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  1. So i have a favorite rod of mine, a gander mountain medium action spinning rod, where the reel seat has come a little bit loose and twists around the blank (or whatever it is supposed to be anchored to on the handle). This makes for pretty uncomfortable fishing as casting has the tendency to make the reel come out I don't know a darn thing about rod building, so I don't know how reel seats are supposed to be attached anyways. Is this a repairable problem? Anyone know if I took it back into gander if they would fix it? If I did not sufficiently describe my problem, let me know Thanks!
  2. Good question. If you asked me last year, I would have given you a different opinion. I fished swimbaits pretty heavily this year, of all sizes, exclusively in Minnesota (and a few Canada) lakes. Last year I would have said my dream swimbait would have a wide S curve with no wobble, no lip, an extremely artistic and realistic finish including side fins. Pitching various swimbaits of all sizes this year, I'd say: I prefer my swimbaits to be unfinished (or have an unrealistic finish), whacky S curve action with at least 15 degrees of roll to either side, and a lip added to give a wider, fas
  3. I have basstackle.com's through line swimbait in the bigger sixe (5'' i think) and LOVE it! I throw it more than anything else fishing bass and pike in MN, and even picked up a very ambitious crappie on it. It fishes best at the very top of the water and rises very fast if you let it drop to the bottom, so if you want to have a paddletail swimbait that fishes lower in the water column, you'd want to expand your tackle box with something else as well. I'm sure del's is extremely good as well. I originally bought basstackle's because I wanted to have the bigger eyes on my lure, but I've foun
  4. mainbutter

    Ling Cod

    These guys are ugly as heck, and I'm a sucker for ugly fish! Gotta love 'em!
  5. A classic leech presentation soft plastic is a lure style called a "reaper tail". I bet you don't need a complex mold and could very well do with strips of thin plastic as well. especially on a drop shot.
  6. I pour this in the regular and Jr bite me sizes, and have never had a problem pouring this mold with plastic hot from the microwave, even into a room temp mold. I'd say your plastic is too cold? I use LC soft plastic, and pour slow and steady straight down the middle. A steady hand is required to make sure the stream doesn't hit the sides on its way down and create clogs.
  7. The closest lakes to me all have big pike or stocked muskies in 'em, so I never get funny looks testing lures. Heck, even snot rocket pike will attempt to eat magnum sized musky swimbaits. Yay Minnesota.
  8. Here's my take on weighting(with limited experience mind you): Each segment should be weighted so that the overall buoyancy of each segment is relatively similar. This will mean that any buoyancy, (negative, neutral, positive) will affect all parts of the lure equally. If you have a sinking lure, this means that the lure sinks flat (not head first or tail first). When weighting a segment, I like my weight to be low and centered, perhaps a slight bit weight forward. For a natural presentation you obviously want your lure sitting belly-down. The biggest issue for a good S-swimming action r
  9. For my 5'' hook slot swimbaits (mold from lurecraft) I use a 7'' (I think, might be 7'6''?) medium power rod IM6 graphite rod from gander mountain.. I can't remember the model name, but it wasn't too expensive. A medium power rod has done just fine for me in sending 5/0 swimbait hooks home, but a MH would certainly do the job better. I can just cast these swimbaits farther with this particular rod. For my 5'' line through style swimbaits from basstackle, I use a MH tiger lite ugly stik, they're just heavy and bulky enough I want a little more backbone for casting.
  10. I pour the 5'' (the biggest version they offer). LMB over 2.5lb will chomp it, as will pike of any size. I lose a ton of the tails to pike, which makes the lure unusable, but I just remelt the body again to recycle the remaining plastic and pour a new one. I went through five of these out fishing yesterday, but the inserts are cheap and reusable, and it doesn't take much extra plastic when you recycle old beat up/chewed up baits. The action is great. With the aluminum insert and a 1/0 treble giving some negative buoyancy, this swimbait swims right at the top of the water, so you can get a
  11. Welcome to TU! I'm about $500 or so in.. but then again I have a number of aluminum molds which can get pricey. If you're doing this just like I am, making your own baits for personal use, you CAN do it and save money. There are two factors that will play into whether or not you save money 1) fishing a LOT 2) pouring only a few styles You have to go through a lot of baits before you break even compared to buying store bought ones, but you WILL eventually break even if you use enough plastics. I'm certainly no where close to breaking even except on my through line swimbaits.. the commerc
  12. I was noticing that my frogs don't float once rigged with a hook. It takes a bit of umph while reeling to get the frog up to the surface and start kickin' after a cast. I've been pondering how to go about solving this dilemma.
  13. A few bits of advice: Start local Viral marketing works wonders. A picture of a lure will attract attention. A video of the lure in action will spark interest. A video and multiple pictures of lunkers caught (pics preferably shown WITH LURE IN FISH MOUTH) will sell lures. If I was marketing lures on the internet, I'd invest in a hat cam.
  14. And Prometheus took fire from Zeus and gave it to the mortals. And for his compassion to those beneath, Zeus bound Prometheus to a rock, and set upon him a terrible eagle to eat his liver, only to have it regrow to be eaten again the next day. Thus he would spend eternity. This debate has been going on for millenia. On the topic of the particular bait in question, can I assume that the guy who makes them didn't come up with the idea of the through-line swimbait? Without standing on someone else's shoulders, there would be no innovation, just everyone coming up with new (and the same) solu
  15. You know, I always imagined the hot plastic would moderate the glass temperature and keep it cooling down sloooowwwllyyy. I've seen pyrex baking dishes shatter when put under the sink while they were still hot. It's an easy thing to forget about. I hadn't ever really considered the possibility of my pyrex cups shattering on me while full of hot plastic. I'll be taking a few more safety precautions I think.
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