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Crazy:

I spend 90% of my time throwing chunk bait or live lining. I throw lures on occasion, but not as much as I probably should. Here's a question for you:

Besides technique (which we know is important), what tips can you give to launch some smaller swimmers/plugs (3/4-1 1/2 OZ.) For example, I'm using 15 LBS test, on a 7 foot light/medium, fast action pole. Would you suggest using a stronger or longer (or both) pole? Do you suggest adding weight to the lure? If so, what do you use? When there is a strong wind in your face, do you approach casting differently?

Any and all advise would be welcome. I'm getting the lures out there a good distance, but more yardage is required in a few places I fish.

Thanking you in advance,

Soundfisher
 

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Hello Soundfisher,

That's an excellent question!
First of all… if you want more distance… here are the following factors you should know…

A longer rod will definitely give you more distance….
A thinner / lighter line will increase your distance….
A softer (parabolic) rod will cast smaller lures further….
A fast action rod (graphite) will increase your casting accuracy…

Given all that… this is what I recommend if you are looking to toss small swimming lures in the ¾ - 1 ½ ounce. I recommend that you downsize the line to 10lbs. test. However, if you need the 15 lbs. test line… I strongly recommend that you use braid line (thinner diameter). But I caution you to lighten up the drag because the new high tech lines are less forgiving (no stretch).

As far as the rod length is concerned, you want a stronger and faster action for maximum distance.

How do you cast if the wind is blowing in your face?
Well, in your case, if the wind is blowing "south"… You don't want to cast overhand because it picks up a lot wind… the best way to fight the wind is by casting low and sideways (lower trajectory)!

Hope this helps! ;)

Tight Lines!

"Crazy" Alberto Knie
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Soundfisher,

I have added weight to my bombers by injecting them with water. I add 3cc of water to a 6 inch bomber, by heating a finishing nail, and pushing it through the plug to make a small hole. Then I got a syringe tube from the vet and add 3 cc of water. Seal the hole with epoxy. I just did it this year. So far the distance improved and the action is still good.
 

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Crazy and Doughboy:

Thanks a lot for your input. I'll put it to good use.

One last question regarding the braid line...

How would you compare monofilament vs braid line? For example, if I were using 15lbs mono, and wanted to switch to braid, would you recommend getting 15lbs test or maybe 10lbs test? I'm asking this because I've been told that braid tends to be stronger than mono when comparing the same test. Is this true?

Thanks guys!

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Soundfisher wrote:

How would you compare monofilament vs braid line? For example, if I were using 15lbs mono, and wanted to switch to braid, would you recommend getting 15lbs test or maybe 10lbs test? I'm asking this because I've been told that braid tends to be stronger than mono when comparing the same test. Is this true?
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Soundfisher ,

That is correct… Majorities of the braid lines are stronger than the manufacture claims! At this time, I don't believe that there are any braided line rated/tested by IGFA yet.

Now, if you are looking to maximize your distance… by switching to braid you will automatically do so! However, If the area you are fishing is very sticky (rocky, sharp bars, etc) I would increase the line test by a few lbs. and use a mono. Leader!

As per Doughboy's, "adding weight" comment... That's a great idea but I would NOT use water! In due time, water dissolves.

I'll let you in a secret… I use OIL and in some lures I use ball bearings for added noise! ;)

Hope this helps!

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oil for weight

Hi Al,

I went with water because I heard that oil will cloud the inside of the clear bombers and ruin the mirror effect. So I figured I would just refill them as necessary. Have you heard of that.
 

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Crazy:

Thanks so much for the input and your "little secret."

Considering my propensity to throw bait, having the option of using lures will ultimately increase my chances at scoring more fish.

Take care,

Soundfisher
 
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