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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #20 on: February 29, 2012, 11:06:20 am »
Mark superb tut!  :+ cred:  Quick question: Is the 2nd piece of copper wire used to wire the mouth shut only there to hold the elastic band and sinker copper wire in place? Does it make a difference to the "life" of the bait once in the water?
 
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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #21 on: February 29, 2012, 11:50:44 am »
@SD- I like to wire the mouths of all my deadbaits shut. It prevents the mouth opening into that "scream" look after a while in the water (which can also cause the gills to flare). I suppose you could get away with using the IGFA clip to keep the mouth closed but I use the copper to ensure the mouth is properly closed, then the IGFA clip is primarily a centred towing point. I am sure you can come up with a variety of adaptations to this rig as well. On my live bonnies I use an IGFA clip through the top lip and pin the two hooks as in this case.

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #22 on: February 29, 2012, 12:08:08 pm »
A very well presented tut and a great bait presentation too! I think I will give this one a test drive on my ski and see if I can tempt one of those crocs in my home waters. Thanks Mark and :+ cred:  for you!


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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #23 on: February 29, 2012, 12:16:58 pm »
Thanks Tommo, let us know if you catch a bus couta!

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2012, 10:10:45 am »
With the Cuta comps around the corner, I thought this would be a great thread to bump, get that rigging practice in chaps!!

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2012, 10:11:58 am »
With the Cuta comps around the corner, I thought this would be a great thread to bump, get that rigging practice in chaps!!

I was looking at this last night too :-)

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2012, 11:05:06 am »
Trying this tomorrow for sure!!
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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #27 on: April 13, 2012, 11:11:00 am »
Trying this tomorrow for sure!!

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #28 on: April 13, 2012, 01:53:20 pm »
well guys I wish you all the best of luck this weekend in the comp. I have been using this setup again over the past 2 months with good success, but have also learnt a few tweaks:


1) With small Bonnies (jub-jubs) the elastic often slips off the pec fins so I have been substituting the good old toothpicks instead (push the toothpick into the base of each pec fin and trim off the excess)
2) In clean water I have been leaving the duster off and using only a single glow bead in front of the IGFA clip, when rigged neatly the sinker is not very visible
3) I normally get the most revs with this bait downrigged near the bottom


Give it a go boys, post some pics of the fish you get!  :tite


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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #29 on: April 13, 2012, 03:57:58 pm »
Awesome stuff!! Cannot wait to try!
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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #30 on: April 13, 2012, 04:35:44 pm »
With the Cuta comps around the corner, I thought this would be a great thread to bump, get that rigging practice in chaps!!

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #31 on: April 13, 2012, 04:44:52 pm »
 :udman: Thanks for sharing, will try it but the tooth pick thing on the dorsal fin who knew. Awesome post :wahoo:

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #32 on: April 13, 2012, 05:12:18 pm »
Fantastic, thanks for sharing, I will def give it a go., Where do you get the IGFA clips?
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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #33 on: April 13, 2012, 05:53:36 pm »
CLS- the IGFA clips are getting quite expensive so do yourself a favour and buy one pack of medium ones, then what I do is bend my own ones to the same shape with #12 single strand wire, by doing this I can vary the size and the big bonus is that the wire is not shiny so it is a more camouflaged rig! Now there's a litlle inside secret!much cheaper too, tight lines and happy rigging.

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2012, 01:47:26 pm »
Thanks a lot, will do that.
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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #35 on: April 15, 2012, 07:00:24 am »
Fantastic, thanks for sharing, I will def give it a go., Where do you get the IGFA clips?

any fishing store. They go for R10 per packet (2) up here these days.

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Re: Bwana's "Swimming Bonnie" Dead Bait
« Reply #36 on: April 23, 2012, 02:35:10 pm »
Absolutely fantastic. Thanks  (clap)