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How do I make my own Swimbaits ?????

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#1 crazychuy


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 12:57 AM

I'm out here in California and we're infamous for our giant wooden swimbaits.

How do I make my own giant wooden swimbait?

What kind of wood is best for this?

What are some helpful tips, links, books, videos, and/or forum threads?



#2 Nathan


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Posted 10 October 2007 - 11:07 AM

Spend some time with the search feature of this site (top tool bar)and read the hard baits forum.There isn't anything that makes a "swimbait" different than any other crankbait other than size.All the same basic principles apply..Nathan

#3 Jason



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Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:47 PM

Nathan has the right idea. Take your time and use the search option. You will find TONS of info on swimbaits.

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Posted 11 October 2007 - 10:10 PM

There is one thing that makes a swimbait different Nathan and that's the amount of work that goes into building one! You can build three cranks in the time it takes to build a swimbait.

Build the lure from poplar, it's a good all around wood and can be found virtually anywhere.


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Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:33 PM

Yeah, a double jointed swimbait is as much trouble to build as three regular crankbaits :) I use basswood but most hardwoods will do fine. I've built them from balsa but it requires a lot of work to reinforce it and through-wire all the hinges. Do a search on hinges to get several options.