What is the difference between the four rates of fall available in the 8″ Rainbow Trout Huddleston Deluxe swimbait? How do you tell a ROF 12 vs a ROF 16, especially if there is no marking on the tail? How do you tell the ROF 5 vs. ROF 0 in your tackle box? The answer is below:
ROF 12 vs ROF 16
Both the ROF 12 and ROF 16 have a top hook, so you might have a top hook 8″ Huddleston in your hand and not know which ROF it is. Ken no longer paints the ROF on the tail, so, how do you tell the difference? You have to ‘feel’ for it. You literally take your finger and feel the underside belly trying to feel for the extra bulb or extra weight in the belly. You can feel the additional bulb of lead on the ROF 16, by poking your finger into the Hudd, as if you are a doctor playing prostate examiner! You can feel the ROF 12 has a shorter keel on the harness, and doesn’t have the ‘bulb’ that the ROF 16 does.
ROF 5 vs. ROF 0
Both the ROF 5 and ROF 0 come out of the package without a top hook and again, it can be confusing, which bait are you holding in your hand? The ROF 5 has a definite keel that can be felt between the belly ring and the anal fins. There is something hard there that gives the underside ballast area some mass and bulk. With the ROF 0, you can just feel a notch, and have way more soft squishy plastic in the ballast zone, than you do with the ROF 5. Bottom line, you have to learn to feel the difference in your Huddlestons by doing a poke check with your fingers in the area between the belly ring and the anal fins to feel the harness.