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  1. Worth has gold blades as well. You could buy steel blades and have them gold plate as well, however there is a lot charge for gold plating. A lot of options out there, just do a google search.
  2. You can use any head you want as long as the hook eye will allow the split ring to move freely. I personally like the Trokar Pro Swim jig as well. You can get nice heavy sharp hooks with big hook eyes. However, find what works for you.
  3. Yep too much paint. try a fluid bed as mentioned above, or when your jig is hot quickly swish it thru the powder paint. Better to have less paint than too much. You can always reheat it and swish thru again. Also make sure you fluff the powder paint frequently if you are swishing from a jar. This will put on a lighter coat. Good Luck.
  4. yes they make something like that w/o barbwire. Send a sample to fishingskirts.com they have some colors that are not listed. They will help you out.
  5. It probably catches fish. However if you are trying to resurrect it, that will be a tough sell. There are sooooo many baits and jigs out there that catch fish. Most of the groupies (followers) will buy a bait as soon as a Pro wins a tournament with it. Guys are always looking for that magic bait. I've seen this time and time again with the advent of the chatter bait, Ned rig, Tokyo rig and so on. The truth is many of these guys that buy all of these supposed fish catchers will never throw it, or if they do maybe give it a couple of hours at most and if they don't catch anything it will sit in the tackle box. But like all baits, they come and go. They all have(had) their day in the sun unless you can market it heavily and have a Pro sponsor it.
  6. When I got the the Midwest finesse head, I was very unhappy. To this day it is not the the best mold I like to pour, but it is what it is. You have to adapt if you want to pour the really small size. :Like mentioned above harder lead and cured powder paint. On this mold I pour straight hard lead, however this is not for everyone. You have to pour the lead really hot. By doing this you will get really good pours and the hook seems to hold better. Also I noticed the hotter the lead, the mold has a tendency to get really hot and tends to deform a bit. So if you are only pouring a hundred no problem, but if you pour 500 at a crack or more, it is a good idea to let the mold cool. Anyways, good luck
  7. I dip my spinnerbait and buzzbaits in a fluid bed. However my fluid bed is 5" tall and filled to the top. I dip hook first. The key is to make sure you do not get the hook bend and point hot, because you will get paint on it and that would not be easy to get off. My base coat on all of my spinnerbaits are done in a fluid bed. Everything is usually do-able, it just takes time and practice to figure out the easiest way.
  8. Pictures don't open. Anyways, there have been times after ice out, that I got bass, but never on a spinnerbait only on a rattle trap type lure. I do know that when I reel them in and the water is that cold there really is no fight. Feels like reeling in a wet t-shirt. Congrats on the new hobby and the first fish of the year.
  9. A lot of good info here. I have been powder painting jigs and commercial steel since 2006. There are a lot of good powder paints out there. However Harbor Freight in my opinion is not one of them. Pro-Tech is excellent paint and they have colors that you can't find anywhere unless you go custom. There are other companies that sell powder paint. BTW welcome to TU, you have a PM from me.
  10. You won't be crying, because now you can just make some more for pennies on the dollar.
  11. Welcome to TU. Jigs look good, should catch some fish.
  12. Majority of Do-It molds have a 1/8" base hole pin. This cavity takes the FG-30 weedguard like mentioned above. Now for finesse jigs I usually use 12 strands of .018( FG-30) weedguard or you can use surflon which is a soft coated wire. You can either use a turned down pin to get a smaller hole, or you can fill the weedguard hole in your jig with epoxy and then stick the strands in. There are a lot of ways this can be achieved.
  13. There are spinnerbaits on the market that mimic schooling bait. Here is one by Booyah Bait Co. If you plan on making some, it will be a big investment, because you need a lot of components. It is cheaper to buy these than to make your own.
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