TackleTour Autopsy: Lucky Craft
Pointer Minnow 100
Introduction: TackleTour Autopsy? You read it right, its time to cut
up some tackle and take a look inside to see just what these products are made
of. We kick things off with on of the most popular ripbaits on the market, the
venerable Lucky Craft Pointer Minnow 100.
The Lucky Craft Pointer Minnow
is among the most popular ripbaits on the market
The Autopsy: During
our lab testing one of the things we like to do is take a look inside the tackle
in a series of tests that often requires the destruction of the product. In this
way we can see just how the product is designed and constructed. Not only is it
interesting to see what is inside a particular product but it gives us a better
understanding of how the product functions (or should have functioned) in the
case of products that fall short of expectations or manufacturer claims. We
decided it was time to let our readers in on the process in a segment we are
calling the “TT Tackle Autopsy,” let's get into it....literally.
So which one of these patterns
will volunteer for our autopsy?
The Subject: Our
first victim, ummm I mean patient, is the very popular Lucky Craft Pointer Minnow
100. This lure is a mainstay for bass anglers and is a favorite among our staff
for both Largemouth and Striper fishing. Known for consistency and a fish
attracting subsurface walk the dog action the Pointer can incite ferocious strikes
One of the very best patterns,
the Aurora Black
In the test tank the Pointer Minnow suspended
at a surprisingly great angle but when retrieved the lure suspends much more parallel
to the surface. The tension
on the line during and after darting the lure slightly raises the front of the
pointer, in essence Lucky Craft has tuned the lure specifically to match the
action imparted on the bait, very clever.
The Pointer 100 sits at a
greater angler when not tied on
While the #5 hooks are good enough for all
but the biggest bass some multi-species anglers choose to switch out the hooks
as they can break or become mangled by Stripers. Our test subject was one such
lure which had stock hooks and had lost one of its treble points to Delta Stripers.
This narrow bait is just under
14mm in thickness
The autopsy begins with a test of the finish
which proved to be quite hard-wearing. We tried a variety of different micro files to
abrasion resistance and the lure ranked better than average and held up well to
Say hello to my little friend
Even vigorous filing does little
to this lure, even in this state this lure is easily still "fishable"...
Once we removed all the hooks it was time to
make an incision on all sides of the lure and cut it completely in half to take
a closer look. Suffice to say that the Pointer is one very solid bait and was
a lot more challenging to cut in half than most lures.
...but alas we have other plans
for this bait
A diamond tipped bit is required
for this job
Cut in half we are greeted with a
variety of weights
When we finally got the lure cut completely in half we
were greeted with a variety of different internal components including a large
brass weight that is place in the front section of the lure. This non-moving
weight helps balance out the lure and keep it angled perfectly for that proper
A large brass weight is fixed in
the front section of the Pointer
A cavity in the head holds the
beads that create the subtle fish calling vibration
The head of the lure has a 16.97mm cavity
which holds a series of plastic and metal beads which create the lure's unique
rattle sound. The lure makes use of very small beads so that even slight
movements will cause a good amount of vibration and resonance.
A channel in the back holds two
beads which aid in casting and retrieves
In the back of the lure the lure are two
brass weights that move up and down through a channel. When the lure is cast the
weights shift downwards and back into the tail section allowing for longer more
accurate casts. Once the lure is in the water these two weights move forward and
down next to the immobile brass weight to create a lower center of gravity.
All of the beads extracted
The combination of these weights combined
with the lure's short lip cause the lure to suspend and be ripped and twitched
in both long and short pops or that deadly underwater walk the dog action that
the Pointer is so famous for.
One final look at our patient,
unfortunately this bait will never see action again
We hope you enjoyed our first behind the
scenes TT Autopsy and we will bring you more in future. If there is particular
product you are curious about and want dissected and analyzed be sure to get
your requests in on the forum. Stay tuned as we turn our attention to some of
the most popular crankbaits on the market as well as a few reels.
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