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jerk bait q's....

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Looking to do some Suick type lures. Is pine as bouyant as they come? Would basswood run a touch deeper? (w/o adding weight) Some muskie baits I have seen it catalogs use screw eyes whereas a Suick seems to have a cotter pin hanger on their lures. Any feed back would be appreciated. Thanks, Bruce

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Hi Bruce

I cannot comment on pine or basswood but I use beech for all my lures and it is a pretty buoyant wood. I always have to lead the baits to sink them. It is also a very hard wood with a fine grain so finishes well and takes a screw eye good too. I have a Suick Thriller which is only around an inch or so thick but around 12" long and quite a light lure so I suspect it is pine which would explain the wire hook hangers as I dont think you could get a good screw hold in pine an 1" thick.

I think beech would lend itself well to the type of baits you are wanting to make.

philB

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I just got back with some more cedar and some poplar, which may be heavier than pine. I also have some 1' dowels aroung that are a 'hardwood'. I'll try to make a couple out of each and compare them when the water gets softer.

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I know where I get send to for s.s. jerkbait tails, but what about locally? Anyone tried another material, thin enough to cut with snips? And does it really make that much of a difference? Thanks.

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Try soda/beer cans, plastic margarine tub tops, anything that looks like it might work. It probably will.

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Only concern I would have with a soda/beer can tail would be making sure there are no sharp edges. I guess you could roll the edges to eliminate that problem, although it might look funky.

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try stamina components for your jerk bait tails. And stay away from basswood on your musky baits. A buddy of mine made them that way and when water soaked in through a hole or small crack in the finish from wear things turned bad. the wood tends to bust and crack

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Poplar seems to be stable even when it gets a little wet. I've had jointed baits lose their epoxy on the joint faces, and not blow up. Maybe it's because I sealed them with Minnwax Polyacrylic first, I don't know, but, so far, no blowups.

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