CrawChuck

First Poured Cranks

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These are my first molded and poured crankbaits from slip molds Coley showed how to make at the gathering. They're reproductions of some baits I carved from wild cherry several years ago.

Cool story to go along with it. The fat one (top lure in lower pic) didn't run right so I tossed it and the mold into the trash. Called Charlie Mitchell today to ask about some hook sizes and he asked me about the bait that didn't run as I had previously mentioned to him in email. I said it goes sideways about 18 inches with some wobble then back the other way about 18 inches. He explains to me this is called a "searcher" and is supposed to be hot so I dug the stuff back out of the trash. Now for some serious research and testing with the others I poured this evening!

The bottom pic shows unpainted just rigged to test run. I'm gonna like pouring hard baits!

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Great job. You learn well. Of course, having Coley for a teacher doesn't hurt either.

Skeeter

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Those look great. Are they solid plastic? If so, how do you screw in the hook hangers and line tie? Thanks.

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Hey Craw..Great job,can't wait too see the completed lures after Dano gets done with them..Nathan

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Yeah they're solid. Alumilite Resin mixed with microbaloons for floatation and there's wire inserts to leave screw holes in the right places. I will try and make a tutorial soon as my new batch of RTV comes in. That is if Coley don't mind?

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Well I tried another lure from this mold. Looks like I do have a "searcher"! Tried different things like with split rings and without, different hook sizes and all things result in a different swim but always erratic off center back and forth action. So what is the ultimate desired type action for a searcher bait? I never even heard of it till yesterday!

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Nice job, Craw.

You learn quick.

Go ahead and do the tutorial, others may be interested in the

process.

Keep up the good work!!

Your right about KC, super painter.

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Alright Coley, it'll be next week when some RTV gets here. Used a whole quart kit since the gathering doing different things!

Previously mentioned searching baits. Did some reading and see ya'll call them hunting baits. But like many I read I can't tell ya how I did it...so naming my new bait "Hunting Accident"...

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Here's my take at a searcher. Try it in a pool where u can see the action clearly. A good searcher should shift to the side without much noticeable tilting of the body. ie it should be swimming relatively straight (up & down) and not be moving toward swiming sideways and then get back to centre. JMHO but some do like searchers/hunting lure to be swimming sideways during the shift as it presents a diff profile to the fishes. But to me a sideway swimming lure is just the cause of a not properly centered lip.

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Big surprise and I got my RTV today! They sent it USPS Priority instead of UPS Ground. I'm making the hard bait mold tutorial now and just waiting for the RTV to set up to continue. It is going to be long and lots of pics.

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Slip molds for hard baits tutorial pics are finished. I have twenty nine 640px X 480px images to go into this and I will have to add text as I go in the posting. Do I post it here in hard baits or somewhere else?

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