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    Blueback Herring

    A Blueback herring pattern for a friend.
  2. You would have an incredibly difficult time replicating the hollow chambers if your factory made jerkbaits without going the ABS route with a substantial investment into special machinery. You could make a "shell" inside your mold with some slow setting resin place your weight with bb's or whatever ballast you choose, then back-fill with something buoyant like a 2 part foam. But as mentioned above, it isn't easy. The easiest route is to make your buoyant resin baits and add ballast after curing to get the right placement and amount. My process involves having lead plugs made from various size drill bits i use for my ballast holes. 1/4" half depth, 1/4" full depth, 1/4" 1.5 depth and so on all the way up to my largest size which is 3/8" 1.5 depth. I use forstner bits for these holes so 1.5 depth means 1 and a half times the depth of the head on the bit in case that wasn't clear. You could do this same thing with tape and standard bits. Then hot glue your plugs in different positions on the bottom of the bait until you achieve your desired sink rate and balance. Just my $0.02. Good luck with your builds!
  3. I have some experience with KBS and have done quite a bit of testing with it. Now i've never caught a Pike and probably wont anytime soon living in Florida. But we do have alligator gar and i have caught one of those. Made the switch from epoxy to KBS to avoid the fish eye issues i couldn't seem to solve. So far, my KBS baits have been far more durable than my epoxy baits. I have tried spraying it and dipping with dipping being the easiest method by far. Tried it on about a dozen baits just as it is out of the can with decent results. I did have some issues with bubbles forming on some of my more detail carved baits so i thinned the entire jar 15% with Xylene and now they dip nearly perfect. You have to keep an eye on the drips for the first 30 minutes or so before it really starts to cure. I usually re-dip after 2 to 3 hours max. If i wait any longer, then i try and put about 48 hours before i dip again to let the previous layer cure completely. It comes with pretty good instructions on re-coating. I know most of the videos i have watched people say not to let the lure touch the sides of the jar when dipping. But i dip like a mad man and bang it around in the jar quite a bit to shake off any bubbles that don't want to come out of the cracks in the scales or gills on their own. I know folks will say that is just introducing more bubbles into the liquid in the jar but i have yet to see any negatives from doing it. Maybe it is because i thin the whole quart. I feel crazy doing it and have been tempted to make a video of it just to make people cringe but it works. For me at least. Oh and i usually do between 3 and 4 coats depending on how thick they are laying down. I like my clear nice and glass-like. Hope this helps you out a bit.
  4. Thanks man! Working on a batch of these right now in a few different colors. Baby bass, yellow perch and blueback herring.
  5. The body was made from resin and the fine are urethane rubber.
  6. Lead steel or tungsten pellets epoxied up in a ballast hole in the belly might work. Im sure others will have better ideas. I personally use a lead pot so no experience here
  7. Thanks man, i’ve been around reading and learning. Just haven't had anything to add to the convo’s lately.
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    bass swimbait

    4 piece bass swimbait with soft tail and pectoral fins.
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    4 piece bass

    I'm just trying to document the build really. That's what i was doing over in the hardbait section but was told it wasn't the place for photo updates. Not trying to break any rules here was just really trying to use it as a sort of "build thread" to document the ups and downs of build a new (for me) design. I try to answer all of my own questions through searching and have gone back about 95 pages in the hardbait section just reading and absorbing. Can i post videos here in the gallery as well? I do have some decent videos of some redesigns iv'e made to my crappie. All shot in Resin White for your viewing pleasure haha.
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    4 piece bass 2.0

    Thanks man. This is my first multi jointed bait but i have made a few single joint glide baits before this one.
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    4 piece bass 2.0

    Started on the face after some prototyping on a scrap body.
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    4 piece bass 2.0

    Just a profile shot of the new bass.
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    4 piece bass

    Thanks man. The new edition will look better. Thanks Dave. I already have a new body cut out and sanded down with much better proportions. I matched the proportions to a popular 4 piece bait that rhymes with mucca scad. This new one also has a fatter head with narrower body and tail to keep the mass down in the rear. I like to use jb kwik wood if i need any putty since it still carves nicely and i am not too familiar with carving on bondo. (done a few auto body patches with the stuff though). I have actually watched that video in this whole process of redoing this bait and a few of your other water test videos. The hinges on the new one will not be V shaped at all this time around. I plan on sanding in the grooves for the hinges with a Dremel and filling and cracks or voids after fitting with kwik wood to smooth things out. The joints already get sanded and rounded a bit so there are no square edges to bind on. the resin this will ultimately be cast is tends to be very slick on the surface so that should help. I'll post some new pics shortly of the new body. I don't have any of the prototyped body I've been testing all this stuff on. Thanks again for all the advice!
  14. Haha gotta be good at adapting to mistakes with lure making. If not it would just be too darn discouraging. I wish i didnt have to tape it, but the silicone seeps between the bricks if i dont and i hate using more clay than i absolutely have to.
  15. Oh man that is rough. I got real close to forgetting mold release the other night but caught it at the last second. I do keep forgetting to tape around my boxes to seal them until after i pour the silicone. I have had to resort to writing out a check list for all of my processes so i don't forget anything. Heating up molds before pouring resin is another part i keep forgetting.
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    4 piece bass

    Thanks man It is going to be a master used to make molds. But, unfortunately this one is just about dead. the proportions were all off and it doesn't really move the way i want it to. A new body has been cut and i'll put pics up once it looks a little less like a lump of wood.
  17. Thanks guys for your help. Im going to try and salvage this one by digging small divots in the flat surfaces but will also pour a new one with the indexing nubs while the master is still in the clay.
  18. thanks wayne! I thought about doing exactly what you mentioned. May have to give it a try. I thankfully only poured one side so far. But its pretty thin at about only a lego brick deep.
  19. So i was pouring a new mold last night and discovered i forgot to add the little alignment nubs to line up the two pieces while casting. Is there anything i can do to salvage it? Or just chop it up and use it as filler for the next attempt?
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    4 piece bass

    Progress on my 4 piece bass swimbait
  21. Here’s one after the fins have been trimmed to accommodate the joints.
  22. The joints are all lined up and moving freely. Just need to fill the cavities on the sides of the dowels and some final sanding and she’s ready to test swim and mold.
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