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Pvc Swim Bait
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Posted 27 February 2012 - 05:20 PM
I am making a PVC swim bait and need ideas for the tail anyone have any suggestion?
Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:17 PM
carve the tail out of pvc too.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 07:53 AM
Take a look at JRHOPKINS lures at link above , great work, uses paint brushes and makes his own molds and pours his own tails, I have also used lexan wich worked well
Posted 28 February 2012 - 09:08 AM
i don't know what a brisol tail is. i have used paint brush bristles, fibetts ( google "fibetts"), cast them with epoxy resin, carved them from pvc, levan, cut them out from old bait boxes, etc.
the fins here were made from a thin slice of pvc and then crimped with round nose pliers for the vein effect.
Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:24 AM
I got mill works PVC ? Those are some mighty fine lures John if mine would looks as half as good I'll be doing great
Posted 28 February 2012 - 10:28 AM
Isn't it time for an update of your avatar picture?
Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:21 PM
yeh, pvc. i cut wide strips approx. 1/8" thick. use round nose pliers to crimp the vein details after cutting the fin to shape.
thats my grandsons first fish ever! he was 4 1/2. trout was approx 18".
Posted 28 February 2012 - 05:45 PM
Nice trout. Great you got to be there when he caught his first fish. Bet it would have been a toss up as to who had the biggest smile.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:38 AM
So do you think the millwork PVC work? I got it from Lowe's. It is a inch thick. Do you user a stencil or free hand the drawing of the fish on the board? Every time I draw it its never right one side is bigger than the other.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:51 AM
Try drawing your profile on a piece of paper or shirt cardboard, so you can use it for both halves, if you're making a laminated lure.
Then use double sided tape to join them temporarily so you can shape them together as one, and still split them back apart to add anything you want to inside.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 11:20 AM
Ok I got ya I never thought about splitting them. Thanks Mark
Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:45 PM
I typically make my swimbaits solid, from either AZEK trimboard for the floaters, or from the AZEK decking for the sinkers, since it is a little heavier.
For 6" floaters, my stock starts at 7/8", which is what's left after I remove the surfaces. I leave it that thick for cutting it out, and then shape it, tapering the lower 2/3rds from 7/8" down to 5/8" at the belly. It's not exact, but I want less of the buoyant material at the belly, so the bait doesn't roll on a fast retrieve.
For slow sink and fast sink, I may start with 3/4", tapering down to 1/2", so I have to add less ballast to get them to sink.
Try to keep whatever ballast you need to add in the head, or first two sections, and the rear hook hanger in the third section of a four piece lure. That way the tail is still buoyant, and will swim more freely. Plus it helps the bait to fall level, and sit on the bottom in an upright position.
Posted 29 February 2012 - 09:39 PM
Thanks well time me to get to the making part thanks again
Posted 01 March 2012 - 03:58 PM
Ok I'm down to putting the tail on. How do you form the tail with the bristle. And get it
to stay in the last section?
Posted 03 March 2012 - 09:50 AM
For tail fins, I put a dab of epoxy on the inside portion of a plastic milk carton. I then add some fin material (I use DNA Fish Fiber from Cabelas). I then sandwich the fibers between another piece of milk carton, leaving the fin material sticking out. Make sure the epoxy penetrates through the thickness of the fin material. I can then carefully shape the fin material to my liking, and leave it to dry. I use 5 minute epoxy and allow it to sit for 30-60 minutes.
The epoxy will not stick to the carton material. After it is dry simply peal it off, and you have a fin. Both ends of the fin can be trimmed as needed to properly fit your bait. Hope this makes sense.