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Forum nameNew Product Introductions and Product Availability
Topic subjectFlipin the Bird
Topic URLhttp://www.calfishing.com/dc/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=13&topic_id=2948
2948, Flipin the Bird
Posted by swimbait, Sun Oct-09-11 01:38 PM
Bird Lure Yep, a froggish like body with a bird profile. I stared at it and stared at it, and decided to buy 2.

They're pretty neat. Haven't used it outside of the swimming pool yet. But I can see why this would work. It has some odd reverse barb hooks, presumably to keep the bodies from tearing up. Need to experiment with that.

Last May I was up at Clear Lake fishing in a little cut with some rocks in the back. Heard a splash and turned to see a tiny bird flitting along by the shore. Cast over and got nothing. A few minutes later, another big splash. Cast again right on it and watched a 5lber grab my bait.



Hmmm...
2949, RE: Flipin the Bird
Posted by swimbait, Tue Oct-11-11 10:08 PM
Aright, here's the deal. Did a real-world test yesterday. Flipped my bird up in the junk and gave it the old tester-ooo.

Half the time this lure lands right side up and fishes great. It has a snappy walk the dog action because of the single tail and looks passably like a wounded bird.

The other half of the time the lure lands upside down and looks like a bird that forgot how to fly.

Watching the various youtube videos from the guys who make this thing, it's apparent that right-side-up is not so important to how they fish it. Seems the goal is to cast it over a branch or tully and just splatterpole it. Not such a bad plan!

But for open water fishing, rate your odds like flipping a coin.

Before next summer I'll experiment with some weighting options a-la Bobby's Perfect frog and see if the upside down bird issue can be resolved.

No matter what side is up, you gotta give some credit here for innovation. This lure will get bit.
2950, RE: Flipin the Bird
Posted by Nico, Wed Oct-12-11 09:25 AM
Does it skip cast?
2951, RE: Flipin the Bird
Posted by swimbait, Wed Oct-12-11 12:23 PM
Didn't try.

The rubber legs may make skipping a bit difficult. Need to test it.
2952, RE: Flipin the Bird
Posted by ICSpots, Thu Oct-20-11 12:22 PM
Now that is an interesting idea for a hollow body frog-style bait.

How does the hook compare to other "frog" baits? Do the "wings" intefere with how the body would collapse when compared to other "frog" baits?

Tim
2992, RE: Flipin the Bird
Posted by ICSpots, Mon Nov-14-11 09:29 PM
The boys at TackleTour disassembled one of the baits. The following link will show you what the inside of the bait looks like.
http://tackletour.com/autopsyflipinthebird.html

For some reason this reminded me of the following Groucho Marx quote - "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."