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Friday, March 25, 2011

• Lost & Found (and Fix)

During my last outing on Cross Lake, I came upon a cypress tree with a lure stuck about 20 feet up. The lure was white, so I could see it from a good distance away. Upon further inspection, I surmised that it was a Bandit crankbait and the lip was far too large for fishing the skinny water the tree was in. It looked like a 200 series which dives from 4 to 8 feet. Even when the water is at normal levels (It's low right now), I wouldn't even dream of fishing that particular lure in that location.

I didn't have anything with me to snare the lure, let alone knock it loose, so I reconciled to return later with a bamboo pole, the same pole I used last year to free a soft plastic lure from the clutches of a cypress tree.

There was minor cracking in the paint, but nothing that would severely alter the swimming action of the lure, I don't think. The rust had already set in, so it was a given that I'd have to replace the split rings and the hooks. The original 200 series Bandits have size 6 treble hooks, so I dug out three split rings and a pair of Eagle Claw trebles. The shanks on these trebles might be a little long compared to the stock hooks, but they should work.