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Rudder Cutter sinkers

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Hello all,

I recently purchased and started using the Rudder Cutter sinker by Gopher tackle. I have seen a few of you all recommend this sinker for 3-way rigging. The theory of rudder cutters is that they have less water resistance when trolling, than a traditional bell sinker.

After using this RC sinker, I am not entirely sold on the advantages of it over a bell. There does appear to be a little less resistance than a bell at reduced speeds of less than 2mph, but over 2 I have noticed that the RC sinker begins to flutter. This causes the rod tip to bounce which almost, in my opinion, simulates how your rod would react if your bait (in this case crankbait) was skipping along the bottom making contact.

I was wondering if any of you have experienced the same thing? I don't see how I could be using it wrong. I am just tying the drop line directly to the RC.

Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Hi Dman,

Yes, I am currently using the 3 oz variety on this setup. I experimented with the RC for about 7 hours last week.

Any suggestions? Have you experienced this?

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Not really noticed that it flutters. I rarely go to a speed where i see a problem. Its marketed for that purpose of not shaking. Your running it with the tail out the back correct?

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Hi Dman,

Yes, the tail is positioned in the back. I am not sure why I am experiencing this, but I definetely notice it at speeds above 2 mph. When I say the sinker flutters, I am assuming thats what its doing. It is the only thing I can think of on why I am getting that bumping action on my rod tip.

I will give it another shot this next week and see if I can figure out why this is happening.

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Those weights were made to run with Spinner rigs at slower speeds. Try trolling the rig a few feet under the boat to rule out that nothing is banging bottom.

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