Crankbait Ballastbelly weights
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Posted 14 January 2012 - 02:47 PM
I just tried to place an order with lurepartsonline for more belly weights. The ones with the wire hook hanger preformed into the weight. It seems they no longer carry these. I've done a search here at TU and the only other links I could find were to websites that no longer existed. I've also looked online and found some weights at Salty's, but these didn't have the hook hanger loop in them. Does anyone know where I can find the belly weights with the wire hook hanger in them so I don't have to build a mold and start pouring lead?
Posted 14 January 2012 - 03:55 PM
You might try egg sinkers instead, although they're not available smaller than 1/8 ounce. I epoxy a twisted-wire hook hanger into them and use them like you'd use a pre-molded ballast/hook hanger.
Posted 14 January 2012 - 04:00 PM
i ordered some friday and they had some going to get them monday. do you do balsa wood crankbaits
Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:04 PM
go to parts online and do a search put in 4045 and you should get them
Posted 14 January 2012 - 05:53 PM
Hadn't thought about that Fishwhittler. Thanks for the idea.
Thanks Muskie. They must have made some changes to their online catalog. I had bookmarked the page the belly weights were on and it wasn't valid anymore. Also did a search for "belly weights" as well as "weights" and still didn't come up with anything.
thanks again guys,
Posted 15 January 2012 - 11:35 AM
I make my own. They are very easy to make, but yes, you have to melt lead.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 02:58 PM
for those of you that make your own (melt lead). I suggest you try using large split shots (that do not have the wings). I take my twisted wire and clamp the split shot on with pliers. I've tried this with the egg sinkers before too, but I feel this is much easier. I normally spread the split shot open with a pair of diagonals, then lay the twisted wire in the gap, then crimp the split shot on.
The thing that I like most about crimping the split shot is that it "threads" the split shot. The benefit of this is that you can actually adjust exactly were you want the weight (since not all of my baits are identical, this helps to adjust for inconsistencies). Also, its much easier to find a wide variety of split shots than it is egg sinkers. Keep in mind, the #s on the sinkers vary depending on manufacturer. I use South Bend, and I stay consistent with using the brand to ensure my #s on the weights are always the same.
Hope this helps.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 07:47 PM
shoot, forgot to actually mention the benefit! NO FUMES! Just don't crimp the split shots with you teeth
I figure that pouring is much cheaper, but I've played with lead fumes enough in my life.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 03:02 PM
Check with Reeves here at TU. He makes a couple of different sizes, I think. He brought some to the TU Get-together last year. He posts in the Wire Baits Section.
Edited by Lincoya, 22 February 2012 - 03:03 PM.
Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:55 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. Thanks to Muskie I found them at Lureparts. They had changed their online catalog around and that is why the bookmark I had saved no longer worked.
Edited by RayburnGuy, 22 February 2012 - 07:57 PM.