HKT Stick bait prototypes finished
Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:26 PM
I weight them up two different ways sinking and floating . Once I get the action I want I will be making a bunch for my Gt and Mexico trip's.
These will see paint in a few days .
Posted 06 February 2012 - 01:44 PM
I made two to sink slow slightly nose first and the other three I weighted like a traditional stickbait , sits vertical with the nose slightly above water.
They will get foiled also .
These are some handmade foils I made using foil tape
Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:20 AM
Is the harness cast inside or is it wired after molding? If so, what do you use to create the hole down the middle and do you weight them with traditional drilled out holes for lead?
best and thx for any replies.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 01:29 AM
I test swam them in the hudson river on a strong out going tide and was very pleased with the action . To work them you keep the rod tip low to the water and use sweeps ,this will cause the lure to dive date and wiggle with a 4/0 St 66 on the belly and a 3/0 on the tail . I had a few others with different ballast setups and they all failed the swim test .
I love the action of wood lures and I think wood lures swim the best, but shaping none lathe turned baits is a pain in the butt . I do have a system for shaping stickbaits made from wood that produces pretty accurate results but with the use of a mold things are always consistent and I can pour one every 15 minutes with one mold .
The most time consuming and frustrating step in making the first prototypes was getting the micro balloons to resin ratios correct . for this lure I need to use 70 grams of each A & B resins with 10 grams of micro balloons added to each . The resin I use is Dascar RP-40 and the micro balloons are from Alumililite . The mold is made from a flexible RTV from Smooth on
I have a two more style stickbait I will be making prototype molds for over the weekend . I will be testing these along with some new popper shapes on my Gt trip in mMarch and My mexico trip in April
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