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RAswimmers last won the day on March 13 2014

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  1. From my experience balancing and the ratio of microballons are closely related. I've gotten a lot of help from the TU community and Matt's 1-1 ratio is the best place to start and the overall consensus for general buoyancy. One thing I can add to this is that this ratio will almost certainly need to be modified to fit the bait you're making. I find that there is distinct actions that happens when the ration and ballast / balance is not quite right (apples to lipless baits) , the roll and a dead action retrieve. Roll / wobble: if you get a roll or wobble when you retrieve the bait I've found that this can usually be fixed by making the bait more buoyant (adding more microballons) and adding more ballast. By doing this you are applying more force in the upward and downward direction forcing the bait vertical. In my experience this help with roll in any sink rate you want. The only downside to this is that the more balloons you add the weaker the bait gets and if changing the ratios doesn't fixe the roll problem then it's probably the shape of the bait. I've always though of it like this, a perfectly tuned wood bait has the most amazing action. Most wood used for baits is fairly light and buoyant, try to replicate wood then fine tune you ration and weight to get the exact action you want out of it. I hope this isn't too fare off topic.
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    I've been trying to get a good shad pattern down, after several tries this is where I'm at.
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    Steel Joint

    Hi Curt, good point, all of the steel including hinge, pins and wire are stainless.
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    Steel Joint

    It is made from a steel bicycle chain link.
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    Steel Joint

    It's been a while since I've posted anything in the gallery, this a a new joint i've been working on.
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    Faded Trout

    Thanks Delawareswimbaits!
  7. I recently started using bulldog adhesion promoter and the stuff works great. I clean the blanks in warm soapy water two times then rinse and dry them with a lint free cloth. Spray it on lightly for the first coat then a little heavier on the second. I haven't had any problems since.
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    Faded Trout

    Thanks Guys!
  9. Hi Eric, for sure, I'm not going to make any for a while but when I do I'll send you a message.
  10. Hi wvhillbillyjIm, 1. Tresin baits are very durable and can withstand musky teeth. Be sure to use a good clear coat for extra protection 2. Two part urethane resin is machinable and is easy to drill out for accepting screw eyes. 3 yes sir. 4. I use epoxy (deacon 2ton) I don't drill the bait to add weight but I do fill any small holes or imperfection with this stuff and it works like a charm, never had any problems with it. If you do use resin be sure to add micro balloons for buoyancy check the hard baits cook book for recommended ratios. Good Luck, Pete
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    Yellow Trout

    Thanks Ichthus, That's exactly the lakes I had in mind for this pattern!
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    Yellow Trout

    Thanks Barry! not sure if you're on Instagram but if you are I have some videos posted there. looks like you fish the delta, where a bouts are you?
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