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There are many ways out there to weight soft jerkbaits. However I found one years back that I love and use majority of the time.

Take some regular solder (dont get the kind with the flux core) and wrap a couple loops around the shaft of your hook. The number of wraps obviously will determine how much weight you are adding. Then once you have it wrapped, take a solder iron and tap the ends so there is no loose tip of solder. This will also smooth the ends out so it slides through the baits when rigging.

I will take a couple pictures of some I have already done so you can see better what I mean.

This method of weighting is great because it keeps the center of gravity perfect at all times. Also, you can slide the solder up and down the hook (even after soldering the tips smooth) to adjust your center of gravity, allowing you to achieve some interesting retrieves.

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A good tip, Jared. It would be a lot cheaper than using the slider hooks that come with a lead sleeve that slides. That method could be used to alter the attitude of any bait, hard or soft. The solder could be wrapped around the shank of a treble hook if Suspen Dots are too light.

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Just to add one more tip, I buy alot of the crimp on bullet weights. When I get home a drill them all out with a 1/16 or 1/8 drill bit. If I am fishing soft jerkbaits and need weight I just squeeze to weight on the shank by hand. The hole youu drilled will be enough to let it slide up and down the hook. This also works great on horny toads.
 
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Just to add one more tip, I buy alot of the crimp on bullet weights. When I get home a drill them all out with a 1/16 or 1/8 drill bit. If I am fishing soft jerkbaits and need weight I just squeeze to weight on the shank by hand. The hole youu drilled will be enough to let it slide up and down the hook. This also works great on horny toads.
That is very different and I have never thought about that. I will have to give it a try.
 

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Hope it works for ya Tex!! I have found it to be especially good here in our waters. The next time we have a tips contest, I am going to be all in. I missed the first one, but I have some good cost saving tips as I have an amazing imagination!!!!!Give it a try!!
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Jared Pease said:
There are many ways out there to weight soft jerkbaits. However I found one years back that I love and use majority of the time.

Take some regular solder (dont get the kind with the flux core) and wrap a couple loops around the shaft of your hook. The number of wraps obviously will determine how much weight you are adding. Then once you have it wrapped, take a solder iron and tap the ends so there is no loose tip of solder. This will also smooth the ends out so it slides through the baits when rigging.


This method of weighting is great because it keeps the center of gravity perfect at all times. Also, you can slide the solder up and down the hook (even after soldering the tips smooth) to adjust your center of gravity, allowing you to achieve some interesting retrieves.

Tattered Thumbs n Bigguns, Jared
I have done something like this on hooks for a swimbait, when I didnt have the weight I wanted for a ' weighted swimbait hook '
 

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Jared, I know you like Sluggos, have you ever tried rigging the hook different lentghs into the bait, instead of running the point a 1/4inch in then coming out, run it say 1inch then come out? It does change the way they work. I used them a lot when they first came out & this was a way I could cgange the action a bit, instead of mostly rising to the surface i was able to make them dive for the most part. Since most folks around here don't throw them any more it's time for me to go back to them.
Rodney
 
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