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Looking for a specific swimbait mold

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Hi,

I'm brand new to lure making, and my goal is to fill in niches in lure types and sizes. I'd like to start with a bluegill swimbait, because where I'm at most of the fishing spots are small ponds where the main bass food is bluegill or small crappie. I'd really like to have a bluegill-looking mold that has a single weighted hook going out through the top of the bait, as I have several swimbaits with the hook molded into the bait through the top like this and they are decently effective, and I also know that bass eat bluegill from the front to avoid getting spined.

The closest molds I could find were the BTS bluegill injection line-thru mold (https://www.btsmolds.com/swim-bait/45-bluegill-swim-bait) and the Lurecraft silicon open-pour bluegill mold (https://www.lurecraft.com/Plastic-Mold-832/productinfo/5X832/). However, the Lurecraft mold looks rather poorly made and would need some serious cleanup before I could use it, while the BTS mold is line-thru, not designed to be used with an internal swimbait hook like I want. I feel like only having a treble hook on the bottom and nothing pointing to the front would lead to not many hookups because of the way bass eat the bluegill.

Does such a mold with what I want to do with it exist at all or am I just going to have to figure this out my own way? If it doesn't exist, is there any company that makes custom molds or is willing to take suggestions for new molds?

Thanks,

KTA

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17 minutes ago, MonteSS said:

Here is the BTS I modified.

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Oh cool, that is exactly what I wanted to do! What tool(s) did you use to make the modifications?

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On 7/29/2020 at 6:27 AM, MonteSS said:

Here is the BTS I modified.

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Nice job!  Do you prime/paint your lead before you put it into your mold?

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5 hours ago, mark poulson said:

Nice job!  Do you prime/paint your lead before you put it into your mold?

No.

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On 7/30/2020 at 4:23 PM, MonteSS said:

No.

I asked because the lead on my weighted swimbait hooks oxidizes and turns a chalky white when I pour it into a swimbait.

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