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ckhawkeye51
Posted 7/10/2018 11:55 PM (#912025)
Subject: Adding bucktail weight




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Looking to take apart a few bucktails in the box. What can I expect by adding 1- 1 1/2 egg sinkers in place of stock weights on some 8s and 10s. Looking to get so bucktails down deeper. Do I need to worry about adding some weight forward towards the front of the bait as well?

Edited by ckhawkeye51 7/11/2018 12:05 AM
Dan111
Posted 7/11/2018 6:18 PM (#912086 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight





Location: ontario
have you tried a splitshot above your leader?
ToddM
Posted 7/11/2018 7:59 PM (#912101 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight





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Location: oswego, il
I prefer centering the weight on a bucktail to keep it level. I would add weight to the front hook hanger or if it has two skirts add the weight in between the two. You can also add it in front of the skirt as well.

Edited by ToddM 7/11/2018 8:02 PM
T3clay
Posted 7/13/2018 8:35 AM (#912224 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight





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I add a bell sinker to the hook splitring, as long is the hooks are big enough for the sinker to stay out of the way
nar160
Posted 7/13/2018 2:43 PM (#912261 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight




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Location: MN
They will run a bit deeper but maybe not as much as you expect. After a few iterations, I've settled on building double 10s that weigh 4.2-4.5 oz, a fair amount heavier than a DCG, and they still run pretty high. Even slow-rolling, I doubt they get more than 5 ft down on a standard cast. I don't worry too much about the weight being forward - just use bigger egg sinkers.
muskyhunter47
Posted 7/13/2018 6:49 PM (#912279 - in reply to #912261)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight




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Location: Minnesota
Have you tried a weighted leader????
ckhawkeye51
Posted 7/13/2018 8:44 PM (#912283 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight




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I haven’t used weighted leaders. Might have to give that a try. Just liked the idea of getting the bucktails down another foot or 2 for some of the deeper humps I fish. To be completely honest I ordered .051 and .062 bucktail wire and have a really bad feeling I opened a can of worms I should have never gotten myself into. I’ve already been playing around with new skirts, blades, etc. How big of an egg sinker/weight can I put on before it starts to impact the action of the bait? Hopefully I can get some of my bigger bucktails such as super models to throw better into the wind with added weight.
MTJ
Posted 7/13/2018 10:33 PM (#912286 - in reply to #912283)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight




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I use up to 1.5 oz on some blades but the more weight you add the sharper the angle your bait will run, which isn't so bad except you'll wear through one side of your skirt quicker than the other if you don't balance it out a little bit and you'll wear your clevis out a little faster, although the sharper angle of your bait can also give you some good click and grind sometimes. I agree with previous statement that more weight won't make as big of a difference as you'd think in running depth especially with bigger blades but it can improve casting with some bigger baits. Most blades I add weight to are on the smaller end and that's mostly just to keep them in the water on the retrieve. IMO weighted leaders are worthless

Edited by MTJ 7/13/2018 10:35 PM
Beaver
Posted 9/2/2018 10:22 PM (#917385 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight





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Adding weight can affect the way that the bucktail runs and how the blade spins. Too much weight forward can make the lure unbalanced and the blade won't spin unless you reel like a crazy man. I would rather add more weight to the butt. The lure will cast easier and it doesn't hurt the way the blade spins. Just my humble opinion.
Fishboy19
Posted 9/3/2018 2:59 PM (#917414 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: RE: Adding bucktail weight





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.040 thick blades add weight up front without changing anything. Keeps things balanced and definitely ride deeper. You could also up the weight on the egg sinker in the rear a little.
bturg
Posted 9/13/2018 10:37 PM (#918314 - in reply to #912025)
Subject: Re: Adding bucktail weight




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I spread my weight throughout the lure but everything is behind the front skirt. Additional weight adds casting distance more than anything else...it also adds resistance so they pull a bit harder. The problem IMO with using a bell sinker is you can get some interference ...although potentially small on a hookset. In the game of inches that is muskie fishing I hate to give up anything that goes in the fish's favor. If your making smaller burner style lures with a single hook and skirt adding the weight above the skirt seems to help them open up better.
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