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Offline slipperybob

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Sounds of Lures.
« on: Nov 12, 2020, 02:35 AM »
Open discussion.  When it comes to ice fishing and using sounds to attract fish, there is no doubt to the use of rattle chambers of glass or brass.  There is a unique sound vibration that those ball bearings create that gets predatory fish to hone onto the lure.  Everyone has had success at one point or another and the amount of lures out there that uses these rattle chambers are plenty.  There is more to it than just that.

First lets get to the obvious lures like the Northland Buckshot Rattle Spoon which has been tried and true proven.  While it has a diminutive brass rattle chamber it still produces a subtle rattle vibration.  It is mostly just a vertical jigging spoon and not so much action to dart outwards to the side.  The Lindy Rattl'n Flyer Spoon is another of my favorite.  It is like an oversized brass rattle chamber with an attached spinner blade.  The simple concept works very well and the jigging spoon will dart and glide with very erratic action.  The lure can catch fish bare but it calms down with an attached bait to the rear treble.  The long time unspoken use of an open water lipless crank bait for ice fishing was sort of an adaptation to the lure.  The majority of them have rattle beads/bearings in them and they all sink pretty well.  Of course when they were always a bit too large for the majority of ice fishing lures but in recent years they have finally manufactured small forage sized lures.  The 1/8th oz. Bill Lewis Tiny Rattle Trap was available when adapted to ice fishing.  These are obvious choices and there are more and more lures out there with attached rattle chambers being manufactures now.

What most people often overlook are the obvious noise makers that has nothing to do with rattle chambers.  These lures comes in the forms of plain beads and metal weights.  These lures are often nothing more than a spinner blade flapping itself onto another piece of metal like your hook or even just the metal swivel.  Sometimes all it takes is a metal flipper next to the treble hook.  A good example is the Northland Macho Minnow.  While the lure itself is a copy cat version of an ACME Kastmaster Spoon, the attached metal flipper tail creates a subtle sound attraction.  What the Northland Macho Minnow reminds me of is really the adaptation of an ACME K.O. Wobbler Spoon with the tiny metal tail flipper.  Only that Northland stylized it much better with detail and reflective polish. 

The most overlooked lure is one that one could probably piece together with fishing tackle parts, but Hildebrandt Flicker Spinner is that lure that proven the conceptualization of it.  There is a fixed hook version of it called the Hildebrandt Shad King lure.  The simple fishing tackle configuration of the Flilcker Spinner is a swivel, a split ring, a blade, and a hook, works wonders in many fishing situation.  While Hildebrandt attached onto the hook two tiny flipper blades, a homemade version without it will work better if baiting with meat or scented soft plastic.  If a faster sink rate is desired attaching a small weight inline will work as well.  These simple old school methods will still work and catch fish.  Finally the resurrection of old school methods stylized into new lures like that of the Lindy Perch Talker for example.  The concept is simple and can be used with whatever tackle components a person wishes.  It's all basically variations of either an inline spinner rig or a clacking carolina rig adapted towards vertical ice fishing.  Buy one premade in the store or buy the components to make one for yourself.  There is so much a person can adapt with using various spinner blades, various inline spinner beads and weights, various types of swivels, the use of a hard wire harness.  The thing is really, what kind of sound vibration is the lure putting out?  Many of times while the fish refuse to bite onto one of my more recent purchased lures, these old school methods worked to get the bite.

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Re: Sounds of Lures.
« Reply #1 on: Nov 12, 2020, 06:48 AM »
I enjoyed your rundown on these lures, slipbob.  Underwater sounds have probably always been fascinating.

I like the mechanical sound blades and the sebile vibrato put out.   Thanks for the read.     


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