How to Make a Super Vee Waker
list of plastic lips used in surf, sea, and bay
includes the Cordell Red Fin, Rebel Wind-cheater, Bomber Magnum
Long A, Whopper Stopper Hell Cat (discontinued), Storm Shallo
Mac, Gag's Grabber Mambo Minnow, assorted Yo-Zuri baits - to name
These are all rather similar lures. Sometimes
bass only hit one certain model more than others. But sometimes
bass hit them all, and overall, all these plastic lipped plugs
don't have all that much difference. They all get bunched into
the generic bucket of shallow-running plastic lipped swimmers.
They're all between 5 1/2 to 7 inches long, and the normal
operating depth of most of these lures is 0 to 3 feet deep. The
Red Fin swims a bit higher and is prone to "flip out"
in strong water, the Hell Cat held better in strong sweeping
water, the Bomber gets down a bit deeper than most others. The
Rebel Wind-cheater can get down 5-8 feet when you strum them in a
strong rip in front of ocean jetties. It is also a great bait for
drifting downtide along deeply-cut beaches that have a nice
sweep, like the Cape beaches. It's a real sleeper of a lure that
few people use, and the best models of Wind-cheaters were
discontinued years ago.
Make a Super-Vee Waker. There is a
modification that you can perform on Red Fins that will make them
into a special plug - that will make them wake on the surface. I
would add that this is especially wicked if there is a flat
surface on the water - either flat and still, or flat and moving.
It is less necessary to wake the surface when there is swirling
current, rain, wind, chop, waves, rips, whitewater, backwash,
water sweeping over bars or humping past jetty tips, etc.
But here's something original. You can take some of the
plastic lip lures just mentioned - especially the Red Fins - melt
the lips and bend them back, thereby making super-wakers! Just
take a cigarette lighter, turn the flame way down low, and hold
it near the base of the lip where it joins the body of the bait.
Better to heat it too slowly than too quickly. This works better
on the solid-colored plastics. The chrome-painted ones have a
tendency to bubble up a bit. Just heat gently, and use a flat
stick like a paint stirrer or straight-edged ruler to slowly bend
the lip back towards the tail a bit. Works on the 5 1/2 or 7 inch
sizes. This modifed bait works on those super quiet nights when
everything is flat and during those first and last hours of the
tide when everything is moving slowly. This one almost twists and
turns in place, causing explosive strikes.