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how to make a lipless swimbait?
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Posted 20 July 2008 - 03:24 PM
hey guys, do any of you know how big the segments should be for a lipless 5" swimbait?
Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:38 PM
For a three piece lure, I'd think in terms of 2/1/1, starting with the head section, not counting whatever you're using for a tail.
If you're thinking four piece, 2/1/1/1, but I don't know how you're going to get all your hardware into four little pieces like that.
I look forward to hearing about, and, hopefully, seeing whatever you wind up making.
Edited by mark poulson, 20 July 2008 - 04:40 PM.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:44 PM
Oh, thanks, but should I put a little more weight on the head than the other parts?
Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:44 PM
Mark the lure off into four equal sections. The head is 2 sections, the other two are one each. The tail, if you're using a plastic tail or something else, shouldn't be counted in dividing the lure, only the woodens sections.
If you're making a wooden tail section, I'd just make it the third section.
Where are you hanging your hooks, and what kind of tail are you planning to use, if any.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 04:50 PM
oh, I think I'll use a plastic tail, but i might cut it out of balsa wood, and would it work if it was a wake bait?
Edited by summitlures, 20 July 2008 - 04:52 PM.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:11 PM
Heres a 4 piece, 4-1/2" shad i just finished, I only had to weight the first 2 sections. 1-1/2, 1 ,1, 1
Edited by carpholeo, 20 July 2008 - 05:16 PM.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:16 PM
Balsa is a very soft wood. I don't think it would be my choice of wood for a jointed swim bait. I have a 6" four piece pine lure sitting on my work bench that I haven't finished yet, because the wood is so buoyant I will have to add a ton of ballast to get it to float right, and there's just not enough room in those small sections. It was something I made, early on, to play around with the physical challenges of hinging. It was a great help in figuring things out, sort of like assembling a wooden cabinet dry first, to see what needs to go together in what order, so, when the glue has been applied, you don't forget a step and ruin all your work.
But, as I said, I probably will never finish it. Wrong wood.
I've settled on poplar. Some people use basswood, some fir, some oak, some cedar. It really depends on the actual piece of wood you have to work with, and how heavy it is. Pine can range from super light, like the easy-to-carve piece I used for that prototype, to some really heavily pitched stuff, which is heavier, and which I actually use for my surface gliders, which are one piece.
I'm sticking with poplar or fir for my jointed lures, since both woods are strong, heavy enough to require relatively minimum ballast weighting, and are still easy to shape and finish.
What ever you finally choose to use, know you probably won't get it right the first, or second, or even third time. But each attempt will get you closer, and teach you something.
Life is a journey, not a destination. Enjoy the ride.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:17 PM
wait, are you swimsterbater on sdfish.com? just wondering
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:18 PM
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:19 PM
but does basswood a really light or sorta heavy wood? it's the only wood available online.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:23 PM
Used to use basswood or poplar, but now I use expanded pvc.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:25 PM
oh, this is sorta what I wnat it to look like.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:26 PM
oh, what's expanded pvc? And nice swimbaits, they are the best I've seen.
Edited by summitlures, 20 July 2008 - 05:28 PM.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:30 PM
[quote name='mark poulson']Balsa is a very soft wood. I don't think it would be my choice of wood for a jointed swim bait. quote]
no, that's for the tail
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:50 PM
SD plastics, they should still have some 1" black left. be sure to grab some free lexan from the scrap bin too.
Posted 20 July 2008 - 05:54 PM
LOL, thats the same image i used for my giant trout swimmie