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Found 67 results

  1. Keeper Trout

    8.75" multi-joint Keeper Trout swimbait with assist hook hanger in the tail and an additional line tie on the chin. 100% hand carved out of a single block of wood using only a utility knife, a handsaw, and sandpaper. Base colors are spray painted with the detailing and highlights hand-applied using acrylic. This bait took over a year to finish, but it swims like a champ and has a very special place in my tackle box.
  2. Composite swimbait ballast positioning

    New member here, so ive done countless hours of research on how to make a swimbait before i decided to make my own, and alot of my information has come from tackleunderground, i felt it was only right to sign up! so ive carved a few profiles from composite decking, which is boyant, but most information closest to this relates to pvc. Is anyone using composite decking? I believe its plastic wood composite or PWC board. I would like to start a discussion on adding ballast in a horizontal manner rather then the traditional vertical belly weights. Each profile has 2 joints 3 segmants. I would like to drill horizontally from the inside the joint to add possibly a lead rod or ive seen up to 3/8x1” .5oz and smaller. Of course keeping it was low as possible and possibily lower then you could achieve with drilling vertically. Im just wondering if anyone has tried this, with a similar style bait. These will be wakes and shallow crank billed swim baits composed of composite decking.
  3. Clear Jointed Swimbait blanks

    Any one here have info on unpainted swimbait blanks? 1 or 2 joints.
  4. Victus Swimbait - Oracle Lures

    Another promo for the latest Victus Swimbait That I’ve just recently added to the product line! Feedback welcome as always! 6”. 2 color. Hand pour.
  5. Victus Swimbait - Oracle Lures

    Just a promo image I did of the latest swimbait I’ve added to my product line. Would love to hear what you all think! Hand pour. 2 color, 6”.
  6. Made a swim bait master that I really like, but wanted to see if you guys would think it will work. I want to rig it weedless on a owner beast 10/0. Do you think this would work? What brand of plastisol do you guys recommend for big swimbaits like these?
  7. Repairing Huddlestons

    Would it be possible to make a mold of a Huddleston and pour new tails for them. the baits work great but pike bite the tails off all the time getting sick or replacing them all the time at 25 dollars a piece.
  8. Dyeing Tails

    Hey folks, I have been scouring the internet trying to find a way to decently dye the tails of my paddle tails. My main concern is not being able to effectively dye dark colored lures and make them have a nice chartreuse paddle tail. I have tried Spike It which works very nicely for light colored lures. I have also tried K. Wigglers, which does indeed dye dark lures chartreuse, as they use some sort of silicone rubber, but I get terrible bubbles trapped in the dye, and the lure just looks bad. Had anyone had success with other ways of dyeing their tails? Spike It has that spray paint stuff, but they don't make it in a bright chartreuse color. Would airbrushing be the way to go? Thanks in advance for your help. -Taylor
  9. New Swimbait Making Project

    G'day Guys, I just finally finished up my swimbait project. I filmed every step as per usual so I figured this would be the best place to share it. A fair bit of time went into it but I'm very happy with the result. Hope you guys enjoy!
  10. Bleeding red head swimbait

  11. Baby Bass Swimbait

  12. QD275. It skips! IT SCORES!!!

    I took off after work yesterday with a couple boxes of baits made from the original QD275 prototype mold. My first cast was up in the brush and never hit the water, but my first cast that hit the water got bit and boated a keeper. A few minutes later I stuck this 5+ pounder. The bait works. Got a dozen on it give or take. First time on the water and the bait worked great. P.S. I was using a ML XF spinning rod with 20lb braid. She put a hurt on that rod, but the line handled her just fine. Was a lot of fun on an ML rod.
  13. Lighten a Resin Glidebait

    Hey everybody, this is my first post here on TU, and I hope i'm not regurgitating past topics here but... I just cast my first resin glide bait, a 8.5" rainbow trout. My first casting was as a single-piece, but I decided to lay the molds out flat and try it in two pieces. The reason for this was to try and cut weight by hollowing out the front and rear sections when it had cured (which I did), then epoxy everything together. The result is still 7.5 ounces, as pictured. So, my question is: Is it possible to cut this weight of something like this down to, say, 4.5 or 5 ounces? Is there a technique/resin type that can help cut the weight down? I'm using a two-piece silicone mold based upon a hand carved wood trout design I made. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
  14. Swimbait

    Ghost green- 5 in . fat body swimbait
  15. Swimbait first attempts

    Hi Guys, Long time lurker here.. I have been gathering information from all over the web and TU directly for months and decided that today was going to be the day I take the plunge. I have to say that I am pretty proud of myself all in all minus the fact that I caught myself a couple times (see thumb below) + need to get my head and tail less thick (hopefully that makes sense). I definitely gained a whole new respect for the lure makers of the fishing world. I would like to hear some feedback - What do you guys think? 1-10 body and shaping wise.. do I need to go back to the drawing board or am I on the right track?
  16. I am designer noob who has a bug ready for market. It needs a 3.5" swim bait like a Berkley Grass Pig Jr. (boot tail, sock tail, paddle tail, paddle foot etc.) preferably without the hook slot. I would prefer to stay USA. I am still hunting around for a generic OEM as none of the name brands have the interest or the capacity to handle my needs.
  17. Tying Pectoral Fins

    hey folks, recently I've been working on a trout swimbait and one of the things I've decided to do with it is to add frog hooks concealed as fins on it's underside. originally i was going to mold the fins out of plastic but that raised some issues with its durability. so i decided to tie the fins. i was hoping someone could help give me some ideas with making the fins. I'm thinking either dyed turkey feather sandwiching the barbs of the frog hook or buck tail. I think I would have problems shaping the bucktail and the turkey feather might affect the swimbaits action. any help is appreciated.
  18. Swimbait Joints

    Hey folks, my current swimbait project is coming along nicely, I have a few bodies ready for carving and I have a paint plan set out and a I'm just about ready for making moulds. However, there is a small road bump. I have very few power tools and cutting joints I proving a problem. My tools of choice are as follows; chop saw, handheld jigsaw, woodworking vice, handheld drill, belt sander and a dremel. I was hoping some one could tell me how to make a joint with those meager tools. Note: Hardware is not a problem.
  19. Hey folks, just wrapped up my near final trout swimbait painting pattern with a few pointers from a local taxidermist. I excluded a few of the steps that I was given for the sake of simplicity (one of the ones I'm going to use is a layer of gold above the lateral line, hence the "near final") and it came out pretty dandy. I painted it on a TP roll so that I wouldn't have to waste another blank.
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    I' ve been painting for about 3 months. This is the 1st one that I felt was good enough to post of TU. I don't know what that spot behind the eye is. It only shows up on the picture. Ron
  21. R2S Swaver 200

    Repainted into a squaw fish for the Westcoast anglers.
  22. First Posted Bait

    Hello TU clan. Thanks for all the groundwork and experiments you guys have done. Soo much great information. So here she is, my first posted bait. Not my first bait. I used to make a ton of triple trout clones by pouring epoxy. Here is how she was made. PVC board blank hand carved, Foil finish technique posted by Husky- i based my blanks off of a picture and used that same photo to make the three separate graphics. one for the belly and each side. sealed with two coats solarez tail is temporary laminated plastic sheeting- any input on a permanent replaceable tail would be huge hook hangers are hand twisted wire where i live they just banned lead weights so i had to buy a mold and hand pour those too It is a suspending (almost perfect) wide S swimmer. pulls almost 1.5 ft turns with a slight roll like a sick bluegill.
  23. rainbowtrout

    Here is my latest trout in a rainbow pattern. It is 20cm long and weighs around 140 gr. Casted from Resin, with thru wired stainless steel and weights.

    © donak

  24. Hair Tails For Swimbaits

    Hey guys, I am trying to make my own hair tails out of the FishHair synthetic hair. Right now it is a pretty difficult process as far as getting the hair to stay together at the base. I've tried super glue to keep it together at the base and then I will cut the tail into the shape I like. I am wondering if there is a more simple effective way to make swimbait tails out of this hair material. Let me know!
  25. Browntrout swimbait

    This is my 16cm (6,3 inch) slow sinking brownie/ char swimbait. The mainbody is carved from beech wood and the fins are made from spruce and glued into the body. The body is covered with very fine diamond shaped scales that are more scratched/ engraved than really carved into the wood. The paintjob is a mix of chrome spraycan primer, airbrushed base layers and brushpainted details. The bait has an epoxy finish but I also gave it a second very thin coat of semigloss varnish to reduce the shinyness a little bit.