Got grubs? Cut them, melt together, wacky rig with a small jig

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  1. spoonminnow

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    In spring I found that a small soft plastic stick I pourED has a great action on the drop wacky rigged using a light jig. Being that the lure was so short, a bare hook couldn't achieve the same action as a Senko with its weighted soft plastic.
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    The original lure from the mold was too thin so I dipped in hot plastic to thicken it, which at the time never occurred to me to wacky rig like a Senko - especially with a jighead. When wacky rigged using a 1/32 oz jig, I dropped it into the water and it amazed me how like a Senko it acted as the body and tips wobbled all the way down to the bottom. I decided to give the lure a try last Monday in my pond and man did it catch fish!
    A day later I just happened to be smoking my pipe by the bube tube in my workshop and noticed the shape of a 2" curl tail grub: thicker body tapered toward the tail. A thought popped up: who says sticks have to look like a Senko to get the same action? So, I took took two grubs, cut the curl tails off and melted the thin ends together using a candle flame.
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    Last Fri. the fish were biting all day long so I figured why not try the new design. Again, it caught fish like no tomorrow! Crappie, sunfish and bass clobbered it using two retrieves:
    1. let it drop to the bottom, let sit two seconds and raise it - BHAM!;
    2. let it drop half way to the bottom and twitch it fast with the rod tip making the tips quiver like crazy, let it drop a few inches dead stick and then twitch some more - BHAM! Here's the proof:
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    A bass caught on the jig & stick mentioned first:
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    Now since these grubs were small it got me thinking - why not use the bodies of 3" grubs with the curl tails cut off?! More meat for the fish to target! Plus, instead of using 1/32, 1/24 jigs, I can use 1/16 or maybe 1/8 oz. I call it my Wacky Barbell Grub. I'll test them tomorrow.
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    I also caught crappie and bass using the lures under a float.
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    Damn... Killing it up north.. looks like a good time to me...
     
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    Have you ever tried to curl tails together with bodys shortened and melted together two tails falling?
     
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    I was thinking the same thing! That would look pretty darn cool with a grub tail on either end of a wacky setup. Either way, spoonminnow your innovation AND success is awesome.
     
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    It might work as long as the jig weight was enough to drop the lure fast enough given the resistance of the curl tails.
    Today I fished the top and bottom barbell sticks and did well catching bass and some big sunfish.
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    The top lure also caught bass and panfish, but though the bottom lure had what seemed a nice action at the tips, fish weren't interested.:
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    This 1 pond catfish gave me a nice fight on the stick:
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    A few more:
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    That looks very interesting. Thanks for posting.
     
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    We did great yesterday using different soft plastics rigged on various jig weights and size hooks. Bass, crappie and sunfish attacked these lures like it was their last meal (though I don't believe the feeding impulse had anything to do with it.)
     
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