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I cant fish for awhile , so I will be spending a lot of time thinking about fishing. Im sitting here pondering about the shad die off that I am missing and how I would be catching lunkers RIGHT NOW. I dont think they make a suspending ThinFin but wouldnt that about perfectly imitate a dying shad? Ill have to wait til next year and add some suspenddots. Have any of you ever done this with a ThinFin?

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A friend swears by thin fins (for pike and walleye anyway) but I think they tend to roll on their side too much. Adding a little weight to the bottom might solve this as well as help suspend it. But weight (or where it's located) can screw up action so you have to factor this in. My $.02.

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Not the best casting lure but a great troller once it's in tune. Try wrapping a little solder around the hook shanks as well as the suspendots. That's a really cool idea to make a suspending thin fin.

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I wish I could get out and try it. It has to work. Pause it in the standing timber on my favorite lake and it will look like a dying shad.. I have a rattling Thin Fin that may be easier to weight.

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Look up "deep jacking a crankbait." This essentially achieves what you're after. And, ummmm.....it works. Shhhh.

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My thought here is don't bother re-inventing the wheel. Other than the intellectual exercise of trying to suspend a Thin Fin, there are already lures out there that achieve what you're looking for.

For instance: There are any number of suspending jerk baits out there that are relatively easy to weight and suspend using suspendots and/or suspend strips.

Another thing, they make these lures called flukes or senkos and it is a relatively simple matter to drift these through pole timber.

If you have true pole timber with very few horizontal branches you might consider a flutter spoon, of which there are dozens of companies. Strike King is the first one that comes to mind, although I know there are others, like the Dixie Jet.

This reminds me of a similar idea I had earlier this fall. I was in a fishing tackle store and I saw a Terminator Twin Spin. I thought that this was a cool looking lure and how hot it could be, in a controlled drop in timber.

So I bought some - 45 bucks worth. I'm out on the lake, rigged up with a MH jig rod and 20 lb fluorocarbon (cause I don't want to lose my lures) Practice cast close to the boat, it looks cool dropping nearly straight down. Throw to a target, drop, drop drop, stops. Oh darn, it is stuck - good - go get it - it is really stuck. Too deep to reach with my extendable pole and multiple tries with the hound dog lure retriever don't succeed. I decide to wrap the line around the boat cleat and back it off with the trolling motor - pop goes the line.

This spot is scrambled, can't fish here, so I move 30 years or so down the tree line and re-rig. 1st cast - stuck again - retrieve procedure repeated with similar results. Re-rig again - move 30 yards, cast again - same result. A $45 lesson, proving beyond the shadow of a doubt that twin spins aren't an ideal timber lure.

A good rock and/or weed line lure, not so hot around brush and timber. I'm not trying to denigrate your efforts or ideas at all, just offering a cautionary tale that cost me around 45 bucks and an hour of fishing time. I'll make more money and buy more fishing toys, but I'll never get that time back.

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The wheel does not need reinventing.But Bass lures should be tinkered with often to do what I want them to do. For example Ive pegged bullet weights on the line in front of Strike King Mini Spins to catch fish in heavy current. It worked just like I envisioned and caught several big fish that day . If I'm not thinking outside the box then I am just doing what everybody else is doing. I may even rig a Thin Fin on a Carolina rig. I have never done it but no doubt in my mind it would work.

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Thinkin Lucky Craft Bevy Shad...its a great little bait.

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