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Do yall have suggestions for thin lipless crankbaits?  I had been using duo realis but it appears they are phasing them out.

I have a spro aruku shad but the wider body catches a lot more grass than the duo making it harder to fish efficiently.

 

I seem to remember the xcaliburs being pretty thin and may check out the new booyahs, but do yall have any other suggestions?

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 Try the Rapala Rippin rap! They are very tall and thin wich gives them a nice wobble on the fall, it´s the only Rapala lipless crank that i really like.

 

 Here´s a comparison to the Aruku Shad:

 

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I'm not sure about 'phasing them out' but the Duo Realis G-Fix Vibration Tungsten Lipless Crankbait has been nothing short of 'magic' for me on smallies (and walleye and pike) when fished like a blade bait in cool to cold water applications.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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Tackle warehouse has almost no vibrations left in stock and have deleted the other color options

 

The gfix is only available in 3/4 and the color options have been dwindling....have seen this before on TW for duo realis

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I have painted some Megabass Vibra-X knockoffs that were pretty thin, but I'm not 100% sure how they compare to the real Megabass.

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Maybe try the Berkley Warpigs - fairly thin and they're one of the better casting lipless crankbaits I've used.

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Why not just a traditional blade bait fished just like a lipless? Thinner than any lipless on the market, and has been my best bait so far this year. Something like the Damiki Vault which comes in some great colors. 

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@Team9nine  Is this more of a spring cold water lure for you? the 42 or 55?

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They are called Silver Buddies.

 

Allen

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@Montanaro,

 

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Here's a photo of (left to right):

1)  Cotton Cordell Superspot

2)  Strikeking Red Eyed Shad

3)  Booyah One Knocker

4)  Bill Lewis Rattletrap

5)  Rapala Ripping' Rap

 

The last two are thinnest of the five.

 

 

 

 

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57 minutes ago, mattkenzer said:

@Team9nine  Is this more of a spring cold water lure for you? the 42 or 55?

 

I start throwing them in late fall and usually don't put them away until water hits 50 or so in the spring. This year, due to not having my usual tackle with me after a move, I started using them after water warmed up above 50 where I would typically throw lipless or shallow runners over emerging weeds and algae and have been surprised at how well they've worked. 

 

I have both 42 and 55 and use them based upon depth fished. I've also had great success in ponds using an even smaller blade bait by Johnson Fishing (30 mm).

 

39 minutes ago, Munkin said:

They are called Silver Buddies.

 

Allen

Silver Buddy is a specific brand of blade bait, and I have a bunch of those, too, but is used by some as a generic term for that style of bait. I prefer not to though.

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I actually have a vault and thought of using it but didnt.

 

No rattles and not sure if they come in red.  Also nit sure how well they cast in windy conditions

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Doesn't come in red, though a craw pattern of some sort would be really cool. Rattles are overrated, and they cast like a bullet in the wind.

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You use the most forward linetie eyelet correct?  Recently read an article talking about the bladebait being underrated all year long

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Second on the Rippin Rap, casts like a spoon and a tighter wobble than most lipless.  Fire Tiger uv 1/4 oz has been killer so far this year.

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Hello. I spoke to the manager at the Duo Realis  booth at the classic. They are not phasing out the lipless cranks. Their production is behind due to very fast sales growth. 

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10 hours ago, Montanaro said:

You use the most forward linetie eyelet correct?  Recently read an article talking about the bladebait being underrated all year long

Not for casting. The most forward has the best balance but the least vibration and is for vertical jigging. Lessens line wrapping in hooks.

 

Middle hole is good all around, the one I use for winter casting deep holes with a pump and drop retrieve. Also works on a straight retrieve if fishing a little deeper. Usually if in doubt, start with the middle hole.

 

Back hole is most vibration at slowest speed. Great for murky water, slow retrieves and shallow water. I can run some of my lighter blade baits in just 10-15" of water over flats pretty comfortably with the back hole. The nose hangs down so the bait actually lifts. Can slow lift and drop with this setting, too.

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Great info ITT

 

My next question is that the 1st ripping rap picture is similar to spro but 2nd pick the rap is smaller than others.  Leads me to believe 2nd pic is the 1/4oz and that there isnt much difference in size.

 

Ultimately the wider body can become tiresome to fish while the duo realis has little water resistance.  Im certainly looking forward to using my damiki vault

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