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Message Subject: Big shallow twitch baits
Pa Tigers n trout
Posted 2/23/2023 1:11 PM (#1018312)
Subject: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 267


Location: Central Pennsylvania
Hi all, I'm wondering what yinz like in terms of big shallow twitchbaits like 8-12" baits that twitch very shallow (in the 1-4 foot range)
muskyhunter07
Posted 2/23/2023 1:27 PM (#1018313 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Location: Northern Illinois
super shallow invader
Pa Tigers n trout
Posted 2/24/2023 9:23 AM (#1018337 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 267


Location: Central Pennsylvania
All the luck I've had thus far was with a 10" Dave Mcbride twitchbait, but I'd like more options for this application.
chasintails
Posted 2/24/2023 9:26 AM (#1018338 - in reply to #1018337)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 455


Big Games or Cranes
MartinTD
Posted 2/24/2023 10:12 AM (#1018341 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits





Posts: 1136


Location: NorthCentral WI
9" Big Game or 9" Grandma Jerk model.
Musky Face
Posted 2/25/2023 11:33 PM (#1018377 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 558


You can use alot of 6 to 8 foot divers and give them little taps down at the beginning of the cast then rip up with your rod the rest of the way till it gets next to the boat. I do this alot with twitch baits. I also love the wades wobler in shallow water, very buoyant lure.
Northernfan
Posted 2/26/2023 2:10 PM (#1018382 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: RE: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 63


Ridgway Customs are big, thick-bodies cranks that dive shallow. They move a lot of water, and they are great! 8-10 inch versions are most popular.
southern comfort
Posted 3/1/2023 3:14 PM (#1018478 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 377


I will second Northernfan's endorsement of Ridgeway cranks. I have had a lot of success twitching my 8" version.
bloatlord
Posted 3/1/2023 8:44 PM (#1018498 - in reply to #1018478)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 93


The Ridgeway Crankbait website shop is down, as is their insta page. I am not on facebook. Are they still producing product?
upnortdave
Posted 3/1/2023 8:58 PM (#1018500 - in reply to #1018498)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 668


Location: mercer wi
What no love for 10" slammer
pklingen
Posted 3/1/2023 11:23 PM (#1018505 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 861


Location: NE Ohio
10" jakes move a lot of water and a ton of flash with a roll and side to side motion.
Northernfan
Posted 3/2/2023 12:29 AM (#1018508 - in reply to #1018498)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 63


Ridgway is busy preparing baits for the Wausau show. He is a one-man operation, so the focus is preparing inventory for that show at the moment. I believe he is planning to have baits uploaded on his website at the beginning of April again! If you found his Instagram page, I am sure you can message him on there to get more information! Matt is an awesome dude!
chuckski
Posted 3/2/2023 1:36 AM (#1018509 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 1224


10" Jake, 9" Grandma jerk lip, 10" Slammer, 9" Bucher and if your in a spot with lots of rocks 10" Believer (shallow setting)
And with all these nice big baits, all I've caught are smaller fish. Cranes have great action, but being made of balsa sometimes your left with a lure full of teeth. The 6" Slammer is one you don't have to change the hook arrangement for three to two.
I am a fan of taking Ernie or a 10" Slammer deep Minnow, Believer, (deep setting) or Depth Raider reeling down to depth then jerking. Do this and the size of the fish goes up.
K and M tackle
Posted 3/2/2023 1:58 AM (#1018510 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 55


I would avoid crane baits by all cost. Weak hooks and split ring and the lip will break off by looking at it. Go with a slammer. Great wobble and geared towards lasting. Also big fork twitch darter is awesome for that range. The sand cat is great too. Maybe a bit off of a twitch bait but it’s a twitch and dive and rise. Almost like a suick with great wobble and roll.
bloatlord
Posted 3/2/2023 2:18 PM (#1018520 - in reply to #1018508)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 93


Northernfan - 3/2/2023 12:29 AM

Ridgway is busy preparing baits for the Wausau show. He is a one-man operation, so the focus is preparing inventory for that show at the moment. I believe he is planning to have baits uploaded on his website at the beginning of April again! If you found his Instagram page, I am sure you can message him on there to get more information! Matt is an awesome dude!


I messaged him on the contact portion of the site and he was in contact immediately. You were right: incredibly nice guy.
CincySkeez
Posted 3/2/2023 3:22 PM (#1018525 - in reply to #1018520)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits





Posts: 601


Location: Duluth
Storm Giant flatstick's are awesome for this application and incredibly easy on the wallet
Northernfan
Posted 3/2/2023 3:24 PM (#1018527 - in reply to #1018520)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 63


bloatlord - 3/2/2023 2:18 PM

I messaged him on the contact portion of the site and he was in contact immediately. You were right: incredibly nice guy.


He works hard that is for sure! Awesome baits and some great patterns he does.
Jeff Hanson
Posted 3/2/2023 4:15 PM (#1018531 - in reply to #1018527)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 937


The Mag shallow Invader- https://teamrhinooutdoors.com/products/musky-innovations-mag-shallow...
and Muskie Train MX9- https://teamrhinooutdoors.com/products/muskie-train-mx9?_pos=15&_sid...
Are both really good ones. The MX9 is cedar and has great action on the twitch or pull.
Jeff Hanson
madisonmuskyguide.com
Ogandrews
Posted 3/3/2023 12:31 AM (#1018554 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 208


Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
10” slammer is my go to if I’m trying to keep it shallow, with the stock hooks it is super buoyant real easy to get through weeds. If I’m trying to fish slower or deeper than the Livingston squeaky peat is an incredible bait. It is pretty much a copy of the grandma m9 but I’ve fished them both back to back and I think the Livingston is a better twitching bait. Those two cover 90% of the crankbait fishing I do but another good big option is the big shallow invader. That bait has a great twitch but definitely throw it in a rubber rod because it takes a lot of effort to get it to dance
Slime King
Posted 3/3/2023 12:27 PM (#1018575 - in reply to #1018510)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits





Posts: 492


Location: midwest
K and M tackle - 3/2/2023 1:58 AM

I would avoid crane baits by all cost. Weak hooks and split ring and the lip will break off by looking at it. Go with a slammer. Great wobble and geared towards lasting. Also big fork twitch darter is awesome for that range. The sand cat is great too. Maybe a bit off of a twitch bait but it’s a twitch and dive and rise. Almost like a suick with great wobble and roll.


Yup, send all those Junk Crane baits my way for proper disposal
chuckski
Posted 3/5/2023 9:24 AM (#1018632 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 1224


On the 5" Cranes I beef up the spit rings and put on two larger hooks then (leave the middle hook off) then dispose them in a gullet of a Muskie or a good sized Pike. And keep the in bedded teeth for a keep sake.
Southern Muskies
Posted 4/17/2023 9:37 AM (#1019973 - in reply to #1018312)
Subject: Re: Big shallow twitch baits




Posts: 51


Love 8" jointed Believers for twitching. In Canadian waters; 10 inch straight believers; Legend Perch Baits.
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