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Heading to bass pro to spend a gift card. Gonna grab some plastics and for some reason a wake bait is on my mind. I don’t know why it works that way. 

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Two recommendations:

 

Hard Bait- Mann’s Baby One- Minus. Keep your rod tip high and work it slowly 

 

Soft Bait- Zoom Ultra Vibe Speed Worm. Weightless, the tail will kick up a nice wake. Retrieve it as soon as it hits the water with the rod tip at a 45 degree angle 

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Spro BBZ-1 Rats

Tom

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The only wake bait crank I've ever thrown is the Mann's 1-Minus, but I rely more on a single Colorado blade spinner bait. A couple of times during the retrieve, I'll let the blade break the surface. Killer presentation.

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You're pretty limited since it's only what is available at BPS, but they should have a good selection of the Storm Arashi baits, and the wake bait that they offer is really nice.

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I love the crank style wake baits and there are 2 that I really like. The first is discontinued and has now become hard to get but I have a stash as I was on the bait early. The bait I'm talking about is the Mann's Waker and Waker Elite, they are similar to a 1 Minus but they will only dive 3" unless you plunge the rod under the waters surface. The other is one I seldom talk about, the Rapala DT Fat 1, It is a balsa bait so the floatation is really high so you can reel a normal pace without the bait diving too deep. My honorable mentions are the Storm Arashi wake crank, I really like that bait and it is a favorite but it tends to blow out unless you keep the pace on the slower side. The Yo-Zuri 3DB Wake crank is a good one but tends to dive too deep with anything over a slow retrieve speed. and The 2.5" size BPS The Egg, it is heavy and doesn't blow out but will dive a little too deep if you go past a slow retrieve. 

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Spro Rat

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In olden days guys made their own wake baits by purchasing a Cordell Red Fin ( jointed or not ) and using a butane lighter to bend the lip down to a 90 degree angle.   It worked.

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Thanks for all the info guys. Nothing new really struck my fancy. I have a couple of the rats and the egg. I ended grabbing a few replacement spinner baits, some more rage craws/swimmers. Some heads for them and the Berkley version of the shower blows. Nothing exciting. 

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7 hours ago, smalljaw67 said:

 The Yo-Zuri 3DB Wake crank is a good one but tends to dive too deep with anything over a slow retrieve speed. and The 2.5" size BPS The Egg, it is heavy and doesn't blow out but will dive a little too deep if you go past a slow retrieve. 

I found the same to be true with the Yo-Zuri. Great looking bait but I got tired of cleaning the hooks after every cast. Tried a BPS Egg but couldn't get the lure to run straight. I've never been too good at tuning cranks. My favorite wake is the Azuma Wake-Z. It's really big and requires a little stouter tackle but it's the real deal on big fish.

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20 hours ago, WRB said:

Spro BBZ-1 Rats

Tom

Can't go wrong with these, great lures for the price. The 40 size is great and can be thrown on conventional rods. 

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19 minutes ago, MassYak85 said:

Can't go wrong with these, great lures for the price. The 40 size is great and can be thrown on conventional rods. 

I have the 30 and the 40. I love throwing them just haven’t caught anything with them yet. 

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1 hour ago, Derek1 said:

I have the 30 and the 40. I love throwing them just haven’t caught anything with them yet. 

Get out early early AM. I mean eeeearly. There are varying degrees of light that the sun puts out a couple hours before sunrise and even civil twilight/first light. I find targeting the Astronomical Twilight window to be the best producer, though higher quality fish still hit in early Civil Twilight for me. After that Civil Twilight window, I'll still get hits sometimes but quality of fish drops precipitously for me. 

 

Essentially, my thought process is to plan on being there and ready to cast at least a half hour (if not a full hour) before "first light"/civil twilight. Any decent weather app will tell you when that is in your area. 

 

Also, don't underestimate the power the moonlight can have. Even a small moon low on the horizon can make a big difference in helping higher quality fish find and track it. 

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