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  1. I have commented in the past on how to properly cut Lexan/Polycarbonate....and I think it pretty much goes unheard.. 1. use a table saw or chop saw. 2. This is a must!!! use a SHARP CARBIDE BLADE!! Minimum 80 tooth blade preferably higher. 3. cuts should be made at a slow pace. 4. For a beautiful edge finish use a propane torch to shine the edges( it don't take much), be sure and not to burn the material. 5. This is the fastest and most accurate way to make exact pieces with little practice.
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    Bad hooks

    not normal, I would call LPO and send pick.
  3. The reason I asking you to migrate to grains as a measurement it is more precise, Think about it this way... on a larger glide bait that weighs 3-6 ounces.... 1 gram can make or break the weighting of the whole bait. 1 Gram is approx. 15.4 grains... Easier to be more precise. My suggestion is use your paint and finish to get your weight to were you need it for the hardware you have, it will save you time, headaches and $$. You will almost always run into a supplier running out of what you want....Happens to me quite a bit, have more than 1 supplier of the same blank if possible. You also need to know that changing hooks and snap rings will change the action of the bait a bit.
  4. Wiegh each bait separately before any paint or finish... Then after paint and finish weigh each bait!!! this is a pain staking process that works if the blanks are quite similar and are of good quality, if the quality is not similar you can not make it work properly. Another thing you have to take into account is how you are weighing your baits and hardware especially with jerk baits. You might want to go with weighing with grains instead of grams. Another thing to point out is barometric pressure!!! wild swings will change the baits buoyancy. along with water temp, salinity and elevation. These are just a few things that can help but nothing can help poor quality blanks.
  5. How is buying Chinese lures from a US distributor better than buying direct from China? Why are we not naming our local US manufactures over a middleman like Cedar Run Outdoors. I tend to ask direct questions and rarely get direct answers. I have personally bought from just about everyone that sells blanks, the only supplier that is a stand out for me is Dinger Custom Baits, higher price that comes with higher quality blanks. For me the rest of the suppliers are just there as a middleman and have done nothing to better the product or pull poor quality blanks. So why pay the middleman if that is all he is?
  6. Why don't we list the American suppliers? are they buying from overseas? I would be the first to stand in line waving the flag but I am hesitant to do this for companies/people I don't know. I am just curious if there are any US manufactured baits left?
  7. got an order from them about 3 weeks ago, but you have to remember they are in China under the lockdown.
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    Wake Bait

    You might want to pay attention to what AZ Fisher is saying....I have a few of his wakes and I do quite well with them. I still have" That one looked like a Frankenbait but swam good" and it still gets crushed.
  9. Contact cement just doesn't work.... and trying to put foil on a dowel rod, I would love to see a video of that
  10. I don't have a ton of experience with foil but I think I can help. 1. Make sure that you are using the detachable side. 2. Just because it say heat transfer does not make it so. 3. You will need to use a lure with a flat surface first so you can get an idea if there is an optimal temperature and pressure. 4. If you can't get to adhere with heat and pressure .... use thin cyanoacrylate adhesive only!!! I can tell you if you go this direction it will work but there are several issues that go with this process!! 1. First and foremost be very care with the thin cyanoacrylate adhesive, you can easily glue unintended things together like your fingers to the bait or each other!! 2. Thin coat!! I can not stress this enough, if it puddles or creates drops you are using to much and will not adhere properly and will create a raised lip at the edge of the adhesive. 3. I use a soft towel to press the foil properly on to the bait 4. After putting foil and bait together let it sit for at least 1 minute...every second creates a stronger bond. 5. When removing foil it should be a quick single motion. 6. PRACTICE ON A BAIT THAT YOU DON'T MIND MESSING UP. My .02
  11. There can be a few reasons why, Humidity, below 70, too much heat after applying KBS.... These are some of the reasons but not all....use the search feature at the top right.
  12. There are a lot of different reasons why fluid beds don't work. Here are a couple. 1. Moisture in the powder. 2. Powder is compacted, just use something to stir it and add air. 3. Lack of air flow.
  13. I find it funny "whining about $15".... if your "Fishing Big" you're dropping more money than that on snap rings alone. to think there was nothing else on the site you could not of used.
  14. Put the time behind the brush, thinning paint helped me the most in the beginning. KEEP YOUR BRUSH CLEAN.
  15. If that's the worst your doing well!! just a heads up different rings will change the movement.
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    only at the strip club.
  17. Always test with hooks, but like above stated....need to see size,joint, etc...moving location of hooks should get the balance back.
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    Wire Size

    .035 has more vibration than heavier wire but it will not hold up very well to largemouth, you will have to tune it almost after every fish but it will get bit a lot more.
  19. Welcome to TU, you might want to use the search feature for this question. by the way I don't know of any top coat that you can apply below freezing.
  20. most guys that make spinners would be able to make a bait in the time that it would take you to change a blade. I don't see any time savings.
  21. No real good way to do what you want, most wire is pretty cheap. So take notes as you build.
  22. To me it looks like there is moisture under the finish coat.
  23. inline for me...#5 inline blade, .12 oz body, 2 beads, #6 hook and wire is .026-.024 generally comes out to a total of.23oz.
  24. exactly what type of spinners, inline, Colorado, French, and so on. Types of fish you will be fishing for would help also.
  25. I think people don't know what they are getting into when they say " I am making a glide bait" Hands down it's the most temperamental bait to make!! the bait characteristics will change with elevation, temperature, line size, snaps, no snap, barometric pressure...and folks there are many more considerations that can/will effect a glide bait. I am not saying don't try to make a glide bait but get ready to be frustrated at almost every turn to get a decent glide bait and not a paper weight.
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