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#1 shade_skyhi



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Posted 08 July 2009 - 02:55 AM

what angle do you cut lip slots? i heard best bbaits for lips are off round is this true i make a lot of round plugs. will someone tell me if i cut a 45 slot while my wood is square and then lathe it round would it work for my lip slot? help can someone post a tutorial on slot making thanks...........al

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Posted 08 July 2009 - 05:35 AM

@ shade_skyhi

Check this out , you might find some answers in there :


The more downward pointing towards 90 offset the lures length axis your slot leads , the shallower your bait would swim , pointing forward towards 0 (parallel to length axis) it would more and more tend to dive deeper . Between 45 and 90 the line tie could be located at the nose or chin of the bait , between 0 and 45 it is better to position it straight on the lip .
This is just a wide rule of thumb ,...... there are so many issues to take into consideration about lip angles/sizes and line tie locations to go into details here , ..........would fill up entire book chapters , probably ?

Good luck :yay:, diemai

Edited by diemai, 08 July 2009 - 05:44 AM.
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Posted 08 July 2009 - 08:21 AM

Shade, the lip slot can be cut while the wood is square and prior to turning it in the lathe. You'll need some practice to determine how deep to cut it prior to spinning and shaping.

Try about 35 degrees to start and experiment from there for baits with round bodies (lathe-made).

Generally speaking (very generally...as diemai said there is a lot to lip and slot angles), round lips have more action than square lips. But...that is not to say that round is always more desirable than square. Square lips are more dependable, meaning you usually have less chance of failure with a square lip. Square lips have a tighter wiggle or wobble and believe it or not on certain baits they will dive deeper than a round lip of the same length...but not always...and that is where only experimentation and experience will help answer your questions with certainty.

What species will your baits be targeting?

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 05:38 AM

truly depends on what dive angle and depths needed. shallow cranks 45 degrees if line tie is in bait, not lip.