Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

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Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Heddonfrog » Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:27 pm

I’m looking for what I can only describe as float dots, lol. Something I can add to the top of shallow diving suspending or slow sinking jerkbaits and make them slow float. Even if you don’t know of an actual fishing related product but something that would work, I’d appreciate the tips. I have a feeling I’ll be looking for the smallest bubble wrap they make and cutting tiny little bubbles off :D

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by y2k88 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 2:12 am

Foam tape?

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Fishinfanatic115 » Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:01 pm

You could use lighter wire trebles, or downsize hooks by a size.

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by nctrucker » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:53 am

you might try palsa stick on strike indicators.

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Gone Phishin » Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:56 am

Those floating Carolina rig things shaped like bullet weights may be worth a look.

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Post by angry john » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:18 am

My trick darter sinks with the original hooks and there tiny. So a quality fix would be interesting to me as well.

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Bronzeye » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:57 pm

First thing that comes to my mind is cutting strips off a foam insert sold for fly boxes. They're adhesive on one side and available in various thicknesses and foam patterns. Pricey.

Not that I've ever tested one for buoyancy.

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Heddonfrog » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:50 pm

y2k88 wrote:Foam tape?
An idea I also had and happened to have some on hand. The stuff I had absorbed water and made it sink faster, lol. Maybe a stop at the depot will yield some non-moisture absorbing foam but I’m not optimistic. Thanks

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Heddonfrog » Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:55 pm

nctrucker wrote:you might try palsa stick on strike indicators.
I did a google search on those and though the colors are brighter than the sun those are visually what I was thinking of. Permanent marker could mask the fluorescent colors. I may give those a try but the suggestion regarding the floating bullet weights is my first attempt...I have those on hand

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Heddonfrog » Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:18 pm

Gone Phishin wrote:Those floating Carolina rig things shaped like bullet weights may be worth a look.
I have those! Both in black and white. Probably bought them 15+ years ago. What I like about your idea is that they can easily be cut and trimmed with a razor to the size and shape I would need. I’ll do some tests this weekend and try and get test it on the water early next week.

Thanks guys

P.s regarding hooks, I could go to #8 light wire trebles but I’d really prefer to keep the #6 G Finesse nanos or Katsuage hooks on my baits. I’ll see how much difference in grams my #8 Gamakatsus are Vs those 2 as a back up...I mean, why make this simple when I can complicate things ;)

Edit: Found them
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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Bronzeye » Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:51 am

If you are trying to reduce weight while maintaining hook gap, consider using plugging hooks (single hook with large eye in the same plane as the bend, designed to slip into a split ring). You could probably even go up one size in gap while reducing weight.

A risk of any hook change, though, is that it might change the lure's action for the worse.

Or you could paint the lures a lighter color. :)

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Heddonfrog » Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:18 am

Bronzeye wrote:If you are trying to reduce weight while maintaining hook gap, consider using plugging hooks (single hook with large eye in the same plane as the bend, designed to slip into a split ring). You could probably even go up one size in gap while reducing weight.

A risk of any hook change, though, is that it might change the lure's action for the worse.

Or you could paint the lures a lighter color. :)
A’ la salt water hard baits, yes?

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Bronzeye » Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:56 am

Yes, but these hooks are available in sizes down to #6, and maybe smaller.

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Re: Looking for the opposite of suspend dots

Post by Gone Phishin » Tue Apr 09, 2019 5:29 pm

Heddonfrog wrote:
Gone Phishin wrote:Those floating Carolina rig things shaped like bullet weights may be worth a look.
I have those! Both in black and white. Probably bought them 15+ years ago. What I like about your idea is that they can easily be cut and trimmed with a razor to the size and shape I would need. I’ll do some tests this weekend and try and get test it on the water early next week.

Thanks guys

P.s regarding hooks, I could go to #8 light wire trebles but I’d really prefer to keep the #6 G Finesse nanos or Katsuage hooks on my baits. I’ll see how much difference in grams my #8 Gamakatsus are Vs those 2 as a back up...I mean, why make this simple when I can complicate things ;)

Edit: Found them
Sweet! Hope they work out for you buddy. 8-)

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