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Big Epp

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  1. I love it when we can find good local connections!
  2. This guy on etsy has a Squarebill called "Sunrise" that looks pretty similar: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Barebassbaits?ref=shop_sugg
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    Looks so good!
  4. I got one of these done with the lip in the original position (it was already cut). I did change the line tie location. Overall it swam well. It was more consistent when the line angle was parallel to the surface of the water. When I held the rod at a high angle it seemed like the lure was fighting the angle.
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    It works!

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    It works!

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    Looks good man!
  8. Also don't inhale the fumes deeply while smoking a cigar! (or maybe just don't inhale it at all? Your call on the cigar, although it seems risky to me).
  9. It appears to be (and I think it ways it is). I'll often fill a canning jar with it, quickly dip my lures, and then test them that way before putting anything else on it.
  10. Hey! There's a lot of people who will put a layer of epoxy down over the wood to seal everything and create a smooth surface for painting on. I often will use a coat of minwax wood hardener for a similar function. It seals the wood and creates a hard surface. After applying the hardener I'll sand it again to get a smooth base. I think there's some added value with using an epoxy base coat for muskie lures, as it creates some added protection from fish teeth. That's not something I need to consider most of the time, as I'm targeting bass primarily.
  11. My dryer vent detaches easily from the inside. I have some extra dryer vent material that I run from my spray booth to the dryer vent with a small vent fan to pull the air. Someone gave me a hobby spray station that has a filter and fan included, which is really neat.
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    The elusive "Smuskie!"
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    Man, these look SO GOOD!
  14. I mixed some hobby glitter into ETex Light and it worked fine. It was courser glitter, so it took another two coats to get a smooth finish, but everything set up well and looked great.
  15. Oh that terrible moment when I take a batch of jigs out of the oven and realize, "shoot! I forgot to clear the eyes!"
  16. Thanks guys! I figured I was getting too much paint on, but not sure what to do differently. I'll try one of those racks. My toaster oven is a pain to use for jigs, and that would be really helpful.
  17. I found out a guy I went to high school owns a sandblasting and powder place. I got a bunch of samples of various colors. My problem is the paint seems to be dripping off the top of my jig heads. I usually use a heat gun, but today I used a lighter. I rotated the jigs in the flame for about 5 seconds before dipping them in the paint. I moved them to a toaster oven when they had cooled and baked them at about 300 for about 20 minutes. Any ideas?
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    Mini Crank

    Way cool! That mold looks great too.
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