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Posted 29 October 2011 - 02:54 PM
My 1st Head Mold didn't look good, so I am curing another mold right now. I'm actually embarrassed to show the pic, but here goes:
Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:21 PM
I took this thing down to the topside ramp today and made a few casts to see what it would do. Much to my surprise,
it is a high floater. It landed in the water with the wires and grubs hanging straight down and the nose and ½ of the body was above the water. on the retrieve, it looked like a small school of minnows swimming with the grubs rippling the surface of the water, even at a rather slow speed. this might be a good thing. Rather than add more weight to this one, I will make another and not finish it until I find the correct amount of ballast to get it down to the Denizens of the deep.
Posted 29 October 2011 - 03:39 PM
Mine was a slow sinker even with nothing attached. Probably all that extra stainless. I also drilled a very large hole and filled it with stainless and two part epoxy. The body of my lure was made from Pine and for water protection was allowed to soak 24 hours in a 50/50 mix of linseed oil and mineral spirits. This too adds weight and there is a loss of buoyancy due to the oil being carried into the wood with the spirits.
My future builds will be a smaller body. Not 100 percent positive but besides from being less buoyant, the fish chasing this lure will be more likely to attack the larger trailing targets.
Edited by littleriver, 29 October 2011 - 03:44 PM.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 09:23 AM
Here's one I made from .035 stainless wire, and thread. Took me a few tries to bind the 5 wires in a streamlined package, but I think I got it this time. I made an oblong line tie and folded the 2 arms in half so all 4 arms parallel the shaft. Then I used thread to bind them in place. 3D eyes abd a D2T topcoat finish the package.
This was the first try made with 5 seperate, 6" straight wire shafts. I covered the wire wraps with thread and a coat of D2T. I used the tag end of the wire in the eyelet to bind the arms to the center shaft. It's bulkier than I would like, but it worked.
Edited by Big-D, 30 October 2011 - 09:29 AM.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 09:50 AM
If you present this topic in the wire baits forum, you may get ideas from a different audience. I normally don't look in hard baits forum and stumbled onto this subject. Just a thought.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 02:00 PM
Just like everyone else, I am trying to put together one of these rigs. I had a question that I hope someone who has seen one of the originals can answer. How long should the arms extend from where they bend to the swivel? 6" ? 8" ? The first one that I made looks too long but I havent tested it yet. Has anyone got any ideas????
Posted 30 October 2011 - 02:57 PM
Think I got it right this time?
Resin pour head looks clean and sexi...
Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:37 PM
It's pics like that that make me wish I had devoted time to hard baits instead of soft plastics. Looks awesome.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 03:41 PM
I think so too. Looks great! Better than the original Alabama rig.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 06:30 PM
+1 I think you nailed it. John
Posted 30 October 2011 - 08:50 PM
on the original i believe the wires are connected to a big crane swivel the comes out the front for the line tie.
Posted 30 October 2011 - 09:24 PM
All the pix I have seen dont have a swivel on the nose of the bait...
for reference, check out the official site !
EDIT --- I get it you mean that they used a crane swivel for the line tie on the front and formed the body over... Good idea to reduce bending wire I guess and getting a cleaner look...
Edited by CatchingConcepts, 30 October 2011 - 09:26 PM.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:01 AM
Those things should be X rated! Hahaha The Godzilla Rig!
I'm really impressed that he can actually cast the four bait setup.
And that fish he caught looked like something from a Godzilla movie.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 11:50 AM
That's got to be the definition of thinking outside the box. Good find LaPala.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 01:21 PM
I could not stop laughing. As i was thinking four, he was pulling it out already. I too was amazed how well it cast. One of these would be great to have on the shop wall for inspiration and a laugh or two. Thank you for sharing the video LaPala. My wife still does not get it.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:05 PM
that is just awesome!
Ideas are easy to come bye...making them reality is the hard part...and this guy did it.
Posted 31 October 2011 - 03:05 PM
Very funny LaPala!! Enjoyed the video
Now I wonder if it is legal to tie 4 Umbrella rigs with 5 swimbaits on that kind of rod and fish it at the next FLW Tournament in Alabama...that would be 20 baits casted on one rod! I guess it would be legal cause Im only using 1 rod and 1 line...GIVE ME A BREAK!
Posted 31 October 2011 - 04:10 PM
If you threw 4 umbrella rigs with 5 swimbaits each into a school of busting stripers, I'm pretty sure you'd be water skiing in nothing flat!
Even if you didn't get bit, you'd need a chiropractor, and a truss.