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Old 04-17-2012, 08:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I bought a few prop baits the other day, but they don't seem to fish right. I tried mono, fluro and braided line with the same bait and still get the same results. I backed the line eye out a bit and allowed the prop more freedom of movement...that seemed to help a little bit, and I stress, "a little bit". The bait wants to porpoise a bit and swim on it's side.

It's basically a crankbait body with props on it. I tried tuning it like you would a crankbait that wasn't running true. No luck. It will work almost flawlessly within 5-10 yards of me. but you can forget about a medium to long cast. is there a secret out there to work these things. I have a few torpedos that work just fine other than wanting to swim on their side. They'll be hitting topwaters hard sooner then we think, and I want to be ready to throw something other than walk the dog baits and poppers. Thanks.

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Mike try tweeking the angle of the props!! that could help some!
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It would help seeing the profile/style of bait...Does it make any difference if you keep your rod tip high and keep the line out of the water?



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Old 04-17-2012, 01:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mike most of the topwater prop baits I have seen are not designed to be fished on a steady retrieve. Its let it sit, then give it a jerk, which makes the props spin kicking up water then let it sit again, and repeat, or you can fish then with something close to a walk the dog action, and the props kick up water when your pull the bait forward. I could be wrong, since I dont know what type bait your actually talking about.
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Old 04-17-2012, 05:42 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Mike most of the topwater prop baits I have seen are not designed to be fished on a steady retrieve. Its let it sit, then give it a jerk, which makes the props spin kicking up water then let it sit again, and repeat, or you can fish then with something close to a walk the dog action, and the props kick up water when your pull the bait forward. I could be wrong, since I dont know what type bait your actually talking about.
Well it looks just like a crankbait, but no lip, and add props, lol.
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Two types of prop baits; single rear prop and double front/back props.
The Tiny Torpedo is a single rear prop, the backend sinks below the surface at rest. When you pull the Torpedo forward the backend rises and the props spins, this causes some torque and rotates the body sideways. Top reduce torque straighten the prop blades a little for less pitch. You can also bend the prop blades back a little. This is how you tune a prop bait. Double prop baits sit flat on the water and both props spin when you pull it forward.
The forward motion and prop splash gets the basses attention and when the lure slows down and turns slightly as it comes to a stop can create strikes...
Fish prop baits when there is a slight ripple on the water or some wave action and create prop splash by ripping the lure forward a few feet, no need to be gentle. You are better off using a popper on flat calm water.
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Two types of prop baits; single rear prop and double front/back props.
The Tiny Torpedo is a single rear prop, the backend sinks below the surface at rest. When you pull the Torpedo forward the backend rises and the props spins, this causes some torque and rotates the body sideways. Top reduce torque straighten the prop blades a little for less pitch. You can also bend the prop blades back a little. This is how you tune a prop bait. Double prop baits sit flat on the water and both props spin when you pull it forward.
The forward motion and prop splash gets the basses attention and when the lure slows down and turns slightly as it comes to a stop can create strikes...
Fish prop baits when there is a slight ripple on the water or some wave action and create prop splash by ripping the lure forward a few feet, no need to be gentle. You are better off using a popper on flat calm water.
Tom
Thanks Tom. I'll definitely try tuning the props. I really appreciate it friend. I have a favorite spot on a local lake that heats up something fierce with topwaters.
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