highwayman

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  1. SPLIT RINGS OR SNAPS

    Being the worlds worst knot tier those paperclip lure connectors looked inviting so I got some in the different sizes.They worked pretty well until while using a Savage Bluegill,I set on a 20" pike and came back with nothing.I thought that the line had a weak spot in it causing the problem and proceeded to resupply and had the same thing happen .This time I had the fish on for while before it came off.When I checked the knot was still tied at the end of the line:it slid off the clip.Straight retrieve lures didn't seem to be affected but jerk and pause retrieves were.I thought a little recessed bump or a small stop where the line attaches might stop slippage.I got snagged once and was trying to break 20# braid when it came free.I thought the clip would have failed but was surprised that it was still proper shape.
  2. APPEARANCE OVER INNOVATION

    Interesting input.I've read this complete topic a couple times and how many times has the word" fun" been used?(I'll give you a hint-none) A lot of us just do it for fun.I don't have a problem with doing it for all the reasons mentioned previously but for me it's fun to do and being successful (catching fish) on a lure I made or repainted makes it all worth while.I don't know if the next great lure will come from someone on this site-lord knows that there has been a lot of discussions about physics and dynamics etc.What I will tell you is that information shared here has made it a lot easier for lure hacks like me to be able to be successful.So there is innovation within the process.Someone didn't wake up one day and invent the space shuttle it was a step by step evolution.How many times have we heard the story of two guys trolling with the same lure;same a amount of line out ;same line test,and one guy catches all the fish and the other guy doesn't catch a thing.Why?Was one a magic lure?Maybe that's the driving force for all of us-finding the magic.Good luck to all!
  3. BEAT UP BAITS

    Another site I frequent;slammers are the hot ticket and some of the pictures that are shown would make you guys cringe.They have so much hook rash that they are down to bear wood and they are still catching impressive fish.One guy (probably the best on the site) soaks a bait overnight so it will dive to a desired depth.I'd have to agree that action not beauty is the most important.Beauty catches the angler action catches the fish!I've got a tackle box full of lures that look good in your hand but don't produce.
  4. Foil experiments

    Foiling is a lot easier if the bait has textured scales (rehab)To make scales from scratch I use regular tin foil , a coarse file,and a wallpaper boarder roller to emboss a scale finish.Then Elmers spray glue to attach to lure.Can't get too aggressive with the foil because the pattern will flatten out.Just lay it on and let the glue set.I've been using Sharpies.They are kind of transparent,alot of colors to choose from,and pretty easy.To get rid of the hard edges lightly moisten a paper towel with alcohol and gently rub the area.The alchohol helps blend the colors and soften the edge.I can't paint so this works pretty well for me.Oh ya I coat the bait with Devcon epoxy to finish.Sometimes the original sharpie color fades when epoxied (usually light blue) Just redo the color when the epoxy cures and recoat.
  5. Gallery shout out Hard Baits Forum

    Always impressed with the beautiful (artwork) entries in the gallery.I would be afraid to tie one on for fear of a cast-off or bite-off.Keep up the good work boys!
  6. Hunting Cranks - theory, design and build

    Ah! luremaking the thing that keeps some awake at night.All this is way over my head and ability but I thought I'd throw this out there.The government wanted a extremely maneuverable aircraft.Gruman designed a craft with the wings that were backwards (actually forward)It took a computer to make 1000 adjustments per second to make it fly straight.I'm not suggesting computerizing a lure it's the approach.Instead of trying to make a stable lure unstable;try stabilizing an unstable one.Kind of like the one that got away on dave.Oh ya; I never heard any more about that aircraft either so that tell you something (easier said than done)
  7. Is there a way to thin and extend D2

    Let's put it this way then:warm it but don't let it get too hot--hows that?I have one of those Quartz lights,I think it has a 500 watt bulb.I put the D2 tube and the lure near the light for a couple minuites just to warm them.Then mix,apply,put on the wheel to cure.Works for me.
  8. Is there a way to thin and extend D2

    I only do 1 or 2 lures at a time and still was having trouble with the D2 getting too thick before finishing.My cellar is kinda cold (50's) which was causing the problem.Denatured alcohol works but I like to have a thicker coat so I warmed (not heated) the D2 before mixing and the lure and that helped a lot.
  9. Resin glide bait help

    Well we've hijacked this post pretty well(sorry about that) so I guess a little more won't hurt.In looking at a lot of how to make glide bait videos.I've noticed that most of them are flat sided Is there a reason for this shape?The wide glide isn't but most others are.I'm thinking that if moving hooks etc. doesn't work that maybe I'll flatten the sides and see how that works.And if that doesn't work I'll put a bill on it and make it a crank bait.
  10. Resin glide bait help

    Wow Mark if you've given up on them maybe I should reconsider (just joking--I think)Like I said before,I got the level sink the way I want it it's the diving that's an issue.I thought I might move the back belly hook to the tail to aid in lift but that will probably screw up the level sink .Just have to experiment some more.
  11. Resin glide bait help

    Wholy crap!9 oz.That's one BIG bait.Glad it's you and not me throwing it .My bait is only 6' and I put the weight between the two belly hooks.( no tail hook) I don't know how much weight was added-I told you I was a hack it's all by guess and by gander.I would say the whole bait weighs between 2.5 and 3 oz.I changed the line tie position today but will have to wait on mother nature before the next test swim.I think I'll bring a drill and pliers with me next time so I can change the hook location if I have to.
  12. Resin glide bait help

    That's pretty much the way it went for me DoubleT.I thought I was going to be much closer than the result.Maybe that's what made it so disappointing.The other thing that I didn't mention was when it did glide a bit, it wanted to only go one way.The weather people are saying 5-8 " of snow tomorrow so it looks like I'll have some time to work on it.COME ON SPRING!!!!!!
  13. Resin glide bait help

    I made a glide bait out of PVC using the make lure video as a guide and tested it today. It didn't go well.I got it to sink slowly evenly by using a rather big piece of sheet lead that is used for flashing.I had high hopes I was on the right track but it didn't happen.Level slow sink was okay but when snapped it nose dived toward the bottom and didn't glide much,I removed the line snap-not much change,Removed the front hooks-little change.Discouraged-quit.I intend to change the position of the line tie to below center which I noticed the River to Sea Wide Glide(what I'm trying to copy)has.The other thing I noticed is that the video lure has an evenly tapered head with a centered line tie- the production ones have a more bulbus head with a line tie below center.Such is life for an hack lure maker;I should be used to it by now.It's the good thing about having a lot of projects going.I can put it aside and go on to the next idea then come back to it when the disappointment wears off.
  14. I Hate Airbrushing!!!

    I also had trouble with airbrush painting so I solved it by giving it away.Firstly I sucked at it and secondly I do so few lures I was spending more time cleaning than it was worth.Airbrushing isn't for everyone-just the talented!What I have started doing is using Sharpies over foil with good results.They are transparent and detailing is easy.One issue that just happened to me is when adding denatured alcohol to thin the devcon it has a negative effect on the Sharpie ink.Dark green turned blue and orange disappeared.It's easy enough to fix;just re-Sharpie it when the epoxy dries and recoat it with unthinned Devcon.
  15. Painting S-Waver

    www.realisticwraps.com has decal type diecut things that you apply then heat.The diecuts are designed for specific lures.They said that s-weavers are coming out soon.Guys on this site probably hate these type (Jigskinz too) finishes because it takes all the craftsmanship out of the equation but they look good and are easy to use.Right up my alley-no talent nessary to get a good looking bait.