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How do you guys paint a bluegill?

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This is my version

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but I am wanting to go to some browns and golds.... I alway end up with a "Black" lure....

Whats your recipe?

Thanks

Chip :D

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Jed:

Thats a real handsome lure. Did you use a glued on print out - or is it painted?

I was curious how to get that true bluegill look through an airbrush?

Check out the bluegill on the bottom left of this page:

http://www.ligtel.com/~jjbaird/taxwork.htm

I dont want to paint taxidermy quality, just looking for that mix....

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Chip

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:rolleyes: CHIP,i can help you but I can only tell you using laquer paint.I know that this is probably the least desirable method but it does work good.The blues and browns are achived with pearls layered over diffirent base coats and a few diffierent stencils.I have to paint some this weekend and would be glad to post the pic and instructions for you and anyone else.God Bless.

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Chip,

This is a photo-finish bait.....if I could paint like this I wouldn't be building lures! The top, bottom and all the red on the bait I airbrushed in as I felt it added to the bait. Most photo-finishes in my opinion lack color brilliance and the red on this bait helps remedy that.

I also think it's possible to get a more natural looking bait with "all paint" but I enjoy using the photo finish on at least part of my baits.

You have a good looking bluegill pattern up you have painted though. It would be nice if you could somehow get a realistic looking scale pattern into the paint.

Jed

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B&B... would love to see the photos....

Jed... There is a scale pattern, but it is washed out in the photo. It is a pearlesent green with a pearlesent Mediterr... blue scale painted through mesh.

The pearlesent paints cause it to change color from green to blue flash on retrieve. Thats because I paint a thicker top layer that hides the undercoat at an angle. The undercoat only shows from a straight on view. I will make a tutorial sometime. Its a nice holographic type effect.

PS.... I really do like your fish print lures (and everyones)... Its just too time consuming for me to make them. I need to look into having those type images printed on a shrink wrap tube film... Then just heat then down to the bait and topcoat..... Rapala is doing something similar to this....

Chip :D

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I paint a bluegill as if it were on the bed in May so my colors may vary from others....white base followed by metallic silver on the belly...

Gold on the the sides, blend back into the silver under belly...

metallic purple and pearl. blue back blended to the gold sides....

and then I add netted, vertical stripes in silver on the sides...

add a black bream flap and add eyes.

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Chip,

If you are looking for a web site with good pictures of blue gill try altoanimals.com. This is where I got pictures for my photo-finish baits.

Dave

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Those are all just beautiful examples!

Blackjack? How do you do your Gill and fin detail? decal or template? GREAT WORK!

Chip

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I used templates for the entire bait. Specifically 5 different templates. one template for the bars that run down the side of the bait, one for the blue/grn color of the gill plate, one for the black outline and gill plate details ,one template for the fin, one template for the fin details and thats it. I index all of the templates before i get to painting so that everything lines up in the right spot!!Obviously I will not be adding this color to my regular line of baits. The photo-finish baits are beautiful and look like the real McCoy, but I prefer to paint everything

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Chip,got the bluegill baits painted.Sorry I havn't posted pic like I said I would.No excuses just family and kids keeping me busy.Will post asap altough looks like you have gotten a lot of help already.Gonna be hard to choose. :?:?:?:?:?:?

Blades

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Ok I have two questions. How do you do the photo finishes on the baits? That just looks awesome! And to Black Jack, FIrst that is and incredible paint Job flat out beautiful great job! How did you come up with those templates did you get them from somewhere or did you make them yourself?

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I make all of my templates from pictures via the computer. It is much easier for me as I have a bunch of different style baits that I paint and make. If I have to make a stencil for a new stle or shape I just adjust the size and shape of the stencil and it is done just print it out and cut out

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