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Hardest Part of Making Lures!

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Ok guys, I have to admit it! Ive met my match! On my next order Im gonna have to either double or triple my split ring order! The Hardest thing I have encountered in making up my cranks is putting on the split rings! If Im not bending them out of wack, Im shooting them across the room to be never found again. I have the inexpensive Split Ring Pliers, but it doesnt help at all!! I started seperating the ring with a small screw driver. But again, its a very difficult task! Any suggestions on that would be appreciated cause, my fingernails are gone and I want to keep my eyes! 8O

I am also showing you all my New lures that I had a chance to swim the other day! WOW, I impressed myself! I didnt make anchors! They actually swam in the 6 foot range except for my Poes imitation deep diver. He got down to the 10 foot range and he had a SUPER TIGHT wiggle! Pretty cool! SO I have the plans down with the right weight, Im gonna crank some out and get them ready for my first Tourney of the year April 10! Tell me what you think! Cody

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LOL!!!

BassNator, I'm going through the same ordeal. I too, own the inexpensive split ring pliers and I've managed to the same things you mentioned. I could also use some help in this area!

By the way, you lures look GREAT!!! Keep up the good work.

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I tried the cheap split rind pliers too and found them to be worthless. I went out and bought a pair of Rapala pliers and I have had no problem since. If you spend the extra money then you'll save yourself the headaches.

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Great looking baits Cody....Definatley spend the extra,and buy a good pair of pliars..it makes all the difference in the world...also,try using the heavy stainless split-rings...they are a bit more forgiving!!..Nathan

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Normark makes a pair of fishing pliers with an excellent split ring feature.There are also other features with these pliers. :P

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Hey Guys, I will take heed and invest in some better pliers.

Jed the top bait is a Balsa Bait that I carved down from a Balsa Block. He is a Poes Imitation of a deep diver and I inserted weight on the inside. I was very stingy on the lead and I can get away with adding more to future baits. In practice he got down to the 10 foot deep range with a real tight wiggle! He is painted yellow with brown on the top and a red brown on bottom with stripes and with a clear glitter paint top of that, then Devcon 2 ton epoxy.

The Dee baits I made are out of Poplar with weight inside them and an Aluminum foil embossing and also a Gold Foil embossing from foil bought in the Arts & Crafts store at the Candy Making area. I airbrushed some black and white with a hint of red and covered that with clear glitter paint and Devcon 2 ton epoxy. The Golden one had the same colors applied as the Balsa bait. Thanks for the words! Cody

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Here's the easiest wayI've found to install split rings:

- Grip the split ring with the tips of needlenose pliers. Make sure the opening of the split ring is facing up.

- Hold the pliers firmly against your benchtop.

- Carefully and firmly grasp the hook and press the ring of the hook into the splitring. It will take a little practice, but you can force the splitring to open enough to get the hook started.

- Slide the hook partially around the splitring, leaving the splitring open.

- Insert the wire of your crankbait.

- Slide the hook and crankbait around the splitring at the same time.

- Done. Go fish!

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Bassnator,

do you have the belly weight above the first hook? if so, how did you go about doing it? I'm currently doing some dbaits and i've installed the weights but can't figure out how to include the hook. Thanks.

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My weight is exactly under the screw eye. I drilled a hole into the lead weight and screwed the eye into that. I then took out the screw eye, put some Devcon 5 min epoxy on the screw eye and screwed it back into the weight. Hope that helps. Cody

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