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#12347267 - 07/18/17 11:34 PM Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿?
Andrew Y'Barbo Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/25/12
Posts: 1328
Loc: Lufkin Texas
Hey guys. I'm interested in starting me a tackle box full of balsa baits. Unfortunately I'm not old enough to have the knowledge of these baits.

I'm needing recommendations on what companies to buy and the best place to buy them. I'm hesitant on eBay because I do not know what baits are valuable or not.

P.s. Can you buy a bait that "hunts" or do you get lucky?

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#12347286 - 07/19/17 12:18 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Thad Rains Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 2823
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
I would start collecting a few of the Stanford Cedar Shad baits, but they are cedar, not balsa, but they work VERY WELL,but Dieter doesn't make them any more, but you CAN buy some of his old baits on eBay for about $15 each or so. Then I would go with some old Bagley baits, some Gary Dees D-baits, some Rapala and some old fashioned Lee Sisson, if you can find any"!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good luck on finding any outside of eBay, but maybe you can find some. Been there, done that and have the lures in 2 3600 boxes for special use on T days only. Hope this helps. Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains
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#12347289 - 07/19/17 12:25 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
JoeFriday Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/23/13
Posts: 855
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
That is a dangerous path you are looking to take as the good ones are not cheap. Really, it depends on where you want to start. If I was going to give some advice in that area, I would suggest you start with two and then go from there.

#1 - WEC E-I in Chartreuse/Black, you'll have to look around for this one as you won't find them in normal tackle stores
#2 - PH Huntin' P in Sumpin Special, http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/PH_Custom_Lures_Huntin_P_Squarebill_Crankbait/descpage-PHCLHP.html

That will get you started for around $50. Both are different styles but are some of the best I have used. There's no telling how many fish I have caught on the E-I, and just started with the Huntin' P. The Huntin' P has quickly risen to be one of my top choices. If you are wanting a tackle box full, get ready to break out several Benjamin's.

If you want to research, look at Bass Craft, Brian Bees, Dave's Black Market Balsa, Black Label Balsa(haven't tried one of those yet) and so on... If you have more time than money, watch Bass Boat Central's lures for sale section. There are some good ones that pop up there from time to time.

Oh, the only knock on the PH ones is that their hooks stink. Replace them immediately. I lost a few fish before I learned that lesson.


Edited by JoeFriday (07/19/17 12:27 AM)
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#12347292 - 07/19/17 12:32 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Thad Rains Offline
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Registered: 10/09/01
Posts: 2823
Loc: Lubbock, Texas.
Sorry, I forgot the Zoom WEC Baits, as mentioned above. Also, a few South Bend lures were made of wood as well, but those may cost you in the $200 range as well, don't know, but good luck, again. New Dbaits run $15 to $25 for them.

http://www.dbaits.com/

Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains


Edited by Thad Rains (07/19/17 12:35 AM)
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#12347493 - 07/19/17 08:08 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Tracker Tim Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/25/06
Posts: 2770
Loc: Murphy, TX
Eric Gandy who is a TFF member.


http://www.gandylureco.com/

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#12347554 - 07/19/17 08:45 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Hal Land Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/19/16
Posts: 12
Loc: Drexel Mo.
Dave's Custom Baits. Black Market Balsa. Hand made and tuned to hunt.

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#12347593 - 07/19/17 08:59 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
reeltexan Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/03/06
Posts: 2347
Loc: Ovilla, TEXAS
I'd buy vintage Bagley Balsa B-1s. Check Ebay often.
Don't pay over $10.
Fire tiger, shad colors and tin foil are some of my favorites.

The new models are not as buoyant and are smaller. I stick with the old models.
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#12347632 - 07/19/17 09:18 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Ian f Offline
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Registered: 11/05/15
Posts: 211
I like the bagley b2's With brass hardware, also check out bass craft

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#12347729 - 07/19/17 10:00 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Hal Land]
Doug R. Online   content
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Registered: 06/11/12
Posts: 8879
Loc: On the lam
Originally Posted By: Hal Land
Dave's Custom Baits. Black Market Balsa. Hand made and tuned to hunt.



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#12347753 - 07/19/17 10:13 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Tracker Tim]
Sinkey Offline
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Registered: 08/04/06
Posts: 4578
Loc: Lewisville, TX. and Lake Fork...
Originally Posted By: Tracker Tim
Eric Gandy who is a TFF member.


http://www.gandylureco.com/


This! And his paint jobs are some of the best Ive seen!
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#12347825 - 07/19/17 10:47 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Doug R.]
James Biggs Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/11/06
Posts: 2772
Loc: DFW area
Originally Posted By: Doug R.
Originally Posted By: Hal Land
Dave's Custom Baits. Black Market Balsa. Hand made and tuned to hunt.



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100% hands down the best!
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#12347925 - 07/19/17 11:32 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
bigbass94 Offline
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Registered: 05/27/12
Posts: 3873
Loc: San Antonio, Texas
Zoom WEC on Ebay, PH Custom Lures, and Bass Craft are the best ones I've found yet.
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#12347948 - 07/19/17 11:42 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
5PounderOnAFrog Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 232
Loc: Conroe
Are you related to Antonio Gil Y'Barbo AKA the pioneering settler of Nacogdoches?

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#12347964 - 07/19/17 11:49 AM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Andrew Y'Barbo]
Jake Shannon(Skeet4Life) Online   content
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Registered: 10/31/10
Posts: 7824
Loc: Tyler, Tx/Arlington, Tx
Black lable are pretty good and the WEC ones

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#12348102 - 07/19/17 12:45 PM Re: Balsa Square Bill help!¡!?¿? [Re: Thad Rains]
Dan A Offline
Angler

Registered: 02/15/08
Posts: 419
Loc: Cincinnati, Oh
Originally Posted By: Thad Rains
Sorry, I forgot the Zoom WEC Baits, as mentioned above. Also, a few South Bend lures were made of wood as well, but those may cost you in the $200 range as well, don't know, but good luck, again. New Dbaits run $15 to $25 for them.

http://www.dbaits.com/

Tight lines, keep safe and good luck.

Thad Rains


D Baits are no longer made. I've talked to Gary quite a few times and he says he's out of the crankbait business... Dan

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