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Old 03-20-2017, 03:28 PM   #241
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it's a baby sebile!

60 % of the time, it works every time.
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Old 03-21-2017, 03:05 PM   #242
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Nice jointeds diggin jiggin!

George that micro Sebile is nuts! I made some small handcarve stuff for trout and some crankbaits, it's a pain shaping the smaller stuff.
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Old 03-21-2017, 06:23 PM   #243
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It worked........if you consider a scrawny, man-made, undersized brook trout as working. The hook-up to hit ratio was awful as well....@1:10.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:33 PM   #244
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I'd call that a success, not sure how it would swim with just a single tail hook but that might help with hookups.
Inspiring work!
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Old 03-22-2017, 07:45 AM   #245
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Yeah that's about your normal ratio🤔
God you served that up underhand.
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Old 03-22-2017, 11:21 AM   #246
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All kidding aside pretty cool lure and even better it worked.
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Old 03-22-2017, 05:06 PM   #247
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I don't know why..........but whatever.
Well...... You have the time......

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Old 03-24-2017, 08:42 AM   #248
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I finally have some completed plugs. Nothing special in terms of paint and I am still learning; but I am really enjoying the overall process. The final weights are between 3.3oz and 3.75oz. Most of them have a fairly level sink. A couple sit nose up in the tank, but most sit level (haven't figured out why, not too concerned).
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It all started last year during a terrible thunderstorm, when I locked myself out of the house. Shelving myself with a large piece of sheet metal, I ran for cover under the tallest tree I could find!
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:19 AM   #249
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I finally have some completed plugs. Nothing special in terms of paint and I am still learning; but I am really enjoying the overall process. The final weights are between 3.3oz and 3.75oz. Most of them have a fairly level sink. A couple sit nose up in the tank, but most sit level (haven't figured out why, not too concerned).
These look damn good!!
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:28 PM   #250
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Well been too cold to paint, I paint outside in a shed so went back to turning and sanding this week.

Finished turning and drilling my version of the wadd, 8.5" and 3-3.5oz, level sink, my best producing plug last season. Going to do "ribbed" versions too. Realized I didn't have enough weights to install and fill em all, so waiting on those.



Made 6 of these version of a needle, think i got the original from makomike (maybe), different profile and shape. Going to play around with the sink and hook configurations this week.



Scored this SS rolling cart/table from the storage locker at work, boss wanted to throw it out, brought it home, some new nuts and bolts and it's ready, will be nice for stuff that's in the works



And last but not least built some of these 4.5" 1.5oz pencils from 2010, my pops had one of my originals in his bag, 45 degree float, 11 gram tail weight, cut 1/0 vmc in the front and 5H split ring and 2/0 vmc in the rear, action is nice, pops and splashes, very easy to work, going to be killer in the spring, casts tail first and far too might do a few with a "double shot" of lead too. And play around with some inline hooks too.



Cut up some WRC blanks for some ccbc 7400 surfsters, me slammer/pats style swimbaits and 5" mullet swimmers, all prepped and ready for this week, maybe.


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Old 03-25-2017, 04:29 PM   #251
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Striperswiper, it is going to feel great the first time a bass hits one of them. Nice work.
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:31 PM   #252
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Chris, the little pencil looks brilliant. Total fun plug.
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:43 PM   #253
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Chris your turning into a turning machine. Nice way to past the time. Ribbed? ?

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Old 03-25-2017, 04:50 PM   #254
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Chris your turning into a turning machine. Nice way to past the time. Ribbed? ?
I think technically it's "fluted" as far as terminology goes, maybe someone can clarify

But they look like this.



Absolutely slated on em in 2011/12, and so did my two fishing buddies, so building a bigger version using the wadd body
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Old 03-25-2017, 04:51 PM   #255
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Chris, the little pencil looks brilliant. Total fun plug.
Thanks George. Small pencils and poppers work so great near me In The spring, topwater is all we really fish (my pops and I) so really looking forward to fishing again, especially on the lami 1081L
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Old 03-25-2017, 08:48 PM   #256
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I see. Parting tool sections. I would derived how a tapered body towards rear would act as a vibration maker using those ribs as a stepped dimensional variation. I have an idea!! Plenty grooves for eelskins.

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Old 03-25-2017, 09:51 PM   #257
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I see. Parting tool sections. I would derived how a tapered body towards rear would act as a vibration maker using those ribs as a stepped dimensional variation. I have an idea!! Plenty grooves for eelskins.

There's some old and very rare creek chubs out there that have the same grooves on em. Think I've seen one or two different ones ever.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:02 AM   #258
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Ribbed for the fishes pleasure
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Old 03-26-2017, 12:45 PM   #259
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Nice work guys Just looking at the pile of blanks Chris posted makes me cringe a little. Thats a lot of wood.

I've been working on bottle plugs all week. Boy is there a lot to learn with them. I got the ones I based on the gibbs to float like the gibbs during the week, but couldn't get down to the ocean to swim them til yesterday. Wish I had done that before I finished shaping the first batch. They sure didnt swim like the gibbs. In the first pic I had experimented with different shapes and length lips, and different sharpness of the curve you see when you look at them from the top. I did eventually get all 6 to swim but had to tweak every one of them. The one that swam the best right off the bat, was the one I thought would swim the worst which is pretty funny. The batch was a little bigger than the gibbs and I added lead til they floated like teh gibbs but my lip (based on the gibbs) wasn't big enough to swim that much lead so ended up having to back down on the weight a little and that got them going pretty good (although I also reshaped a few of them). I feel like I still have a lot to learn about them.

I'm glad I did the smaller ones first and learned from that, that made the larger ones much easier. Bottles are definitely the most challenging plug I've made so far, way way harder than darters. I had a lot of problems making a stencil ala the mr pogie thread on bottles and an even a harder time trying to do the drum sander by hand following the pattern like he did. But I figured out a different way to get them where I didnt need to draw the pattern on them and still was able to keep them even. Definitely a plug you need to think thru and build jigs for... Its funny I thought of an easier way to do them after the first batch, but more work than it would be worth for the small runs of plugs I make.

Both of the larger ones swam good. I was really surprised by how little roll they have. It will be interesting to fish those in some hard current and see how they do.
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Look good so the bottom picture is the lip configuration you liked the best and did you go with a belly wgt. Or the thru wire Gibbs way?
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Old 03-26-2017, 02:44 PM   #261
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Paul they have a weight under the chin (like mr pogie did) and then I tail weighted them on the thru wire. No belly weight.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:11 PM   #262
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Cool thanks.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:07 PM   #263
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I see. Parting tool sections. I would derived how a tapered body towards rear would act as a vibration maker using those ribs as a stepped dimensional variation. I have an idea!! Plenty grooves for eelskins.
Always would like 2 skin grooves... For those times you have the snake and those you don't...
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Old 04-02-2017, 10:20 AM   #264
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This week I epoxied the last of the needles. There were 4 black/4 yellows (2 each in pine and maple), just playing with weighting on these but had some ugly epoxy issues. Ended up sanding the other 3 yellow ones after the second coat and will do a final coat on those maybe later this afternoon.

I painted the bottle plugs this weekend. Hopefully I can get those wired up and epoxied during the week.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:45 AM   #265
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Painted 6 more Pikes . Different color combos. Oranges. Gold, head, blacktop. Orange /white. Orange head/yellow. Bunker scale white washed w/pearl white. (Turns the black top back line silver). Gave it a glittery look. After these get epoxied, rods to build and spring fishing. Yeah!

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Old 04-03-2017, 08:24 AM   #266
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Got my mini pencils all sealed up this week, some blind and some squids

Sanded more pikies to hopefully paint this week.

Waiting on lead/lips
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My last plugs of the year are on the spinner (smaller bottles). I'm very glad to be at the finish line, time to clean up the shop and start the yard work...

I finished epoxying these ones yesterday. The big ones are 3.5 oz, the smaller pogie one is 2 1/4. Cant wait to fish them. Finding a big fish on a bottle will definitely be a goal for the year for me.
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Looks great DJ. Those bigger lips should dig. Good luck with them.

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Old 04-09-2017, 10:53 AM   #269
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Old 04-09-2017, 11:27 AM   #270
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Those bottles look killer DigginJiggin!

I just started finishing some stuff up a couple weeks ago. Still have a dozen or so to paint and then it's on to a bunch of needles, plan on fishing them alot more this year and losing a few..
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