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Brick Steel

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    Panama City, Florida
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    Hard bait painting and finishing, Bass fishing

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  1. Brick Steel

    Crappie Crank

    The first step was to make stencils, for the spots and Gil plates. I’ve seen several discussions on tackle underground on how to do that. Basically I’ve made a vacuum forming tool by cutting numerous holes in the top of a six inch diameter can. I also cut a hole in the side and sealed a small shop vac wand into that hole. To make a stencil, I lay a bait blank half (I’ve cut some in half along the seam) on the can top (with the holes). I place a piece of craft plastic sheet over it, turn on my shop vac and then heat the plastic from above with my heat gun. The vacuum draws the softened plastic around the bait body. Then I draw the pattern on each stencil (one for each side), with a sharpie and cut out the stencil with my Dremel tool. After cutting I sand, (particularly the inside of) each stencil so as not to mar the paint layers that will go on prior to using the stencils. Prior to painting, I use masking tape to cover the lip on the blank. As far as painting, I airbrush the following: White base all over Pearl white all over Transparent blue lightly on sides and back at tail only Trans green lightly on the face Silver lightly on the sides and back enough to soften the blue and green Gold Very lightly misted on sides and back to get a light champagne color Using a gill plate stencil transparent black lightly just at back Using the spots stencils, transparent black misted on sides Then transparent black down very center of back A little Orange just on throat I apply 6 mm stick on eyes do a top coat of 30 minute epoxy making sure to put the bait on a lure Turner for 6-8 hours All of the techniques I used were based on things I’ve read on tackle underground. The color scheme I made up from looking at crappie I’d caught and a fish field guide.
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    Prop bait

    Wow. That stinks. Our bass numbers took a hit from Hurricane Michael, but seem to be rebounding. I mostly fish the Apalachicola River system and I think that bait would do well on the lower end.
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    Crappie Crank

    My attempt at a crappie pattern
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    Crappie jerk

    I don't think I've seen a jerk bait in a crappie pattern, however I fish a lake that has some nice crappie and some bass that like jerk baits, so I did this. I hope it works.
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    Black Crappies

    really nice paint job!
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    Prop bait

    I like fishing this type prop bait. My favorite is the Cotton Cordell Boy Howdy and this is the closest blank that I've found. I've gotten some with the props already on and some off. The ones with the props off are easier to paint. I like your pattern. It looks like it will catch fish.
  7. I’ve used both Devcon 2T and BSI 30 minute epoxies. I put them on a bait turner and turn them for eight hours. They are probably cured in less time than that, but I let them turn overnight. I also don’t like to handle for twenty four hours, but after that I’ll put hooks on. I may be overly cautious, but it doesn’t hurt anything. Doing this i’ve never messed up a bait. Also as Danubesalmon said, temperature matters. If you live where it gets cold, curing takes longer in the cold.
  8. I have used both BSI and Devcon 2 ton with good results. Initially I had some issues with the epoxy sometimes being a little lumpy. A couple of things that I do are: I always thin the mixed epoxy with a few drops of denatured alcohol. This helps it spread better and also seems to help bubbles to rise out. After mixing and adding epoxy, I let it set for a minute or two for bubbles to rise. I may be kidding my self, but banging the bottom of the epoxy mixing cup on the table seems to help bubbles to rise. If I use glitter in the epoxy, the presence of the glitter seems to break up bubbles. All that being said, 30 minute epoxy only gives you a few minutes of working time. A mistake that I’ve made is trying to clear coat too many baits at once. I have found that I can do a good job brushing on and spending evenly two baits, before the epoxy starts to cure. When I’ve done three or more, I’ve always had to refinish. When I’ve had gaps or bubbles, I’ve waited 24 hours, then lightly sanded and recoated with epoxy, that I’ve thinned a little more than usual. Also a bait turner is essential. I leave baits on for eight hours.
  9. Thanks. I live in Panama City, Florida and paint baits for bass, but I'm interested in doing some baits for speckled trout and redfish. I did repaint a redfish bait for a friend that had gotten pretty torn up. I'll have to see how it has held up.
  10. Troutsupport, are you making baits for speckled trout? How does epoxy top coat hold up?
  11. If you have not already started this, I have a suggestion for stripping the old paint off. Soak some pieces of paper towel in denatured alcohol and then wrap them around the lure. Then wrap the aluminum foil around the lure to seal in the alcohol and keep it from evaporating. I did this with some old baits, including Bomber crankbaits and the original paint just fell right off into the paper towels. On some baits, I had to rewrap with fresh alcohol soaked paper towels because all the paint didn't come off, on the first wrap. This is better and less damaging to the bait then sanding. Some little bit of sanding might still be necessary, but hopefully not much. Pleased don't soak in acetone - it will destroy plastic baits. Good luck!
  12. Good list by Ultimate Predators. Get Bit has a 3.5 li’l jerk that may be what you’re looking for. I bought some and they are actually a little smaller than I like.
  13. I think you are right on your last post. I’ve given up trying to repair broken lips on crankbaits because, like you said, removing the remnants messes up what’s left of the bait.
  14. I used my North American fish handbook to paint sort of a Red Breast Sunfish DT-10. Not an exact match, but I was trying to get close with the colors and proportions...and it was fun to try. I have also used pictures of fish from the internet for some patterns.
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