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  1. 2 points
    Here's a 4 1/2 inch soft shad swimbait that I made. It has an internal resin harness and features a rigging system that allows the hook to detach and swing freely on 140 lb test stainless steel wire when a fish strikes. The tail has a nice kick even at slow speeds. Enjoy!
  2. 2 points
    One thing you did not say is what do you call next step? What kind of numbers do you need ? There is nothing like seeing what you can really do if you just think on it. I know me and Dave do some pretty high numbers with what some might call lower level products. And remember there is no magic machine that wil produce high number without some one being there to baby sit the machine and have knowledge to fix the little things that can go wrong once in awhile.
  3. 1 point
    Which style jig are you using? You can go to Barlow's and they list all hooks that will work with a specific mold.
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    My setup is a bit different. But then again so are many of my jigs. For small jigs I use the racks from TJ's tackle and an adjustable temp heat gun for heating. But I do make a lot of bigger saltwater jigs. These jigs can go from 1 ounce up to 48 ounce though 4 oz- 24oz are the most common. Many are slab type jigs with an eyelet on each end with a hook added later. I have a double rack oven. I preheat in the oven set at 500*f. Then I grab them with my Homemade ss hook tool and dip in my powder paint. Often a white basecoat is put on first then a dip in the primary color. Accent colors go on with a powder paint airbrush amd they get a final dip in UV blast. All on one heat. I guess the big jigs hold enough heat for this. Small jigs would need a reheat. Then I hang to cool until I have the jigs done I needed to make. I have hooks in my oven made from sinker slide wires. The smaller loop hangs on the oven racks and I open the loop on the bigger side wider than normal and dispose of the plastic slider part. I can hang 14 smaller say 4oz-10oz jigs vertically from the upper rack. For the longer jigs they hang horizontally one hook on each end of the jig and I can get 7 on each rack for 14 total this way. These jigs can be 10.5" long so this works well. Then I set my oven at 450*f in the convection setting to cure for 30 minutes. 450* because that puts my actual oven temp close to 400* and ~ 30 minutes gives them a full 20 minutes at the 400* as my oven is usually cold to start with. Like I said though this method is mainly for longer bigger jigs than the average person would make.
  5. 1 point
    The ones with the plastic bill are a completely different model. They are a medium diver. Closest one out there to a CB little john with out buying the originals are the DCB FS. I may be in some negotiations with SPRO right now to get some of their stuff.
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    If that is the case do you have a source and or a name of the product? Do you have a link? There are a lot of people that would be interested here in this product. Do you have experience with it? Please supply more info so we all can learn. BTW welcome to Tackle Underground.
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    There are no real "Brands" when it comes to injection machines. You either buy one used or you have one custom built for you. Be warned though, numbers I have seen first hand from Zorn for a new injection machine is $40k - $60k for just the machine and $8k - $10k on the molds (each). There is a lot to these machines and it's not as simple as you put one in your shop and it produces the baits for you. My advice, IF you are serious and can make a serious investment and wish to take it to that level, contact Mr. BaitJunkys (Leonard) directly and discuss your needs with him, I know he may have a few options for you.
  8. 1 point
    I stretch a thick rubber band, the kind they use on supermarket produce, over the nose and mark the line. Then cut it with a thin fiber reinforced Dremel cutoff disk.
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    8.75" multi-joint Keeper Trout swimbait with assist hook hanger in the tail and an additional line tie on the chin. 100% hand carved out of a single block of wood using only a utility knife, a handsaw, and sandpaper. Base colors are spray painted with the detailing and highlights hand-applied using acrylic. This bait took over a year to finish, but it swims like a champ and has a very special place in my tackle box.
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    First of all, give us some info. Are you using a pot or ladle pouring. Make sure the mold is hot. I don't know where you live, but if it is cold outside, you need to get inside, as the lead will cool before it has a chance to fill the mold cavity. Pot may not be hot enough and/or won't stay hot because it is too cold outside. A lot of possibilities here, need to supply us with more info. This way we can hopefully pinpoint your problem.
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    I use the rack that came with the oven. The wire in my rack runs front to back and that is what makes this method work. Get some threaded rod, I use 7/16 or 1/2 as I'm doing larger jigs. Now put one jig on each wire and then take a piece of threaded rod and roll the jigs to the back of the rack. Repeat till the rack is full. I just bought a new oven last month. I can do well over 200 1-1.5 ounce jigs at a time. This is the oven. http://www.walmart.com/ip/16503576 It cam with two racks. If I were doing smaller jigs I'd get some smaller threaded rod and use both racks. I've also used 1/4" x 1/2" angle aluminum and cut it to size to fit in the oven and then drilled holes in it. I used cup hooks in the holes and hung jigs and slabs from the hooks. Works great for slabs but the you can't get quite as many jigs as the above method. The aluminum is available at most any hardware store. I used 1/4" cup hooks which I had to order. You can either cut the aluminum to fit where the racks fit in the oven or modify the rack that came with the oven to support it. I found modifying the racks to work better as every oven I've seen only has partial support on the right hand side.
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