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three bluegill baits2

three bluegill baits2

Three bluegill baits from PVC trimboard.

Top is three sections, 5" overall with 1/2" plastic tail, 1 1/2" tall, 3/4" thick, 29.5 grams including hardware and paint (nail polish).
It floats, swims with a good tail wag and big V wake,and dives 6" under on a fast retrieve.

Middle is a surface prop bait, 4" long, 1 5/8" tall, 3/4" thick, 29.3 grams including hardware (.054 wire) and Createx paint.
It floats and churns on a fast retrieve.

Bottom is a Whopper Plopper copy with an aluminum prop cut out of a buzzbait prop (thank you FrogAddict for the idea).
It is 3 1/4" long, 1 1/8" tall, 7/8" thick, and weighs 24.1 grams including hardware and paint (nail polish). .054 wire shaft.
FrogAddict suggested using aluminum for the prop because it is lighter than sst, so he thought it would help the bait to float horizontal on the pause. He was right!

    • Offshore G likes this
    mark poulson
    Feb 12 2016 02:49 PM

    And the aluminum plopper prop is easy to form and adjust, like FrogAddict predicted.

    Actually, I was the one suggesting the buzz bait blade cut in 1/2.... Nice baits.

    mark poulson
    Feb 13 2016 04:54 PM

    I forgot you suggested it, too.  Sorry.

    FrogAddict messaged me with his experience using an aluminum license plate, and I realized I had aluminum buzzbait blades.

    So you are both geniuses!

    That aluminum is the ticket!

    I am hoping the water warms enough soon to let me test how the aluminum holds up to angry bass!

    Looking good man!!

    Really nice Mark..I'm anxious to here how your prop bait works..Nathan
      • mark poulson likes this
    mark poulson
    Feb 19 2016 11:08 AM

    Nate, I test threw it and it plops great, even at low speed.  But the larger prop plops louder.

    So I like to think of this bait as a finesse plopper!  Hahaha