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Balsa Baits

Balsa Baits

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.

    Feb 02 2012 10:26 PM
    Bob Those are some great looking baits! I would be interested in knowing the result of your test.

    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.
    What They Said. +2.
    Big Bass Man
    Feb 03 2012 07:14 AM
    Nice work Bob!! Those look great.
    Feb 03 2012 11:29 AM
    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.
    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!!!
    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.
    Nice Buddy