# O'baits

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1. ## Glide Bait Nose Dive Blues.

We're actually talking about the same thing but my lack of English throws my post a bit off the track. Not my native language, sorry about this. I'll try to explain again. Exactly correct, if you want a long glider, then weight is distributes evenly. It still has the zig-zag motion but it's hindered, although, it glides very good. By this I mean, when weight is distributed evenly, bait turns when you twitch it and then it glides straight or makes a very subtle arc. But if you wish to have walk the dog motion, and by this I mean what I and what is thought to be walk the d
2. ## Glide Bait Nose Dive Blues.

Also, if you wish to make good "walk-the-dog" glider, then you have to consider that distributing the weight evenly on nose to tail, hinders the desired glide. You have to consider that to make an efficient walk the dog motion, weight or CoG needs to be behind Center of Forces. Center of forces is tallest and widest part of your bait, the point where water starts to flow freely pass the bait. Usually pretty easy to just look your bait from front and finding that point. Easy to understand with a dart. Flight of the dart is the widest and tallest point of the dart. Obviously. That
3. ## Glide Bait Nose Dive Blues.

I use one of two ways, depending whether the bait is one part or jointed. For one part I use papertrick, shown below. First, I trace the bait to a peace of paper and cut it out. Then I fold it in half, find the balancing point and press my pen through. Then I mark the point to my bait. Easy way to find center of gravity for one part bait. For jointed baits, I always find the CoG for each segments. I could use this paper trick to find the center but then there's an weight distribution problems... So I use this method below instead. I'll
4. ## My "Weedless Swimbait"

Weather is acting up so no testing yet for my lightened spoon. It means, I'll go forward with this design. Kinda mimicked an Roach fish here. Pretty basic color scheme, just a tad of fluoriscent red, blue and green on the sides which shows depending the lighting. Next step would be obviously epoxy coating but also making the stinger setup. Not sure how much it inhibits the swimming action but we'll see. Have to test with fluorocarbon, leader wire and Kevlar thread would also be one option. I know all of these are being used in these kind of baits so just have to test which
5. ## My "Weedless Swimbait"

I got an PM asking how do I get the proximal weight and depths of the holes I melt the weight in. One important step I didn't tell or take pictures and now I'm kinda bummed because of it. But I'll explain the steps. I'll take the block of wood which I'll use to make my bait from. I'll measure and weight it, as shown below, before carving an bait out of it. This is just some scrap I'll use for and a ample. Using weight and dimensions to get the volume and the density of the block. Volume in cubic centimeters equals the amount this block has to weight for it
6. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

You sure can. It's common practice here in Rapala's birth country. It's usually done only for concave side, but you can test it and add it to both. Easiest way is to add epoxy glue, add thick coat of glitter and smooth this whole thing with epoxy. This usually adds about 2mm on both sides. This does wonder for the spoon, and gives a fair bit of lift to it. Cheers, Jarmo from O'baits
7. ## My "Weedless Swimbait"

I watched your videos and they confirmed my initial thoughts, you my fellow luremaker have done a tramendous efforts in a way of research to give us all very good information. I've been studying various hinge types also, and double pin just gives that beautiful, almost real fish like swimming action. If this bait really works, I'll update my second version to an double pin variation. It's kinda big brother to this one, as seen in the photo.
8. ## My "Weedless Swimbait"

Adjusting the weights. Have to say, this is the fun part as much as it is the pain in the a** part, trying to get every peace not just to sink in horizontal level, but to sink at the same rate. I always do this with my segmented baits, make a sink test with each part individually rather than connecting the peaces together and weighting the whole bait at once. Using bismuth as weight, doing my small good deed for the environment by leaving the lead out of it.
9. ## My "Weedless Swimbait"

While my Trout spoon is drying, I'll go on with my other design, weedless swimbait. Weedless in a sence hooks are on the backside, kind of what you'd do with your soft baits. Hooks are attached to line, which runs along the backside of the bait, kept in place with small bits of silicone. Trying to get that perfectly balanced, three section swimbait. This is a small design, only 10cm (4") long, so it's going to be nitty pitty operation to get this swim right. But if I get this right, it's going to be one of the best hard baits I know. Cast, wait for it to slowly sink to b
10. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

Well it seems when choosing file to add, this site accepts GIF images also. So I took a small under 7 seconds video, downloaded an free app that changes video to GIF and run that. After changing my small video to GIF image, just added it to my post.
11. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

These spoons? These doesn't get bent as 3mm steel is pretty rigid. But I haven't had problem of cracking happening in any of my other spoons nor it has happened with my gliders either. I only use marine grade epoxy that is used with surfboard and boat building so it's a bit more flexible that regular laminating epoxy. Might be the reason this not happening to me. If someone had problem with epoxy cracking, would be interesting to study in which kind of bait this has happened and what kind of resin was used.
12. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

"Keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin' " Using epoxy to coat my baits, nothing to tell here that's not told several times already, but in case there's a lurker here searching for information, here's some.. Why would one use apoxy some might ask? Well there's nothing why it's a must. You could also use, say like polyrethane clear coat, dip you bait, wait for it to dry, dip again and so on. Depending what kind of paint, foil etc you've used, especially in case of glittering your bait, you have to dip quite a few times to get a glass like shiny surface to your bait. So there comes
13. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

Not yet but I'll post it as soon as I'll get this one made ready. Clear coating today so I'll try to post it later this upcoming weekend. I'll also post the swimming action of the traditional model so we can compare how both of these swim and if this is an upgrade or total failure. Jarmo from O'baits
14. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

After foiling with aluminium tape. Pressed the scales by rolling exacto knife over the foiled spoon. And painted lure. Painted directly over the foil, without first adding clear coat. This way I can get more life to my paintwork, when paint adheres and reflects differently on high and low spots of the foil.
15. ## "Lightened" spoon for Trout

Next phase is obviously sanding the bait down to its shape. Convex side of the spoon is rounded evenly from top to bottom and head to tail. On the concave side I'll leave a flat area, from mid to tail. This is done to add water resistance and get a bit more swim in case tailfin isn't enough. Sealing the cork material with Cyanoacrylate. I'll always use CA with my wooden gliders also.
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