Balsa Baits

BobP

2 1/4" balsa baits, bodies from Janns Netcraft, about 1/3 oz with trebles. I varied the lip angles to test the results for later builds.



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Nice looking baits you made Bob. From your description you had to cut the lips slots. Not an easy job on a lure that's already been contoured.

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Those look awesome! I was experimenting with some square bill protos recently, 'till my wife wanted to know why I had a tree branch and two bricks submerged in our bath tub. I hope mine turn out as nice as yours.

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If you don't mind me asking....what is your "trick" (or should I say skill) in cutting the lip slots? I would probably be pulling hair and using some choice four letter words!!!

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Lip slots are why I usually don't buy pre-formed balsa bodies! I use a 4" strip of flexible plastic, wrap it around the nose of the bait. When the ends of the strip match up exactly when pinched together on the back of the lure, I mark the slot. It's a little fiddly to do but it seems to work pretty well. Anyone who has a better way, PLEASE TELL ME! (as long as it doesn't involve a molded jig to hold the baits). I cut the slot by hand with the blade from a jig saw.

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