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Foiled Muskie Glider
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Foiled Muskie Glider

Made of Pine. Made my own eyes.


Chad G. Ardoff


© Copyright © 2019 Chad G. Ardoff. All Rights Reserved.

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  • 4.4 mm
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Nice! I just got a bunch of foil in but haven't tried it out yet. If you don't mind I have a couple of questions for you. I have been trying to make a big pike glide bait but have not been able to achieve the action I want. I am looking for that back and forth wide, arcing swimming/gliding action when reeled. To this point I have been using linden wood which I think is too light and is causing me to have to put too much weight into the lure at different spots along the belly. 

1. How big is this bait you've made here? How heavy?

2. Where along the belly did you weight this one?


Thanks man!

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Great questions!

The lure itself weighs 4.23 ounces. It is made out of clear / dry pine. It is a more or less scaled up version of a Tackle Industries Osky. I really like that bait, but it is a bit smaller than I would like. I scaled everything up by 1/2 inch all the way around and took some liberties with the head. Mine has a sharper arch. The width is also 3/4 in instead of 1/2 in. 

I made a couple of weight molds out of some old 1 x 2 oak I had laying around. I basically clamp the 1 x 2's together and drilled a series of holes right on the the line where they come together. These are 1 in deep and are drilled using a 3/8 in bit.

I then weighted this glider in the belly on either side of the center hook hanger. To sort out exactly how much weight is needed. I drill a hole about 1/2 in to the front of and behind the hook hanger on the center line using the 3/8 bit I used to make the mold. I then insert a molded weight into each hole and start cutting them down until the bait sinks very slowly with the hooks attached. To get the correct angle I looked closely at the Osky as it sank and matched the angle to that. Once I have it sorted I sink the hole to the same length as the weight and glue it in.

Here is where I got the Osky from: https://tackleindustries.com/product-category/jerkbaits_gliders/osky_glider/

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Man than you so much for the detailed response! I hadn't even thought of making weight molds and then cutting down the weight to achieve the correct sinking rate!I've just been taping jigheads to the sides of my lure and then trying to work out how much weight I need that way. Also, I have been putting all of the weight toward the front and the back of the lure evenly. Maybe that is why I haven't gotten the correct action yet as yours seems to be weighted more towards the center.

Anyway great looking bait man and thank you so much for the tips! I'll definitely be making a lead mold in the next day or two:)

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The weight location is a tricky deal. Different for different lures. Spooks are rear weighted. Cranks are mostly front weighted. Some spread it all along the body. Carefully watching Marling and Solar baits really helped me. I have bricked more than a few trying different locations. It really takes some trial and error.



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Hey man thanks again for the tips. Your weight mold and method of weighting seems far less complicated/convoluted than what I've been doing. Gonna get in the shop and make me an oak weight mold tomorrow;)

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