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First Attempts at Prop Baits

prop topwater


Denver Haddix, Jr.

First Attempts at Prop Baits

First attempts at topwater prop baits, all handmade from balsa. Obviously this gill just got clearcoat and doesn't have the props installed yet, but I am not unhappy with the paint job considering it is only the third bluegill pattern I have ever tried to paint. Any and all constructive criticism is appreciated. Thanks.

    • Curt - RI likes this
    Nice looking bait!. I'm pretty fond of bluegill patterns since they are the primary bait in the smaller lakes where I live. I like the sparkle to the top. What color paint did you use for the top and is glitter added or is that pearl paint?

    I think it looks great! Nice job.


    Zev11, the top of the bait is painted with Createx Wicked Moss Green Detail, as are the dark stripes.  I left my laptop at the office over the weekend so I am just now seeing this, so I don't have my materials handy, but the glitter is, I believe, a glitter glue that I got at WalMart.  I think its probably the "White" glitter color, but basically I put a couple drops of glitter glue on the back and start spreading with my finger (after I am positive my paint is good and dry of course), pushing the glitter and glue where I want it on the bait.  After I am fairly satisfied with where the glitter is, I get out my hair dryer and start drying the glue, which as long as you don't go crazy, dries away to basically nothing, leaving only the glitter.  I coat with D2T and haven't had any issues.  I have the glitter in this "White" (which I think of more as just holographic), Silver, Gold, Green, and Red I believe.  I used it all the time, allows me to get the glitter more or less just where I want it. 


    Thanks for the positive comments, I appreciate them, and thanks again to the community here!

    Really nice paint work! Keep it up :)