whopper plopper 1

It's raining and cold here, so I carved a Whopper Plopper copy yesterday out of Azek PVC trimboard.

I'm waiting for my musky wire to do the final through drilling, finish sanding, and painting.

I was worried I wouldn't be able to copy the prop tail section, but mine does rotate when I shoot air past the bait. It remains to be seen how it works in the water.

The original is 4 1/2" long, 1" diameter, and 34 grams without hardware. Mine is 1" wide, but 1 1/4"deep, so I can add some ballast low if I need it.

A black bird paint job is my plan, dipped in Solarez UV polyester resin for a top coat, which I hope will reinforce the tail prop without adding too much weight.

A fun build.



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My copy of Larry Dahlberg's genius lure has a 1 gram lead ball for both ballast and rattle where the bondo dot is located, and a smaller plastic rattle in the tail section.

I'll add more stationary ballast in front of the belly hanger if I need it.

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Looks good Mark. I'm betting it will work just fine in the water.

 

Ben

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Nice !!! Great lure for the Delta....Go get 'em Mark...I'm envious of your new neighborhood...I've fished with Cooch before...great area to call home!!

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Very nice carving  work , Mark , ...but I have concerns , that an enthusiastic fish might break off the fin ,...but if you don't try , you won't know ! Greetings , Dieter

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Dieter,

I worried about that, too, but I made the tail prop blade thicker to give it some more strength.

I also coated the tail section with runny super glue, before I painted it, and am hoping the Solarez resin will also help reinforce it.

Fortunately, we don't have pike or muskies in our waters, or I would be worried more.

The original lure's tail prop is thinner, and flexible, but I didn't want to invest in that material before I gave the PVC a shot.

Both the air and the water are cold right now, so I think I'll have to wait for spring to test in on a fish.

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Mark , at least the integrated fin obviously helps the lure to stay upright(please check my comment in your upload of the finished lure) , ......so now you've gotta catch some fish ,.......some day the weather will get better !

 

Greetz , Dieter 

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Fantastic carving job looks great, that tail must have been an exercise in patients, again great job. David J

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