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Hey guys, 

I'm experimenting with wire-through tuna stickbaits now (40-100 g). I see that many manufacturers as well as custom builders use tail weights at the end of the lure (see attached image). It serves dual purpose - weight and masking the rear hole. I was trying to find where to buys them with no luck. 

Do any of you use them and if so where do you buy them?  What is the called? :?

Thank you!




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AZFisher, thanks for the reply. It seems this one is the hollow one, not a weight. The one on the pic is heavy and has a cylindric weight which goes to the tail hole. 

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They are called solid beads. The Musky Shop carries them in brass and nickel plated brass. The largest size they carry is 3/8" diameter and have a .063" hole.


You might be able to find some in stainless by looking for stainless steel beads for jewelry making.


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I have not seen a solid half sphere. 

Maybe the one in the bait above is a cup washer with a piece of lead inside.


You could make a wood mold with a pin in it to pour the lead.

You could also just fill the cup washer with lead or tungsten putty or even JB weld which is pretty heavy.

You may have to open up a bait to see what is on inside. I have some baits with ends finished with cup washers. The body ends are rounded to fit the cup. They just put epoxy in the cup to bond it and the end wrap smushes it onto the body.




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Yes, I guess I will need to come up with a custom solution or go another route and make a closed end with a cup washer. I though it would be much more efficient and easier if I could buy it somewhere. Thanks everyone for your help!


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Maybe you could use these tail weights with the cup washer. You could trim the weights to fit your lures.

Maybe you can find a tail weight mold or someone who has one?  I don't know if anyone on here has the mold that could make you some. I could not find the mold for sale anywhere.

Maybe you could use a bullet nose or worm nose type mold instead with a piece of shaft wire to preserve the shaft hole.



The tail weight mold looks like this:


tail weight mold.jpg

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JD_mudbug, this mold looks very similar to what I would imagine. My CNC machine is coming soon, so might experiment with molds or maybe making one with CNC. I also asked coupe people in the industry, so if they point me to the right direction, I will report it here :)


thanks for all your help!

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14 minutes ago, Big Epp said:

Anyone try making tail-weighted lures for muskie or bass?

Not personally but I do know the Australian from work uses stick baits he used in saltwater back home for pike around here. I am pretty sure some of his have tail weights 

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