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Hey guys, I know that I'm not a true hands on club member, but I was hoping you would give me a little info on some lures I just bought from a guy in Hershey. I spent $150.00 and got a boat load of baits. The list is as follows.....
2- 10' Buchertail bucktails
4- Mepps Muskie Killers
13- Other asorted bucktails inline spinners
2- 8" Beleivers
6- 10" Beleivers
1 - 10" Bermek B-1
2- 10" Grandmas
2- 8" Grandmas
2- 7" Crek Chub Jointed minnows
8- 6" X-Rap type slash baits
3- Brand new Yo-Zuri 8" Jointed Pikie Minnows
1- 8" Shallow Invader
1- Huge Flambeau Tackle box to hold everything
All of the hooks on the hard baits are in good condition, some of the ones on the bucktails need to be replace. This leads me to my question. Should I replace the trebles on these baits with the stainless or nickle hooks? Also, is there a way to clean the blades, hooks, and bodies of some of these baits?
Hey Arizona. Don't say that you're not an active member because you are and I certainly appreciate you being at the seminars yesterday. Many of the baits you have are real good ones and others are so so in my opinion. It probably took you a while to type what you did but I can say that without colors it's tough to say what each one is good for specifically. But I'll try:
The bucktails you have are good ones and you probably know what they are.
The believers are a good all around bait and the 10" is my favorite in jointed models. These can be worked pretty well on weed clumps and will stay surprisingly clean.
The Burmek I believe was bought out by uncle Josh baits and is noted for trolling, I think. I own one and really don't fish it much. Perhaps someone that knows more than me can help you here.
The Grandmas are great rip cranks and can be twitched as well.
The creek chubs are a late fall bait in my opinion when the fish want something slower. Leave them home in the summer as you can't work them fast.
The X raps are a good fall and winter bait as you can stop them and they will sit in the musky's face.
Yo-zuri jointed pikie minnows? You got me here. I know all of the Yo-zuri stuff and am not familiar with these.
Shallow Invader.....great lure.....all times of the year.
Hude tackle box.....leave it home. Find ten or fifteen baits that you like and get a smaller box to take fishing with you. There are many out there.
As for changing the hooks. I say that nickel is fine. Stainless is too hard and doesn't hold an edge very well. I don't even like stainless for my SW baits for that reason. Bronze would be better....less flash but if all you have is plated nickel, it would work.
Cleaning baits is a tough one and I have seen some that are "too far gone". I use dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush for the smaller baits and the same stuff and a larger nail brush for the bigger ones. You can usually get the scum off the blades with this stuff as well and it takes a little elbow grease. If they are tarnished I use a dremel tool with a polishing wheel and jewelers buffing compound. If they are rusty there's nothing you can do but fish them as is.
Again, thanks for being there for us this weekend and get out and catch some muskies this year. ;D
April 29, 2007
Wow, 150 bucks for all that, what a bargain! I keep the stock hooks on my beleivers, grandmas and shallow invaders. For the beleivers, I would check the split rings. Some of the split rings on the 8 inch beleivers are kind of crappy, go with Bucher split rings on them and all the baits.
Good Luck with that awesome arsonal of musky baits!