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Stacking Storm SuspenDots atop the hook hanger creates an extra heavy Pointer 78 DD (top) that suspends like a champ, and makes a Pointer 78 (bottom) fall slowly with a subtle shimmy.

y sherman knows) soft, supple feath- ers have seductive sh-attracting abili- ties. South Carolina pro Michael Murphy designed the ima Flit and he will use a feathered treble on either the ima Flit 100 or 120 to dampen the action and create additional drag to keep that bait a little shallower and slower-moving. Others use the Lucky Craft Bevy Shad adorned with a feather tail in a size down from the stock tail hook (to counter the increased drag of the feather), resulting in a lively, squiggly tail component. Bass can’t help but slash at it!

» WEIGHTS

Weighting jerkbaits is an old trick still worth its weight (pun intended) today. While most shermen associate weighting with venerable classics such as the Smith- wick Rogue, Bomber Long A or Rapala Original Floater, today’s modern baits can still bene t from a weight treatment every now and then too. Storm SuspenDots and SuspenStrips revolutionized the ability of even the nov- ice angler to add weight to their jerkbaits. West Coast pro Kent Brown adds a single SuspenDot on his Lucky Craft Staysee 90SP Version 2. He puts the dot in front of the rst treble hook to give it more depth. “It really does some cool things to that bait,” Brown says. South Carolina pro Michael Murphy adds a SuspenStrip to his Ima Flit 120 to “help get that sucker down there deep!”

What’s noteworthy here is he may achieve up to 14-15 feet of depth by putting the SuspenStrip in between the front two tre- bles to work on the deep suspended sh that typical jerkbaits can’t reach. A sinking jerkbait may cause panic among some bass anglers, until they see for themselves how a Lucky Craft Pointer 78 will fall perfectly horizontal with a body quiver similar to a Senko by stacking three SuspenDots centered right on the front hook hanger. The same treatment works to turn the slow-rising Pointer 78 DD (Deep Diver) into a true suspending lure, with- out otherwise changing its action. Simply stack SuspenDots centered on the front hook hanger until the 78DD perfectly sus- pends. One of the most creative uses of weights was revealed by Michael Murphy who credits this idea to Kevin Van Dam. Murphy will split open the wire on top of a 3/32or 1/16 ounce Reins Tungsten TG Slim Down Shot Sinker and attach it to the front split ring. This addition creates a loud “tinging” sound and allows an angler to work a jerkbait with a fast cadence over shallow structure or through schooling sh, drawing erce reaction strikes. Another easy modi cation involves adding split rings. When ne tuning his McStick 110s and 95s to get just the right suspending action from his baits depend- ing on water and air temperatures and el- evation, Mike McClelland may add another

split ring or two to the original front split ring of his baits. This tiny weight addition helps him achieve perfect suspending ac- tion, plus he can easily vary this on his baits depending on the mood of the sh.

» MORE SERIOUS MODS

Drilling holes in jerkbaits is still done today. Legendary angler Zell Rowland will take some of his Smithwick Rogues and will use a 3/16th-inch bit to drill either right in front of the rst treble hook or head of the bait to add additional BBs taken from a shotgun shell. Aaron Martens shared a tip from fellow Megabass pro Randy Blau- kat who used to take a Megabass Vision 110 and drill his bait to take out the BBs when shing got extremely tough and pressured sh call for a silent bait. Blaukat would add back a stationary weight to kill the sound but keep the suspending action of his 110. You no longer need to do this however, since the new Megabass Vision 110 Silent Riser provides exactly that now - a silent Vision 110 to which you may op- tionally add SuspenDots or SuspenStips if desired to make one suspend. Now, for those who have a hard time changing a at tire, the following modi - cation is NOT for you! When the sh want a hard-charging shallow running bait, Mi- chael Murphy, who designed the Ima Flit 120 and 100, takes a propane torch and bends back the lip of his baits. This creates what Murphy calls a “subsurface wake

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