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#11453408 - 03/03/16 08:07 AM Adding a bullet type weight to lures
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Just wanted to get some opinions on something. I recently fished a tournament where I saw a guy add either a small bullet (like texas rig) type weight to his poppin frog. It was a bit windy, but he said the main reason was to keep it in the water better, and to make a louder pop sound when he popped it through the water. Also, lets say that you have a chatter bait, swim bait, or even a spinner bait and for whatever reason you just didn't have time to go and get the heavier sizes, so while you are fishing all you have is a 3/8 oz or something. Granted you can sit there and let it sink and really slow roll it in, but even then it might be hard to keep it at the depth you want and/or need.

So has anyone ever added a small bullet or another type of weight to the front of it (such as you would when fishing texas rig), to either add some type of action, or just help it stay in the water better?

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#11453440 - 03/03/16 08:17 AM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: FX-21]
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I add "clam" weights to my lures all the time. Espicially to smaller spinner baits. I get the smaller bait profile while it helps get the lighter spinner bait down in the water. I put the clam weight right on the wire of the spinner bait. I also had weight to smaller rattle traps for the same reason, obviously the weight is put just above the eye/knot location on the line. Works great. Bigger is not always better.
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#11453528 - 03/03/16 08:43 AM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: FX-21]
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No I don't Texas rig my frogs or spinnerbaits. I've added suspend dots to crank baits and split shot weights when throwing a split shot fluke or senko.I just make sure my gear is correct for what technique I'm trying to utilize.I'm trying to get a mental picture of a popping frog with a bullet weight in front of it. I don't see how it would work.

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#11453805 - 03/03/16 10:09 AM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: FX-21]
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I assumed he meant the weight was IN the frog. . .t rigging a frog huh? Lol. Did you see him catch any fish on it?

I've added suspendadots to hard baits to make them sink or rise faster or slower. . .but that's it. Putting a bullet weight in front of a hard bait doesn't sound like a very good idea. . .

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#11453844 - 03/03/16 10:24 AM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: FX-21]
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I met a guy at fork that would put anywhere from a 1/2 to 1 ounce tungsten in front of his dd22's. Says he could dredge a ditch in 30 feet of water.
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#11454229 - 03/03/16 01:18 PM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: CraigDarder]
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Originally Posted By: CraigDarder
I met a guy at fork that would put anywhere from a 1/2 to 1 ounce tungsten in front of his dd22's. Says he could dredge a ditch in 30 feet of water.
beat me to it ,thats what I do but not tungsten.
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#11454414 - 03/03/16 02:30 PM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: timwins31]
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Originally Posted By: timwins31
I assumed he meant the weight was IN the frog. . .t rigging a frog huh? Lol. Did you see him catch any fish on it?

I've added suspendadots to hard baits to make them sink or rise faster or slower. . .but that's it. Putting a bullet weight in front of a hard bait doesn't sound like a very good idea. . .


Sorry for the confusion, but he actually had a small bullet weight right above the eye where you tie on the from. He was fishing a booyah poppin pad crasher frog. He then had a bobber stopper on to keep the weight from sliding, just as you would if your flippin or punching.

He did catch several fish, and it did seem like the action was not affected. It just allowed the frog to come through cover and still make the pop sound a little better I guess.

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#11454418 - 03/03/16 02:32 PM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: CraigDarder]
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Originally Posted By: CraigDarder
I met a guy at fork that would put anywhere from a 1/2 to 1 ounce tungsten in front of his dd22's. Says he could dredge a ditch in 30 feet of water.


This helps answer my question, thanks. I was just wondering if anyone has done something similar with any other baits. For instance, it was really windy this past week on several occasions while fishing Rayburn. So I just wondered if adding a weight to something would work to help keep the bait down or even help make it go deeper?

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#11454698 - 03/03/16 04:40 PM Re: Adding a bullet type weight to lures [Re: FX-21]
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Using heavier weights is very common in the wind. My favorite windy technique is c rigging with a 1.5oz weight. I never use that much weight unless the wind is blowing like a bastard. And it can definitely help lures get deeper, you just want to make sure it isn't killing the action of the lure.

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