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  1. Has anyone tried artist's oil paints? Just throwing the idea out there. Dave
  2. In my post (No12) I mentioned: 4 - the line that the lure actually swims, the most important line. I should really have spoken about this more. The one thing that I forgot to mention was the hooks. As the lure travels through the water, there is drag on the hooks. The drag from any belly hooks will tend to make the lure swim slightly nose down. The aim is to get the lure to float at the same angle that it swims. Belly hooks spoil everything, but I do realize that they are necessary on a long lure. So, a very slight nose down would make sense. This is obviously not something that can be tested in a bucket, so will be dependent on build experience. Dave
  3. DG - I agree with you. My aim in my swimbait series was to show what movements were available. I found that ballast made little difference other than the advantage of a level fall. Hinge shape was important and could control the width of the swim action. I also watched fish swim; head movement was minimal and the action was all in the rear third. But as with all lures, trying to fool a fish is like fooling a tiger with a video of the Keystone cops, it can never be 100% convincing. But by providing water sounds/vibrations that clearly do not come from static, lifeless objects, at least suspicion of a meal can be generated requiring further investigation by the predator. This is the best we can hope for. I did a lot of work developing a swimmer with minimum head movement, this was a difficult task, but I got there in the end. Regardless of swim action chosen, the most important feature is freedom of hinge movement. In my experience, the static head can only be achieved with a double pin arrangement, allowing each segment to be acted upon independently, without any one segment affecting the movement of another. Yes, swimbaits are complex, mostly in the planning and the build. But I found that the success rate was favourable and no more difficult than a crank. There is more to talk about, but I do feel that we are off subject in this post. Dave
  4. I like your design ideas. You are definitely on the ball with your swimbait design; balancing each segment to sink horizontal, a key factor for success. I talked about this idea many years ago. Your 'across the back' hook mounting is a novel idea. But, the wood looks strong enough to take a barrel twist eye, rather than inhibiting the hinge action with a third line. Also there is the risk of the full length line being stripped out of the slot with a decent weight fish. Still, I like it. Hoping once again, you come back with some video. I did a lot of work on swimbaits, not for myself but for research and information for publishing here on TU. I have never fished any of my swimbaits. I have a plastic bag full of various segments. You should look up my video on V-shaped joints, you may find it useful. I look forward to reading about more of your projects. You are progressive and open to sharing. Love it Here is the video link. Dave
  5. GIF, I should have known. But I am sure I have tried to upload GIFs before with no success. I will try again in the future - thanks Dave
  6. Clever image! Love it - explain how. We can clearly see the clamp operation too. Very nice Dave
  7. That would be very useful for me. I have always been fascinated by these types of spoon lures because the swimming action was difficult to explain. I more or less have the explanation locked in now, but would be very interested to see the comparison. I may then be in a position to post my explanation. Knowledge is power. With an understanding of the fluid mechanics, it may be possible to design even more effective 'S' spoon lures. I have had a lot of success with this type of spoon, trout love them. Dave
  8. Great tutorial. Do you have any video of the modified lures swim action? Dave
  9. I didn't think wood would stand up, but I can't get dowel here. Dave
  10. Yes you nailed it, that was my post. You also improved on the idea. Mine were made of aluminium rod and took a fair bit of work to manufacture. Good job. Dave
  11. This is a very good solution. I particularly like the clamps. I used a very similar solution on my drying wheel were the clamps jammed into radial holes. Dave
  12. DG - I don't think you have missed the point, neither of us know where this theory of motion could lead. All I am doing is pointing out a new theory of motion that has never been explored before. In my best optimistic imagination of the possibilities, I see a spinner type lure that would normally only travel in a straight line, that would actually periodically deviate from this line. It could be zigzag or random deviations. It could be side to side, up and down, or totally random. I have proven to myself, to my satisfaction, that lures that deviate from a straight line retrieval are more successful. My entire time spent while associated with TU has been all about 'hunting lures', fishing lures that do not swim in a straight line. There is a very good evolutionary explanation for this. Fish have two types of muscle. One for regular swimming, capable for swimming all day for long periods, and a second type of muscle for attack purposes. This second muscle is only capable of a short period of use before it tires and becomes useless. Consider the prey – A predator is close by. It has only one chance to use its power muscles. If it fails to escape then it is food. Its best plan is to keep a distance and dart during the attack. Consider the predator – It knows that if it lunges then the prey will dart, changing direction to avoid the kill. Evolution teaches the predator to cause the prey to dart prematurely, expend its escape energy and then pounce. The proof – we have all seen predator fish follow our lures back to the boat without taking a bite. The predators are waiting for the prey to make its move. We all know that a straight retrieve is rarely successful. We must work the lure in order for the fish to bite. My aim is to design a lure that is capable of attracting the bite on a straight retrieve. But more than this, a lure that hunts will react more violently when worked. Many on this site will knock the idea of hunting lures. But, they are already employing the principles of the change of direction theory with a great deal of success. This is the skill of the lure fisherman. What I am trying to develop is a more efficient and more violent change of direction. Fish are not thinkers, they work on instinct. As anglers, we must embrace these instincts, or as most do, learn from experience. If you tweak a straight swimming lure, it may not get hit. But, a lure that shoots off to the side when tweaked has more of a chance of arousing those attack instincts in the predator. I have posted this idea many times, so am guilty of repeating myself. But I feel that this is important theory. Dave
  13. Great comments Travis. I too am not happy with this first presentation. I do not like the hooks thing either. I am probably going to leave this project on the shelf until I get any more ideas. I am going back to my triple point lure project for now, with the aim of actually building something. Dave
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