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Tru-Tungsten True Life Swimbait Question

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I just bought this lure today at BPS, they had a few left.  I did find the one I want, the shad color in slow/fast sinking.  

First of all, this lure is smaller than I expected it to be, also the 2 treble hooks are small.  So I'm wondering, can I upsize the treble hooks on this lure?  Also the hooks don't look all that strong to me.  I'm thinking of either going w/ an Owner size 2 or 4 treble hooks, but I don't want to kill the action.  You think I could do this?

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I do it on my TT Shad baits. Short shank number 4s are no problem. If you go with a 2 just use the front hook. Upsizing the hooks keeps the bait down better and there is not a big difference in action.

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Thanks for the reply Randall.  Now if I use a number 2 in front & a number 4 in back, do I have to still use the bb's for the sink rate?

I know I have to experiment w/ the hooks, but you notice if you use both 4's or a 2 & 4 if the action of the lure is hindered at all?

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I'm bumming out just a bit w/ this lure. I pulled out the pin to put one of the bb's inside. I then put the pin back & it pushed all the way through...AARRRGGGHHH!!!

It popped off some plastic on the top of the lure & looks like crap. $20 for this lure & this happens. So I got some Gorilla Glue & put a dab on the hole on top, I hope that will hold it.

I'm going to replace the hooks on mine & go w/ Owner trebles, those are just a bit heavier in size 4.

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My pin did the same thing, but it isn't too noticeable.  I superglued it in... I don't trust it being free like that.  Some folks said to bend the pin, but I didn't trust that either... For $20 there should be a better solution for the pin, some sort of simple locking mechanism along the lines of a cotter pin.

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Maybe you all should look into the Spro 4" BBZ it is bigger than the TT, The fast sink weighs 1 ounce.  Theres no pin to pull.  You just cant buy it at BPS.  Also reaction strike has a revolution shad which is the same thing i guess but for $15.  check ***

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Getting the Tru Tungsten Shad was an impules buy when I was at BPS the other day.

I wanted to wait & read more on this lure but there it was in the sink rate I wanted.

It was on my list of new baits to get including the BBZ-1 Shad, but I wanted to wait....there it is only a couple left of the one I want so I got it.

I'll do the same thing & add size 4 Owner trebles on mine.  

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Maybe you all should look into the Spro 4" BBZ it is bigger than the TT, The fast sink weighs 1 ounce. Theres no pin to pull. You just cant buy it at BPS. Also reaction strike has a revolution shad which is the same thing i guess but for $15. check ***

The BPS in Nashville has the spro BBZ-1 swimbaits.  The price is much higher than any where else I've seen too $24.99.  BTW I did the same thing with the pin to my tru-life swimbait and it doesn't want to swim right now.  

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Added the size 4 Owner trebles & well the chance for the hooks to tangle up is high.  So I am using size 4 VMC short shank black nickel hooks instead.  These hooks don't tangle like the Owners.  I also tried size 6 Owner trebles & looks more stout than the stock hooks on the lure.  If the sink rate is too fast w/ the size 4, then I'll down size to the size 6 Owners.

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I already lost one of my balls!

Must have hurt!!  ;D ;D

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