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  1. Let me rephrase that. They come out of the mold & they are oilier when warm until they've had time tocool & cure, but after a little time i really like the results. I think it's a little clearer than the calhouns too. Anyway it being a different plastic & me getting use to the slight differences between it & calhouns i'm completely satisfied with the baitplastics stuff.
    4 points
  2. The 2021 Coolest Lure Contest is now closed. I will be going through and eliminating any duplicates, entries that need to be deleted, etc. We will be judging during the next two weeks. I will post here with updates as needed.
    3 points
  3. Hand carved from poplar and painted with acrylic. Surprisingly, runs true with a tight wiggle.
    3 points
  4. Normally I would paint some opaque white over the black, then paint the color that I want because you are right, the black really dulls the color down. That can be hard if you are free hand painting, but it works well with stencils or mesh for scales. Just make sure the stencil/mesh is pressed down on the lure, and doesn't move. Sometimes I will put a layer of epoxy (or something like polycrylic) over the black, then paint my next layers. That way if you mess up, you can wipe the paint off without affecting the previous layer.
    3 points
  5. 8” jointed catfish Muskie lure. Made from cedar.
    3 points
  6. I've been working on some jerbaits (think rapala or smithwick jerkbait), and have been working on getting the action I want from the lures. I found this video today, and really appreciated the view of different jerkbait actions.
    2 points
  7. Cedar Foiled perch! Thru wire construction, deep diver aluminum 2 line tie pin lip. Dives 30ft plus.
    2 points
  8. Sorry, I got sent way up north for emergency relief work and haven't been able to finish my lure for the competition. I'm just bored. And it's been way to quite here haha.
    2 points
  9. Yea, it is a pretty cool way to foil a lure. I got the idea from engineered angler on youtube. The head transition was very tricky. Again, I've only done this a few times, so there might be better ways to do it. Basically I foiled the scale pattern right up past the area where the gill plate would be. Then I made a quick stencil for the shape of the gill that I wanted. I carefully traced it onto the foil scales, then using a very sharp knife, i cut out that shape, and peeled the cut offs of the foil scales. . Then I cut a flat piece of foil to fit in that spot using the stencil an
    2 points
  10. I’ve done scales out of foil as well. And other types of foil with pattern and smooth. Usually I epoxy over the foil to ensure the top/bottom is completely smooth. Helps hide any seems. if you want a thin “seal” over the foil that won’t be as think as epoxy I have sprayed/airbrushed a few very thin coats of polycrylic (cut with 1/3 water) That stuff is great. I’m no expert. Just letting you know what I’ve tried. I have painted right over foil, but it doesn’t seem to adhere great. sometimes I’ll paint a layer at an angle against the scales, then wipe off the paint to try to “highli
    2 points
  11. I saw those on you tube also. Good question what comes first the chicken or the egg in our case the fisherman or the fish, nothing ventured nothing gained. A lure compared to a flat metal plate, just don't know smaller area I will see, might be a waste of paint but if it does what I want then I will be satisfied if they catch both the fisherman and the fish then success I think. I will post some pictures when done still working on the master to test, then a mold and start painting. I move so fast a snail just past me. Wayne
    2 points
  12. When I get a master airbrush, the first thing I do is take the needle out and polish it with a super fine polish/cleaner wax. Put a small amount of super fine polish/cleaner wax on q-tip/cotton swab and polish it, till it feels super smooth. My .02
    2 points
  13. Ahhh that is interesting info buddy, no microballoons added to this particular blank It's a relief you have had the same issue & have given advice, Thank you Andy.
    2 points
  14. I've had the same experience especially with "purer" resin blends (less microballons added) or if my drill bit isn't sharp. The resin is fully cured though and you shouldn't have any issues fishing the baits after you install the hardware.
    2 points
  15. lay side down then put something flat on other flat side measure distance between, half what the distance is your center easiest way to do it now is use an adjustable square, set it to the center measurement and put a pencil/pen and run it top and bottom. My .02
    2 points
  16. What happens if you add the dye before heating? Looks like the dye is not dissolved. I'd bet it would dissolve in raw plastic.
    2 points
  17. This is a 4-piece resin swimbait with a soft plastisol tail. The bait has a smooth, kicking action on steady retrieves and can also be ripped/twitched to get a more erratic action. I painted this particular bait in a golden shiner colorway by layering a number of different paints as well as utilizing a mesh material for the scale detailing.
    2 points
  18. I've got six baits currently on the cooker (hard and soft) with more designs and ideas drafted up waiting to be carved, tested, tuned, and fished. The TU Lure Contest is always a great incentive for me to sit down and work on projects, but most of the time I can't force productivity when it come to actually carving and detailing a build by hand. I had big plans to have more baits/categories entered this year, but I'm happy to have at least one on the drying rack and almost finished. The bait has already been tested and caught fish just in time for me to paint and have it ready for submission b
    2 points
  19. LPO's own Dollar Bill Lowen won his first Elite tourney, after 14 years! Big Congrats!!!
    2 points
  20. This is my 1.25" Lead Hard Body Spinner Bait. It was poured from a custom designed high temp silicone mold, then powder coated, airbrushed, added custom eyes, finished with a UV clear coat.
    2 points
  21. I use .032 on 1/4 oz and some 3/8 oz compact frame spinnerbaits for bass. .035" wire on large frame 3/8 oz baits and most 1/2 oz spinnerbaits. .040" wire on 3/4 oz spinnerbaits and some 1/2 oz for targeting pike. .051" on 1 oz and heavier spinnerbaits. I only have a couple of .062 wire spinnerbaits for pike/musky because that wire is such a pain to bend. The longer the wire and/or the heavier the head, I lean to the thicker wire. The more compact the frame and lighter the head, I lean to the thinner wire. On a straight in-line spinner, you could get away with
    2 points
  22. I've been really happy with medium from baitplastics.com.
    2 points
  23. I see this issue come up often. I have this mold and the first time pouring the 1/16 oz. I saw that there are issues with the hook being loose on some of the jig heads that I was pouring. It appears that on the 2 smallest sizes, there is not enough lead surrounding the hook shank just past the bend of the hook So, the hook will sometimes rotate in the head due to the lack of support What I did was create a short collar at the base of the head to help keep the hook from rocking back and forth. I used a ball endmill, and made this mod in a mill, but t
    2 points
  24. Yes, but before that it was more yellow brown opaque, and ....... Currently, I kind of like the bone River2Sea uses on their hard baits. But the bone on the Rebels from the early 80's ...... I give up. Even if we made a standardized color chart on TU, or own computers would show it differently so what's the point. I don't even try to offer advice on how to make a color shown on the site anymore. I and my wife have the exact same computer, but different settings, so when she was looking at the same photo as I was some time ago, we could not even agree on what the true colors w
    2 points
  25. Quick tip..if you want to try different sizes or styles of bills in your bait..you can use elmers rubber cement...It is plenty strong to hold for testing..Then when you decide on the Bill the rubber cement peals off clean then us Devcon 2ton or similar to permanently install them..Nathan
    2 points
  26. It does give an idea on some proven jerk bait actions I think a lot of people overlook jerk baits and focus on baits like cranks they can just retrieve in stead. Personally I enjoy lures that I add a lot to the action by how I retrieve them personally I like jerk baits that can be worked both fast and extremely slow are ideal. Ones that give off a lot of action with short jerks and rises or sinks really slow a lipped jerk bait design is on my to do list along with a perfecting a hybrid pull bait I am happy with. A soft tail jerk bait has been an option floating in my head too
    1 point
  27. This lure design was originally carved/molded to become a spy bait last year. I was not all that impressed with the results. After re pouring the blank with a different resin recipe it had a much nicer action as a sinking jerk/glider. Added a new paint scheme to try out on this lure too
    1 point
  28. That is normal just put it in a vacuum chamber before you heat and it will take all that out before you heat. A lot of plastic does that. Some bad some not so bad.
    1 point
  29. That is all dependent on your market for example here where it’s mostly pike fished with swimbaits around 6inch or larger is more marketable it all depends on your market and species
    1 point
  30. The only drawback to both is they will hard pack pretty severely. A buddy gave me a gallon of bounce he had for a couple years and there was literally an inch of hard pack on the bottom.
    1 point
  31. May be a throwback, but they look like fish catchers!
    1 point
  32. Wait?!? you aren't allowed to do that!!? lol They should have rules or something. Well even if there are less entries (probably more coming), there are some beauties in there!
    1 point
  33. Way to go! Very unique, very realistic! Good luck fishing this summer!
    1 point
  34. I really can't tell any difference. Switched when Baitjunky's quit carrying Calhoun's. Used around 25 gallons so far this year with no issues.
    1 point
  35. Through wire, Lathed bodies, 1/8" hole . Leverage free swivel through body to front treble. Stainless.035 blade tooled to bend. Inserted in head, glued, then clear coat!
    1 point
  36. Way to put some giddy-up in that puppy. The "eye" is the cherry on top. Fist bump.
    1 point
  37. In years gone by I have done a lot of reading on cyclone separators. There are even forums dedicated to their design. Definitely the way to go. Dave
    1 point
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