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MathewTan

My First Crankbait

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After all the generous advice given on this forum, I managed to get my first crankbait done up. My first attempt at it was quite an experience leading to a mistake that I did which was having the lip width too wide!

So then, I did 2 more but this time made sure that it fit properly for the lip.

Took me about 2 days and all sort of tools I could find to get it sorted. Tested it out today on my kayak and found that casting was alright. But action proved to be not what I wanted.

I had put too much weight in front of the lure and should counter balance it with one at the back LOL.. Lesson learnt I guess.

But hey it still works.. And best of all!! I caught a fish on the lure that I made for the first time! Happy days!

Here are the photos.. Comments are greatly appreciated :)

Mathew

http://mathewtanfishing.wordpress.com

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@ MathewTan

Great success with your first , ....congrats :yay: !

If you're uncertain about the lure action or trying to achieve a certain swim pattern , .......do not glue in weights right from the start , but assemble your lure unweighted !

Apply a temporary topcoat(simple clear laquer will do) and test your lure in a bath tub or swimming pool

, taping the the ballast weights onto the belly , this way you can determine about amount of weight and best location of it , ......you'll probably be surprised , how much influence ballast location has on the swimming action of a lure .

After you should drill holes or cut pouches at determined locations to glue in the weights , ......the action would now certainly be a bit different again , as the weights do not sit on the outside anymore , ....keep them as close as possible to the outside .

In general one can say , that weight in front improves the diving action but minors casting distance , also often stabilizes the wiggle , ...weight in the rear improves casting performance , minors diving depth and often renders the wiggle somewhat "softer" , ......but these are just rules of thumb , so many different crankbait dynamics to consider about .

good luck , diemai :yay:

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Thanks for such valuable advice!! I will definately try it out again during the next few days :)

Can't believe why I didn't start lure making way before! It's so much fun.. and the excitment of getting a fish on your own lure..

Nothing can describe that feeling :)

quote name='diemai' date='17 June 2010 - 02:25 PM' timestamp='1276755942' post='148068']

@ MathewTan

Great success with your first , ....congrats :yay: !

If you're uncertain about the lure action or trying to achieve a certain swim pattern , .......do not glue in weights right from the start , but assemble your lure unweighted !

Apply a temporary topcoat(simple clear laquer will do) and test your lure in a bath tub or swimming pool

, taping the the ballast weights onto the belly , this way you can determine about amount of weight and best location of it , ......you'll probably be surprised , how much influence ballast location has on the swimming action of a lure .

After you should drill holes or cut pouches at determined locations to glue in the weights , ......the action would now certainly be a bit different again , as the weights do not sit on the outside anymore , ....keep them as close as possible to the outside .

In general one can say , that weight in front improves the diving action but minors casting distance , also often stabilizes the wiggle , ...weight in the rear improves casting performance , minors diving depth and often renders the wiggle somewhat "softer" , ......but these are just rules of thumb , so many different crankbait dynamics to consider about .

good luck , diemai :yay:

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