Weighted tail and added sound

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back end of bass fishing topwater

Castability has become a big focus among lure manufacturers in recent years. Many companies now incorporate weight transfers systems into their baits to help aid in getting the baits to fly farther, faster. Yo-Zuri has done this with the Pencil 100, putting a ball bearing in the tail-end of the bait.

The ball is located in a long cylindrical chamber in the tail end of the lure. As an angler loads up to cast the bait, the weight rolls to the tip of the back end of the lure. Then as the bait comes forward and the cast is made, the lure is now able to fly through the air tail first, as aerodynamically as possible. This prevents a lot of wind resistance that would occur if the bait were instead flailing around during its flight.

When the bait lands in the water, the ball bearing is now free to roll back forward a bit. But where many lure manufactures have a magnet in place to hold the weight during the working of the lure, Yo-Zuri chose to let the bait roll freely. The result is a pronounced knocking sound as the lure is walked along. So the ball bearing in this chamber really serves two purposes.