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    Pre- Rapala Wiggle warts
from Waldo #11975  
11/10/2010 12:31:01 PM


 Why are the pre-rapala wiggle warts so much better? Were they made of wood? I have never fished with either just curious what made the old ones so much better. Also when did Rapala buy Storm lures and start making the wiggle warts?

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   Old Storms baits from Jeff Hahn  11/10/2010 2:15:58 PM
 When Rapala bought Storm (sorry, I don't remember the year), they immediately discontinued some of their baits...many colors of Warts and Thundersticks. Then, bass anglers complained, so Rapala came out with their "Original Series." the only thing "original" are the colors. The old Storm baits used a different,less buoyant plastic than the new baits do. With the Warts, the rattles made a different sound (deeper rattle, I think) with the old plastic. With the Thundersticks, the new ones require maybe 5 times as much lead wire on the hooks to make them suspend.

The moral of the story, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Jeff Hahn

   re from tradingfrank  11/10/2010 4:30:28 PM
  You can also try Dave's version, looks like the same mold to me

   also boiling warts. from terryk #16024  11/11/2010 7:25:22 AM
 Many of the die hard fishermen also took the old versions and boiled them to swell the body up to give the warts a different action (I don't know exactlly what actions it improved). They would take a dowel rod and place it across a boiling pot of water then hang the back hook of the bait on the dowel allowing the bait to enter the boiling water. This is a very careful process and requires a constant watch to make sure you don't crack the bait. Terryk.

   The older lures weren't so perfect from ukey28  11/11/2010 12:24:57 PM
 They didn't run perfectly true. They would Hunt on the retrieve. The bait would tick bottom, kick up to one side or the other and then dive back down to the bottom again never the same way twice, like a real creature. Now they run like arrows and they don't trigger as much reaction. I hope I explained it right. I think Jeff wrote a long piece about the same thing a while back when we were discussing older baits.

   warts from BobP #11078  11/12/2010 3:04:25 PM
 From the "Wartnuts" I know, it isn't just about Warts before Rapala, it's just as much about Warts from the early Storm molds versus the later plastic molds Storm used before they were bought by Rapala. Some prized the old Warts for their unpredictable action that bass find attractive. The downside is an equal number of them were so out of whack they were untunable and worthless. If anything, Rapala seems to have tried to get back to the old style Wart design. Where they screw up is their quality control is good enough that the new ones don't have the same unpredictability as the originals. Some say that's where the "nuts" in Wartnuts comes from. If they were using original Wart molds to produce current models (impossible since plastics molds do wear out), there would be just as many guys complaining they paid good money for a crankbait that won't run worth a darn. Damned if you do, damned if you don't.



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