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  2. Defective Blanks

    Ron, I meant in general, as a supplier, If anyone finds anything wrong with the products I supply I like to know so i can try to avoid things in the future, or change things. I appreciate the kind words. There might be a sale this weekend...
  3. Defective Blanks

    No they were not. Dinger has provided me with quality. I think of the blanks I've bought from Dinger only one took a little extra sanding to get rid of a blemish. Thanks for asking though. And expect an order from me over the weekend.
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  5. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    I end up sending samples and proto types to guys that have open water. Wisconsin is pretty much frozen already where I am at.
  6. Defective Blanks

    Ron, if it were me that the lures came from, I would like to know.
  7. Crankbait Blank Suppliers

    Only people i would buy from.... Dingerbaits.com cedarrunoutdoors.com getbitcustombaits.com predatorbassbaits.com
  8. Getting a small amount of paint

    I always take cool ideas from a favorite resource. If interested, then look Full Posting here. I wish peace and good to everyone!
  9. Barrel twist wire screw eye

    I agree with Gliders that the twisted eye is as strong and in fact probably stronger. However, in many of the large wood plugs these are used for, The wire goes thru the center of the bait so no matter what eye you form on one end, when you push the wire thru to the other end a barrel eye is the only option I know of. The Lordship Lures You Tube videos were very good. After watching, there were other lure maker videos as well.
  10. Barrel twist wire screw eye

    Gliders thanks I am sure you are right, I tend to overthink these simple things sometimes. When I am learning about something I tend to go overboard on the work up which can paralyze me sometimes. Paralysis of analysis. Sonoman I checked out the videos, didn't actually have making a screw eye but the tail wrap video helped me to figure out how to do it. I thibnk Gliders is right that it would be overkill for minimal gain. Thanks to everyone else for sharing. Hope to make some traditional Striper plugs and a few for Musky plugs this winter.
  11. Anyone Developed a Weedless Underspin Yet?

    Here is a mod that I did to the weighted hook mold. For heavier weights, I was able to get the bottom bouncer mold to work. Not sure it it will work for your application, but I hope it leads to a solution for you.
  12. Lavender Grey Shad-Pink.JPG

    Do those ribs in the bill affect the action? The bait looks awesome by the way!!!
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  14. Best finish coat to use over CS vinyl paint

    Thanks for all your recommendations guys. I think I might try some D2t, and then go from there.
  15. I recall reading certain colors signified they were a better grade and suitable for production. Colors were Green, Red & Blue: Does anyone know which color was considered the best? Color coding is not done any more as they are all painted black.
  16. First soft swimbait advice needed

    Yes I was thinking injection. Open pour should be a breeze...
  17. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    I don’t know how BentonB does his, but as a hobby builder I keep a library of body and lip templates and a notebook recording measurements, weights of components, wood type and coating details on each new crankbait design I do. That lets me reproduce a successful crankbait and gives me a base line of detail from which to experiment to improve a design. If I want to cook up a batch I made 5 years ago, I just refer to my recipe instead of my faulty memory (which NEVER works).
  18. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    Ya, I second the after hours. I live at an apartment complex, with a pool, and they let me test during the summer. I often go out when no one is there and within minutes there is a dozen people, kids to old timers like me, all wanting to see what that crazy guy is doing "fishing in the pool". Ugggggg
  19. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    Find a local YMCA with a director who fishes, and ask to use their pool for testing after hours, in exchange for lures.
  20. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    One place.. Hot water discharges. Fertilizer plants, nuclear plants, paper mills. Etc.
  21. Jackall Giron Swimbait

    Thanks!
  22. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    move south
  23. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    BentonB.......you can build them without having to tune them? Not saying it's not possible but I haven't been able to. The only reason I bring it up is I hate freezing my tail off in the winter months tuning 100's of cranks. If I could get out of it I would sure like to.
  24. Barrel twist wire screw eye

    Lurch I believe there is a video on youtube that Lordship lures does that shows the process in detail on a large surf plug...hope it helps.
  25. Hook Manufacturing?

    Guess I was late on my post what's a couple of years
  26. Hook Manufacturing?

    Why but out all the $$ and time just buy in bulk
  27. First soft swimbait advice needed

    That's a nice looking master! As for the action you can expect from a swimbait's tail, I use the crankbait shape analogy when I'm picking a tail shape. Narrower, flatter tails have a tighter, more subtle wiggle. Rounder tails have a wider side to side action. And the closer to 90 degrees the angle of the tail to the bait's backbone, the more water resistance and wiggle.
  28. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    Great idea!
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