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I have one of my favorite lures just go complete wack on me today. I've had it for years and it's definitely responsible for dozens of bass. It's a bomber 6a in chartreuse blush. 

I would cast it out and it would literally do circles. I don't know what to do about it.. I've read the articles about tuning.. if it's running to the left , bend the line tie a little to the left etc..  but what do I do for my bait running in circles. It has never done this. I don't like using snaps I'll either tie a rapala knot or Palomar. Neither worked. 

Is it destined to be on my key chain or is there something I can do to make it get back to its original state!?. That nice wobble that has more than once saved me from a skunk. 

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??? That's one I've never come across.  Could it have taken on some water, or chipped the lip?

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I've never had that happen except when the line gets tangled with one of the trebles...

There's got to be something more significant than a minor tuning issue here

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SOMETHING pretty major is going if it is spinning in circles.  Either the lip is bent, chipped, or broken or something else pretty major has occurred.  USUALLY a close inspection will reveal what.  You might check the line tie also.  Maybe something is gong on there.

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Good thing this is a family friendly site, or I may not have clicked on this thread title :)

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1 minute ago, Fun4Me said:

Good thing this is a family friendly site, or I may not have clicked on this thread title :)

Actually, I deleted my first response BECAUSE it is a family friendly site.  

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I also have an old bomber 5a that does so crazy stuff. It will sometimes run circles like you described or run straight right and does something different it seems at the start of every retrieve. I keep it cuz when it first started I caught a bass while it was doing its thing. Other than teeth marks idk what causes it either.

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@papajoe222 the old bomber I'm having problems with is on the left. As you can see they have changed the color on the "chartreuse blush" . Also I couldn't find it in the 6a. Only the 4a (shown) and a 7a. No obvious chips and such to the bill. 

@j bab no this is every cast. I'm familiar with this as alot of cranks do this. 

I've found if I reel it super slow. It doesn't do it. But if I try and even get to a moderate speed... loops. And loops. Pretty disappointing. 

When I got the lure out I noticed the rear hook hangar is slightly off center. I tweaked it.. hopefully that works. Otherwise unless I come across someone else's explanation on how or why... it looks like @Cheesefrank has the option I've unfortunately come to terms with. 

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Check & see if the bill is loose in the bait. Also remove the split ring & tie direct to the bill tie. it's possible the split ring split is causing the erratic motion. 

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19 minutes ago, Dwight Hottle said:

Check & see if the bill is loose in the bait. Also remove the split ring & tie direct to the bill tie. it's possible the split ring split is causing the erratic motion. 

The bill is stiff as a board ! Super firm..the split ring idea is one I didn't think of. I will try that . Thank you. 

Also the bill is nice and straight.. ha-ha truly baffled. I mean it's not the biggest deal . Got more bang for my buck out of this lure than any other i own.. I mean 5 bucks and dozens of bass. Easily 30+ over the years.

It would make more sense for it to do this out of the package. But all the sudden. Break out the trusty bomber. and it's a no go. I have lots of cranks . I was just interested in saving this one. 

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