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Old 07-11-2009, 02:38 AM
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Figure you've seen one of these before:

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I realize it's a trolling lure but I like the profile and would like to do my own take on it and build a plug for the surf.

What is it and how deep does it swim ?

It feels unweighted which surprises me. I'm thinking about putting a bit of lead in the chin and a bit at the tail to make it cast a little better then I suspect it does now.

You ever played with this design ??
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Old 07-12-2009, 01:24 AM
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Well I'm not Rock, sorry but I had come accross this. Actually may order one unless you have the measurements
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Old 07-12-2009, 02:42 AM
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Did some digging
It's a Gibbs troller in blue mackerel, a special color only occasionally available and only at the shop.
Shame someone decided it needed a splash of red paint on the throat

Still wondering how deep it swam.
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Old 07-12-2009, 10:17 AM
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I do know this is a different lure but a very similar design. This is a copy of the fishing tech for the lure I had pictured above.
"Proper presentation of this swimmer lure is to cast then very slowly retrieve, stop occasionally, and also occasionally twitch the rod tip to let the lip throw some water. These lures are designed to be surface swimmers, on a faster retrieve they will swim just below the surface. Action is a real nice tight tail wiggle.
Fish key in on the V wake and wiggle action that these produce and will explosively hit these lures!
Fish them SLOW! Sometimes you can let the wind or current take them out with an open bail and then fish them, this has been a very good technique!"
It may make a differance where the lure is weighted (head,belly, tail) although I'm not sure I have seen a head weighted lure before. I find the round nose swimmers like pictured usually don't give of a much of a popping/slashing as the flat nose swimmers. By adjusting the weight and the lip should make lure dive a bit deeper when trolling.

Sorry for jumping in on this as it was addressed for Roc but it is public somewhat. I just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. That lure also looks similar to the Atom 40 style swimmer. Well atleast from what I see in the pics
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:42 PM
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your right it's a Gibbs troller, most dont have eyes I have several, all in black, they swim down about 4' or so.. I run 'em on the wire.. they seem to produce best when pogies are around.... yes I make a few, out of spruce, but dont use 'em as much as other plugs I make... I can give you the measurements if you like.. and as best I can tell... no weight.. the lip is very similar to a Danny, just a tad longer, which IMHO, is what makes it dive a little deeper....it is also ( at least the ones I have) a very light weight stainless... almost the consistency of aluminum
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