Many of you may doubt , whether this is serious or not , but I just had to try it !
Some months ago I had already mentioned the site My linkin another thread in here ,...... after having looked at it again recently , I finally decided to give this one a shot , ........I have had this idea on my mind for years already , but never put it to practice so far !
Not much to say to it anyway , ........the lure consists of a wine bottle cork and a Cola screw-on bottle top , that makes up for the diving lip , .........guess , that an "ordinary" kinda lip glued into a slot would work either well !
The two cylindrical ballast weights are borrowed from a curtain weight band .
The lure is thru-wired , so even bigger fish won't easily have a chance to get away , even though they might shred the entire lure to pieces !
The harness is epoxied into a slot(front portion) and bore(rear portion) , ........tools being used are a "Dremel" with drill bits , cutting disc and router bits , a coarse sanding wheel to cut the angle to the Cola bottle top and a carpet knife for breaking the edges of it , .......off course also pliers and sidecutters for the wire work .
Finally the finished lure(cork portion only) was dipped into modelling dope , just for a LITTLE protection !
With a little practice the lure can be done within well about 15 minutes , off course without curing times !
One could tie on sucha lure for fishing snaggy swims or make tricky casts into obstacles , ......won't hurt that much loosing it !
Watch it swim :
Here are some more pictures #1 to #5 showing different views of that lure !
That lure is also food for thought. I refer here to that cup shaped bottle cap. Imagine picking up some water in a cup from a water tank, by moving the cup along the surface of the water. If the cap can create a wobble like that to a totally unhydrodinamical piece of cork, why couldn't it be used for poppers?
Been thinking about a two sectioned as well , .......problem is , that right now I do not have enough bottle corks stocked anymore , and I do not drink wine !
Nice idea about the children !
I wanted to build a diving lure ,....... a popper also works , it is displayed in the first "boozebait" link , but with a metal beer bottle top instead !
With this plastic screw-on softdrink top it would surely generate a different , most likely deeper and louder noise , I suppose !
Actually I had gathered those screw-on tops in various colors , ...black , red , blue , yellow , grey and green ,.... all from different kinds of softdrinks delivered by the local Coca-Cola company(got them from the bottle return boxes at the beverage slot machines at my work) .
But I need to look after a new source for wine bottle corks ,........... the workmate , that always used to give me some , is no longer there , .......and I've packed up on drinking for some years now ! !
Those lures look great.
If you add a plastic worm as a tail on the lipped crank, it would make a great rat! Unless, of course, the tail killed the swimming action. But, with that lip, I think it would work fine.
It's pouring raing here (finally) so I'm not going to venture out into the garage yet, but I have an artificial cork on my desk, ready to go!
I guess great minds think alike, I built this one yesterday, and it has a slow wag, but I did not have a large area to test it in, just an aquarium. It took about 30 min with curing times to complete, the color was put on with permanent markers.
That's a nice one you've made there , ..........have you put any ballast weights in it's belly ?
@ mark poulson
Thanks Mark , .....actually I already have a similiar design on my mind :
To stay with cheap material I'm thinking to cut a curved kinda grub tail out of a plastic carrier bag with fingernail scissors and fix the base of that tail into a vertical slot at the rear of the cork body ,........locking it in place with two crosswise wire pins or even toothpicks .
That bottle cork lure would off course have a diving lip as well , but only one belly treble .
When making this last video , I finally figured out , that the very high buoyancy of these plastic corks just lends itself to go try making topwater lures out of the stuff , ....so yesterday I went to start out with a "Globe" style lure , ..........the biggeset effort of that one actually was cutting out the propeller blade .
It consists of one whole cork for the rear part and another half cork for the spinning front portion , so it is about 2 3/5" in total , actually a very tiny "Globe" .
Gonna paint and topcoat that one , so it would still take some time to finally get done !
OT : Just watched the news , seeing parts of LA flooded , ........hope that you are well and did not get your feet and especially your carpets wet !
Here are two pictures of my latest bottle cork "Globe" lure blank , .......not much effort at all grinding the material to shape with a "Dremel" coarse sanding drum .
But at first I'd furnish the fittings for the wire harness , easier that way to determine about centered holes !
Drilled them from either side freehanded and eyeballing with the "Dremel" , the exits of the bores are reinforced by glueing in some kinda small grommets , that I had found on the scrabyard of my work years ago , ......guess ,that some small Plaster of Paris rivets would serve the purpose as well ?
Only problem is , that the small wood screws holding the homemade prop blade do not find final grip in the artificial cork material , one should twist them in very careful not to tear out material with the screw's thread .
What I did to still maintain a good bond is to extend the entries of the screw holes a bit , ....for final assembly after painting I'd just twist in the screws with some epoxy glue , that would also set into these bore extentions and bond the screws sufficiently to the plastic cork material .
That lure looks very interesting. Should call up the pike.
You're right, it is pouring here. And the forecast is for rain all week.
We're high and dry, at least in the house, but the yard and street are saturated.
I'm sure you're used to weather like this, but we haven't had sustained rains like this since the winter of 2004-2005. The areas that were burned in the last brush fire, the Station Fire, are really facing terrible flooding and mud flows. And some of the areas from previous fires are in danger, too, so it's going to be touch and go around here for a while.