Weight Transfer System Stuck

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by hoohoorjoo » Mon Nov 26, 2018 1:01 pm

JBcrankaddict wrote:
hoohoorjoo wrote:Maybe a tiny bit of salt water got in and then left salt crystals which are blocking the balls from moving. If the chamber is tight enough, this could cause what you're describing. Not sure how water would get in, though.
That has definitely happened before, after a lot of hard use they cracked at the front hook hanger. Usually see some streaks of rust inside the bait when this happens, but haven’t seen any so hoping this isn’t the case. Gonna double check now though.
A tooth can punch tiny holes, too, which is why I asked. Those vampire teeth on the big gator trout are respectably sharp!
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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by JBcrankaddict » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:40 am

y2k88 wrote:If you're prepared to drill, just drill a hole with the smallest bit you have underneath the stuck ball and just push it free with the bit or needle. Epoxy the hole afterwards. Would be pretty inconspicuous.
I think this is gonna be the way to go. To worried about heat and cold cracking the bait if I go any further with it. I have a 1/32” bit that should work well. Haven’t had a lot of time to mess with it this week(I fish to much :lol: ) But these storms are giving me some time to mess with my gear so will see what happens today or tomorrow.

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by JBcrankaddict » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:47 am

hoohoorjoo wrote:
JBcrankaddict wrote:
hoohoorjoo wrote:Maybe a tiny bit of salt water got in and then left salt crystals which are blocking the balls from moving. If the chamber is tight enough, this could cause what you're describing. Not sure how water would get in, though.
That has definitely happened before, after a lot of hard use they cracked at the front hook hanger. Usually see some streaks of rust inside the bait when this happens, but haven’t seen any so hoping this isn’t the case. Gonna double check now though.
A tooth can punch tiny holes, too, which is why I asked. Those vampire teeth on the big gator trout are respectably sharp!
You are definitely right about that! Those teeth are nasty! My thumb definitely shows what they can do. Trout thumb is not a nice thing :lol:

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by uljersey » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:58 am

Maybe the hundreds (thousands ?) of casts resulting in the impact of a metal ball into softer plastic has changed the dimension of the plastic to the point that it now has trapped the ball ?

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by JBcrankaddict » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:55 am

uljersey wrote:Maybe the hundreds (thousands ?) of casts resulting in the impact of a metal ball into softer plastic has changed the dimension of the plastic to the point that it now has trapped the ball ?
These baits weren’t used a whole lot before they malfunctioned, but this is possible. I do load the heck out of my rod. Doesn’t help that the second weight transfer ball acts as a hammer to pound the other one further back. One may turn into a test bait and get cut open to see what’s going on before all is said and done.

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by NJ Jigman » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:49 pm

Happens to my 110s quite a bit. C t had to due with the change in temps in the spring and fall. The plastic shrinking and stretching from warm and cold.

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by DanTheFireman » Mon Feb 25, 2019 12:33 pm

I've had two Megabass Trick Darters go bad. It's not the balls but the cylindrical weight has come free rendering the lure useless. If I could reposition the weight properly a small hole drilled and some super glue would work.
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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by JBcrankaddict » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:04 pm

NJ Jigman wrote:Happens to my 110s quite a bit. C t had to due with the change in temps in the spring and fall. The plastic shrinking and stretching from warm and cold.
Ouch, don’t like to hear that! Were you able to get them free? I agree it has to be something to do with the changing temperatures, and difference in water and air temps. Hasn’t happened all winter, and didn’t happen during the summer. Only when the cold fronts started in the fall.

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by JBcrankaddict » Mon Feb 25, 2019 5:19 pm

DanTheFireman wrote:I've had two Megabass Trick Darters go bad. It's not the balls but the cylindrical weight has come free rendering the lure useless. If I could reposition the weight properly a small hole drilled and some super glue would work.
Sounds like you are on the right track, a 1/32” drill bit is pretty small and won’t leave much of a hole to fill. I’d contact Megabass and see if they would do anything to help you out before drilling any holes though.

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Re: Weight Transfer System Stuck

Post by JBcrankaddict » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:56 am

Here’s what I did to fix these 2. Drilled a 1/32” hole where the ball was stuck, and used a hook to pry it loose. Easy enough. Now I need to figure out what to fill them with. Can’t afford to have any saltwater getting in the baits as they will rust out quickly. I’m thinking a little 5200 would seal that nicely, but what would you guys recommend? I also have some epoxy on hand, but have seen it eventually crack loose to many times.

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