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Saturday, December 1, 2007

• Super Glue

Super glue is a very useful item to keep in your tackle box. It may not be ideal, but in a pinch, a quick drying adhesive is a life saver on the water. If something breaks, it'll be right there waiting for you.

Here are a few things you can do with super glue.

Anglers can use it to repair plastics. Hooks do a number on plastic lures. For the frugal angler, breathing new life into a damaged plastic makes perfect sense. Whether you've ripped a gigantic hole in the nose of a soft plastic or in the body, a quick patch adds a few extra casts. Anglers also use super glue to help soft plastics adhere to the eye of a hook in order to keep the lure from sliding. You can do something similar with your shaky head plastics. There are bait glues out there that work well for this purpose too (Prosoft bait glue).

Secure jig rattles to the jig and keep them from falling off. I don't know how many jig rattle harnesses I've seen fall apart after a few casts. I have lost more jig rattles than I'd like to admit.

Super glue can even be used to Frankenstein two different plastic lures together or add extra features to an already productive lure. If you want to add a rattle to a soft plastic, you can slide it inside and seal the hole in the plastic with super glue. Heat from a lighter does the same thing, but it's not quite as effective of a solution.

As far as I know, bass are not deterred by the smell of super glue. That's worth knowing. Several studies have shown bass can detect the most minute detail. For example, they can detect DEET at concentrations less than 1 part per million. If after repairing a plastic, you discover fish no longer want your lure, it's probably a good idea to thread a new one on your hook.

Should your rod tip break, the glue provided with rod tip repair kits may suffice. That typically requires the use of a heat source like a lighter. On a windy day, that's not a viable option. You'll have to resort to super glue.

When it comes to super glue, always remember safety first. Don't get it on your skin. Keep some rubbing alcohol handy to clean up afterwards. It's a long ride back to the ramp.

(Post revamped on 11-16-2009)

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