East Tennessee Fishing Forums banner
1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I had a guy telling me some boys out on KY Lake, were killing people in tournaments by taking baits like DD22's and drilling a small hole basically right between the eyes and injecting lead into the front chamber of the bait. The result was the bait would essentially sink to any desired depth, and the bill would be down on the bottom with the back half of the bait trying to float upward. Then they were basically just dragging the bait along. Supposedly they were getting deep fish on points and ledges that very few if any other people were getting to. Just wondered if anyone had ever heard of, or done this?
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,979 Posts
All I will say is, Yes it does work... It's worked on lakes in East TN for the past 3-5 years...
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,979 Posts
I have heard of that for years and have thought about trying it but would'nt the hot lead melt the plastic baits??
Oddly enough no... the lead cools as soon as it's poured without any issues. It's the pouring that gets a little tricky...



Snooters also right, there is more than one way to "skin this cat"...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #6 ·
you really may not need a lead pot. have ya ever c rigged a crankbait???




I have thought about c-riggin a crankbait, but all I could envision myself doing is losing a chunk of change in a hurry to the bottom of the lake. Alot of people I have talked to seem to have mixed reviews on this method. I guess adding lead to the nose of the bait would essentially be the same thing, I just didn't know if there was something I was missing as to why (if) this was better than a carolina rig.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,979 Posts
I have thought about c-riggin a crankbait, but all I could envision myself doing is losing a chunk of change in a hurry to the bottom of the lake. Alot of people I have talked to seem to have mixed reviews on this method. I guess adding lead to the nose of the bait would essentially be the same thing, I just didn't know if there was something I was missing as to why (if) this was better than a carolina rig.
Carolina Rigging Cranks and filling there bills with lead are two separate things... kinda like throwing a t-rigged lizard and c-rigging a lizard. C-Rigging a crank allows the crank to suspend up off the bottom as much as the liter you have used will allow. This holds the bait closer to the bottom without dragging it on the bottom constantly... Using lead in the bill forces the bait to remain on the bottom most of the time (depending on how much lead you use) without suspending or rising back to the top. Both methods can be very effective depending on the conditions you are fishing and the mood of the fish. Try both when the water temp is 90 degrees and above...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #9 ·
Carolina Rigging Cranks and filling there bills with lead are two separate things... kinda like throwing a t-rigged lizard and c-rigging a lizard. C-Rigging a crank allows the crank to suspend up off the bottom as much as the liter you have used will allow. This holds the bait closer to the bottom without dragging it on the bottom constantly... Using lead in the bill forces the bait to remain on the bottom most of the time (depending on how much lead you use) without suspending or rising back to the top. Both methods can be very effective depending on the conditions you are fishing and the mood of the fish. Try both when the water temp is 90 degrees and above...




I had a brain fart, I had in my mind just pegging a weight down at the bill of the crank, not a c-rig.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #12 ·
Vol-Fisher, I can see your point about going underneath the lip versus on the top of the bait. The friend of mine that is doing this and got me to thinking about it, brought the same point up and had a case about why he liked the weight on top of the bait instead of underneath. (What the reason was escapes me at the moment. Anyhow thanks to all for the advice.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,046 Posts
yeah thanks this is something that I have been thinking about but was not forsure how to do it...I guess this would work on smaller baits also like bandits?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
112 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
What got me intigued about this method was here on Laurel Lake, which is very deep and clear it is not uncommon to catch SM at 30'-40' deep a good portion of the year. That's not to say you won't catch them more shallow at times, but there are many times the SM are deep, i'd bet the majority of lures they see are jigs/spoons and c-rig plastics. Kinda got to wondering how something a little different would, because lord knows on that lake you need all the help you can get.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,046 Posts
no I am the one that finds the fish most of the time put Bo catches them
just my luck



I am not going to be able to go tomorrow Kelly wants to go car shopping and I need to get my order for the shop figured up and sent out in the morning before we go..what days are you off next week???are you off sunday??or what ever day you will be off.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,500 Posts
Suspend strips or suspend dots will also work and less chance of damaging a plug beyond repair and you can take them off if you want. Lead tape you put on golf clubs will work too, no I do not play golf but do use the tape.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
48 Posts
I was intrigued by this I had some unpainted deep divers to pratice my painting. I figured it didn't matter what they weighed so today i was drilling holes and pouring lead . I was amazed at how little lead it takes to make a big crankbait sink like a rock. on my fifth try I got what i was trying for . now if I can learn to paint I will have a new tool to try. I have been trying catch some fish on deep humps on loudoun in the summer I think this may work . thanks to otis44 for asking and thanks to everyone that answered him
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
5,979 Posts
I was intrigued by this I had some unpainted deep divers to pratice my painting. I figured it didn't matter what they weighed so today i was drilling holes and pouring lead . I was amazed at how little lead it takes to make a big crankbait sink like a rock. on my fifth try I got what i was trying for . now if I can learn to paint I will have a new tool to try. I have been trying catch some fish on deep humps on loudoun in the summer I think this may work . thanks to otis44 for asking and thanks to everyone that answered him
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Top