BassnG3

Swimbait Plastic

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Just curious to hear what plastic everyone is using to make their swimbaits. I have one of Bobs 2 piece molds and I used Ozark to make some baits and they were too soft. Was looking at trying either Lurecraft regular or MF regular. Just looking for suggestions.

Scott

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I'm using MF supersoft mixed with a little hardner. The baits come out really soft, and that gives the tail on the swims a lot of...well...swim.

I fish saltwater, and the toothy fish (halibut, calico bass) tend to tear 'em up pretty well, but thats why I pour my own.

I'd rather have a really soft swim with lots of action and replace them every couple of fish.

If you have any harder plastic around, you can mix the two, I used to mix 3/4 soft and 1/4 regular.

Willy

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Good tip Willy. I have mixed half and half but they were still too soft for my preference, but they may work for other folks.

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For me, I use MF regular and add a little softner to it. I have found that it really depends on the size of bait your making. For the smaller stuff, regular with no softner works fine. But, for the bigger stuff, I found that just plain 'ol regular was way too firm. One thing that has to be considered (mainly with the bigger stuff like a California Swimbabes Hot Momma) is hook-up percentage. If you have a bait that will fold up easily in the fishes mouth, your chances go way up. This is even more important on baits with a single worm hook type riggin' like a Mission Fish and Basstrix type baits. I make a bait like the mission fish that is 7" long and poured some with regular without softner, and I couldn't get a hook set to save my life. Soffened them up a bit on the next pours and all my troubles went away. Basicly, the bigger, and more importantly thicker the bait is, the softer it needs to be.

TJ

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M-F is the BEST plastic for the swims to me. Try a mix between regular and super soft, about 1/2 and 1/2.

Jim

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