The shaft portion may be made of a plastic or other material. Soft appendages can be Texas-rigged weedless so that a hook can be affixed to the appendage itself. The ability to have a hook on the attractive element of the lure itself is a great advantage to the angler. Fish that actually strike the appendage can now be hooked and caught. In contrast, fish often strike conventional blades, but are not caught. Fish can even be spooked by the hardness and impact of a metal blade.
The appendage is attached with any suitable swivel mechanism and includes a weedless hook The appendage includes a Texas-rigged hook and is mounted in-line with a clevis The appendage trails a lure from any suitable swivel mechanism and includes a Texas-rigged hook In other embodiments, FIG.
As the tail spins, it creates a topwater commotion like a snake or fish. The front portion of the lure provides stability and direction as well as diving ability with the forward lip. Inserts , of metal, weights, or reflective foil can be insert-molded in vinyl plastisol-injected appendages for extra flash or weight.
Reflective or holographic inserts can decorate the appendage for increased flash or color in the water. An insert-molded metal appendage sealed with a vinyl plastisol covering can retain the fish-attracting properties of a soft appendage, while mitigating the hard, fish-repelling feel of a conventional spinning metal blade, should a fish strike the appendage.
A wire can be insert molded or impaled into an appendage to use as an attaching point to a swivel, or for structural uses such as bending to give the appendage unique or unusual characteristics. See FIG. Soft appendages can be impregnated with salt or other scents.
In addition, the rotating motion disperses the scents much more quickly than a lure body of a soft plastic lure moving through the water. The appendage disperses the scent centrifugally and presses the scent out of the plastic. The appendage also traverses much more water than the linear retrieve distance of a lure because it spins. With each rotation of the appendage, it traverses much more water than the distance it is retrieved, therefore increasing the water flow past the scent-impregnated plastic, increasing the dispersion gradient. A variety of swivel mechanisms can be employed with the pliable appendages of the present invention.
Preferably, the swivel mechanism spins freely and is loose enough to quickly point the spinning object into the flow of the water. In the embodiment of FIGS. The lure shaft has a widened portion or head 32 at or near the end that protrudes from the lure, and the blade shaft has an eye 34 at the end that protrudes from the blade. The eye is retained on the lure shaft by the head.
This swivel mechanism reduces the tendency of the lure to spin. This swivel mechanism includes a hollow barrel 42 with a narrowed opening on one end. A shaft 44 with a barbed element s 46 extends from the barrel to be embedded in the non-spinning lure The lure is preferably a soft plastic for easy anchoring. A spinning shaft or stem 50 protrudes through the open end of the barrel. In another embodiment, the head can be replaced with a conventional ball bearing assembly as in traditional commonly called Sampo ball bearing swivels.
The shaft has a barbed element s 54 on its opposite end to be embedded in the pliable spinning appendage The spinning appendage may include a connecting portion 58 shaped, for example, like a rod or pipe. The shafts and barbed element s may be formed of any suitable material, such as a metal or plastic material or combination thereof. A thin metal shaft, for example, between 0. Metal-on-slippery plastic spins well and adds little mass, which allows the neutrally buoyant or zero gravity blade to spin at the slightest water flow. By anchoring the leading end of the swivel mechanism in the non-spinning lure 48 , the spinning portion of the swivel mechanism is hidden from weeds or other elements that might otherwise catch in the spinning portion.
If a weed slides off the lure onto the spinning shaft or the connecting portion of the pliable appendage the weed has already passed the actual hidden hard portion of the spinning shaft and may touch the soft appendage or its connecting portion. Therefore, weeds and obstructions are not forced into the spinning shaft where it connects to the swivel, as in traditional lures, since it is pointing away from the water flow at all times and is hidden by the leading edge of the lure. Weeds may touch the lure and may be deflected onto the spinning attachment, but the blade or appendage is pliable and does not trap weeds with hard edges.
Weeds more readily slide off the pliable slippery plastic or may easily by removed by a quick pull of the line. The soft lure 48 is preferably formed with a recessed region 60 to accept the insertion of the swivel mechanism, as also shown in FIG. This recessed region protects the swivel mechanism by being wider than the spinning shaft and deflecting weeds before they come in contact with the spinning shaft. This region may optionally incorporate a soft flange around the opening to further assist in weed deflection.
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Also, insertion of the swivel mechanism into this recess does not deflect or distort the plastic of the lure. The lure assembly should be sufficiently loosely configured that the spinning appendage quickly points into the flow of the water. In prior art metal Crane swivel mechanisms and ball bearing swivels, such looseness is achieved with small rings loosely attached to eyes of the swivel so that the swivel easily follows the direction of line pull through the water.
In the present invention, the lure 48 and the appendage 56 can be formed with flexible portions that provide sufficient flexibility while removing this function from the swiveling hardware.
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The flexible portions deflect and point the swivel and the spinning blade into the water flow. In the embodiment illustrated, the flexible portion in the lure 48 is formed as a thinner or weakened region This flexible region makes the tail orientation more susceptible to immediate changes in the direction of water flow, allowing the tail to turn quickly in the proper direction. The flexible region also adds a wiggling motion to the tail of the lure, leading to a more exaggerated wiggling motion when combined with the spinning of the appendage.
The connecting portion 58 of the appendage can be formed to be a flexible portion. In other embodiments, the swivel mechanism can be attached to a hard lure. In this case, the leading edge of the swivel mechanism can include a loose attachment to the lure, such as with a clip , FIGS. In FIGS. The swivel is loosely connected to the jig and is retained on the hook by a plastic retainer which stops the collar of the swivel from slipping back over the barb of the hook and becoming lost. Other swivel mechanisms with a variety of fastener mechanisms can be used.
Clips , on the eyes are insertable into a pliable spinning appendage and a soft non-spinning lure. These clips and hooks are suitable for attaching a soft appendage to a soft lure or hard lure.
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The opposite eye attaches to a conventional fish hook or jig. A clevis attachment is illustrated in FIG. In a further aspect of the invention, soft blades can have no swivel to achieve a degree spinning axis as shown in FIG. The spinning blade can be attached to a hard or soft lure by a relatively thin elongated portion of plastic or pliable material as a strip or filament.
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Such soft blades can spin several dozen times before the connecting plastic material winds up like a rubber band on a toy airplane. Once the lure stops, the material unwinds, ready to be wound up again. A no-swivel spinning blade is especially useful as part of a plastic worm tail, or a trailer to a stop-and-start lure like a jig. The unwinding action between lure motions, while the lure is stationary, has attractive qualities to fish of its own, simulating movement while the lure is temporarily stopped.
Such an attachment may be used as the swivel in many of the above embodiments. A further embodiment of a swivel mechanism is illustrated in FIGS. The swivel mechanism comprises two sections, a leading section and a trailing section Make short casts adjusting the backlash system s on the reel as you go. Technique: Casting heavier weighted lures doesn't require much technique, just rare back and throw it.
The heavier lure will keep constant pressure on the line.