By Craig Sandell ©
Over the past couple years, I received quite a
few e-mails from musky anglers who had the shaft on their LeLure
globes break for no apparent reason. In this article, I will
show you how to re-shaft your LeLure globe.
Frenchy LeMay custom made his own brand of lures. In the
mid-90s, Frenchy and a few of his fishing friends began to
market production runs of his lure designs under the brand name
death, the production of the lures was outsourced to China.
Because the LeLure company did not have the manpower or
production resources to oversee the production of their lures in
China, it was forced to rely upon the Chinese quality control
and assurance. In addition, in order to be cost-effective,
single lot quantities of the lure models were ordered.
Once the lures
made in China began to hit the American market, complaints from
the field began to surface. There were complaints about the eyes
falling out and the paint peeling off as well as the shaft of
their globes breaking for no apparent reason.
After a little
investigation of the globe problem, it became apparent that
there were likely two reasons why the globe shafts were failing.
The first reason was the application of excessive heat on the
shaft during the production process.
The second was
the inferior quality of the metal used for the shaft. Either of
these two conditions will result in shaft fracturing for no
apparent reason. Since all the globes were made in a single lot,
all of the globes (about 5,000) have the potential for this type
If this has
happened to you, your LeLure globe sits in pieces in a drawer
somewhere. The step-by-step instructions in this article should
help you add your LeLure globe back into your arsenal of lures.
materials that you will need:
Use a .051 globe shaft diameter unless you want to try
to replace the through tube in the globe head.
through this entire article before you begin !
Take the time
to snap a photo of the globe so that you have a record of how
the globe was constructed...this may be important as you
re-assemble the globe.
Your globe may have a metal clip or swivel attached to the
shaft, as shown below, to which the body hook is attached. Make
sure that you take a picture when you remove the old shaft from
the LeLure globe.
hooks from the old globe to be sure that you do not puncture
yourself. Now that you you have the hardware and shaft removed
from the old globe, you are ready to begin.
pre-bent globe shaft, slip a cup washer on to the shaft and then
slide the shaft through the globe head. Now place a cup washer
onto the shaft between the globe head and the globe body...this
will allow the globe head to spin freely.
If your globe
has a metal clip or swivel that should be attached to the globe
shaft, now is the time to position it into the globe body as you
insert the shaft into the globe body.
Now that the
shaft is inserted into the globe body, you need to make a circle
bend in the shaft protruding from the rear of the globe...there
should be about 1½ inches of shaft protruding from the rear of
the globe. Before closing the rear loop, slide a split ring onto
the shaft as shown above.
It is now time
to close the rear loop and trim any excess wire: