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Posted 15 October 2003 - 08:11 AM
what size wire is best for balsa bait wire frames?
is it a softer temper than spinnerbait wire?
Posted 15 October 2003 - 08:16 AM
I use 18 gauge brass or stainless on all of my baits. I have even experimented with copper in the same gauge. Never had a problem with any of the 3 breaking
Posted 15 October 2003 - 09:43 AM
18 gauge is .040".
isn't that too heavy for a small flat sided balsa bait?
Posted 15 October 2003 - 10:14 AM
I make baits that are 1/4" thick up to 1/2" thick. The length of the baits vary form 1 7/8" to 4" long. I guess if you are gonna make a smaller bait than those a lighter wire might be in order. I use this gauge because I want the strength in my baits to satnd up to the largest fish possible
Posted 15 October 2003 - 10:34 PM
Blackjack has got it. 18ga. is the way to go. It is not too heavy. Stainless might be a little tough to work with at that gauge, but it will definitely hold up to whatever is out there. I have used .031 spring steel wire in alot of my baits. It is hard to work with and hard to get a bait tuned using it. BUT, once the bait is in tune it takes a whole lot to knock it out. Plus it will never bend if used for a hook hanger. I caught a 31 lb. cat fish on one of my crankbaits with this wire in it. I fought the fish for over 10 minutes. The darn thing made some tremendous runs and bulldogged under the boat for much of the fight. When I got the bait back, everything was still straight and the bait was still in tune.
Posted 23 October 2003 - 02:08 AM
What guage is a clothes hanger? Would it work for the wire I have a ton of them laying around since the company I work for provides uniforms for us.
Posted 24 October 2003 - 08:05 AM
Conman I would think clothes hanger wire is much to thick for freshwater , saltwater plugs like the hahn's swimmer would be ok and you might be able to use it in a musky plug. I imagine that the hanger wire is around a 8 or 10 gauge but don't quote me on that
Posted 27 October 2003 - 12:19 AM
Thanks your are right it is to thick I messed with it this weekend and it was too big.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 01:54 PM
I buy stainless welding rod from .020 to .040. Its readily available and inexpensive. It also comes in straight pieces and bends easily.
Welding supply houses are fairly common.
I have caught large musky and never had a bait torn apart.