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I'm sorting through all of my fishing tackle to get it organized and prepared for this spring. My question has to do with cleaning my crankbaits. I seem to have stains on the crankbaits that I can't figure out what they are and normal hot water and a rag didn't take care of it. Do you guys use anything to clean crankbaits, like rubbing alcohol or anything like that?

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My son has the uncanny ability to see bright shiny objects from great distances and has accumulated a whole tackle box of lures that he finds when we are out fishing.  Many of these are crank baits and sometimes they have been in the water for a while.  I will remove the hooks and split rings and just dump them in the dishwasher and then replace the hooks.  I don't know if this is the best method, but it does work (especially for CB's that I don't have to pay for).

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Never thought of using the dishwasher.  The lazy mans approach.  Good idea.

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I find most of my spots are rust spots. I take a wire brush that is used to clean rust and run it across the cranks a few times. I have never had an instance where the paint came off.

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There is a cleaner that I buy at Wal-Mart called Mean Green. That stuff works great on my cranks and cork handles on my rods.

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CLR is a good cleaner to use always use a little on a rag to remove rust spots.  Just be careful if your trying to remove rust from hooks or split-rings.  Rust will weaken these and removing it will do nothing to improve this weakend state.  Replace them. The last thing you want to do is loose a fish to a staigtened hook or a broken split ring.

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I use either WD-40 and a rag or a toothbrush and tooth paste.

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Guest the_muddy_man

hEY cHRIS DO YOU DO ANYTHING TO GET THE ODOR OF THE wd 40 OFF THE LURE AFTER YOU CLEAN IT?

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Fish like WD-40, I'm not kidding.

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Nope but if you want you can spray it with fish scent or something. Years ago I would use WD-40 as a fish formula they kinda frown on it now.

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Guest the_muddy_man

Wow I didnt know that RW and Chris you guys have never given as suggestion that didnt work i wouldnt put it on freah at the lake (pollution) but I would like to try it at home on a plug or 2 and leave it on and see what happens. Or on second thought if its oil souluble it might soak in and leech into the water anyway! Just a thought

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Who was it that first suggested WD-40 as a fish attractant?  Was it Homer Circle?  I've noticed that Gary Yamamoto's Mega Strike appears to have a WD-40 smell.  Interesting.

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If I remember correct the stuff has shark oil in it.

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I also know of guys who use Preparation-H on their soft plastics -- apparently this stuff has shark oil in it as well and supposedly keeps plastics from drying out and leaves a slime trail in the water -- I wonder if it makes the fish's mouth pucker making hook sets easier? ;)

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