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Fishwhittler last won the day on May 30 2016

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  1. What Are These & How Did I Get Them?

    What I used to do (and will go back to doing if/when I start building lures again) is warm the epoxy resin and catalyst separately with a hairdryer, then mix them together. The epoxy mixes better that way. One other trick - warm the lure body itself with a hairdryer when you're ready to start brushing on epoxy. Don't warm the epoxy. If the lure body is warm, it'll heat the epoxy as it is applied and thus the epoxy will spread more easily. Without heating up the mixed epoxy and shortening the work-life. Otherwise, yes, those are air bubbles from inside the balsa. Two coats of thin superglue prior to epoxy will take care of that issue. The superglue soaks into the lure body and seals the pores - I found two coats were necessary because some wood can be very porous. Plus the superglue helps harden the wood and strengthen it in a way epoxy doesn't.
  2. ratsnake barra lure 140mm

    That's got to be one of the most impressive entries yet.
  3. Grumpy Mullet

    Absolutely beautiful! Five-star work right there.
  4. Black Base Coat

    What RayburnGuy said. I'll use black or grey base coat if I want a different look for metallic paint. I'm using Createx, if that helps. Sometimes I'll also use a black base coat when I need to cover bold colors and don't want to use a ton of white paint. Black covers faster and can then be covered with white, without needing as many coats of white.
  5. Etex Question

    Using less hardener won't work with Etex. The formula is such that if the mix isn't 50/50, the epoxy simply won't harden or else will yellow very fast. You need a drying wheel for best results with Etex.
  6. DSC00132

    Nice! Good looking bait there.
  7. X-Viper Handmade jerkbait

    Hand-carved PVC lure body, 2" stainless steel prop on tail, stainless steel hook hangers & line tie, 1/8" lexan bill, Createx paint, top-coated with two coats of Envirotex Lite epoxy. The lure body is 8" long and weighs 1.75 ounces. Dive depth is 1' - 3', depending on how you fish it. When reeled slowly with the rod tip held high, it swims lazily on the surface while the propellor churns the water behind. Jerk it hard, and it darts down 1' - 2' deep. Hold the rod tip low and reel at a medium clip, and it'll reach 3'. I patterned the body after the Megabass Vision 110, though my lure is several inches larger and several times louder. I don't do a whole lot of 3d scale painting, but I figured I'd give it a shot on this lure since I couldn't think of anything else. I think it turned out pretty good. Tight lines, Ben

    © Ben Maske

  8. Coolest Lure Contest Now Running!

    That's why I figured I'd better check first. Oh well. I'd like to paint my own reels sometime, only startup cost is a bit steep. I've done it before, without the right paint, and while the initial result looked great it didn't last. Matter of fact it was the reel in my avatar. Soft plastic baits melted the enamel topcoat and ruined the paint. I know what I'd need to use, and it ain't cheap. Good luck to all the entrants.
  9. gold leafed perch

    I may not even enter this're probably gonna run away with 1st place. 5 stars.
  10. Coolest Lure Contest Now Running!

    Curt, The reel in the attached photo is a Shimano Citica 201E which I rebuilt. Here's what I did to it: Replaced stock Dartanium drag washers with carbontex washers Replaced stock 6:1 gears with 7:1 gears from Chronarch E Replaced plastic brake case with metal brake case from Chronarch E (then polished the new brake race) Replaced stock handle with 102mm Hawgtech swept carbon-fiber handle, w/ Shimano Power Grip II knobs (not stock knobs) Replaced stock graphite drag star with aluminum star from Core 101MG Replaced silver spool-tension knob with black knob from Chronarch E Replaced crankshaft bushing with ball bearing Drilled holes in thumb rest for weight savings and looks (mainly looks ) Drilled holes in crankshaft for weight savings Polished spool shaft ends Polished key washer & anti-reverse ratchet surfaces for smoother drag (haven't polished the drive gear—it's brand-new and doesn't really need it) Polished clutch bar for smoother clutch engagement and disengagement Flushed and lubricated all internal bearings Now, this is the problem: I sent it to Calfish for the paint job, as I'm not set up for painting reels. That's the only work done to it that I didn't do myself. Does that disqualify it from being entered? Thanks, Ben
  11. paddle tail hybrid baits

    Looks really good!
  12. Zombie Beast Swimbait

    Looks like something ate it once already... Nice work!
  13. It's alive

    That will definitely get eaten.
  14. Larger baits

    Very nice! I always enjoy looking at your work.
  15. Trebles Vmc Vs. Kvd Or Gammy Ewg

    I've been using VMC V9650BZ trebles for the past year, and they are an excellent hook. They're not quite as sharp as Gamakatsu or Owner trebles, but they are sharp and strong nonetheless.