Wire Arms

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Length and gauge of the wire arm have a di­rect im­pact on per­for­mance and dura­bil­ity. The length, as mea­sured be­tween the head and the line tie, plays a big role in how well the bait will come through cover. “Gen­er­ally, the shorter the dis­tance be­tween those two points the more weed­less the bait will be,” Bolton notes. The length of the arm be­tween the line tie and the rear blade is im­por­tant, too. This por­tion acts as a weed­guard for the hook. Bolton likes for the arm to ex­tend be­tween the hook point and barb when it is col­lapsed against the hook. “At the very least I want it to reach the hook point,” he adds. “Any­thing shorter and the chances of get­ting hung in­crease when the bait makes con­tact with cover.” Wire di­am­e­ter is gauged in thou­sandths of an inch. Any wire smaller than .042 is con­sid­ered light by Bolton’s stan­dards. He says the smaller the wire used in con­struct­ing a spin­ner­bait frame, the more vi­bra­tion it will pro­duce when the blades are churn­ing. How­ever, some dura­bil­ity is sac­ri­ficed as a re­sult. That’s why Bolton steers clear of light-wire spin­ner­baits while fish­ing deep. “Set the hook on a big fish with a light-wire spin­ner­bait with 60 to 70 yards of line out in water that’s 20 feet deep and the chances are good the wire is go­ing to open up, flex or straighten out,” Bolton says. “I think that can take your hook­set away to a de­gree and pos­si­bly al­low fish to get lever­age on the hook point, both of which can trans­late to lost fish.”

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