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Where To Get Ballast Belly Weight
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:23 PM
I tried looking in the search for this, but some of the links I found no longer worked (or the websites didn't exist anymore). I'm looking for the weights that would have the hook hanger built in. Any info on where I could find these would be great.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:21 PM
Have you tried Janns barlows stamina or lure parts on line. I build my own I take 2 1x4 maple (any wood will do) boards aand screw them together and drill 1/4 inch or larger holes about 3/4 inch down then unscrew and you have a mold for ballast. I use cotter pins for the hanger just fold some ears and pour.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:46 PM
You can use RTV silicone rubber to make a mold for lead also.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:35 PM
LurePartsOnline has them in weights ranging from 2 to 6 grams.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:00 PM
i used to pour jigs... i'm really not into pouring lead anymore though. just too hazardous.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:06 PM
Hey Ben, you beat me to the punch. I thought I saw them at Lure parts online but checked before I replied. I refreshed the page and there you were.
A-Mac, I've had good success using 1/8 ounce egg sinkers with a screw eye run through the middle, just food for thought.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:24 PM
I was drilling 4 holes around the screw and inserting split shot weiths... but this just adds 4X the risk of screwing up. Its also harder to put larger weight in. I figure 1 big hole with 1 big weight will be best. i've seen some cylindrical weights that appeared to have a stainless eye screw attached that looked ideal.
Ben, the only thing I saw on the Lure Parts.com was the "bass casting weights"... Is this what you meant? These were under the "terminal tackle" heading. These look like they have brass wire.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:48 PM
A Mac, go to LurePartsOnline and look under wood plugs and plug hardware. It should be under plug hardware.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 08:28 PM
bingo... i had punched in lureparts.com instead of lurepartsonline.com
but holy crap are they proud of them! hmm... 2.90 for 10 of them, I'll keep looking. Thats a crazy price. I might get some 1/4" hollow lead wire and crimp it on my eye screws then.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 10:34 PM
I make my own, it is not difficult. I drill a small hole between two pinned blocks of wood. This hole is just big enough for the brass pin that will form the through hole. I then drill the larger hole, about 3/4" less depth.
Insert the pin, pour, wait 5 seconds then pull out the pin with pliers. Do not wait any longer or the pin will get stuck. Once the pin is out, open the mold and remove the lead.
I can post pics or make a vid if you are interested.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 01:05 AM
Has anyone besides me used the weights bass pro carries that snap on a EWG hook (for swimbaits and stickbaits)? I just make my hook hanger out of 19 or 20 gauge wire and then snap the weight around the twisted wire and try to make it as round as possible. Then take a 3/16 drill bit and drill your belly weight hole, it should fit a little snug but should fit no problem. (this is for the 1/16 oz they carry)
Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:42 AM
I made my own belly weight mold out of 1/4 x 1 x 48-inch aluminum stock available at Lowe's, Home Depot, etc. I drilled two index holes at opposite corners so that the mold halves would line up when placed together. Then, I drilled the hole for the lead. Next, I drilled a 1/8" hole for my screw eye (which I twist out of stainless steel welding wire). Finally, I opened the mold and, using a bradpoint drill bit, drilled a shallow hole at the end of my 1/8" hole on both sides of the mold for the loop on my screw eye. When I pour my belly weights, I insert the screw eye into the mold, close the mold, and pour. Before I open the mold, I clamp the mold in a vise and use a flat chisel to trim the excess lead off. When I open the mold, my weights are ready to use.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:08 AM
That's a neat setup!
I'm no machinist, so I'd have trouble duplicating it, but it looks like the way to go, for sure.
In the past, I've used sst cotter pins pushed through the center of an egg sinker, with the tag ends bent over and clipped off. I'd seat that in a hole with epoxy, and the wood would fail before the cotter pin would come out.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 10:09 AM
I'm not a machinist either and I just used a drill press to make it. You just need to make fairly precise measurements and use the stop on your drill press to keep the depths all the same.
I've got to make some more molds so maybe I'll make a tutorial when I make the next one.
Edited by Lincoya, 03 October 2011 - 10:10 AM.
Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:52 PM
Too much time on your hands Great setup.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 10:07 AM
nice mold! I think I might try some hollow lead wire and crimp it around my wire.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 03:39 PM
What do you guys use to sand around the lead? I would think the would be a large bump around the wire eye.
Posted 05 October 2011 - 08:33 PM
i've been pushing down the wood filler around the wire eye with a flat razor or flathead screwdriver. however, i'm sure there is a better way to clean it up.... if thats what you mean anyway.