Here are 4 wakebaits I finished & swim tested today.. This is the lure I had tried to make lexan jitterbug lips for a few weeks back.. Well, the weight difference between lexan & the original metal jitter lips wasnt enough (1g.) to keep the head above the waterline.. The shaping via hot oil cooking of the lexan worked but the weight of finished lip did not.. So, I went w/a wakebait lip instead.. The action is really nice on a slow retrieve.. Head goes under w/a nice wobble, feet float behind churning up the water & making bubbles.. 7" lengths, 3.2oz weight, painted glass eyes, 3/0 VMC hooks, black splits, marble finishes.. Some of these ya can crank fast & submerge the entire lure 1"-2" making a wake above the lure, but mainly I was weighting for a slow surface retrieve... The heels click together during retrieve so no rattles necessary!.. They also work great as jerkbaits too..
I used a silicone slip mold & solid pour liquid plastic.. I cut the 5 degree lip slot on my table saw w/a jig to keep the lure square.. I might experiment w/some different lip angles later on to see if that helps or ruins the action.. I want to see if straight up & down works any better, possibly 7-10 degrees too.. Anyway, I'm quite pleased w/the action as it is..
John, JP Myers~