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Hoping to capitalize on the Four-time Bassmaster Classic champion, Rick Clunn Luck E Strike Trickster Spinnerbait concept, but not having any of his "Long Blades" hanging around, (or even remotely available) I used what was on hand.

 Might turn out to be an ugly bastardization and a waste of a few perfectly good Mepps Spinners.

Time will tell . . . Fun though.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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I am curious to see how they will work. They look cool!

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Thanks ~ Me too.

I'll update this.

Once my world defrosts.

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A-Jay

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You'll have to report back when you get to water test them. One unique thing about the Tricksters is their overly long and specially bent top wire arm. Won't be able to duplicate that with the spinnerbait frames you currently have the blades on.

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2 minutes ago, Team9nine said:

You'll have to report back when you get to water test them. One unique thing about the Tricksters is their overly long and specially bent top wire arm. Won't be able to duplicate that with the spinnerbait frames you currently have the blades on.

I will be sure to.

As for the arm length - Agreed.

Never been a fan of a length where there's a ton of hardware well past the hook.

Might have to re-think that.

Not sure what 'the magic' is, but if a longer & perhaps even bent arm is the deal, a second generation of bastardization may be called for.

May even may a small investment in a few sizes of quality french blades rather than sending more spinners to their grave.

More to follow.

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A-Jay

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That'll get em.

 

Looks like it'll run pretty quick, but without knowing the weight of the head it's hard to tell. Even if it does run too quick, you can always change the French blade on the arm for a larger one.

 

If you really want to experiment, try putting the small blade on the swivel and large blade on the arm....My my my

 

Nice job.

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42 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

That'll get em.

 

Looks like it'll run pretty quick, but without knowing the weight of the head it's hard to tell. Even if it does run too quick, you can always change the French blade on the arm for a larger one.

 

If you really want to experiment, try putting the small blade on the swivel and large blade on the arm....My my my

 

Nice job.

I'm starting with 3/8's here as a baseline.

Once I determine which blades do what - as far as size, vibration, running depth & speed needed, I may modify as needed.

I can easily add weight to one if the 5 blade requires it to run true and I can always drop a bled size perhaps going with a 2 & a 3 instead of s 2 & a 4 or a 3 & a 5.

I used to do a ton of this back in Mass for night time smallies - in what seems like a hundred years or another lifetime ago - actually early or mid 80's I guess. 

It was all Stanley baits then I think.

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A-Jay

 

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I actually think you're right there with the 5. Maybe on the line of too much blade. If I know you, you'll have a soft plastic trailer of some sort that will help it run true.

 

Great job. :)

 

Want a zonker strip on one...LOL...J/K...Good Luck

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2 minutes ago, Jigfishn10 said:

I actually think you're right there with the 5. Maybe on the line of too much blade. If I know you, you'll have a soft plastic trailer of some sort that will help it run true.

 

Great job. :)

 

Want a zonker strip on one...LOL...J/K...Good Luck

Thanks - and I'm trying to keep the pike off them so 

No Zonkers for me . .Two Weeks.

Is there a Zonker Nazi ?

:vrolijk_26:

A-Jay

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This is how I started making spinnerbaits, tear apart baits and rebuild them to what I want. 

 

Allen

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I'm interested in your report as well, I now think the long drop blade is just a full cupped French blade. Awesome work!!!

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So fun being creative...the mind just races.  And then.....when you get that first fish it's down hill all the way...….

(hope not)

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Those are interesting, i havnt seen any that looked like that before. Pretty cool. 

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They look really good. While it is different would an Indiana blade do the same thing? I have been wanting to get some Indiana blades for my spinnerbaits to replace willow leaf blades.

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5 hours ago, Log Catcher said:

They look really good. While it is different would an Indiana blade do the same thing? I have been wanting to get some Indiana blades for my spinnerbaits to replace willow leaf blades.

 

 

While I've had decent success with several types & sizes of blades (including Indiana), can't say for sure what's going on here @Log Catcher,  as I haven't had a chance to fish them. 

Plan on giving them a season to impress (or depress) me. 

Since the Zen Master, himself prefers them, that's a ton of mad credibility in my book and enough for me to take a whack at it.

More to follow.

:smiley:

A-Jay

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They look great.  I’ve noticed all of the great spinnerbait fisherman do a lot of tinkering with their baits.  Rick Clunn has done okay.  I’ll add A-Jay to the list of great tinkerers.

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17 minutes ago, Munkin said:

https://www.jannsnetcraft.com/minnow-swing-blades/305101.aspx

 

I bought some of these recently to see how they compare to the Trickster blades.

 

Allen

They sure look pretty close.

:smiley:

A-Jay

4 hours ago, Tennessee Boy said:

They look great.  I’ve noticed all of the great spinnerbait fisherman do a lot of tinkering with their baits.  Rick Clunn has done okay.  I’ll add A-Jay to the list of great tinkerers.

This has been going on for a while - 

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A-Jay

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1 minute ago, A-Jay said:

They sure look pretty close.

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A-Jay

What I am finding is there are a lot that are close but not the same. Indiana blades are too wide, these are not rounded off enough in the back, those French blades you are using are too thick. Tried grinding the end off a willow blade and lets just say that goes down in my failure column.

 

Allen

 

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2 minutes ago, Munkin said:

What I am finding is there are a lot that are close but not the same. Indiana blades are too wide, these are not rounded off enough in the back, those French blades you are using are too thick. Tried grinding the end off a willow blade and lets just say that goes down in my failure column.

 

Allen

 

Hope you're wrong. 

A-Jay

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5 hours ago, A-Jay said:

 

While I've had decent success with several types & sizes of blades (including Indiana), can't say for sure what's going on here @Log Catcher,  as I haven't had a chance to fish them. 

Plan on giving them a season to impress (or depress) me. 

Since the Zen Master, himself prefers them, that's a ton of mad credibility in my book and enough for me to take a whack at it.

More to follow.

:smiley:

A-Jay

I'm sure you will catch a bunch with them. 

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@A-Jay awesome looking and pretty close. Also I know a spinner played big for him in FL do you know by chance if his bladed jig the trickester played as well I was looking at it this afternoon. Looking forward to the update. 

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i always liked the look of the tricksters (and the sob baits) but everyone of the tricksters i've ever had didn't work very well. maybe there's a trick to them?

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Cool idea. I’m looking forward to seeing how they work!

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