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one time...... I split the tail of a Sweet Beaver in half

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Thats funny right there!

 

I don't really do any mods, but you can get plastics, specifically worms, to last quite a bit longer by cutting off the first 1/2" when they get torn up. It lets the hook enter in fresh plastic and exit through fresh plastic. Usually lets me get another 1-2 fish per worm.

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I am talking more like using permanent marker on one side of the spinners on a spinnerbait, tying bucktail onto a lure, or changing the angle of the lip on a crankbait.

 

But I guess all of us are not so ingenious ...

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       Hey by the way Brian,

You should look into those o-ring type things to slip on the worms if you fish worms. Honestly I have caught 10 or more bass on wacky worms and they are still in perfect working condition without noticeable wear and tear,

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I believe that it is a fairly common practice, but I like to add split rings to the hooks of my jerkbaits to get the stance and suspension like I want it for a given water temp.

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bending the upper 1/4 of a chatterbait blade back toward the hook will give the bait a lot more vibration at slower speeds.

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I've added Feathers to the back treble of baits before, used supsendots, scraped off the paint on a topwater for a different look, markered and painted cranks/jigs/spinnerbaits heads and blades, bent spinnerbait blades, shortened spinnerbaits's arm by cutting wire, added beads/different blades to spinnerbaits, swapped out hook sizes on cranks, peeled off the outer skin on hollow body swimbaits, sharpie'd 2 foot sections of braid to reduce visibility, used spike-it dye markers on plastics, bent the bend on hooks, added plastic keepers, and a lot more stuff I am sure that I can't think of off the top of my head.

 

One thing I really don't like is that spinnerbaits almost always come with a super long arm, I want the blade to be parallel to the bend of the hook. Anywhere between mid blade to the end of the blade in line with the bed of the hook but nothing longer.

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See that is more of what I am talking about Wisconsin Heat with all of those modifications.

I also severely agree with the premise of your quote, here in Chicago this cold pretty much ended all fishing about a little over a week ago. 

And ice fishing just is not my thing.

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I like to sometimes take white plastics & add them to bags of GYCB plastics and create different colors ( gycb ) bleeds good dye out.. File down the lips on pop r's though not my ideal.

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Saw a video on YouTube of Mikey ballz putting a piece of electrical tape around a senko and hooking it through the senko and tape instead of using orings to wacky rig

Also instead of using just one punch stop he uses two so when the first one wears out from punching all day the second one is there in its place saving time from having to retie

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=MlIrGnRnYQs#t=200  

 

Hopefully this links straight to the tip for you guys. If it doesn't just skip straight to 3:20

 

Heh, never thought about that.  Most of my mods are hardware, not color.  Different hooks, blades, dressings etc. The most effective I can remember was simply going with a larger black colorado blade on a small blue and black spinnerbait for smallmouth bass.  They came with some flashy silver ones and something in the gut said to try a big black one, mind you I was fishing a stream mid day - mid summer.  I traded it off and the lure became twice as good.  I thought it may have been one of those luck of the draw things, but that mod continued to work well for at least the next couple of years.  I suspect it would still work if I had the chance to fish it again.

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No close second for me. I started super glueing just about all plastics onto my jig heads 25 yrs ago.They last longer and don`t slide on the hook.

To be more exact "Pros Soft Bait Glue",while expensive, is the very best.

 

Stuff cotton inside tubes to hold a liquid scent longer.

 

C22

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Don't know how "ingenius" it is but when I've been fishing a stickbait texas rigged and the front portion tears up, I'll save it to be fished as a wacky worm later.

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Copied a Jika rig, using much larger and heavier components to make Jika punch rigs:

 

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Copied a Jika rig, using much larger and heavier components to make Jika punch rigs:

Those are Sick! How heavy are those weights?

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Those are 1 oz.  I have 1, 1.5, and 1.75 versions.  You generally end up using about 1/2 what you'd use for a punch rig.  So, if you need a 2 oz. punch rig,, a 1 or 1.5 oz. Jika will get the job done.

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Those are 1 oz.  I have 1, 1.5, and 1.75 versions.  You generally end up using about 1/2 what you'd use for a punch rig.  So, if you need a 2 oz. punch rig,, a 1 or 1.5 oz. Jika will get the job done.

Where do you get your weights?

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One time, I noticed that I was getting some followers & bumps on a Zara Spook, but none would commit.  I threw a Pop-R & had the same result.  Wanting to still fish topwater, I took an older Jointed Jitterbug that had the back section torn off when I had a double (so it was now a 3/4 sized jitterbug).  I put a screw eye in the back where the jointed section had been, tied about a 12" leader to it with a small crappie jig on it.  It didn't cast worth a crap, but I ended up catching about 8 fish, all on the jig.  I'm guessing the jitterbug got their attention and the crappie jig looked like a quick easy meal.

 

Full of confidence, I used the same setup the following week.  Not a single bite...

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Gander and DSG have them in the trolling section.

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I'm about to glue a guide screw plug into the tail hole of a Slither K so I can screw on worm tails.

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Been thinking about a ribbed body senko type bait with ribbon tails attached to each end and then fished on a weighted wacky jig.  I'm thinking the ribs would slow the fall rate a litle and the ribbon tails would obviously provide a lot of flutter.  Thoughts?

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I add split rings to both the line tie and hook hangers of my Spooks. Stuff my tubes with styrafoam, my hollow body frogs with pieces of torn up worms. Add a jig rattle to a spinnerbait, or shorten the arm of one. One of my most productive modifications was reversing the buzzer blade on a lure called a TwoFer which looks similar to a Lucky 13 with a buzz bait blade on the other end. It's intended to be fished in either direction, but reversing the blade and tieing it on the chugger end gives off a lot of comotion on windy days.

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