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dsa2780
06-04-2017, 08:08 PM
I started this build back in December after looking back on some photos of stripers that we were hooking on live American Shad last summer. It was a rush to feel a 1-3# fish swimming for its life as it was being hunted in the dark by river monsters. Was going for something that more or less could pass as a shad profile but also be used to imitate a baby bass or whatever in the delta.

I simply bought some pinewood and started drawing up shapes I thought could work and decided on one. Used a bandsaw to cut a rough outline then as I've done in the past, completely hand sanded the shape.

Still in the process of creating a joint that I would possibly trust with a 40# striper. I'm using ultra heavy gauge wire between to heavy duty screw eyes but honestly, the joint needs to be worked on if I plan to target a grade of fish that I'm after.

The bait is 13" and currently 7oz even.

Rotated hook hangers, Wolverine Tackle triple coiled rings and 4/0 Owner ST-66 Muscle Points. The tail is a recycled Gancraft tail on an owner screwlock.

Took the bait to the local urban pond and it swam good and when killed after some quick reels, glides out super far to one side. Even had a dink bass come out of a weedbed to check it out which was cool. The joints clack pretty hard which I hope works out to my advantage in being able to draw fish from a further distance.

In the process of curing the wood, then will be playing with weighting. A work in progress, but very happy with how it's currently coming along. Hoping that by the end, it'll sit right around 10oz and ideally, be a low floater to where the bait sits right beneath the surface. This will allow it to be killed against structure or when blown up on and have a superior rate of stall in comparison to some other baits.

Anyone making any baits out there?

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USED 2 B IRON
06-05-2017, 02:29 PM
Good work on your Glide Bait, I have made Slinky's and Glo Bug's, no hard bait's. Good luck !:goodidea4gq:

CAL.NDN
06-05-2017, 02:57 PM
You aint playing around anymore Daniel!!!! Nice work.

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dsa2780
06-05-2017, 09:24 PM
Thanks guys, took the bait out again tonight and tossed it around. Man does it thump hard and throw some serious water. Shad eaters beware....

I really want to start molding baits out of resin if this one works out.


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steph281086
06-06-2017, 06:25 AM
Thanks guys, took the bait out again tonight and tossed it around. Man does it thump hard and throw some serious water. Shad eaters beware....

I really want to start molding baits out of resin if this one works out.


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The Champion stick is key. =D
Congrats on the work!

dsa2780
06-06-2017, 09:44 AM
The Champion stick is key. =D
Congrats on the work!

That Champion series 908 is a beast of a rod. Throws the giant stuff with zero effort. Got mine for $80!

dsa2780
11-12-2017, 08:04 PM
So after all summer and most of fall, I finally decided to finish this project up. Knew my pin and hinge system needed to be revised since it wouldn't hold to the fish I intend to target with this. Did some research on musky boards and videos and found guys that twisted very very very heavy gauge wire with a drill, to make long internal eyelet harnesses. Linked together, this creates a freedom of movement which allows for very nice side to side motion.



Drilled into the bait and made sure the harnesses were the right length before curing everything.

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Weighting was a total process in its own that probably took an hour to get to where the bait didn't roll over and sank at the desired rate. Funny how such a little microscopic piece of lead being shaved off, or added at a different angle makes a bait change in the way it sits and action. There were several stages where I was basically convinced this bait wouldn't swim anymore, but after trial and error, I got the weighting to where it's like keel weighted. The bait sits upright and is basically a suspending floater. The back sits just beneath the water line.

After that, I cured the two pieces.


Then came assembly. Epoxied the harnesses into the bait and had to apply pressure from a rubber mallet to get them into the pre drilled holes. The idea was to make sure they don't ever run the risk of being pulled out by a fish.

Epoxied in the hook hangers, tail keeper (owner screwlock) and line tie. Then came a basic ghetto spray can job. Something ultra simple. Can't go wrong with pearl white and a bright green back for visual reference. Put some clear coat on after that.

Threw on some wolverine triple coils and Owner ST-66's and it's all done!

The bait swims very nicely on a medium retrieve. On a high speed burn, it looks really good. Slow, not so much. I think my joint angles are better for the steady crank and wind and burn, as opposed to that slow and methodical slackline hitting cadence some glides have. I'm happy with how it came out, but know I can do better. Now it's time to go out and throw it!

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Yaker
11-12-2017, 08:13 PM
That's awesome. Congratulations!

dsa2780
11-12-2017, 08:16 PM
Cell phone vid of the swim.

I'm not using the right gear for it in this vid as I left my magnum swimbait set (Dobyns 908 ultra mag and a 364 okuma) with my friend. Tossed this on a rod rated for 6oz and a revo SX. The bait is way too big for this setup so I'm sure it'll have a better swim with my proper gear.

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dsa2780
11-12-2017, 08:17 PM
That's awesome. Congratulations!

Thanks! My joint system is wacky but the bait swims. Now the challenge is finding some stripes dumb enough to swipe it.

Yaker
11-12-2017, 08:20 PM
Cell phone vid of the swim.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=x18lqDGQAdc
That's incredible! Nice work