biggamefish

Jointed Gliding Swimbaits

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hey guys, i just wanted to know how are you guys placing leads on these type of bait to get the gliding action and ballasting? what kind of shape leads are u using? I only have cylinder shape leads as of right now one is a little 3 gram one and the other is a 8gram one .

 

I carved out a two piece 8" bait and didnt want to screw up so i hope someone can help me out thanks

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No formula for me, i just put what looks right where it looks right. I've made a few so I definitely know what not to do. Don't mean I can tell you what will work for you. If I were you I'd add weight where you think it may be needed and throw it in the water and see how it swims. If something needs to change then I have something to go by.

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Amount and size and location varry so much from one class of bait, one shape of bait, and when made of wood one bait to another, that I sure could not give you any formula.  I think I know what weights you are using, and they are a good start, but I don't use them.

 

Most of the time I will drill a hole and use #9 lead shot.  It takes a larger hole then if you used the solid weights you mention, but it allows more flexibility. 

 

One other thing I have done is to make a mold out of Silicone mold putty.  Yes, you can pour lead into that mold and get quite a few before it goes bad.  I take different sizes of wood dowles and push them into the mold putty to get the depth and width I want.

 

I hope this helps some.  I am sure there are others here that have great ideas on this as well.

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