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...finally.

Been working on the paint shop (drywall, insulation, paint, light fixtures... yuck, all work, no fun) and have the room finished to a point where I can use the new paintbooth.

I'm a little rusty because I haven't painted for about 6 or 7 months, but I got the first one painted and applied one of three coats of clear. Its a chubby minnow-type bait and its built to run about 5 to 7 feet deep.

I was trying to achieve a metallic copper effect that would change color as the bait rolls and wiggle on the center axis when retrieved. It seems to have worked out fine. It turns from a dark rust color to a light copper color as the bait is turned in the light.





I started a couple more, but ran out of time.

I'll post a few more as the weeks go by and I sure hope some of you post yours too.
 

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Bravo! Great work vc. How's the paint booth working. Getting good ventilation? Didn't hear you complain so you must be happy with it.

I haven't done any more work. Been too busy working on the boat and getting the gear around for the outing I haven't taken time to start any more projects.

The one I made has one heck of a lot of action! Maybe too much, and it likes to stay right up top. I might have to add some weight to it. Probably be using it with a dipsey or a jet to get it down. I'll give her a shot on the reefs next weekend and see if she catches fish. If it catches my wall mount, that will be the first and last fish that bait ever catches, it'll get mounted with the fish. :D
 

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I like the color alot.

Are these heavy gauge thru wire musky/pike baits??
 

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Thanks, guys.

Newbreed, it is a musky/pike bait. Its carved from cherry and has stainless steel screweyes, which are epoxied into the wood. I fish primarily for musky and use pretty much only my own homemade baits when targeting musky.

Eyesman, you can weight the bait with a couple of small split shots by drilling small holes in the bottom, placing the lead and then epoxying the holes. Or you can fill the holes with "Quicksteel" from Walmart...that stuff works great for filling holes. Of course you have to shoot a little paint over the bottom when you're done, but you can still add the weight after the bait is finished if you find it doesn't run where you want it to.
 

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Nice job. Is it easy to paint it like that with an airbrush. I have been seeing alot of good work latly with them.
 

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Man VC that is sweet! I want just to come over and watch!!!!!!!!! It is a shame the teeth marks that will be on it shortly! LOL
 

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Tig, we've got to get together this year and do some hangin' out.

I haven't got my boat ready yet, but after next week things are going to slow down, and I'll be able to get ready for this coming fishing season.

That's the downside of building baits during the winter. It makes you think about the strike when you're working a jerkbait, or the rod bending in half as you're trolling and it almost makes the winter longer as you look forward to those warm sunny days we have in front of us.

But the good days are coming and the weed beds are going to start to form near the drop offs. The fish are going to be spawning and beginning the whole cycle of life again. Tree frogs croaking during the hot summer nights of catfishing, and early morning mists swirling up against the backdrop of the sun rising.

Its going to be a great year.
 

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Nice work VC....I paint my own also but mine look like a 1st graded painted them when compared to that. Just curious, how long have you been painting?
 

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Thanks, K.

I started carving and painting the summer before last, so this is my third season of building baits.
 

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WOW! Those belong framed on a wall. Me? well after making a work of art like that I could not get myself to use them cause I'd be sick if I lost-one or got chewed up by teeth. Ya can't help to feel the same way????
So you don't have to go thru any TRAUMATIC ordeal & feel bad about damaging those works of art Here is what I'll do; Send them to me, I'll try them out, so you don't have deal with any heart-ache.

Nik,;)
 

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Thanks, Nikster. What waters do you fish and what species. I might be able to send one to you to test.

Here's a couple more. Once I install the hooks, these are ready for 07 fishing.










The top one is about 4 1/2 inches long and hopefully will be the right size for the early season when the baitfish are still small.

The bottom one is about 9 1/2 inches long, carved from poplar, has the gillplates and cheek dimple cut in with a dremel, 1/2 inch 3D eyes, and a #5 lip in 1/8 inch lexan for strength.

I'm going to finish it off by adding #3 Eagle Claw hooks with Wolverine triple-strength hook thingies, then add a set of four 12 inch bass thumpers and six dash-mounted dome tweeters coupled with a Sirius-capable radio/MP3 player; upholster the interior with a close-up image of Elvis in crushed velvet (in his skinny phase), then have the engine, blue-printed, bored and stroked, throw on a pair of 4-barrel carburetors, and add a set of Mickey Thompson slicks and some Thrush glass packs (to give it a nice rumble when we're cruising around A&W so the chicks will go nuts.):D
 

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I LIKE THEM ALL, but I REALLY like the green and black one with the blood trail. Nice work vc!
 

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Thanks for the kind words, Knightwinder.

Newbreed, sorry I didn't catch your question before. The baits are not thru-wired. The thru-wire process is only important when using softer wood and I use only hardwoods. The eyescrews are incredibly strong and it would take a team of gorillas on steroids to even begin to affect them.

Here's the one I turned on the lathe. It has a silver/chrome striped scale pattern with fine silver glitter over the back and shoulders and I'm going to finish it with a coarser glitter as soon as I can find a local supply. I have a bottle of the heavier glitter somewhere, but I can't find it right now. The bait weighs a shade over 6 ounces. The 1/2 inch 3D eyes are embedded in the maple body and I made the lip out of .22 gauge stainless steel. I'm going to hang #7 hooks on this one and give it to an old friend of mine. This is the bait I posted on the thread titled "Got lathe?"

 

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Awesome job as usual, vc. Getting ready to get on Erie for the walleye this next weekend. I might find time after that to start on another one for myself. You can bet I'm gonna get my first one wet. Not expecting miracles, but it would be nice to get some teeth marks in it. :D
 
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