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  2. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    If you are going to use a pool to test lures, you could hang paper clips or some wire on the split rings instead of hooks. If you have a good scale that weighs fractions of an ounce, you could exactly match the weights of the hooks.
  3. Best finish coat to use over CS vinyl paint

    Any topcoat will scratch, marr, or otherwise show use when pulled over rock during a days fishing. Not a topcoat or paint out there that will stay pristine under those conditions. That said, you may be able to find something that will works better than vinyl. Most of the good jig producers around use powder paint to paint their jigs...no topcoat required. Once you bake it, it’s hard as a witches heart. Very cost effective as you can paint many, many jigs with a pound of powder. Some guys even use it to paint their spinnerbaits. A little more difficult as the wire gets in the way but using a brush tap method you can get some great results. If you add eyes, you’ll want to topcoat with a clear to keep the eyes on. Several good Moisture Cure Urethanes (MCU’s) out there for this. Also the clear two part epoxies like the Devcon 2 Ton. You’ll have to find what works for you. Personally, I prefer the MCU’s for the working time. KBS Diamond Clear is a really nice MCU. Also for spinnerbaits that you are going to topcoat, you can get some nice results using an airbrush with Createx water based paints then top coated with MCU or epoxy. I’ll try to post a photo or two to show an example.
  4. First soft swimbait advice needed

    Thanks! been lurking for quite awhile
  5. Best finish coat to use over CS vinyl paint

    I've used klass Kote for years . But I do very little spraying epoxy coats . I dip or Brush where possible .
  6. Jackall Giron Swimbait

    That one is really sweet. Yum!
  7. cedar cranks

    I really like the way you faded the black stripes on the firetiger. Nice baits.
  8. Best finish coat to use over CS vinyl paint

    Can't go wrong with Devcon D2T. That's what I use when I want a good hard finish. I only use the 30 minute epoxy, not the 5 minute. I'm sure there are other top coats that will work just fine, and maybe a little easier to use, but this is what I use. Just my 2 cents.
  9. First soft swimbait advice needed

    Nolan, I like the looks of your master, that's a nice looking bait. I think you were given some good advice. Welcome to the forum.
  10. Do It Swing Jig molds

    Do It mold swing jig molds. I have the FBB-6-SWG and FBB-5-SWG. 25each. I also have about 75 wire forms for each that will be packed with the mold they fit. 25 per mold shipped or 45 shipped for both. They have been sprayed with drop out.
  11. I've been using CS one part finish on my spinnerbaits and jigs for several years now and looking for something a little stronger to finish over the CS vinyl paint that I use that won't cause yellowing/ hazing over paint job. The vinyl paint seems to work really well and flexes with the lead when heads hit rocks without cracking, but the one part coat seems to crack/peel fairly easy when jig heads are pulled over rock. Any suggestions would be welcome.
  12. Crankbait Blank Suppliers

    google at luckycastlures/ebay.com New 2017 Hybrid Wiggle Wart Blanks
  13. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    I am in northern BC so I understand your issue. Bath tub can give you an idea for shallow running baits. Deep diving I resort to driving down to the ferry terminal where they have bubblers keeping an ice free channel Often in the winter if I make a proto type it sits alone till things thaw Winter is making pre tested designs or ice fishing gear mostly
  14. Rustoleum Clear Coats

    This glide is killing me right now, but I will let you guys know how the rustoleum turns out once I use it. It might be a while though...
  15. Defective Blanks

    I don' know anyone on this forum and not sure who to ask. But I have mentioned it before. TU needs a pinned thread or threads on product reviews. Might keep things like this from happening
  16. Defective Blanks

    It's a tricky one dale, I'm all for shining a light on the good guy's, nor do I have a dog in this fight. I also get that it's good to let fellow builders know the dodgy suppliers to avoid. Just not sure this is the place to be doing it ? Is it actually allowed on here ? I'll but out on this one because I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing......
  17. Defective Blanks

    Well Gliders, you have been around for some time and you have seen what it will do. I'll agree with this I've some goofs post before they did things properly. Yet this person is setting ready to get the next person. Boy........ I wouldn't mind shaping the ax if it was me. Maybe not for me but to help the next person coming a long.
  18. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    were lucky. we test in Detroit river. gotta wash your hands after that. lol.
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  20. Rustoleum Clear Coats

    Let Mark and I know what you think.
  21. APPEARANCE OVER INNOVATION

    I also came here to TU too create a bait that looked like a gizard shad and would dive to about 30' depths. I couldn't find them in a fishing shop. I have one now and can make one after another and really don't have to test if I didn't want. This is because of the way that I produce them. If thats not innovation, I don't know what is. A lot of how I produce them is my way. The way to create the baits, many on this thread help me to understand how to. Thats not innovative, but it is appreciated and a thank you. Well quite a few thank you. I've have been around for a long time and has seen most that have been out there. Unless it was made by Egyptian, I've seen them or used them. A lot of shapes and designs just come back thru like clothing fashion. My original point was that there so many shapes you can do and still have the engine that Vman helped me to understand. Only so many you can make in a day, so many you can paint, etc. I have a few shapes that I haven't seen before. There are a few that paint original jobs for the big boys here at TU. Have fun with this hobby, make a few bucks back so you can make more. Dale
  22. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    Thanks for all the good ideas. I do have a proven design BUT there are factors in construction that I need to consider. Hard to believe but I have created a few negative thinkers that now are key chains or hang in the wall of shame. When I give or sell the baits it's a comfort level to me to say, I have tested each and every one. Now top waters and shallow diving minnow baits I have no worries. The divers are my worry.
  23. APPEARANCE OVER INNOVATION

    I got into it to give myself options, and produce a better quality bait, whether it be spinnerbaits that weren't exactly as I wanted them, discontinued stuff, color options that aren't hanging on ever shelf, maybe swim jigs with larger hooks than normal with keepers prior to them being available...wooden topwaters that actually had tournament style hooks and finishes that don't fall off after the 3 rd bass...tournament fishing drives a lot of the innovation, but again at this point I can almost produce anything I need as I need it and I LIKE THAT!, cranks are starting to take up my early mornings, rather than spend every last nickel I will figure out what I like and don't at my own pace....nothing like local flavor imo.
  24. First soft swimbait advice needed

    I'm not sure what you mean. If you're talking about casting, it's gonna be an open pour
  25. FIELD TESTING CRANKBAITS

    I feel your pain. Good responses above, and the indoor pool idea might work, but lots of pools get crazy when they discover you have "hooks attached". I suggest you don't even bother with the 4 star hotels. LOL Personally, I prefer to do my design work during the "off season", when I have more time. I don't need to test every lure I make because I have a tried and true method on my "production" models, but new designs or modified designs need that open water. I have just as much of a problem during the summer when the water gets cloudy. I know that some that are testing non-divers use a long trough or tank in their basements. I don't have that option either. And if I did, my wife would prohibit it! Vodkaman use to have one of those and his videos were the stuff of legend.
  26. APPEARANCE OVER INNOVATION

    Mark, it is hard not to have that perception. We live in a tough world. I use to think, as a kid, that I had created this wonderful fly or that wonderful popper, just to see it "stolen" by some big company. It was hard to accept that I was wrong, even when I would see it in a book that was printed before I was born. It seemed like every available option has been tried..............but it has not. I think that innovation right now is in materials and methods, not as much in shape, actions, or colors. We all try to make our lures look like food, and prey species are the obvious ones to target. But, in the last 20 years we have slowly developed photo transfer methods verses airbrush only. We have advanced paints, clear coats, etc., so much, but we have a ways to go (see Chrome). In the last 20 years, we have advanced hard swimbait technology as well, and again, I think that there is more to do. I think the biggest mistake is to assume that the next advance must be earth shattering, when in reality advancement is usually a slow, incremental thing. Sure, there has in the past been breakthroughs that, looking back, look like they were fast, but they were not. Lauri Rapala did not invent the shape, even though he popularized it. He actually my not have invented the materials (depends on which company story is being told over the years, and I think I have heard/read two or three). But, he did combine existing materials, shape, and finish that already existed into something that became an industry giant. When I first read Travis' work, I was taken aback. I consider Vodkaman, and myself, as hobby builders. I sure don't think that anyone here would consider Vodkaman as not understanding what he was doing just because he is a hobby builder, and an automotive engineer, instead of a "professional lure maker". I believe that "most" hobby builders get into this activity because they do put a lot of time on the water, do have at least an idea of what makes a lure do what it does. That does not mean that some are not as talented or experienced, but I would need some supporting evidence to believe that the word "most" is accurate. Nevertheless, I do actually understand what Travis is saying. I have been frustrated by the new posters that seem to want shortcuts to expertise. I have been a little less than charitable on at least one occasion. Now I try to at least point them to the search feature. I wonder if in fact Travis is experiencing the same as Mark was, just in a different area. A lot of innovation comes from those that are not experts in a specific field, but have the experience and skill set from other areas that lead them in the right direction. My wife once said you should not allow an engineer to fish, let alone make fishing lure, it is an unfair advantage to the fisherman. LOL Perhaps I am wrong, and I often am, but ..... but ..... 1) I see this website as advancing the incremental changes, not the breakthroughs. 2) I see the friendship and willingness to help others as the biggest advancement in lure making that has happened in a long time. 3) I see this website as a repository of knowledge, a library, for the use of the lure "scholars" of the future, as well as today. 4) I see it amazing that we are discussing this topic. Perhaps it was good that ROD W gave us a kick on the backside. It won't make me do anything different, but it will make be think differently when I am doing it.
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