down). In order to pass muster this time around,
all of the following tests have to be passed by each lure on
its' own merit.
||(Looking from the side of the lure) Using
the point where the pen cartridge is as point A, the body
arm to the head, and the blade arm to its swivel termination
point, should form an equilateral triangle (that's a triangle
with three equal sides) with the hook in line with the "R"-bend,
or tie-eye (whichever form is present on your lure).
||Grasp the tying point of the lure TIGHTLY
with your pliers. With your free hand, either squeeze the
shafts together, or separate them until the triangle is
formed. (This angle will probably be changed later in these
steps, but is necessary right now, in order to balance the
lure correctly, from this point on)
||(Looking from the front of the lure at the
tying point, and through the gap in your pliers where it's
being held) the point and shank of the hook, the body wire
to the head, the blade-arm to the swivel termination loop,
and the swivel termination-loop itself, should all be inline
with the flat of the inside edge of the pliers, and, on
the same plane.
||Continue to hold the lure by the line-attachment
point, and bend the individual sections, until all points
||(Looking from the side of the lure) the end
of the shaft that the blade(s) is/are attached to, should
not extend past the BARB on the hook when the two shafts
are squeezed together.
||If the arm is shorter than the barb on the
hook, no adjustment is necessary. If it extends beyond the
barb, it is necessary to reduce the length of the arm, to
prevent the blade-arm from being a "hook-guard" rather than
the "weed-guard" it was designed to be) If the swivel terminal
bend is simply a closed bend; just continue the bend to
shorted the shaft. If the bend is a "safety-pin closure"
style: use a pair of diagonal wire-cutters to remove the
final bend of the closure. Then just finish up as above,
until the arm is the correct length, and does not extend
beyond the barb of the hook when squeezed.
||(Looking from the side of the lure) the point
of the hook must point directly at the barrel of the ink
||CAUTION: IF the WEIGHT OF THE BLADES
cause the blade shaft to hang below the hook bend, reduce
the size of the blade(s) in use, before continuing, or the
lure will never run true. Hold the lure by the head (in
front of that hook that you just sharpened) and bend the
shaft in front of the head, until the hook lines up properly.
BEND IN ONE MOTION ONLY! This is, and always has
been, the second weakest part of the lure.
~~~~~ STAY TUNED FOR THE
NEXT EPISODE ~~~~~
"QUICK ~ BASIC ~ REPAIRS ON THE WATER"
(WITH THE SAME SIMPLE-TOOLS USED TO ADJUST YOUR LURES AT HOME)
Dennis Bryant ( The Fishin' Professor )
- Contact Dennis with your questions
or comments at TheFishingProfessor@bassonhook.com
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