Need Elp Making Hard Swimbaits
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Posted 20 February 2010 - 01:55 AM
okay so i have ideas or body designs for my swimbait that will be made of wood probobly will have 2-4 joints but wait! how do i get the wood to sink? how do i get it to swim right side up? and how do i make the joint conections? i was thinking of 2 eye screws on one joint then another 2 on the joint were they will conect open one of the set of eye screws on a joint and place it in the other joint eye screw sets so it atatches were the yey screws will loop into eachother to make joints... what do you guys think? like all of you guys here i love making DIY crap to use for fishing or hunting and the satisfaction you get from using it is SAWEET!
Posted 20 February 2010 - 05:51 AM
From my limited experience with 'swim baits' weighting them is critical and I think the heavier the wood the better (less ballast). To ballast them it should be even along the whole lure and as low as possible and close to the leading hinge is preferable- It's a steep learning curve compared to plugs, so be prepared for some failures- do a search , there is a heap of posts on 'how too's' for 'Swim Baits'. pete
Edited by hazmail, 20 February 2010 - 05:53 AM.
Posted 20 February 2010 - 11:29 AM
Here's a swimbait I built,
The joints are connected with screweyes and a nail and I put lead in the middle of each joint.
The hooks are on the front joint on the belly side and on the rear joint on the belly side.
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Posted 23 February 2010 - 10:35 AM
I would suggest you keep the ballast out of the tail section, and as much toward the head as possible. Otherwise, on a slow retrieve, the lure swims in a head up position. You want the tail to be as buoyant as possible, so it swims horizontal.