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On Wiggle Wart Variations


kjackson

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I've been working through my 40 years of tackle accumulation, sorting lures and whatnot for the spring's adventures. I do have a bunch of the standard Wiggle Wart (mostly in steelhead colors), and I also have a fairly large number of others in different sizes. I have Mag Warts, Wee Warts, Short (?) Warts and Flat Warts. I also have a few of the suspending Wiggle Warts--all of which are pre-Rapala.

I've done a fair bit of reading on this site and elsewhere on the Wiggle Wart and its use, but I seldom see anything at all about the other sizes. Does no one use 'em? I do know the Mag Wart is a good bass bait (and a very good salmon lure in rivers), but I've not seen any ink on them or the Short Wart, another good lure.

Having looked at eBay to see what is and is not popular, I'm guessing that the answer is that the standard size of Wiggle Wart is it, period. (And here I'll say that I can't believe people are paying $40 for a NIB crawdad WW.) Is that really the case?

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I don't share the enthusiasim for Wiggle Warts I gave mine to fishing buddies but I did not give away my Short Warts, saying that, I look at warts on E Bay and I'v seen starting bids for new in box pre Rapala Wiggle Warts with starting bids asking as much as 30.00 but I have very seldom seen any sell for much over $15.00 usualy and short Warts which seem to be harder to get are about the same. But you have to remember people bid on a piece of toat that looks like someones something. I think E bay is a pretty good way to buy lures that are not in production any more like double Deep Wee R in the original colors or the old 2" Bang o lure minnows. The most I have ever paid for a lure was $32.00 for a mint Heddon floating River Runt with the box and all the all the paper work inkuding the Heddon Pocket Catalog and "Insected by " tag. Sorry got off the subject.

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That is an interesting page, Jerry. Thanks for that.

As I work through boxes, I'm finding lots of old lures, most of them in good condition, that I got as samples. I've got one or two Bagley Smoos, old Rebel or Cordell (don't remember the brand at the moment) Shadracks, Excalibur Shad-Rs, the Double-Deep Wee-R (an outstanding bait IMO), Tracdown Crawfish, Hawg Boss Super Toads, the Luhr Jensen TD series and others. As I get a bit more organized, I'll probably start peddling some of my gear simply because I need the room. As my wife likes to point out, there is no way I'll ever be able to fish with all the stuff I have. I am going to try, however.

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That is an interesting page, Jerry. Thanks for that.

As I work through boxes, I'm finding lots of old lures, most of them in good condition, that I got as samples. I've got one or two Bagley Smoos, old Rebel or Cordell (don't remember the brand at the moment) Shadracks, Excalibur Shad-Rs, the Double-Deep Wee-R (an outstanding bait IMO), Tracdown Crawfish, Hawg Boss Super Toads, the Luhr Jensen TD series and others. As I get a bit more organized, I'll probably start peddling some of my gear simply because I need the room. As my wife likes to point out, there is no way I'll ever be able to fish with all the stuff I have. I am going to try, however.

The Double Deep Wee R in the original crawfish color is still my go to bait. If you really want to get rid of them, because it would be the christian thing to do, I'll take them off your hands ..........just as an act of kindness...............to help you out............

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The Double Deep Wee R in the original crawfish color is still my go to bait. If you really want to get rid of them, because it would be the christian thing to do, I'll take them off your hands ..........just as an act of kindness...............to help you out............

I think the last one of those I had disappeared with a steelhead in Hell's Canyon. Sorry. I do have two of the Shad-Rs in that color, but since I caught my first smallie in the Snake River on that bait and that color, I do have a sentimental attachment. If you like the Double Deep, you might look at the Luhr Jensen quarter-ounce Hot Lips. That baby will run 12 feet and is a bass magnet. It is still available...

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You mentioned the Bagley Smoo- I've got a couple, but never really tried them. How well do they work?

WARNING!! Comments to be interpreted at own risk.

Time spent fishing is never wasted.

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Kayser--Couldn't really say on the Smoos. I got some as samples, fished 'em maybe once and then lost interest.I can see where they might work, especially for walleyes. It will be interesting to see if the new Bagley's will bring them back, but I'm guessing it won't happen. I think that niche is too small to be of interest to many companies.

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