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First Balsa Bait

First Balsa Bait

This is my first through wire constructed, balsa wood lure. Everything was done by hand. The only power tool used was a Dremel. The bait is 2 5/8" long and 1 1/4" tall. Don't know how much it weighs as I don't have a scale yet. It was sealed with two coats of super glue with sanding between coats. A coat of slightly thinned D2T was then applied over the super glue for a smooth finish. AutoAir and Createx paints with a final clear coat of DN.

This was more of an experiment to see if I could even build a bait. It was tested in the bathtub and with some minor tweaking it ran straight and true with a fairly tight and active wobble. As you might expect I've already started checking the prices on some power tools that will make things much easier.

I'd like to thank everyone that helped me and took the time to answer the many questions I've posted here at TU. Without your help there is no way I could have built, or even painted, this lure. I'm hoping this is just the first of many.

thanks guys,

    Braided Line
    Dec 21 2010 07:12 AM
    Anything built from scratch that turns out that nice (body style,prep,paint) deserves a thumbs up for creativity, plus acknowledgment for the covering paint scheme.
    That is one hell of a bait for your first try.
    Dec 21 2010 11:39 AM
    That looks great! Posted Image
    Dec 22 2010 12:04 PM
    Hey Ben ,

    Way to go , Dam Kool

    Thanks guys. Only by putting together everything I've learned here at TU was this even possible and I'm kind of proud of it. Had such a good time building this one I've already started a couple more.

    Sweet bait Ben! I've heard similar called the Bumblebee color. It looks to me like it will be a heckuva fish catcher!

    L. Prof
    Dec 24 2010 11:32 AM
    Ben, very sweet bait. Been making same type bait for a few years and this looks better than I can turn out now. Very good job. The paint is top notch, but then you have been turning out some great paint jobs for a while. I would certainly fish it. It will be a fish catcher.

    Thanks guys. I've received a lot of help in the year and a half I've been here at TU and I couldn't have done it without ya'll.

    Dec 24 2010 12:48 PM
    HECK OF NICE BAIT BEN!!! Your hardwork paid off. It was great talkin with you other night on the phone! I wish all of you could get a chance to rap with Ben! His personality and class blow this amazing looking bait out of the WATER!

    Great Job Ben.

    The Rookie
    Thanks Rookie. Great talkin' to you the other night as well. You didn't sound at all like the hillbilly Dean told me you were. :P We'll have to do it again sometime. Might have to setup a conference call with the Professor so we can all have a chat. Bet it would be a hoot.