Nathan

A Ballasting Act!

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http://southernswimbait.com/2012/10/15/the-bettencourt-baits-dying-bluegill/

Above is a link to some underwater footage of a bait I just released.It is able to swim like it does because of the ballast and it's placement.

It took probably 10 attempts and adjustments to get this bait to lay on it's side..then swim up right...For you new guys playing around with baits...If a bait doesn't do what you want, make only ONE change at a time...If you make more than one you have no Idea what fixed your problem.Also...I only actually went through a couple baits through all those changes..I try to use the same bait as long as I can so I eliminate as many varitables as I can....

The weighting /ballast of this bait is about what you would expect...There is some weight in the bottom to give it some stabalization when it's upright in the water...there is also some weight towards the top/side of the bait in both sections so it lays over....There is even a small amount of weight in the tail so it would hange under the surface like a real dying/dead fish.

This is a real unstable bait in the water and you have to fish it slow or it will blow out...but as you can see if swam right... you can mimic a dying fish

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Awesome bait Nathan. :yay: Not all of us have the patience and determination to come up with a bait that performs like that. :nuhuh:

Ben

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Beautiful work... :yay: Very Very Unique. You have a winner there Nathan.

Skeeter

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Thanks guys ...I would really like to know how they did that underwater footage...Nathan

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..................absolutely great , .......what a great achievement , ...hats off to you !

cheers , diemai :yay:

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Awesome! Having spent more time than I care to admit just trying to fine tune a glider, I can really appreciate your accomplishment! I unfortunately can also relate to your advise about only changing one thing at a time. I made one really great swimming glider that I still can't reproduce. Great job on a very unique lure.

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Thanks guys....I was able to pull it off because of all the free flowing info. here!... Nathan

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That is really nice work Nate! I have still been tinkering when I can with what I think is a new design myself... Like you said.... One tweak at a time....

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WOW!!! The action of this little 'gill is crazy.....this lure should be a great sucess. I applaud your patience to make this swimmer happen... original outta the box design...thanks for sharing and making us all THINK....WOW...surfk9 :?

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Excellent Execution Nathan!

I had thought of this idea as a topwater popper, but never imagined the leap to "normal" bait!

Very cool!

Craig

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very impressive to get a bait that normally would move forward to flip on its side, thanks for sharing.

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Love your persistance Nath, beautifull result, Phil would love this--I just have to say the movie was NOT made in your farm dam, it would have had a fish hanging off it :oooh: .

Great work and unique action.

Pete

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Nate,

That video is addictive! I just keep on watching and watching and watching..........

You really did a great job on that lure.

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Thats a cool concept and execution. Fun to get things working on somewhat of a "razors edge" like that with the two weight placements somewhat competing with each other. Excellent original thinking.

J

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