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Offline superharmonix

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Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« on: 01/22/12 22:23 UTC »
I am curious how many of you pour line-through swimbaits.  I have been using these $.85/piece aluminum inserts.  I find myself thinking about the fact my cost on these swimbaits without the plastic, color, glitter, etc., starts at .85.  :o
 

Obviously this is an area I would LOVE to save some up front costs on.  Do you know how many swim shads or carrots I can make for .85?  A BUNCH.  But this particular bait is an important member of my arsenal.  I've thought about grinding out my own insert mold on a blank lead mold, but I have heard about the lead and plastic having a bad reaction over time, turning the plastic white. 

So some help (or ideas anyway) from my fishy brothers here would be paramount!
-Shawn

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Re: Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« Reply #1 on: 01/23/12 08:05 UTC »
Paint the insert with powder paint! Then the lead will not react. Works pretty good.

I believe you can get a lead mold to pour those inserts.

Jim

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Re: Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« Reply #2 on: 01/23/12 10:52 UTC »
I use clear plastic tubing and tie a weight to the tubing.  Set that into the mold and pour.

It doesn't look that good, but it works.  As far as the bait turning white, I don't have the baits sitting that long, they usually get worn out before any problems.

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Re: Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« Reply #3 on: 01/23/12 13:41 UTC »
I think I may go with lead and powder paint.  _I'll have to cut a mold for them in order to use lead.  The only issue I can see white powder painting the inserts is how I would hold onto them while dipping in the paint.  I powder paint all my jigs, but I just hang them on a rack by their hook to bake when I'm done.  With these inserts, there's no "tag end" so I am working on my fourth(ish) ;D cup of coffee here and hoping I'll come up with a good plan.

Here's a picture of the inserts I am using, along with the rod that sits in the mold to keep them exactly where I want them:

The only thing I can think of would be to find a whole bunch of rods the same width as the insert rod, and stick them in the weight when I powder paint, then put back on the regular insert stick it in and pour...If I do a bunch at once it may be worth it.  Just not sure...
 

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Re: Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« Reply #4 on: 01/24/12 16:55 UTC »
I will unfold paper clips to powder paint my worm weights.  I'm sure that would work for those inserts.

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Re: Re: Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« Reply #5 on: 01/24/12 19:18 UTC »
x2 on the paper clips.

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Re: Using line-through swimbait inserts?
« Reply #6 on: 01/24/12 21:25 UTC »
Thank you sirs.  I am going to try that on a short run.  This A-rig craze is interesting!

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