Help Finding Or Where To Buy Wieghts For Crankbaits
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:32 PM
I just made a couple of crankbaits for the first time and don't know where to buy ballist for my crankbaits. The crankbaits I have made are going to use twisted wire for line tie and back hook hanger. I can't find the hook hanger with the weight attached so I can just drill and epoxy the weight in. I found a site called lure parts.com but no answer calls or emails. I guess if anyone has any ideas let me know or if you have anyfor sale. Thanks guys.
Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:24 PM
Try www.lurepartsonline.com----Item number 4045 page 59 in the new catalog.
Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:45 PM
I know this does not answer your question about purchasing ballast weights, but is something to consider. This is how I make my ballast weights:
two blocks of hard wood doweled or pinned for location and clamped with a 'G' clamp or similar method. Drilled down the joint. Use the same size drill to drill your lure bodies.
Crucible needs to be deep for stability, NOT a dinner spoon. In the picture is a stainless steel ground coffee measuring cup/thingy.
Cut a 'V' notch, to help pouring, this is very important. The notch gives you control. Without it, lead will go everywhere.
Pour and scrape the top/excess with the knife.
After a few seconds after the final pour, remove the clamp and pry open with two screw drivers in the slots. If you were accurate in your drilling, the weights will Plaster of Paris out easily.
Trim the weights to required length/weight using side cutters.
I have been using this method for 4 years. it is cheap, quick and accurate.
Safety - I haven't had any problems, but you should anticipate accidents. Build a simple pouring tray, a square of plywood with a 2" lip all around. This way, any spillage is not going to get to you. Molten lead moves surprisingly quickly, do not kid yourself that you will be quick enough to dodge it. always wear heavy clothing, just in case, including eye protection. Good ventilation is also advised. Wash your hands thoroughly when finished. Ban everyone from the work area when working with lead and no alcohol.
Read this: http://www.tackleund...and-techniques/
Posted 17 January 2011 - 04:20 PM
You can also buy spools of 1/4" lead wire. I think Cabela's is the place I bought it last time.
Cut it with an exacto knife. 1/8" of lead wire equals one gram, +-.
Posted 17 January 2011 - 04:47 PM
There are a lot of ways to ballast lures; I like to use egg sinkers. They're cheap, and you can get them from practically any fishing tackle retailer.