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I learned a valuable lesson the other day about balancing your crankbait to be exactly neutrally boyant. I tweaked one and literally the next cast caught my first eye of the year. I tried out an xrap and that sucker sunk like a stone. What do you do to fix a crank that's a little to heavy?
 

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It might be broken. I remember them floating slightly if anything. Picking up some smaller hooks today. Ill see if that works.
 

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@Tony: Neutrally buoyant is when the bait stops for a pause, it neither floats nor sinks. Basically, the bait's density must match or be close to that of the waters density. The density of water changes with temperature. It gets less dense as it gets warmer. If you really want to be accurate, or if you have no life (LOL!) you can calculate how much weight you have to add to your bait at every temperature. When you add suspend dots to a lure, you are adding a lot of weight compared to a relatively small addition in volume thereby increasing its overall density. All density is, is the weight (mass) of an object divided by its volume (or displacement) lbs/cuft for example. The closer the density of your bait is to the density of the water at a given temperature, the more neutrally buoyant your bait becomes.
I picked up a couple of xrap #12's yesterday and headed to the Crack for some experimentation. The 12's initially sunk at the pause so I swapped one #2 hook for an EWG #4 hook, added 4 suspend dots and voila--neutrally buoyant. Thanks to my boy Kraz's encouragement, I realized that once you get the stickbait neutrally buoyant, you can fish big, deep running baits at just about any depth you want for twitch-pause type fishing. I always wondered how CONeal could fish those monster baits shallow without loosing a dozen a night. I get it now.
 

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It was full of water when I looked at it during the day. I have a cure tank at work so I get to play around with tuning cranks. Kinda fun if you have no life like me.
 
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