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#1 Kalicos


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Posted 25 May 2008 - 01:00 AM

I was wondering what kind of wood swimbait companies such as MS slammer uses? Wanted to try and put my wood lathe to use and make my own wooden swimbaits. The Slammer sits impressively high up on the water and it is extremely durable. I think it might be poplar but its just a guess.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 11:59 AM

I've used fir, pine, and poplar. All work well. I've settled on poplar for it's combination of light weight (relative), strength, and ease of shaping.
My first topwater punker-type lures were from kiln dried fir, and they work great. I switched to some pine I had, and they also work great, but I had to add more weight.
With poplar, I think I have a good compromise, although I still like to use pine.

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Posted 25 May 2008 - 06:18 PM

I like basswood. Just the right weight for me and easy to turn. I have made a number of Rush Tango style frogs and they sit well in the water and CATCH FISH!