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  1. This. Is. Awesome. I bet it's about the right size for great white sharks and orcas.
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  2. There is a rattle can rainbow trout clipped at the bottom this pic. It is also in pic 2 at the top. What I do is: 1. paint+primer flat white base coat on whole bait 2. pearl mist on belly with belly directly facing nozzle. Sometimes I skip this and keep the white bottom for stained water. 3. You can use a fine mesh here for scales if you want. Metallic silver or Shimmer Metallic silver (Krylon) with back(top) of the lure facing nozzle at slight angle so the paint hits the shoulder and fades down the sides. Give a good dry time here. 4. Use low adhesion masking tape to mark a stripe area down each side of the bait. Spray a few light passes in pink. I found a can of ‘English rose’ color that makes a good rainbow trout stripe. Here you can also do something like paint the stripe purple, keep tape on and let dry, apply mesh, and hit same are with pink so you get purple and pink in the stripe. 5. Spray the back of the bait with a green with the center of the back directly facing the nozzle. The top will get hit and fade onto the shoulder. I have used army green, camo green, dark olive, forest green. 6. Dot with black or purple Sharpie. Or hand dot with small brush. I have used small cans of Rustoleum here because I have a bunch of them. 7. Optional- you can do another light pass of the green on the back here to blend in the shoulder dots a touch. 8. Optional- hit the sides with a quick light pass of Krylon Glitter blast in gold or silver. Keep the nozzle a bit further away from the bait. Only looking for a light dusting here. I do a practice spray away from the bait to gauge the spray flow so I don’t cover the paint job in glitter. I have done a bunch of rainbow trout baits. I sometimes change the colors a bit depending on what I have and what is on sale. It is easy but there is some drying time in between steps. You can use a hair dryer to speed this up if you keep the coats light.
    3 points
  3. Work. Of. Art. I think I need it lol. just to umm... Yaknow, to do some prototype testing...
    2 points
  4. Does that blade chatter well with that big lure body on it? Excellent catch!
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  5. Thanks...this is my first attempt at a big thread fin
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  7. This bait was made for the lure contest but I thought it was open through the end of April rather then closing on the 29th. so I hope you enjoy this bait here instead. It is a sunfish glide bait bade from colored pencils.
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  9. Still a cool looking swimbait and would be interested in see some of your other work. But if I remember you won with this same lure last year
    2 points
  10. Wayyy better than what I was making at 15 haha…nicely done!
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  11. Exceptional work Ryan. Your stuff is so clean and well done.
    2 points
  12. Awesome Sauger Pattern!
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  13. Thanks both! Fishin Big: it's cunningly designed to scare off the smaller fish and only catch the big, tough ones.
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  14. Wow... Your spoon/spoonplug type baits never cease to amaze me!
    2 points
  15. The sheer depth of this paint job is really nice...love it!
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  16. Not perfect, but the bait looks great! It's amazing how much information is on this site. So many people have so much experience. I've learned a bunch over the last couple years. My next jump is going to be into using an airbrush, as the finish is just so much higher quality looking. Did you airbrush this?
    2 points
  17. Thanks, yea totally use the idea. I'm definitely not the first one to do this! Honestly, I don't exactly make lures just to sell, but I made a few of these as gifts last year, and they were super popular. So I made more this year, and sold more than I could make before Christmas. You end up reaching a MASSIVE demographic of people who would never buy a lure, but know someone in their life who loves hunting/fishing. It makes a great gift for any "man cave".
    2 points
  18. More pumpkinseed cranks, this time with the turquoise applied with an airbrush over mesh. The fat one on the left has already caught a bunch of fish.
    2 points
  19. Almost didn't see the spider haha...looks sick!
    2 points
  20. I like it! Reminds me of a baby porcupine too
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  22. Beautifully done. I don't know how you got that mottled pattern on the sides and back but it looks great! Congrats. Barry
    1 point
  23. Not fished it seriously yet, but here is a video of how it behaves in water:
    1 point
  24. I am guessing here but I`ll bet that lure has a nice side to side movement when it`s twitched. Kind of like a spook.
    1 point
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  26. Too pretty to fish with, those are a work of art. You have some great talent.
    1 point
  27. Dude... The Megabass S-Crank isn't a very pretty crankbait, but that baby largemouth color is incredible and it really fits the shape of the bait, the gills, and the eye. Phenomenal! Do you clear with an epoxy like Etex, D2T, BSI, LureCoat, or TrueCoat? Or is it a KBS type clear?
    1 point
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  29. It got a test run at the river before I committed to painting and it looks good. The tail waves back and forth do to the freedom of the joint even. Runs shallow so should be good for burning weed beds. Also has a nice fall Honestly my only concern is how well the twin wires will hold up being T boned by a pike. If it experiences durability issues I will run one single blade off the back with the next one.
    1 point
  30. Thanks...This is what the thread fin shad look like here. We call them "yellow tails".
    1 point
  31. The creative schemes on your lures are eye catching! Well outside the of the norm. Just plain nice to look at............... Hi-5 !
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  32. I've done that too...always a learning process!
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  33. Thanks. The smallie has paint brush bristle tail fin. The pike tail fin is a trimmed turkey feather. You can just barely see it at the edge of the pic. Fins on the other baits are silicone mats.
    1 point
  34. Love the colors on this bait. Great looking lure!
    1 point
  35. Way to put some giddy-up in that puppy. The "eye" is the cherry on top. Fist bump.
    1 point
  36. What did you use for that tail, aka that blue rubber thing?
    1 point
  37. Looks great, very bright colors! Nice foil work too.
    1 point
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  39. Dude, these look so smooth--very professional!
    1 point
  40. My attempt at matching a Rapala pumpkinseed, which is in the middle. Two different versions. The 1.5 has a turquoise side, with a dark blue black back and accents, and the 2.5 has the dark blue black sides and back, with turquoise accents. Both have a gold/transparent orange belly. Top coat is Rustoleum X2 Gloss Acrylic, with a final coat of pastel fixative to dull down the gloss. Gill details are sharpies and paint dotted with a tooth pick.
    1 point
  41. Woah, these are ridiculously cool! I just looked at some of your other paint work as well, and it's on a totally different level! Great work!
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  43. Everything right on target. Fist Bump.
    1 point
  44. Mark, I didn't mean to give the impression that you may have missed something. I have never built anything like this and it really impresses me. I have about 6 more months until retirement and am really looking forward to having the time to improve my skills in regards to building baits. I remember some of the first swim baits that you posted. I was impressed back then. But this bait just stands out from the painting of, to the smooth lines and shaping of the bait. I am sure that if and when I attempt to make such a bait as this, that I will be looking back at your instructions as a "How To Guide." I did copy and save this in a how to file for future reference. John
    1 point
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