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swimbait in progress
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Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:12 AM
Which wire do you use for you hinges, and what do you use to drill for the wire?
Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:24 AM
The wire is just .041 stainless wire. Used a piece of the wire with some tape wrapped around it so it would fit in the chuck of my drill.
Riverman, moving the hook forward isn't an option. I tried to put it in the next section forward first, but the one weight is right there and the pilot hole wasn't quite big enough for the screw to go ointo the lead. The screw eye broke off while I was putting it in. I'm hesitant to put it right into the lead for two reasons....The screw breaking off again, as well as the hook being attached only to the lead, I'd be afraid of it coming out. Probably won't happen, but it concerns me.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:33 AM
Over size the hole, and epoxy the screweye into the lead. If you oval the hole a little at the max. depth by twisting the drill bit gently, it will make the hole bigger at the end than at the entry hole, and the epoxy will not pull out. The epoxy around the screw threads is at least as strong as any wood, so the screweye won't pull out.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 09:24 AM
Mark, What a great idea. Oval the hole to make an epoxy wedge inside the lure. Never heard that one before. You all saw it first on TU.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 10:12 AM
Mark, that is pretty clever, just digging a fence post hole in a "bell" shape before cemment. I won't just fall out will it. Over sizing the hole, within limits, is a pretty common fix to broken screws/bolts. Once you get the old piece out, you can fill it, drill it, and give it another try. That might be how you could redesign the under side if you were a mind to.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:28 PM
Here's the video....little chop on the water so not the best view. It's not moving as fast as it looks, either
Posted 20 December 2007 - 01:54 PM
I think that looks fantastic. Is that with the hooks or without? I much prefer those types that have less head and more tail movement.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 02:06 PM
Hooks are on in that video. It's at a pretty fast speed, just to keep it up top without holding the line straight above it. A little faster is when it starts to roll. It doesn't spin, just goes up on one side once it's at the surface. Gonna go do more watching of it.....enough talk about making stuff, I'm going fishing.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 03:03 PM
Clamboni, I have been tinkering with a swimbait very similar to yours (yes, a copy of a tt). I have made 3 "prototypes" with each weighted differently. Mine are three segments. On one of them I had weight in all three segments and it did not swim at all like I wanted. Another had the same weight, but weight was in head and tail segments. Figured the weight in mid section was dampening the action. Drilled out weight in mid section, and action improved greatly. Just my $.02. BTW I like your lexan tail.
Posted 20 December 2007 - 08:09 PM
Thanks....I'm actually pretty happy with the action. I'd rather have it with not so much head movement. I figured I wouldn't need any weight in the tail section because of where it is in the head. There's plenty of unweighted wood in the front of the bait so I left the tail unweighted. I was also concerned that too much tail weight would kill the tail.
I've been thinking about it and I'm not sure I want to try to remove weight. I have a few friends that are big on throwing big swimbaits. I'm, going to have one or two of them mess around with it and see what they have to say before I mess around with it. Besides, it only rolls over at high speed retrieves. Higher than I'd ever reel it most likely.