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I'll be making them for the first time this year. Jann's, Barlow's and Lure Parts Online all carry the components we need.

 

I found this video tutorial from Jann's particularly helpful:

 

 http://www.jannsnetcraft.com/content/make_fishing_lures.htm

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Man, those are nice. I thought about using actual spinnerbait blades but figured since I never see it done that they might be too light weight compared to French blades? I particularly like the spacer above the body, and the built in swivel. Nice touch. I guess I just need to get some parts and start experimenting with sizes of blades, weights, and configurations to know what works. I'm kind of hung up on matching what's commercially available in Roostertails and Blue Fox shapes. Those baits you made are clearly thinking outside the box. I guess if something doesn't work after I make it, all I'd lose is the wire to cut it apart and get all the parts back and try again.

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Thanks for the compliment Rooster, much appreciative.

 

Matching blade size to body weight is everything with inlines and there really isn't much wiggle room either. The baits you see above are #4 blades with either a 5/16 oz body or a 3/8 oz body. The spacer is actually not decorative, it's used to keep the blade off the skirt, but more importantly for easier startup. Ever fish an inline where you have to jerk the rod tip to get the blade to start up? These you don't need the jerk and it's a lot easier for a stop and go type retrieve because the blade will start spinning right out of the gate. The spacer is a piece of insulation from an electrical wire and fits over the wire shaft of the bait perfectly.

 

The Owner hook is bent a little at the hook eye and you can take that 3" grub and t-rig it to be completely weedless if you want. Throw that bait anywhere you want to throw it...heck, use it like a jig with a little bling on it.

 

Experiment away, the possibilities are endless and you can always improve on the design.

 

Good luck Bud!

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Ok, I am going to order some parts to get started but I couldn't wait to start experimenting. So I took a rusty Blue Fox and a bent up old Roostertail and cut them up to cob some parts. I then took a 1/4 oz. lead worm sinker and painted it white, added a 8mm faceted red glass bead, and got....of all things....a paper clip (haha)....and started putting my first spinner together. This was just to experiment on weight vs. blade size, but I wanted to at least have a bait that would look the part so I'd have a desire to throw it. I know when a fish hits this it will bend all to pieces, but I think it's strong enough to land one fish first, and by then I'll have some idea how that weight and blade combo perform. To me, this looks good. I'm already imagining the color combinations I can make in my head, and I just may never buy another Roostertail again (hmm, not likely).

Well, darn. You can't tell it in this pic but I did make nice, round bends on my line tie and my hook loop. I bought a pair of wire bending pliers at a tackle shop made for this very thing. It really did well. I'll post another pic.

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Those spinners are outstanding.   I make lures that like inline spinners constantly rotate and my line twist was giving me fits.  Myself and a few of my friends have pretty much solved the problem, that said it will never totally go away, we are using ball chain swivels instead of barrel swivels or BB ones.  This is where I get them.

http://www.terminaltackleco.com/prod_detail_list/s?keyword=ball+chain+swivels

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Here's an inline experiment that went awry...in my mind actually...I made this a couple of winters ago and it still makes it out of my tackle box on those ocassions when the bass are being less cooperative:

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Well, maybe it didn't turn out to be an inline. As I was building, I had some wire left that was long enough, so I tried the safety pin version of a twin spin musky lure...crazy huh? This has given me some fun days of bass fishing.

 

EDIT:

Here's the same spinnerbait cleaned up with a new skirt and zonker strip:

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Should be a good spring bait.

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That looks great Rooster! I'm glad I fed to your new addiction... LOL

I'll see if I can dig up a guide pertaining to blade size and body weight and I'll post it here.

SirSnook, I really like that chain swivel idea, have to steal a page from your book.

 

Guys, the components balancing chart is right on this page:

 

http://www.jannsnetc...shing_lures.htm

 

I'll be making size 3 for smallmouth after a very convincing demonstration by my buddy Scott last year:

 

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Jigfisn10

 I really like the swivels you added to your spinners. I`ll be building all my spinners with swivels built in from now on.

 

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Jigfisn10

 I really like the swivels you added to your spinners. I`ll be building all my spinners with swivels built in from now on.

 

Pabassr

 

Thanks pabassr, that's what we're here for...share ideas!

 

Good luck and be sure to post up some of your work.

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janns netcraft has everything you need plus outstanding customer service,in addition i use a lot of their soft baits with much success,do yourself a favor and order a catalog.

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I got to try my little cobbled together lure today. It spins pretty well, quite easily actually. At times it seemed like it might have just a bit of wobble to it, though. Like if I reel it in too fast. Also, when I stop reeling for just a second it sinks like a rock. There's no flutter or shimmy in the fall at all, just a dead drop. I think I'll try a 3/16 oz. weight on the next one. This one was a 1/4 oz. weight.

But overall, for my first attempt at making a bait, I'm pretty pleased. At just a moderate reeling pace it spun well, and went in a straight line, and generally did about everything I'd ask of an inline spinner.

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It's so funny that I even read this post. I don't throw many inline spinners down here in Texas, rarely actually, but I was just in the garage looking at an old Hildebrandt inline that I love to throw over matted hydrilla wondering if I could duplicate it. Then I came in and saw this post. Lots of good ideas and good looking baits. Back to the garage!

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